Can OPEC cap production and prop up oil prices?

The latest jolt to the always volatile oil markets: Talk coming out of OPEC about a possible move to tighten supplies, which has set off a bit of a rally in crude prices. But does the talk add up to much? And are there any other reasons to bet on (or against) a longer-term upward move in oil?

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Will Google’s home internet come to your town? … plus other tech news

Google’s big plans for home Internet. Coming apps for TV. Growing use of lasers by manufacturers. Our interview with computer scientist and author Eric Siegel. Phones and smart watches with supercharged connectivity. New threats to national security from cutting-edge technology.

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Guess which industries aren’t happy about cheap oil

It’s impossible to miss all the headlines these days about the crash in energy prices and the damage it is doing to the balance sheets of firms in the oil, gas and coal businesses. But the ripples from the price plunge extend beyond the coal miners and ExxonMobils of the world. A slew of industries tied to the energy world are also suffering, with little relief in sight.

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