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A customer looks at the new Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy S5 smartphone on display at a Best Buy Co. store in San Francisco, California, U.S..

Samsung Electronics is spending more to build its new flagship Galaxy S5 than the previous model despite a slowdown in the high-end smartphone market.

A mother takes picture of her daughter in front of the company's logo during the opening ceremony of the country's first McDonald's restaurant in Ho Chi Minh city on February 8, 2014.

From his perch on the 57th floor of Ho Chi Minh City's tallest and most stylish office tower, Henry Nguyen is at the top of his game.

Here's what Amazon's smartphone may look like Tue, 15 Apr '14 | 11:36 AM ET
Amazon.com logo on an Apple iPhone

Amazon is preparing to roll out a device that features a custom 3D interface and offers Amazon's products and services, according to a report by BGR.

China's gold fever to cool in 2014 Tue, 15 Apr '14 | 4:40 AM ET

After last year's massive bullion buying spree, China's gold fever is set to cool in 2014, said the World Gold Council.

Investors are warming to sickly France Tue, 15 Apr '14 | 2:13 AM ET

Now safer dividend stocks are the new best thing, but curiously there is another contender for reallocating funds – France.

Ancient geological strata of shale or mudstone revealed in weathered sandstone hills.

Australia has several characteristics conducive for commercializing its shale-rich regions.

How I created my own bitcoin-like currency Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 6:00 PM ET
How can you understand bitcoin? If you’re Brian Kelly, you create your own digital currency.

"Fast Money" regular Brian Kelly talks about his "aha" moment with bitcoin and how he created his own coin.

Chinese businessman working at night.

Local governments in Sweden are testing out a six-hour work day, but could a similar plan ever work in Asia?

A world without Facebook: Will it happen? Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 6:43 PM ET
This photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook.

In a world where it's considered odd if you're not on Facebook, the sheer power and dominance of the social networking site is strikingly clear.

Ni-Night children's store, Singapore.

A number of trailing spouses in Singapore are turning their hands to business, eschewing a common image of expat wives having coffee.

The abandoned 'Stazione Sanitaria di Poveglia' (Hospital of Poveglia) with the San Vitale belfry, August 27, 2011 in Venice, Italy.

Italy has decided to sell one of its island located in the Venice lagoon in an online auction, searching for funds to cut its public debt.

Google buys drone maker courted by FB: Report Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 3:18 PM ET
Solara 50 Coast by Titan Aerospace

Google did not disclose a purchase price for Titan, whose solar-powered drones are intended to fly for years, the paper said.

This NBA star got me into business: Shaq Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 4:46 PM ET
Shaquille O'Neal reacts during a session at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Shaquille O'Neal, a four-time NBA champion, told CNBC that one of the game's greatest players inspires his business ventures.

Has solar power’s day in the sun arrived? Sun, 13 Apr '14 | 6:45 PM ET

Use of solar power, once derided as a pipe dream, remains tiny compared with fossil fuels, but it may be set to completely reshape the energy market.

China easing? Time to stock up on these shares Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 12:01 AM ET
A trader is seen at the stock exchange in Hong Kong.

Chinese stocks have been described as cheap for years but one analyst told CNBC that now is really prime time for bargain hunting in some sectors.

A Sri Lankan tea picker works on a plantation in the central town of Kandy.

A long dry season in the East has left Asia's premier tea-growing regions parched and could lead to a rise in tea prices, analysts said.

Copper Beech Farm, Greenwich, CT

A 51-acre Greenwich, Conn., estate, known as Copper Beech Farm, sold for an eye-popping $120 million, the Greenwich Time reported.

Facebook targets financial services Mon, 14 Apr '14 | 4:52 AM ET
Facebook headquarters

Facebook is readying itself to provide financial services in the form of remittances and electronic money.

UK needs to export and invest: Osborne Sun, 13 Apr '14 | 1:02 PM ET

The UK needs to invest and reverse its declining exports if its recovery is to be more sustainable, the country's Treasury chief told CNBC.

Can Singapore become the 'Monaco of the East'? Fri, 11 Apr '14 | 5:05 AM ET
Luxury boats and yachts on display during the Singapore Yacht show at ONE°15 Marina Club at Sentosa cove on April 10, 2014.

As the Singapore Yacht Show gets under way this week, experts told CNBC the city state was on the cusp of becoming the 'Monaco of the East.'

An employee arranges one-kilogram gold bars for a photograph at a Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K. store in Tokyo

This week last year, the price of gold suffered a 15 percent drop inside two trading days and that is unlikely to be reversed, analysts have told CNBC.

What went wrong in the Malaysia jet search? Fri, 11 Apr '14 | 8:15 AM ET

Malaysia's government has begun investigating authorities to determine why opportunities to track Flight MH370 were missed.

Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, March 9, 2014, in Doral, Fla.

If you've ever wanted to roam the beautiful greens of Augusta, this may be the year to do it.

Inside Europe's wannabe Silicon Valleys Thu, 10 Apr '14 | 9:28 AM ET
Silicon City, London

“Silicon Allee” may not have the same ring as Silicon Valley, but California’s success has spawned would-be “Silicons” across Europe.

10 online retailers going from clicks to bricks Fri, 11 Apr '14 | 12:41 PM ET
A guest attends the opening of Athleta's NYC Flagship Store, November 19, 2013 in New York City.

A number of brands have turned the tables, first developing their virtual presence, and later moving into the physical space.

Spare $55 million? Buy this Bahamas island Fri, 11 Apr '14 | 12:11 PM ET
Innocence Island is the largest privately held island in the Bahamas.

Wealthy sunseekers looking for a holiday home will head to New York next month for the auction of the Bahamas' largest private island.

The world of cleanings, chores and tasks is clearly now entering the realm of on-demand ordering, with the likes of HomeJoy and TaskRabbit.

Samsung's Galaxy S5.

Samsung's Galaxy S5 boasts a variety of new features, but does it have what it takes to prevent users from jumping back on the Apple bandwagon?

Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speech Fri, 11 Apr '14 | 2:41 AM ET
n agent enters the stage to assist former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a woman threw an object toward her

Hillary Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes and continued her keynote speech on stage at Las Vegas.

George Osborne

George Osborne will round on detractors who said Britain's economy could not grow amid austerity and set out a vision for strong growth, the FT reports.

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