If you want to know how the rural developing world could get cheap, easy wireless Internet access, just follow the money: Remittances to those regions total tens of billions each year, and the money flow isn't very efficient. The profits from micro-telcos taking over the business could prime the pump for an information revolution in the hinterlands.
With little fanfare, the U.S. Mint is releasing the 15th presidential dollar for circulation on Thursday, in what is becoming a $700 million-a-year boondoggle. It doesn't help that the coin commemorates the little-loved James Buchanan.
As the Fed's rate-setting committee prepares to announce its latest decision today, it faces a weakening economy and the growing threat of deflation. And it has to combat these potential menaces with interest rates already set near 0%. Here's a look at its options.