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Christopher Mims Named New WSJ Tech Columnist

blogs.wsj.com — We are delighted to announce that Christopher Mims is the new technology columnist for The Wall Street Journal and WSJD.com, the Journal's online and mobile home for tech coverage. Mims, 34 years old, is coming to the Journal from Quartz, where he has served as lead technology reporter and most recently technology and science editor.
Congrats to an old editor of mine @mims on becoming WSJ's new tech columnist on.wsj.com/1noWInl
RT @mims: I got a new job! And it's not busking for change on the G-train, which I briefly considered. blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04…
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Justin Bieber Blunders Into China-Japan War Shrine Debate

blogs.wsj.com — Justin Bieber's bodyguards provided a wide berth for the teen heartthrob when he visited the typically crowded Great Wall last year, allowing only an occasional fan and infant to get close to the "Baby" singer. If Mr. Bieber comes this year, the bodyguards might find their jobs have become a lot tougher.
RT @laurenzcollins: Step away from memorial. via @eosnos Bieber blunders into China-Japan dispute with visit to controversial war shrine on.wsj.com/1lERG6s
RT @ChinaRealTime: Justin Bieber blunders into China-Japan dispute with visit to controversial war shrine on.wsj.com/1lERG6s
Step away from memorial. via @eosnos Bieber blunders into China-Japan dispute with visit to controversial war shrine on.wsj.com/1lERG6s
RT @ChinaRealTime: Justin Bieber blunders into China-Japan dispute with visit to controversial war shrine on.wsj.com/1lERG6s
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When Your Dream Job Disappoints, How to Find Plan B

online.wsj.com — After years of planning, preparing and perhaps paying for an extra degree, you finally land your dream job-and discover you don't like it. It's a surprisingly common dilemma. The idea of a "dream job" is drilled into job seekers these days.
How to find plan B when your dream job turns out to be a huge disappointment on.wsj.com/1mBiJip
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U.S. New-Home Sales Fall 14.5% in March

online.wsj.com — WASHINGTON-Sales of newly build homes plunged in March, the latest sign of a faltering U.S. housing market that has struggled to maintain its momentum in the last year. New-home sales dropped 14.5% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
Do we think housing is a proxy for economy's momentum? U.S. new-home sales plunge 14.5% in March on.wsj.com/1mySFC4
RT @pdacosta: U.S. new home sales in March at lowest annual pace since last July on.wsj.com/1mySFC4
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How About a 'Meat-Like' Cup of Joe? Coffee Buyer Brews Up New Flavor Wheel

online.wsj.com — Coffee buyer Timothy Hill has reinvented the wheel, and it is causing quite a stir. The 31-year-old purchaser for Durham, N.C., roaster Counter Culture Coffee has rolled out a new version of a tool long used by coffee tasters to elicit the adjectives that may be on the tip of the tongue: a flavor wheel.
Want a 'meat-like' cup of coffee? A new flavor wheel offers hints of snow pea and clementine. on.wsj.com/RKbt7i @lesliejosephs
Reinventing descriptions for coffee flavors--Care for a 'Meat-Like' Cup of Joe? on.wsj.com/RKbt7i
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Google Maps ‘Time Machine’ Lets You Stroll the Streets of the Past

blogs.wsj.com — Ever wish you could travel back in time? A new feature on Google Maps Street View, rolling out world-wide today, lets users zip through imagery dating back to Street View's beginning in 2007. The update also lets you view Street View in different seasons, and during the night as well.
Google Maps' ‘time machine’ lets you stroll the streets of the past - or 2007 at least on.wsj.com/1nGjLqO pic.twitter.com/AOOF3li8sI
Google Maps ‘Time Machine’ Lets You Stroll the Streets of the Past on.wsj.com/1jNVfla
Google Maps ‘Time Machine’ Lets You Stroll the Streets of the Past on.wsj.com/1nGjLqO via @WSJD
Google Maps ‘Time Machine’ Lets You Stroll the Streets of the Past , says the @WSJ ~ on.wsj.com/QycOx7
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Apple Earnings: What to Watch

blogs.wsj.com — A long-running streak is in jeopardy when Apple reports fiscal second-quarter financial results Wednesday: It's been 11 years since the company reported a year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue. It's possible this time. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters project revenue of $43.54 billion for the quarter ended in March, slightly below $43.6 billion in the same period a year earlier.
A long-running streak is in jeopardy when Apple reports earnings later today. on.wsj.com/1f5QwxW via @WSJD
RT @WSJD: It's been 11 years since Apple revenue declined on a year-over-year basis. What to watch for in its earnings call: on.wsj.com/1f5V4El
"The last time Apple’s revenue declined on a year-over-year basis was in March 2003" blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/04… more: qz.com/201885/apple-h…
When Apple reports earnings today, a long-running streak is in jeopardy. Victim of its own success? on.wsj.com/1f5QwxW
RT @ScottThurm: It's been 11 years since $AAPL reported a yoy revenue decline. That streak could end today on.wsj.com/1f5QwxW via @daiwaka
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HBO to Allow Amazon to Stream Older Shows

online.wsj.com — Time Warner Inc. 's HBO agreed to license older episodes of its programming library to Amazon.com Inc 's Prime Instant Video streaming service, the first time the premium cable channel has struck such a deal with an online streaming service.
RT @GregBensinger: The Amazon-HBO deal comes at no small cost -- $200 million annually says Wedbush Securites: on.wsj.com/1myJRw8
The Amazon-HBO deal comes at no small cost -- $200 million annually says Wedbush Securites: on.wsj.com/1myJRw8
Focus less on what HBO isn't offering Amazon now, and more on what this means for two, three years from now. on.wsj.com/1myJRw8
RT @Spencerante: Big Deal: Soon you will be able to watch HBO's 'The Sopranos' or 'The Wire' through Amazon, Takes on Netflix. on.wsj.com/1myJRw8
Big Deal: Soon you will be able to watch HBO's 'The Sopranos' or 'The Wire' through Amazon, Takes on Netflix. on.wsj.com/1myJRw8
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Buffett Can’t Find Bear for Berkshire Annual Meeting

blogs.wsj.com — It's hard to find someone who wants to go on record betting against Warren Buffett. Despite a very public cattle call for people who are short on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Mr. Buffett was unable to find a bearish analyst or investor to invite to his company's annual meeting on May 3.
Buffett couldn't find a bear to ask tough questions at Berkshire's annual meeting so he's going with an analyst: on.wsj.com/1nGh20B
Buffett can’t find a bear for Berkshire annual meeting . @dougkass hasn't heard from company on.wsj.com/1nGh20B via @PreetaTweets $BRKB
RT @WSJMoneyBeat: Despite a very public cattle call, Warren Buffett can’t find a bear for Berkshire's annual meeting on.wsj.com/1nGh20B via @PreetaTweets
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Why the Housing Market Has Slowed

blogs.wsj.com — Economists have been disappointed by a string of weaker-than-expected home-sales reports. Sales of existing homes dropped in March, including in parts of the country that weren't hit by cold weather this winter. Sales of new homes, reported Wednesday, were down 13.3% from a year earlier to their lowest level since last July .
RT @NickTimiraos: New home sales hit a nine-month low in March. Why housing is off to a slow start on.wsj.com/1nGBgYa pic.twitter.com/DjbtmPL5mF
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As Apple Earnings Loom, Options Predicting Ho-Hum Stock Reaction

blogs.wsj.com — It used to be that Apple Inc.'s earnings reports were practically guaranteed to produce fireworks. But the options market is suggesting that traders are looking for a ho-hum response from the stock this time around. The question, some traders say, is whether that actually means the market could be set up for a surprise.
RT @srussolillo: Over past 10 quarters, Apple shares have averaged 5.4% move day after earnings were reported, via @tomikilgore on.wsj.com/1i9AliI $AAPL
RT @srussolillo: Over past 10 quarters, Apple shares have averaged 5.4% move day after earnings were reported, via @tomikilgore on.wsj.com/1i9AliI $AAPL
Over past 10 quarters, Apple shares have averaged 5.4% move day after earnings were reported, via @tomikilgore on.wsj.com/1i9AliI $AAPL
Remember when Apple earnings always meant fireworks?Options traders expecting a ho-hum report $AAPL @WSJMoneyBeat on.wsj.com/1hjWABE
RT @erikholmwsj: As Apple earnings loom, the options market is predicting a ho-hum stock reaction on.wsj.com/1i9AliI via @TomiKilgore $AAPL
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Obama Tells Japan’s Abe: “Best Sushi I’ve Ever Had”

blogs.wsj.com — Entire blocks of Japan's famed Ginza shopping and entertainment district were closed off Wednesday night, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed President Barack Obama to what may be Tokyo's most celebrated sushi restaurant, the Michelin three-starred Sukiyabashi Jiro. After the 90-minute meal, Mr. Abe quoted the president as saying, "It's the best sushi I've ever had."
Accompanied by Susan Rice “@JapanRealTime: Obama Tells Japan’s Abe: ‘Best Sushi I’ve Ever Had’ on.wsj.com/1i8YIwR
Already seen the movie RT @stevesilberman Obama proclaims Jiro's sushi "best I've ever had." goo.gl/A6VaPq
Sukiyabashi Jiro! RT @JapanRealTime: Obama Tells #Japan Abe: ‘Best Sushi I’ve Ever Had’ on.wsj.com/1i8YIwR
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Taking Google Maps' Time Machine for a Spin

live.wsj.com — Google Maps is launching a new feature that lets users go back in time in Street View. WSJ reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles has a preview.
RT @WSJLive: Google Maps is launching a new feature that lets users go back in time in Street View: on.wsj.com/1iIyXDk pic.twitter.com/43kxjzVoQh
RT @WSJLive: Google Maps is launching a new feature that lets users go back in time in Street View: on.wsj.com/1iIyXDk pic.twitter.com/43kxjzVoQh
RT @WSJLive: Google Maps is launching a new feature that lets users go back in time in Street View: on.wsj.com/1iIyXDk pic.twitter.com/43kxjzVoQh
RT @WSJLive: Google Maps is launching a new feature that lets users go back in time in Street View: on.wsj.com/1iIyXDk pic.twitter.com/43kxjzVoQh
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More Greek Statistics? Troika Confirms Primary Surplus

blogs.wsj.com — The European Commission said Wednesday that Greece recorded a primary surplus of €1.5 billion in 2013, overshooting a target of a balanced primary balance and paving the way for the country's talks on debt relief later this year.
Troika confirms Greece's primary budget surplus. Calculation is "country-specific" on.wsj.com/1f5EOmU
Troika confirms Greece's primary budget surplus. Is there more to the figure than meets the eye? on.wsj.com/1f5EOmU via @WSJMoneyBeat
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European Union Confronts Its Roma Problem

online.wsj.com — EFORIE, Romania-Three bulldozers, backed by teams of police, arrived at dawn to demolish 20 houses belonging to this town's Roma, or Gypsies, leaving them to pick through debris for their belongings and brave several days of storms. "Is this a jungle? Are we animals? Where do they want us to live?"
Don't miss this nice piece in today's @WSJ by @NaftaliBendavid on the plight of Europe's Roma (Gypsy) minority on.wsj.com/RKdLDs
Great story, sad situation. Roma marginalization continues in Europe. Put them in containers ?! on.wsj.com/RKdLDs @naftalibendavid
"Is this a jungle? Are we animals? Where do they want us to live?" says a Roma resident of Eforie, Romania on.wsj.com/RKdLDs via @WSJ
The EU is trying to assist the 11 million Roma, Europe's biggest minority on.wsj.com/RKdLDs
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