The device, made by privately held Second Sight Medical Products Inc of Sylmar, California, consists of a special pair of glasses outfitted with a video camera and a video processing unit that sends signals to a wireless receiver implanted in the eye.
NEW YORK, Feb 21- One way to divide people is into foxes and hedgehogs. That combination of Pollyanna and Cassandra is perfectly embodied in the multifaceted mind of Al Gore.
*Swiss to vote on limits to executive pay on March 3. ZURICH, Feb 21- The year is 2026. Switzerland is in a state of anarchy. Economiesuisse has cancelled the film's release, worried it could alienate voters ahead of a March 3 referendum asking the Swiss whether shareholders in public companies should have a binding vote on pay.
*U.S. telcos valued at 17.6 times earnings vs 9.9 in Europe. BARCELONA, Feb 24- When the bosses of global mobile operators meet in Barcelona this week, there will be an elephant in the room: the widening gap between fast-growing and richly-valued U.S. telecoms companies and their ailing European counterparts.
The comedy "Identity Thief" snatched back the weekend box office title in the United States and Canada, narrowly beating the new action movie "Snitch."
ROME, Feb 24- In an electoral landscape crowded with some of the most colorful personalities in European politics, Italy's center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani is a conspicuously unglamorous exception.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is preparing for a most sensitive task: telling jittery investors who have grown accustomed to the U.S. central bank's ultra-easy monetary policies that things will eventually have to change.
WASHINGTON, Feb 22- Federal tax refunds are arriving later than expected for some lower-income Americans due in part to closer scrutiny of earned income tax credit claims by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the IRS said on Friday. IRS employees have been carefully reviewing returns with claims for the EITC, a frequent fraud target.
While Cyprus's financial needs are relatively low- estimated at 17.5 billion euros- a loan worth as much as the entire Cypriot economy would push debt up to as much as 140 percent of gross domestic product.
MADRID, Feb 21- When Luis Barcenas, a former treasurer of Spain's ruling People's Party now at the heart of a growing corruption scandal, deposited 14 million euros in a new account at his Swiss bank in 2005 the bank asked him to explain how he came by the money.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24- Dire warnings from Washington about a "cyber Pearl Harbor" envision a single surprise strike from a formidable enemy that could destroy power plants nationwide, disable the financial system or cripple the U.S. government.
ROME, Feb 24- Italians began voting on Sunday in one of the most closely watched elections in years, with markets nervous about whether it will produce a strong government to pull Italy out of recession and help resolve the euro zone debt crisis.
NEW YORK, Feb 19- Martin E. Zweig, a market commentator and fund manager who predicted the 1987 stock market crash, died Monday, according to his investment firm. Zweig co-founded hedge fund Zweig-DiMenna Partners in 1984 with Joe DiMenna, according to a release from his New-York based firm, Zweig-Dimenna Associates LLC.
*Copper at 2- month lows on fresh worries over Europe banks. NEW YORK, Feb 22- Oil prices rose on Friday after a strong reading for German business morale and coffee and sugar rallied too, helping a broad commodities index end up the first time in nine sessions.
NEW YORK, Feb 22- Oil prices rose on Friday as German business sentiment improved, but crude futures still fell by the largest weekly margin of 2013 after a sell off in commodities markets earlier this week.
*Housing shares drop after Toll Bros results. NEW YORK, Feb 20- U.S. stocks fell the most in three months and a key gauge of market volatility spiked on Wednesday after minutes from the U.S. When it says we may end it faster, that just raises the uncertainty, and the market hates that, "said Todd Schoenberger, managing partner at LandColt Capital in New York.
Feb 20- Office Depot Inc and smaller rival OfficeMax Inc will combine in a $1.2 billion all-stock deal, the companies said on Wednesday, confirming an agreement inadvertently announced earlier in the day, before it was completed. OfficeMax shareholders will get 2.69 Office Depot common shares for each share they own.
*India and Japan to see greatest benefits. LONDON, Feb 14- Worldwide shale oil production could add $2.7 trillion to the global economy annually by 2035 by slashing the price of crude by as much as $50 a barrel, PwC said on Thursday.
Feb 20- Office Depot Inc said on Wednesday it had reached a definitive deal to buy smaller rival OfficeMax Inc in a bid to get more clout with suppliers and better compete against rival Staples Inc..
*Sales hike comes after Japan relaxes import rules. Japan soared to their highest in more than two years last week following Tokyo's decision to ease import rules related to the outbreak of mad cow disease in 2003, government data showed on Friday.