Earlier this month, in the dead of winter, Randy Howland finally got a job offer.
It's similar to a call-center position, except the St. Louis resident would take customer service calls from home. It's not perfect: The pay is low and with taxes taken out, it would be less than he was getting on unemployment.
"China passed Japan in 2010 to become the world's second-largest economy after the U.S.," The Wall Street Journal writes, adding that this is "a historic shift that has drawn mixed emotions in the two Asian powers: resignation tinged with soul-searching in long-stagnant Japan, pride but also caution in an ascendant China wary of shouldering new global responsibilities."
First, in conjunction with Apple, News Corp. founder Rupert Murdoch launched a news app called The Daily that publishes exclusively on the iPad.
"New times demand new journalism," Murdoch said to reporters at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum. "Our challenge was to take the best of traditional journalism — competitive shoe-leather reporting, good editing, a skeptical eye and combine it with the best of contemporary technology."
At a time when most people think about turning in for the night, Annica Trotter sits down at her computer to apply for jobs.
But it's almost impossible to apply for anything these days without going online, and that's where Trotter hits a snag. The 25-year-old is only able to apply for jobs when her boyfriend, Greg Perine, and his cell phone are home.