Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 22, 2014 3:18PM ET
Roughly one-third of the world's largest non-financial companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, are hoarding $2.8 trillion in unspent cash, preventing much-needed funds from entering the global economy.
Jan 22, 2014 11:09AM ET
In a scandalous new legal filing, an exec at Standard & Poor's parent company claims that former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threatened the S&P in 2011, after the agency downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating.
Jan 21, 2014 4:40PM ET
Residents in both the U.S. and South Korea were recently hit with a major security breach that let significant populations exposed to credit card theft, in two discreet incidents that offer an insight into how such disparate nations react to similar crimes.
Jan 20, 2014 3:11PM ET
Detroit officials have been working to bring the city out of bankruptcy by September 2014, a date that becomes increasingly unrealistic as intricate, financially unstable plans to save the city crumble.
Jan 17, 2014 1:35PM ET
Yesterday, Google announced that it is working on developing "smart" contact lenses that can assess glucose levels in your tears.
Jan 17, 2014 8:55AM ET
The massive data breach that struck Target over the holiday shopping season may have been part of an unprecedented attack on U.S. retailers by Russian hackers, according to a new report by a cyber security firm and the U.S. Secret Service.
Jan 16, 2014 2:25PM ET
Apple has agreed to pay a $32.5 million fine in response to a complaint from the FTC over mobile apps purchased by their children without approval. Apparently, that happens a lot.
Jan 16, 2014 10:49AM ET
Shortly after Google announced its deal to acquire thermostat-maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion, shares of NEST started trading like gangbusters. Unfortunately, NEST is not the stock symbol for Nest Labs.
Jan 15, 2014 11:22PM ET
Amazon may have some issues with the conditions in its warehouses, but some employees in its Delaware warehouse aren't interested in unionizing, according to tonight's vote.
Jan 15, 2014 9:04PM ET
J.C. Penney announced today that it's closing 33 underperforming stores -- five of which are in Wisconsin.
Jan 15, 2014 6:14PM ET
Hedge funds headed up by women yield higher returns than those led by men, according to a new study, but investors won't reconsider how they handle their finances because they're clingy and emotional and probably on their periods.
Jan 15, 2014 6:10PM ET
There's finally a bit of good news in Patch's future — AOL announced today that it has taken on a partner to share the cost of managing the struggling network of hyperlocal sites.
Jan 14, 2014 11:41AM ET
The fate of both Detroit's art collection and pension plan has been up in the air since the city filed for bankruptcy in July, and was deemed eligible for the Chapter 9 filing in December of last year. Now, private donors have offered up a plan that would help save both - but the city might not go for it.
Jan 13, 2014 11:09AM ET
Sir Richard Branson on Friday came one step closer to realizing his ambition of charging people to send them into space, when his firm Virgin Galactic successfully completed a third test flight of its SpaceShip Two spacecraft.
Jan 10, 2014 12:13PM ET
December's awful jobs numbers from the Department of Labor were not the signal of an economic turning point that some economy watchers were hoping for.
Jan 10, 2014 11:18AM ET
Banks are quietly preparing to pay $50 billion in total to "buy peace" from the federal government for selling mortgage-backed securities pre-2008.
Jan 10, 2014 10:40AM ET
Target's investigation into a massive credit card hack this holiday season has turned up even more security problems.
Jan 10, 2014 8:40AM ET
The U.S. economy added just 74,000 jobs in December, the lowest monthly figure from the Labor Department since January of 2011.
Jan 6, 2014 8:21PM ET
Janet Yellen has, as expected, been confirmed by the Senate as the next chair of the Federal Reserve, making her the first female chair ever and, very possibly, the most powerful woman in US history.
Jan 6, 2014 1:11PM ET
A good chunk of the Super Bowl's expected 100-million viewers say they will tune in just for the commercials, but that doesn't mean advertisers can expect a tidal wave of new customers.
Jan 4, 2014 5:50PM ET
Ecuador's Navy airlifted Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos from a cruise ship in the Galápagos Islands so he could make an emergency trip to receive medical treatment in the U.S. for a kidney stone.
Jan 3, 2014 8:19AM ET
Facebook could be reading your private messages to help advertisers figure out what you want to buy.
Jan 2, 2014 3:49AM ET
Italian automaker Fiat has reached a $4.35 billion deal to buy the rest of U.S. automaker Chrysler.
Dec 27, 2013 9:57AM ET
Following a massive data breach Target, its customers and even hackers selling the stolen credit card information are dealing with the fallout, and nearly everyone is worse off.
Dec 26, 2013 9:53AM ET
McDonald's retreated slightly from its singular campaign to be the worst company in America this week by pulling down its McResources Line website, which recently made headlines for advising employees to avoid fast food.
Dec 24, 2013 10:10AM ET
Jeffrey Toobin on the legal fight for gay marriage, Patrick McGuire on Dogecoin, Paul Krugman on virtual currencies, Eugene Robinson on Edward Snowden, and Kara Newman on gendered liquor.
Dec 24, 2013 9:38AM ET
Left to their own devices, consumers who selected their own health care plans ended up only slightly better off than they would have had their plans been assigned randomly.
Dec 24, 2013 8:30AM ET
Slate's business and economics correspondent eats and sleeps Twitter, "dabbles in Reddit," and has a soft spot for The Mindy Project
Dec 23, 2013 5:55PM ET
A McDonald's website providing resources to its employees advises against eating hamburgers, fries and sodas.
Dec 23, 2013 10:48AM ET
Banks are imposing tight debit card restrictions during the last minutes of the holiday shopping season — which surely won't infuriate parents, travelers and last minute shoppers — because of Target's recent massive data breach.