Feature

The bottom line

Business bankruptcies soar; Nissan's ECO pedal; ExxonMobil's profits; JetBlue's <em>&agrave; la carte</em> pricing; Replacing the computer mouse

Business bankruptcies soared 17 percent in June, the sharpest quarterly rise in two years. Commercial bankruptcies have risen for 10 consecutive quarters.Baltimore Sun

Nissan next year will introduce a gas pedal that pushes back when it senses drivers are accelerating too quickly. The “ECO Pedal” system can improve fuel efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent, Nissan says.Associated Press

ExxonMobil last week posted second-quarter earnings of $11.7 billion, the largest quarterly profit ever recorded by any company. ExxonMobil also posted the previous record-setter, an $11.6 billion profit in the fourth quarter of 2007.Houston Chronicle

The latest twist in “à la carte” airline pricing comes from JetBlue, which is now selling passengers a blanket-and-pillow set for $7. The set also includes a $5 coupon to Bed Bath & Beyond. The New York Times

The computer mouse, which turned 40 this year, will be obsolete in three to five years, says Gartner Group analyst Steve Prentice. Replacing the mouse, Prentice predicts, will be touch screens, joysticks, and even facial recognition software. BBCnews.com

Recommended

White House now looking to 'engage' with China's Xi Jinping
President Biden with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
let's meet

White House now looking to 'engage' with China's Xi Jinping

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas in Gaza for the 2nd time this week
Gaza City.
crisis in gaza

Israeli airstrikes target Hamas in Gaza for the 2nd time this week

Russia's controversial new pipeline
The Nord pipeline.
Briefing

Russia's controversial new pipeline

10 things you need to know today: June 17, 2021
Biden meets Putin
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: June 17, 2021

Most Popular

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now
Bernie Sanders.
Sounds dope

Bernie Sanders wants to know if cannabis reporter is 'stoned' right now

Late night hosts pan Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust apology
Trevor Noah
Last Night on Late Night

Late night hosts pan Marjorie Taylor Greene's Holocaust apology

Trump's team tried hard, failed to prove Wuhan lab-leak theory
Wuhan Institute of Virology
no smoking gun

Trump's team tried hard, failed to prove Wuhan lab-leak theory