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7 Feb 2014 - Global
Mere months from its 100th anniversary, the Panama Canal is facing some serious drama. The eagerly awaited expansion it has been undertaking since 2009 has come to a halt because of disagreements... among contractor companies -- and it does not look like the issue will be resolved any time soon.
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This Plan Could Save the PostGo to the post office, send a package, pick up some stamps and deposit your paycheck or pay a bill? That’s the newest idea for rescuing the cash-strapped USPS floated in a report published by the... U.S.P.S. Office of Inspector General. “One in four U.S. households lives at least partially outside the financial mainstream,” it says. The FDIC puts the number of entirely unbanked Americans at about 8%, but that’s still a lot of families stuck conducting financial transactions with check-cashing storefronts, services that wire money, payday lenders and even pawnshops. Exclusion from the financial mainstream isn’t cheap: “The average underserved household spends $2,412 each year just on interest and fees for alternative financial services,” the OIG says. It estimates it could turn a...
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How You Can Build A GreatOne of the quickest ways you can rise to the top in business is to establish a distinct and attractive personal brand.
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German industrial output data disappoint

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 23:40
German industrial production shrank in December, hit by a decline in the manufacturing and energy sectors.     
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How Miranda Kerr Went FromMiranda Kerr just replaced Gisele Bündchen as the face of H&M.  The huge contract comes after a year full of controversy for Kerr, who departed after rumors she was difficult to work with.  It's... possible that Kerr, 30, simply became too hot for Victoria's Secret. The brand goes out of its way to hire models whom its customers can relate to, and the stunning Kerr might not have fit the bill. In short, Kerr wass so hot that female customers are threatened by her.   H&M is obviously happy to work with Kerr, who was the highest-paid model behind Bündchen last year, according to Forbes. Miranda Kerr has been modeling since she was 13, appearing in television advertisements. Her most prolific campaign before Victoria's Secret was for Maybelline Cosmetics. In 2007, she signed a contract...
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Here's What Was Supposed ToThe Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics got off to an inauspicious start when one of the giant, mechanical Olympic Rings failed to open 10 minutes into the show. It produced this image of four... fully-expanded rings with one sad snowflake off to the right: Owen Gibson of the Guardian is covering the games in Sochi. He was given a "cheat sheet" that explains what is supposed to happen during each part of the Opening Ceremony. Here's what it said about the rings: "As the voices and music swell, the snowflakes iris out and transform into the five Olympic Rings. The snowflakes then transform the five Olympic rings, shining, twinkling and sparkling with small fireworks until a great and final climactic burst." The rings never made it to the "shining, twinkling, and sparkling with small...
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20 Valentine's Day Gifts YourThe diamond and perfume industries work in overdrive around Valentine's Day, with tons of commercials for sparkly jewels and the latest designer scents. But women want things they'll actually use and... enjoy, not just the latest products companies are trying to hawk. We've come up with a whole bunch of thoughtful and original gifts that your sweetheart will truly appreciate. Help her document your adventures together with a cool camera phone lens. For the budding photographer or Instagram fan, buy her these conversion lenses to make shots of buildings, landscapes, and people all the more fun. These detachable lenses come in a fish-eye, macro, and wide angle version that clip directly onto a phone or tablet with a magnet. Buy it: $10 on Amazon Keep her fingers warm while she texts you with a...
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New CBO Numbers Show aA just-released report from the bean counters at the Congressional Budget Office is getting lots of attention because the bureaucrats are now admitting that Obamacare will impose much more damage to... the economy than they previously predicted.
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Merck To Pay $100 Million In NuvaRing Settlement

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 19:31
Merck To Pay $100 Million InWASHINGTON -- Merck & Co. will pay $100 million to resolve thousands of lawsuits alleging its NuvaRing contraceptive device causes potentially fatal blood clots, according to a settlement announced... Friday. The settlement addresses as many as 3,800 cases in federal and state courts in Missouri and New Jersey, as well as certain unfiled claims that meet specific eligibility requirements. The $100 million payout, averaging more than $58,000 per case, will be contingent upon at least 95 percent of the eligible claimants opting into the program. Thousands of women have accused Merck of misleading consumers about the risks associated with NuvaRing, namely a higher risk of blood clots than other hormonal contraceptives. The drugmaker denied fault under the agreement and continued to stand by the...
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GlobalHack Makes Its FirstThis quarterly hackathon plans to aware more than $1 million in prize money in 2014.
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It looks like Mexico has a good 2014 coming up. Financial analysis firm Moody's elevated the country's rating from Baa1 to A3, making Mexico the second country in Latin America to attain A status,... after Chile. The ratings agency based its decision mostly on the structural reforms approved last year by President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.
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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Ibrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a... financial newspaper.
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Quitting Her Six-Figure JobForbes It takes a lot of courage to quit your job and start a venture of your own. It takes something entirely else to walk away from a finance job that pays you over half a million dollars a year,... and create a new media property - teaching yourself Final Cut Pro via Lynda.com, taking sketch comedy writing classes through Upright Citizens Brigade, writing, editing and starring in your own videos, and filling a perceived void in the market with no guarantee for success. Meet MakinSense Babe, otherwise known at Kathryn Cicoletti - the woman who swears finance news and investment strategy doesn't need to be so complicated, or boring. Picture The Daily Show, but swap out Jon Stewart for an attractive blonde using clever analogies and wry wit to simplify financial topics, and you get the idea....
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General Dynamics plans to close its Sunrise facility, eliminating 56 jobs.
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Minimum wage bill clears Ky. House

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 01:33
The Kentucky House has passed a bill to raise the state's minimum wage for the first time since 2009.
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After Martoma's InsiderFormer SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma was found guilty of insider trading after failing to settle with federal investigators, netting another victory for US attorney Preet Bharara,... putting billionaire Steve Cohen in the spotlight.
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Will Fitch Downgrade the U.S. Over Debt Ceiling Drama?

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 00:29
Will Fitch Downgrade the U.S.When Standard and Poor's downgraded the U.S. AAA rating, on August 5, 2011, the Dow dropped 2000 points and gold soared to $1,895 an ounce. Are we at the brink of another downgrade by Fitch Ratings?... In a press release issued on February 5, 2014, Fitch Ratings criticized the political showdown over the debt ceiling, writing, "Repeatedly casting uncertainty over the full faith and credit of the U.S. risks undermining confidence in the role of the U.S. dollar." While this is not the only consideration in the AAA credit rating, it could be the straw that broke the camel's back. Should the U.S. Remain AAA Rated? Below are some of the pluses and minuses that Fitch Ratings will be considering. Pluses: Global Reserve Currency. The U.S. dollar is still the most liquid currency in the world. 61.4...
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After a weak holiday season and rough winter weather that kept shoppers away in January, retailers were dealt another dose of sobering news Thursday. The nation's biggest retail group issued a modest... growth forecast for sales in 2014, and warned of economic headwinds that could influence how shoppers spend their money this year.
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Washington is failing the long-term unemployed. And it's mostly the GOP's fault.     
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The fast-food giant is opening its first restaurant in the country, which some see as one of Asia's last consumer markets with significant untapped potential.     
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Time Inc. Chief Lands $1.4While Time Inc. has begun massive layoffs as it prepares to spin off from Time Warner, there is one person who might not be so worried. Chief content officer Norman Pearlstine reportedly is guaranteed... by contract to no less than $900,000 per year and a "sign-on bonus" of $1.4 million, the Washington Post's Erik Wemple said Friday. Pearlstine's SEC agreement also includes a possible "long term incentive compensation" of up to $500,000 each year. Meanwhile, Time Inc. began a huge round of job cuts Tuesday, with an estimated 500 people of Time's 7,800 workers to lose their jobs ahead of company restructuring. Time Inc. CEO called the changes "painful" in a memo to Time staffers. Pearlstine returned to Time Inc. in 2013 after five years at Bloomberg LP. He had been Time's editor-in-chief from...
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Canada jobless rate falls to 7%

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 23:57
The Canadian economy created 29,000 jobs in January, helping the unemployment rate fall to 7.0 per cent.     
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Three years ago, Ted Nolan needed a map to locate Latvia.
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Governor: Phone securityGov. Martin O'Malley described the new cellphone screening system in the Baltimore City Detention Center as the state's latest step in a never-ending process: keeping pace with technology inmates use... to continue criminal activities behind bars.
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US stocks extend gains despite jobs data

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 23:55
US stocks extend gains despiteUS STOCKS rose as investors shrugged off a disappointing job-growth reading, capping a volatile week for major benchmarks.
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Keystone XL Pipeline DelayEDMONTON - Canada's ambassador to the United States says stopping the Keystone XL pipeline won't stop an increasing amount of Alberta oil from getting to the Gulf Coast. Gary Doer says shipping oil by... rail south of the border has skyrocketed in the last two years with a resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions. He says that's why he will continue to work to persuade the U.S. government to approve the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to Texas. He says it helps that decision-makers in every U.S. state through which the line would run are pushing for its approval. Doer made the comments at a luncheon speech in Edmonton. He lauded Premier Alison Redford for going to Washington to lobby for Keystone and to outline Alberta's efforts to reduce emissions that lead to climate change.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A State Department expert on North Korea pleaded guilty Friday to passing classified information to a journalist, and has agreed to a 13-month sentence in a deal with prosecutors,... pending a judge's approval.     
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EDEN, N.C. (AP) -- Duke Energy says it is diverting the flow of coal ash from reaching a North Carolina river, but the company cannot yet declare the massive spill fully contained nearly a week after... it was first discovered.     
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A tale of 2 US employment surveys, at a glance

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 23:52
The U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January, a second straight month of weak gains. And yet the number of people who said they had found work jumped more than 600,000, thereby lowering the... unemployment rate a notch to 6.6 percent.
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Cop Allegedly Caught On CameraYou'd think he might have seen this coming. A Florida police officer was allegedly captured on camera stealing a piece of pricey jewelry during an investigation into a jewelry heist, according to... multiple sources. Pembroke Pines police officer Kevin Burgs allegedly lifted a $750 Movado watch from Jared the Galleria of Jewelry while officers were investigating a break-in, reports CBS Miami. The alleged footage of Burgs has not been released to the public. Earlier, a pair of thieves had been caught on video breaking the store's glass display cases with a pickaxe and grabbing handfuls of booty before escaping through a hole in the roof. The theft occurred at 4:41 a.m. on Wednesday night, according to the Sun Sentinel. Officers responded after the criminals set off an alarm, the Sentinel...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January, a second straight month of weak gains. And yet the number of people who said they had found work jumped more than 600,000,... thereby lowering the unemployment rate a notch to 6.6 percent.     
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Energy futures rose broadly Friday on signs that demand for fuel was increasing. Metals prices were little changed and crop futures were mixed.     
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MONTREAL - The head of Canada's largest private-sector union wants to incite a debate about the future of the forestry sector and regain ground lost by workers during the recession in its first major... round of bargaining this spring with Resolute Forest Products. "There's no question that we're going to talk about reversal of concessions," Unifor national president Jerry Dias said Friday after choosing the Montreal-based company as the lead firm in contract talks in the Eastern Canadian pulp and paper industry. The Canadian forest sector was ravaged following the financial crisis as closures cut employment nearly in half to 230,000, devastating many communities. "It's about damn time that we had a discussion in Canada about how we take advantage of our own natural resources and raw...
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Owner Of Oklahoma RestaurantOne Oklahoma restaurant owner says he doesn't want to serve gay people. "I really don't want gays around," Gary's Chicaros Club owner Gary James told NBC affiliate KFOR-TV after a reporter asked him... about several comments accusing the restaurant of discrimination. "Any man that would compromise his body would compromise anything." "I've been in business 44 years. I think I can spot a freak or a f****t," James told the news station. James has used similarly inflammatory language in the past. In 2009, when he ran for Enid city council, James told a local news outlet that he did not approve of people wearing hats in his restaurant. "I have one rule that does away with 95 percent of the trash," James told the Enid News and Eagle at the time. "If they are rude enough to wear a hat inside a...
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What's the Point of City Logos?

The New Yorker - 7 Feb 2014 23:41
What's the Point of CityNot long ago, Toronto’s Globe and Mail newspaper commissioned eight graphic designers to create new logos for Toronto. The most popular design, as determined by readers’ votes, was a logo that... showcased a prominent letter “T” made up of a hundred and forty small circles, which signified the city’s hundred and forty neighborhoods. Other logos had emphasized the city’s multiculturalism. One featured several cranes, in a nod to Toronto’s status as a high-rise construction capital. Perhaps the most vivid offering, though, displayed a circus tent adjacent to the text “Toronto: A Ford Brothers Production,” alluding to the recent headline-dominating antics of Mayor Rob Ford. “What no Gravy Train?” one person tweeted, in reference to Ford’s oft-repeated term for wasteful...
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Social Media's New Big DataKEY POINTS Seventy-one percent of chief marketing officers around the globe say their organization is unprepared to deal with the explosion of big data over the next few years, according to an IBM... survey. They cited it as their top challenge, ahead of device fragmentation and shifting demographics. The data tidal wave shows no signs of abating. By 2015, research firm IDC predicts there will be more than 5,300 exabytes of unstructured digital consumer data stored in databases, and we expect a large share of that to be generated by social networks. For context, one exabyte equals 1 million terabytes, and Facebook's databases ingest approximately 500 terabytes of data each day. Facebook ingests approximately 500 times more data each day than the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Twitter is...
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I Can Do Anything Better Than You!

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:40
I Can Do Anything Better ThanImmigrant Women Leaders Speak "Anything you can do I can do better" was an unspoken refrain of the interviews I conducted with immigrant women leaders, researching my upcoming book. Their combined... brilliance nearly triggered my inferiority complex. I'd ask myself, "How come they did SO MUCH better than me?" (I typically take everything personally.) It's not easy to wrap your mind around something when you're in the thick of things. I'm an immigrant writing about successful immigrant women, regretting that I'd never had a book portraying such role models. The topic simply never received the attention it deserves. Therefore, I felt happy to see an article "What Drives Success?" by Amy Chua (known as "Tiger Mom") and Jed Rubenfeld in the New York Times. The authors identify three success...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.     
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The World's Largest BitcoinBarry Silbert's Bitcoin Investment Trust, likely the world's largest bitcoin investment fund, has announced it will begin buying and selling bitcoins on the open market "on a pilot basis." In other... words, it will become a market-maker. Previously it had served as a vehicle for passively investing in bitcoins. "SecondMarket is currently buying bitcoin," an announcement on SecondMarket's website says. "Any bitcoin holders interested in selling blocks of bitcoin can benefit from our deep knowledge base of the bitcoin markets." Reached by phone this afternoon, Silbert said SecondMarket was capitalizing on the technical problems and ensuing confidence crisis of the past 48 hours experienced by Mt. Gox, at one point the largest USD-traded exchange in the world. "There wasn't any long-term...
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Greek, Turkish Cypriots to restart peace talks

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 23:37
Efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus will recommence next week after rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots agreed to a new round of talks.
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One human-resources expert says it's hard to imagine how company structured like AOL could ever pay $2 million for two pregnancies gone wrong.     
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's credit rating was dealt its second blow in a week when Moody's Investors Service announced Friday it had downgraded the U.S. territory's debt to junk... status.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil briefly rose above $100 a barrel for the first time this year on rising demand for fuel and some positive sentiment about the U.S. job market.     
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Obama Signs Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:33
Obama Signs Farm Bill ThatEAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law an agriculture spending bill that will spread benefits to farmers in every region of the country, while trimming the food... stamp program that inspired a two-year battle over the legislation. As he penned his name on the five year measure at Michigan State University, Obama said the wide-ranging bill "multitasks" by helping boost jobs, innovation, research and conservation. "It's like a Swiss Army knife," he joked. But not everyone is happy with the legislation and Obama acknowledged its passage was "a very challenging piece of business." The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments that go to farmers whether they produce anything or not. But the bulk of its nearly $100 billion per...
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NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Efforts to reunify the ethnically divided Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus will recommence next week after rival Greek and Turkish Cypriots agreed to a new round of talks....     
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The Law Must Be Free andImagine this metaphorical scenario. You are cruising along a highway and you are pulled over by a police officer. You're not sure why you were stopped. The patrol officer approaches and gives the... signal to roll down the window. You oblige. "How fast were you going?" the officer might ask after examining your license and registration. You answer honestly. "Do you know the speed limit on this highway?" might be the next question. Thinking it over, you realize that you do not know. For as long as you can recall driving along that stretch of highway, there were no signs anywhere indicating the speed limit. You don't know if you were speeding or not! You explain this to the officer, and he confirms your suspicion -- there are no speed limit signs on the road. In order to know the speed limit,...
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Oil Train Accidents SpawnAs more and more oil is extracted from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota and shipped by rail to Oregon and Washington, concerns are growing that a major derailment could impact a populated... area in the Pacific Northwest. The oil coming from the Bakken region is more flammable than traditional crude and shipments are sometimes mislabeled. The railroad industry maintains that transporting hazardous materials by rail is safe, but along with a boom in oil-by-rail shipments has come a rise in the number of derailments and spills. In fact, U.S. trains spilled more oil in 2013 than in every year between 1975 and 2012 combined. One of the most notable accidents came in July 2013 when a train derailed in the small town of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, releasing an estimated 1.58 million gallons of...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:     
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Stocks rise more than 1%NEW YORK -- Stocks rallied about 1% despite the U.S. Labor Department's report showing weaker-than-expected employment growth last month.     
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Yes, IBM Is Trying To Sell More Business Units (IBM)

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 23:28
Yes, IBM Is Trying To SellEvery week it seems, more news breaks that IBM is looking for a buyer for yet another business unit. The latest news involves its semiconductor business. IBM has appointed Goldman Sachs to shop the... business around, Ed Hammond and Richard Waters from the Financial Times reports. This is on top of news last week from Re/Code's Arik Hesseldahl that IBM could be looking to sell its software-defined networking business. SDN is a new technology for building corporate networks. And that comes after IBM sold its x86 server unit to Lenovo for $2.3 billion last month. We know that IBM wants to sell more business units because IBM's CFO Martin Schroeter told us so last month on the quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts: "As we look forward to 2014, we will continue our transformation...
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High-frequency traders have been paying to get direct access to market-moving news releases, a practice that can give firms the ability to trade fractions of a second ahead of less fleet-footed... investors.
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Facebook Is Down For Some, Don't Freak Out

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:28
Facebook Is Down For Some,Facebook appears to be down for many people on Friday afternoon. Users are getting an error message when they try to navigate to the site. Don't think I've ever seen this before on Facebook.... pic.twitter.com/v5M3MhAQy3 -- Josh Sternberg (@joshsternberg) February 7, 2014 FB now down for me. pic.twitter.com/RGpjkS0bn1 -- Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) February 7, 2014 facebook is down for some. didn't see that coming mr. prophet hands, did you? pic.twitter.com/7cXQhi7A5W -- drew olanoff (@drew) February 7, 2014 Down Right Now says that there is a "likely service disruption" on Facebook as of two hours ago. Try not to lose your mind. We'll update you when Facebook is back.
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Lisa Raitt: Rail Safety Changes Will Curb Accidents At Crossings

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 23:27
Lisa Raitt: Rail SafetyOTTAWA - The federal government is proposing new safety regulations for level railway crossings. The proposed rules will reduce the number of accidents at so-called grade crossings where railway... tracks intersect roadways, says Transport Minister Lisa Raitt. The proposal comes just five months after a deadly collision involving a Via Rail train and a city bus in Ottawa, although Transport Canada launched its study of rail crossing safety in 2012. Six people were killed in the September crash. The regulations would require that sightlines to crossings be clear of any obstructions, including buildings or other structures, as well as trees or brush. Railway companies would also be barred from leaving railway equipment unattended if it blocks visibility at a crossing. As well, roadway...
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Will Conde Nast's DominoFor many years Conde Nast has been one of the biggest names in home and lifestyle magazine publishing. Their domino title, launched in 2005, was the first magazine to “democratize decorating.” It... featured designs people could relate to and afford instead of $50,000 couches and antique silver trays (although there were always a few of those too). Despite its million plus circulation, Conde Nast suspended publication of the magazine when the economy dipped in 2008 and magazine subscriptions, advertising and fashion spending fell significantly.  But the publication is back, and many would argue it’s better than ever.
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The Emerging Markets Saw TheirEmerging market funds just saw their 15th straight week of outflows, to the tune of $6.36 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. That's the biggest exodus since August 2011, and it's the fifth largest... in history. And combined with last week's $6.33 billion figure, the largest two-week outflow since January 2008. Cumulative outflows totaled $33.3 billion over the past 15 weeks. Investors are fleeing EM over a bunch of different concerns — like macro issues in China and currency stress in Turkey. "At the country level for equities, Thailand, Chile and Poland reported the largest outflows relative to their AUM for the current week," noted Morgan Stanley's Jonathan Garner. "In dollar terms, China (-US$1.14bn), India (-US$0.64bn), Brazil (-US0.63bn) and Russia (-US$0.60bn) reported the...
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On Tuesday, Adidas sued the Baltimore-based sports apparel maker Under Armour over its recently-acquired MapMyFitness technology, saying it infringed on patents Adidas obtained in the mid-2000s for... its own workout tracking features. It's the kind of move you don't necessarily take unless you really feel a competitor breathing down your neck, and Under Armour has been doing that: Its sales have steadily increased, totaling $2.33 billion last year; Adidas' full year results aren't in yet, but the trend line isn't good.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The U.S. stock market is ending the week with a modest gain after investors found bright spots in the government's monthly employment survey. Higher earnings from several U.S.... companies including Expedia also brought buyers to the market. The back-to-back increases Thursday and Friday were enough to erase a steep loss from Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 165 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 15,794. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 23 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 1,797. Health care and industrial stocks rose the most. The Nasdaq composite increased 68 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 4,125. Expedia led the gains in the S&P 500 index. Expedia surged 14 per cent after reporting that its profit and revenue jumped as hotel bookings increased.
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British Drone TaranisIn a major boost for the growing spread of drone technology, a British-made fighter drone has successfully completed secret test flights, the British government revealed this week. Named after the... Celtic god of thunder Taranis, the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) was first unveiled to great fanfare by British defense manufacturer BAE Systems in July 2010. Details of the British drone program were then classified, until BAE and the government on Wednesday released footage of the maiden flight. A government statement said that Taranis completed a perfect first test flight last August and has made several more since. The location of the tests was not disclosed, but the BBC reports that Taranis is widely believed to be flying in the Australian desert. The size of a small fighter jet, Taranis is...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. stock market is ending the week with a modest gain after investors found bright spots in the government's monthly employment survey.     
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The name game: changing UnionRe-branding Union Station is probably not the best idea. A look at corporate Canada shows why.
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Telus Outage Hits Central Canada, Alberta, B.C.

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 23:14
Telus Outage Hits CentralTelus is experiencing an outage of its wireless network, the telecom giant said Friday afternoon. Though Telus said it's affecting its wireless voice network, some customers tweeted they were... experiencing problems with data and even internet home phone service. The outage is concentrated in central Canada, Alberta and British Columbia. RT @TELUSsupport: Customers are experiencing issues w/their wireless voice service. We're working to get that fixed asap. Sorry. -- TELUS Support (@TELUSsupport) February 7, 2014 @TELUSsupport why on earth aren't any of my texts sending, like it's happening to a lot of people in my region who are with telus -- ®0b¥π (@RobynPhillipsxo) February 7, 2014 There were conflicting reports over whether or not Koodo customers were also affected. Koodo is a...
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The True Cost Of An iPhone Around The World (AAPL)

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 23:13
The True Cost Of An iPhoneHere's a look at how much the iPhone costs around the world.  In the U.S., a 16 GB iPhone 5S goes for $200 with a wireless contract. But, without a contract, the phone costs $707 including taxes. ... That's pricey, but it's lowest price in the world. Everywhere else, an iPhone is more expensive, as you can see in this chart based on data from Mobile Unlocked. In addition to absolute pricing, we have the price of an iPhone as a percent of the country's GDP per capita.  As you can see, in India, if someone buys an iPhone 5S, they're paying a hefty price. Join the conversation about this story »     
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NM Senate debates texting ban proposal

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 23:13
The New Mexico Senate is debating a proposal to prohibit texting while driving in the state.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The price of oil briefly rose above US$100 a barrel for the first time this year on Friday on rising demand for fuel and some positive sentiment about the U.S. job market. Benchmark... West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery gained $2.04, or 2.1 per cent, to close at $99.88 a barrel the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil climbed above $100 in the afternoon before dropping back. It last topped $100 on Dec. 30. Energy analyst Stephen Schork said oil's rise was brought about by rising prices for wholesale gasoline and low supplies of diesel and heating oil. That combination will encourage refiners to buy and process more crude oil. "It's a function of a products pulling crude," he said. "The market needs product." Heating oil supplies have declined as a cold and snowy...
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Kinder Morgan Pipeline Hearings May Draw B.C.'s Input

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 23:10
Kinder Morgan PipelineVANCOUVER - The province of British Columbia has filed an application to take part in the public hearings into Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain oil pipeline. Under an agreement... signed with the federal government, the province will not conduct its own review of the project but let the federal decision stand for B.C.'s assessment as well. As an intervener, the province is on the same footing as First Nations, environmental and business groups that, under new federal rules, can prove they have a direct interest in the project. Environment Minister Mary Polak says it will allow the province to ensure the project meets the highest standards of environmental protection and protects British Columbians from financial and environmental risk. The Liberal government was...
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VANCOUVER - The province of British Columbia has filed an application to take part in the public hearings into Kinder Morgan's proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain oil pipeline. Under an agreement... signed with the federal government, the province will not conduct its own review of the project but let the federal decision stand for B.C.'s assessment as well. As an intervener, the province is on the same footing as First Nations, environmental and business groups that, under new federal rules, can prove they have a direct interest in the project. Environment Minister Mary Polak says it will allow the province to ensure the project meets the highest standards of environmental protection and protects British Columbians from financial and environmental risk. The Liberal government was...
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There's A New Drop-Dead DebtCongress needs to raise the nation's debt ceiling by Feb. 27 to avoid potential default on the country's obligations, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned in a letter to congressional leaders on Friday.... It comes as House Republicans are formulating their final plan on the debt limit, according to Politico — involving a "doc fix" on Medicare reimbursement rates and reinstituting some military benefit cuts.  The House Republican plan would fix Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate — the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat patients on Medicare — for nine months. The bill would pay for the fixes with another year of cuts to mandatory spending and changes in federal pension contributions, according to Politico. A House GOP leadership aide told Business Insider he couldn't immediately...
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LinkedIn shares fall on the company's weak outlook, but Apple leads the tech sector higher on news of a stock buyback.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. is reiterating its willingness to send an envoy to seek the freedom of an American detainee in North Korea after a pro-Pyongyang newspaper reported that such a visit was... being planned.     
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The Switch: Spin off the Xbox? Not so fast.

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 23:05
Now that Microsoft officially has a new chief executive, there's a lot of speculation about the future of the company and, in particular, the future of the Xbox. Top investors in the company have... called, loudly, for Nadella to sharpen Microsoft's focus by slicing off the Xbox division. They'd also like to nix the other consumer product divisions -- such as the Surface, Bing and even the newly-acquired Nokia.
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United expands avenues for upgrades

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 23:05
United expands avenues forUnited Airlines said Friday it has a deal to sell its extra-legroom seats through one of the large travel distributors, Travelport.
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Canadian farmers sitting onAfter the best harvest in history, backlogs mean many can't get crops to market.
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Ever since federal prosecutors used a controversial anti-hacking law to go after Internet activist Aaron Swartz, civil liberties advocates have been pressing for Congress to narrow the scope of the... Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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Why Failing To Set Short-TermIf you're starting a company or launching a new initiative, it can be tempting to give your team space to shoot for a long-term dream goal rather than ask them to drill down on the smaller goals along... the way, especially if you're not yet sure what those steps might be. But according to Jody Greenstone Miller, CEO and co-founder of the Business Talent Group, failing to set specific, short-term targets can derail your project and overwhelm your team. In an interview with The New York Times, Miller said that when she first started her company, she was afraid to put metrics down for her team because she wasn't sure what they were going to be. "[E]ven if I were to say to someone, 'You’ve got to do 10 deals a month,'" she said, "I had no idea what was feasible. I thought they would appreciate...
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Ruchira Jaitly will now lead the entire cola category as senior director of social beverages.She is currently the category director for flavours, responsible for brands including Mountain Dew, 7UP,... Nimbooz and Mirinda.     
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The U.S. will exhaust all extraordinary measures to borrow in order to pay its bills by Feb. 27, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Friday in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. "Based on our best... and most recent information, however, we are not confident that the extraordinary measures will last beyond Thursday, February 27," Lew wrote. "At that point, Treasury would be left with only the cash on hand and any incoming revenue to meet our country's commitments."
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MCX board limits FTIL voting rights

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 23:00
The MCX board has decided to write to FTIL that with effect from December 17, the company could not hold more than 2% in MCX.     
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STOCKS SURGE: Here's What YouIt was another big up-day for markets after a mixed U.S. jobs report. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 15,794.0(+165.5, +1.0%) S&P 500: 1,797.0 (+23.5, +1.3%) Nasdaq: 4,125.8 (+68.7, +1.6%) And now the top... stories: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' establishment survey, the U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January, which was well short of the 180,000 expected by economists. Private payrolls increased by 142,000; economists were looking for 185,000. Average hourly earnings, however, climbed 1.9% year-over-year, which was better than the 1.8% expected. According to the BLS's household survey, the unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.6% from 6.7%. This occured even as more Americans enter the workforce boosting the labor force participation rate to 63.0% from 62.8%. Here's...
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Amazon Valuations Remain Beyond Lofty

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 23:00
Amazon Valuations RemainIt's hard to see what strategic move Amazon could make that would allow for the profit growth its valuation implies.
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Manufacturing In China CanCompanies worldwide have outsourced manufacturing to China, and opportunities still exist despite rising labor costs. If your business is ready to take the plunge, here are four key points to... consider.
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The share of newly married adults grew 2012. But bachelor's degree holders were responsible for almost all of the jump.     
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The White House was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon after a man carrying two bags tried to jump over the north security fence.
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An environmental tribunal has rejected the claim of a Huron County farm couple that a nearby wind farm will violate their Charter rights
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A line of baby walkers and children's coats and jackets that fail to meet federal safety standards are among this week's recalled consumer products.     
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A Ukrainian passenger on an Istanbul-bound flight claimed Friday there was a bomb on board and tried to hijack the plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Winter Olympics are kicking... off, an official said.
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Canadian Solar Really Cooks IfIf option bulls and shorts throw in the towel, technical outperformer CSIQ could run higher.
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The Dissidents of Obama's America

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 22:48
Like Charter 77 and the dissidents of the late Cold War era, now we have the Billionaire Dissidents of Obama's America. Meet them and learn their stories.
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The 25 Most Romantic Cities In America

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 22:44
The 25 Most Romantic Cities InCities from Texas to the East Coast got a lot of love in the survey of most romantic cities in America, conducted by restaurant reservation site OpenTable.  "These are the cities where  people are... really seeking a date night," OpenTable’s chief dining officer Caroline Potter told Business Insider. "Places with nesters and families were often thought of as romantic. Brooklyn is more of a date night town than Manhattan, which didn't make the list this year because it's more about singles mixing." OpenTable calculated a city's romance level by ranking the percentage of restaurants in the area rated as "romantic," according to OpenTable diner reviews, the percentage of tables seated for two, and the percentage of people who dined out on Valentine's Day last year. Regardless of location,...
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ECONOMIST: In 2014, China'sChina's State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) ended 2013 with $3.82 trillion in assets under management (AUM).  SAFE is the organization that is responsible for governing the foreign... exchange market and managing Forex reserves. Stephen Green at Standard Chartered thinks in 2014 China will continue to see capital inflows, a current account surplus of $394 billion (3.6% of Chinese GDP and 0.5% of global GDP). And, that the People's Bank of China (PBoC) will intervene "If our BoP forecasts for 2014 are correct, and banks continue to sell the dollars that they buy from corporates, SAFE will end 2014 with USD 4.4tn," Green writes. "In other words, 2014 is likely to be the year when China’s BoP re-emerges as a problem for both China and the world." So why is all of this a problem?...
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Leno's Farewell Drew More Than 14 Million Viewers

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 22:42
Leno's Farewell Drew More ThanThe end of his 22-year run at the "Tonight" show host brought in the largest audience since May 14, 1998, the night of the finale to "Seinfeld."     
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The deep-pocketed tea party group Americans for Prosperity is making a major push to stop an Obamacare Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. Even Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), facing one of the toughest... Senate re-election fights of the 2014 cycle, has embraced expanding Medicaid in her home state. Landrieu's likely GOP opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy, does not support a Medicaid expansion.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.
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A town hall meeting with Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) took a bizarre turn recently when a woman in the audience declared that President Obama "should be executed as an enemy combatant" and the... congressman kept speaking cordially with her. Bridenstine issued a statement on Thursday denouncing the remark, but that wasn't until eight days after someone posted a video of the town hall online.
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Cashing In On Crowdfunding

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 22:38
Cashing In On CrowdfundingAs success after success piles up, crowdfunding money-raising platforms have proven to be a great way to fund your next startup. Settle on one of the multiple approaches of crowdfunding, and your... product or service just might be the next FORM1 or TikTok.
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Complaints from analysts are that the divergent jobs reports are tricky to interpret, too easy to misread in one direction or the other. Okay then, let's look at this week's other economic reports,... which are less tricky and just as important as the jobs report.
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Argentina's Huge Plunge

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 22:31
Argentina's Huge PlungeArgentina's Merval is down 5.4%, and today's drop was the biggest since November 2013. "The official peso gained as banks sold dollars to comply with a measure published Feb. 4 requiring them to... reduce foreign-currency holdings to 30 percent of assets and cut futures contracts on foreign currency to 10 percent of portfolios by April 30," reports Camila Russo at Bloomberg. Of course Argentina is one of the emerging market countries that suffers from "serial mismanagement by the authorities" which now poses a "risk to economic stability," according to Capital Economics' Neil Shearing. Argentina continues to face the risk of a currency crisis and sees strains in balance of payments. Here's a five-day chart that shows the recent plunge: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Barclays to cap cash bonuses at £140,000

Globe and Mail - 7 Feb 2014 22:29
Other banks have also set limits on upfront cash awards
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Sochi or Bust: Have Niva, Need Hammer

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 22:29
A drive from Moscow to Sochi in a Lada Niva is an adventure in Russian hospitality and creative car repair.     
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Is Your Online FantasyThis week, Yahoo, CBS and ESPN launched their new, online fantasy baseball contests for the 2014 season.
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This Photo Shows Why Hot NewSecret is a buzzy new app that has taken Silicon Valley by storm. Every blogger and investor seems eager to post rumors or musings on it anonymously. It raised $1.43 million from Google Ventures,... Initialized Capital, SV Angel, Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures, S-Cubed, Fuel Capital, and a couple angel investors. Secret is a lot like anonymous photo and text-sharing startup, Whisper. But unlike Whisper, which lets you see secrets from everyone on the app whether you know them or not, Secret shows you posts that are primarily written by friends or friends of friends. A lot of startups have tried and failed to build anonymous social networks. PostSecret went down because its founder found it "very challenging to remove determined users with malicious intent." Juicy Campus was sued by people...
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Over the last few weeks, the real victims of Obama's America have courageously come forth with pleas to end their persecution.
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Senior deputy governor Tiff Macklem says markets determine the exchange rate and BoC merely targets inflation
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Handyman on call

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 22:23
Globe's Handyman on call     
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Managing Your Way InSince interest rates have been falling for 30 years, most of the current bond portfolio managers have no experience in this environment.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Internet entrepreneur accused of being the mastermind behind an online marketplace for illegal drug sales called the Silk Road was scheduled Friday to go on trial in November....     
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Winter storm: PacificA second winter storm in two days is bearing down on Oregon and southwestern Washington, this one topped with ice that could make highways more treacherous in some areas and knock out electricity.
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Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KY) does not have a home in his home state of Kansas and, when he needs an address in the state, uses one that belongs to two donors.
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- U.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team's official yogurt -- denying them a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the... biggest competition of their lives.
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'The LEGO Movie' Will Easily"The Lego Movie" is out in theaters today and from what everyone is saying the animated picture is going to be huge. The movie is predicted to open north of $50 million. As a whole, the film cost... Warner Bros. $60 million, relatively low for an animated picture. Any number above $42 million, would push "The LEGO Movie" past Universal's "Ride Along" ($41.5 million) to give it the largest opening weekend of the year so far. Currently, "LEGO" is far ahead of the competition in ticket sales.  Fandango provided us with a break down of ticket sales as of Friday morning. "The Lego Movie" is dominating: 77% "The LEGO Movie"11% "The Monuments Men"2% "Vampire Academy" From the looks of things, it's going to be a rough weekend for The Weinstein Company’s “Vampire Academy.” Projections have it...
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Lloyds Chief In Line ForAntonio Horta-Osorio will be awarded shares next month that could be worth close to £6m, Sky News can reveal.
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Here are our editors' picks of some of the best reads available to Globe Unlimited
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The agency, which has lost money for 19 of the past 21 quarters, lost $354-million (U.S.) in its fiscal first quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with the same quarter a year ago when it posted a loss of... $1.3-billion
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The Person Who Just Lit TheFormer Russian figure skater and member of Russian parliament Irina Rodnina lit the Olympic flame in Sochi on Friday, which brought back scrutiny from the time last fall she tweeted a doctored,... racist photo of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. In mid-September, when the U.S. and Russia were sparring back and forth on the possibility of a U.S. military strike on Syria, Rodnina tweeted this photo: Rodnina subsequently said that she had been sent the photograph by friends in America, according to The Guardian, even though she deleted the photo. Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul tweeted at the time that the photo was "outrageous" and brought "shame to her parliament and country." Join the conversation about this story »     
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The Case for Free Admission

The New Yorker - 7 Feb 2014 22:08
The Case for Free AdmissionConstruction of the National Cathedral began in 1907. It took eighty-three years to complete the national home of the Episcopal Church, which looks down on the rest of Washington, D.C., from a saintly... perch on Mount St. Alban. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke when its cornerstone was laid, and Martin Luther King, Jr., preached his last Sunday sermon from one of its pulpits. The Cathedral was free to all until last month, when an admission fee was added for tourists. Citing a thirteen-million-dollar annual operating budget and an outstanding debt of nineteen million dollars for repairs from an earthquake in 2011, the cathedral now charges ten dollars for adults and six dollars for children, seniors, military personnel, and students. Sundays are free, as are worship services and spiritual...
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Purchase of Aurora Gas & Oil expands footprint into Texas light oil
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Video camera maker GoPro Inc. submits a confidential filing for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.
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Tax on Austrian 'Champagne' Has High Society Fuming

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 22:02
At less than 1 euro, or about $1.35, a bottle, the planned tax is just one of several increases next month, but it is the one that has caused the greatest furor.     
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CONSUMER CREDIT BALANCESNew Federal Reserve data shows that consumer credit balances expanded by $18.756 billion in December. This was much more than the $12.0 billion expansion expected by economists. Revolving credit... balances, which include things like credit cards, increased by $5 billion. This was the biggest gain in seven months. Non-revolving balances, which include things like auto and student loans, grew by $13.8 billion. The financial crisis was followed by sharp contraction in credit balances. This so-called balance sheet recession put tremendous pressure on the economy. According to Bloomberg, this was the biggest gain in consumer credit balances since February 2013. All of this confirms that the balance sheet recession is over. Join the conversation about this story »     
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Fashion Labels Are TastelesslyThe private funeral services for Philip Seymour Hoffman were held at Manhattan's Church of St. Ignatius Loyola this morning, and public relations departments were quick to pounce on an... opportunity.  According to a report in The New York Post, PR teams for various fashion labels are tastelessly sending out photos of stars wearing their brands while paying their respects to the legendary actor. The Post writes: Valentino emailed fashion bloggers and journalists on Friday morning photos of Hoffman’s “The Master” co-star Amy Adams wearing their Garavani Rockstud Duble bag on her way to the memorial service. — Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) February 7, 2014 “We are pleased to announce Amy Adams carrying the Valentino Garavani Rockstud Duble bag from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection...
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The stock market's recent slide has shifted many investors' attention away from highflying companies that do well when the market is rising and toward those that can hold their own even in a... correction, writes Mark Hulbert.
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These Maps Show The GeographyAttitudes towards interracial marriage in the United States have changed over time. Marriages between people of different races are becoming more common — in 2000, 7.4% of all marriages were between... spouses of different races, whereas in 2010, that figure rose to 9.5%. Researchers at the U.S. Census bureau made a fascinating series of maps to analyze the geography of interracial marriages. (via Matthew Klein) Non-Hispanic White/Hispanic marriages are the most common type of interracial marriage in the United States, accounting for over a third of all interracial marriages: White/Black marriages are scattered throughout the country, and forty seven years after the Supreme Court struck down laws against them, they are still fairly uncommon: White/American Indian and Alaska Native marriages...
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Some mining companies lease land at less than market rate and enjoy low royalty rates, at the expense of taxpayers, investigators say.     
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DealBook: Moody's Joins S.&P.Moody's Investors Service downgraded Puerto Rico's general-obligation debt to junk status on Friday, compounding the commonwealth's difficulties as it seeks fresh sources of cash.     
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IPOs show mixed results in trading Friday

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 21:57
Companies that held their initial public offerings on Friday showed mixed results in their first day of trading.
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Since 1997, Slashdot.org has delivered "news for nerds." The site has been a hub for techies, nerds and geeks of all stripes to share and discuss the stories that matter to them. But the beta version... of an upcoming redesign has some users up in arms -- and spamming unrelated Slashdot posts with critical comments ranging from detailed critiques to profanities.
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Hiring: Polling Intern

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 21:54
Get a chance to be deeply involved in TPM's 2014 election coverage by helping to run TPM's PollTracker. Details after the jump:
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U.S. search engine said it would comply with the order but would keep fighting the $200,000 fine issued last month
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Contrary to popular belief, most Americans who use prepaid cards also have checking accounts.     
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4 Moves You Need To Master Before You Hit The Gym

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 21:50
4 Moves You Need To MasterThis post originally appeared on Details.com. It's amazing what too much time sitting at a desk or on a couch can do. And by amazing, we mean horrible: Weak glutes, poor posture, a powerless core,... and tight hips and hamstrings are just some of the consequences. "You bring those imbalances and weaknesses into the gym and start doing even the most basic movements incorrectly as a result," says Florian Roth, a Tier 3 trainer and performance coach at Equinox Soho. Add resistance into the mix, and while you may think you're getting stronger, you're actually putting yourself at risk of injury, he says. "You must first master the following four movements, using proper form, and then allow them to serve as the building blocks from which you can safely advance your training." 1. The Movement: Pull...
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For some of his career as a New England Patriots player, Tully Banta-Cain repaired to this modern home with a saltwater pool and hot tub to repair from his work on the field. Located at the rear of... this two-bedroom home, the pool is housed in a room that includes a kitchen area with a sink and glass walls. A metal spiral stairwell leads to the sunny second-floor master suite with its own bath, a fully tiled space with all-body shower heads and steam capability.     
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Tax Court Cuts No Slack OnI'm not sure that "gentlemen's club" is the greatest euphemism ever coined, but it is certainly up there.  "Strip joint" captures the essence much better.  Nonetheless, Potter's Pub fancied itself a... "gentlemen's club".  John Potter, the long term owner was in Tax Court recently.  Things did not go well for him, although since he had already been criminally convicted, the fraud penalty was more a matter of adding insult to injury.
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The New Corvette Is Just AsThe new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has received rave reviews since it hit the road last year. We called it the most fun car we've ever driven — partly because with an MSRP of just $51,000, it's... surprisingly affordable. To see how the new American stacks up against the best of Europe, the UK's Autocar magazine pitted it against three stupendous vehicles: the Porsche 911 Carrera S ($98,900), Jaguar F-Type V8 ($92,000), and Audi R8 V8 ($114,900). Then it put the whole thing on video. The Stingray more than held its own. In an acceleration test, it whipped the 911, seven times out of seven. The 911 took first place in braking power, however. Facing off against the F-Type in engine sound, it fought its way to a "highly scored draw." Same for the handling competition against the R8. Autocar...
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Carl Icahn Tweets His Love ForJust in time for Valentine's Day, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is showing his love and appreciation for Apple CEO Tim Cook, and the $14 billion worth of stock the company just bought back.... Icahn has been buying up Apple stock for months now, building a position, and he's been loud about how he thinks the company should be using its cash to buy back stock. Of course, that pumps up the stock price, and make shareholders (like him) wealthier. So of course, Icahn is happy about the $14 billion news, and tweeted as much Friday afternoon.   $GOOG @ 19x2014 est operating profit. At same multiple $AAPL=$1,245 per share. Ridiculous. Keep buying Tim! You still have $145 billion cash — Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) February 7, 2014 There are tons of people that disagree with Icahn, of...
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The consultants writing the State Department's environmental report of the Keystone XL pipeline have reviewed other projects undertaken in recent years by companies including Keystone's owner,... TransCanada, according to a department official's letter obtained by environmental groups opposed to the Keystone XL project.
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Sound advice for affluent investors

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 21:42
If you’ve started to build an investment portfolio or have amassed substantial assets, you face a variety of financial challenges. How do you reduce the risks of investing, while still achieving... your personal goals, such as a steady income in retirement, a larger “nest egg” for your children or leaving a legacy to charity?
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At 63, The World's Oldest WildAt 63 years young, the oldest wild bird that we know of, Wisdom the Laysan albatross, has had another baby! Almost exactly a year after her last chick was born, the new baby started cracking out of... its shell. Refuge workers first spotted the baby bird on Feb. 4, according to the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service (USFWS).  The birds live on the on the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, in the Hawaiian archipelago. They arrive every year to mate, build a nest, lay an egg and incubate it, then hatch and brood their chick. The birds mate for life and take turns sitting on the egg.  It takes 365 days to lay and incubate the egg, then raise the chick. The albatross only lays one egg a year and then usually takes a breeding year off. But...
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US rig count down 14 to 1,771

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 21:32
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 14 this week to 1,771.
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Paper producer beat expectations in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 as its net income more than tripled to $65-million (U.S.)
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(Kitco News) - Economic data releases out of China and Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen’s first congressional appearance since being sworn in Feb. 3 could influence gold prices next week.
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Cap on FII investment in private banks will restrict fund inflows from foreign portfolio investors
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(Kitco News) - Positive technical price charts for gold could encourage the yellow metal to move higher next week, as a majority of participants in the weekly Kitco News Gold Survey forecast higher... prices.
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SC breather for R-Infra power discoms

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:27
Court directs NTPC to continue supply till March 25
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Maruti 800 rides into history

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:26
Since its launch, cumulative sales of the model stand at a whopping 2.7 million units
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SAN GERMAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Maxi Fajardo smiles as she recalls moving to New York City from Puerto Rico in her late teens, falling in love, finding a job at the Chiclets factory and raising four... children.     
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Sulaiman Famro left his native Nigeria in the 1970s to become an engineer. Now in his 60s, he claims his invention could save the country billions. "No doubt, Nigeria is blessed with huge human and... natural resources, but without the necessary technological expertise and the political will to harness the vast resources, these blessings cannot be converted to assets," said Famro the The Nation.
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Russia Seems To Think It IsLooks like the Russians are pretty confident they're going to beat Canada at hockey during the Sochi Olympics. The Olympics can for the Zhiguli brand beer from MosPivKom features an image straight... from the Mad Men era -- an ultra-manly Russian hockey player winning the girl as a dejected Canadian player looks on. We're just surprised they didn't use Vladimir Putin's face for the Russian champion. As for whether they're right? Two words: Summit Series. (H/T Deadspin)
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Officials say domestic revival in this segment more difficult, as it doesn't have to do with consumer sentiment
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Inteview with ED (commercial vehicles), Tata Motors
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The city of Junipero has a problem. Some of its citizens are starving, even as others gorge themselves on 28-course tasting menus. Food inequality has become a visible and painful symbol of class... conflict. Activists accuse Junipero's foodies of snatching food from their neighbors' mouths. Some of the foodies have turned defensive, complaining aloud that people who forgot to pack a lunch are jealous of those who remembered.
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Here's Why We PronounceTwo state names, Arkansas and Kansas, share all but two letters in the exactly the same order. So why do we pronounce them differently? We can thank the French. Arkansas was named for the French... plural of a Native American tribe, while Kansas is the English spelling of a similar one. Since the letter "s" at the end of French words is usually silent, we pronounce Bill Clinton's home state "Arkansaw." Technically, Kansas and Arkansas stem from the same basic root, kká:ze: the native root for the Kansa tribe, often thought to mean "people of the south wind." Kansas is named for the Kansas River, which is named for the Kansa tribe. It's the English spelling though, so naturally, we pronounce the final "s." The French, however, left their mark on Arkansas' pronunciation. French explorers...
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A federal judge in New York has scheduled a trial for a California man accused of being the mastermind behind a secret drug-dealing website.
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Moody's downgrades Puerto Rico credit rating

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 21:17
Puerto Rico's credit rating was dealt its second blow in a week when Moody's Investors Service announced Friday it had downgraded the U.S. territory's debt to junk status.
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Colorado technology officials say they have fixed problems that kept a state daycare inspection website offline for months and sent error messages to about 15,000 people who tried to access... information.
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A proposal to boost New Mexico's minimum wage to $8.30 an hour next year and provide for annual inflation increases rate has cleared a Senate panel.
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Modern Stroke on Lake Austin

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 21:16
This contemporary compound features a suspension bridge that connects the stone home to a waterfront boat house.
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The Russian Goalie Who GotTwo Russian Olympic heroes, Irina Rodnina and Vladislav Tretiak, carried the Olympic torch and lit the Olympic cauldron together to kick of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Rodnina is a 3-time... Olympic gold medalist in figure skating. Tretiak won three gold medals as the goalie for the Russian ice hockey team. Tretiak was famously denied a fourth gold medal when he was replaced at the end of the first period during the Soviet Union's loss to the United Stated during the Miracle on Ice. Here is the cauldron being lit: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Honda's small car to come out of India centre

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:13
Honda wants to lay greater emphasis on its India development programme, as it seeks to reduce currency fluctuation risks
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Here's Everything You MissedAfter an early blunder, Sochi ended up putting on a spectacular Olympic Opening Ceremony on Friday night. The big moment came 10 minutes into the ceremony, when a giant Olympic ring apparatus... malfunctioned. The rings were supposed to form out of five snowflakes. But the fifth and final snowflake never expanded, making for some embarrassment. Thing got much better after that. The show featured a ton of dancing, including a tribute to "War and Peace" and an awesome-looking performance of Swan Lake.  Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova was one of the final torch bearers. She handed off the torch to figure skater Irina Rodnina and hockey player Vladislov Tretyak, who lit the cauldron in a fiery finale. All-in-all, it was slightly bizarre but certainly entertaining. Here's everything you...
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CVS's Lesson: Carpe Diem

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 21:12
The company turned reputational risk into opportunity.
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Friday 2/7 Insider Buying Report: RXN

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 21:11
Bargain hunters are wise to pay careful attention to insider buying, because although there are many various reasons for an insider to sell a stock, presumably the only reason they would use their... hard-earned cash to make a purchase, is that they expect to make money. Today we look at a noteworthy recent insider buy.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Japan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.     
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Now, Bangalore court summons Vijay Mallya

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:10
A Special Court for Economic Offences has ordered summons to be issued against him over dues from his Kingfisher Airlines to the I-T Dept
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Door No. 1 will infuriate your core supporters, spark a civil war within your party and subject you to a coup d'état -- all without a guarantee of success. Door No. 2 will anger your wealthy donors... and make your party irrelevant to the electorate of the future, your own strategists say -- and it'll be on you. That's the terrible, horrible predicament before House Speaker John Boehner on immigration reform -- perhaps the most daunting challenge of his career. And he's struggling mightily with it. Exactly one week after taking two steps forward by releasing a pro-reform blueprint last Thursday, he took three steps backward by kowtowing to his anti-reform flank and pouring cold water on it.
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R Sridharan elected ICSI prez

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:09
Council decides against Harish Vaid on propriety issues
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Friday's ETF with Unusual Volume: BIK

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 21:08
The SPDR S&P BRIC 40 ETF (BIK) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 648,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 90,000. Shares of BIK were up... about 0.8% on the day.
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SAC Capital's Martoma found guilty of insider trading

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:08
Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at billionaire Steven A Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors hedge fund, was found guilty on Thursday of engaging in what prosecutors called the most lucrative... insider trading scheme in US history.A federal jury in ...
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Jet Airways posts Rs 283-cr loss

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:08
Loss for nine months crosses Rs 1,600 crore; debt burden reduces after Etihad investment
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You know that many states didn't set up their own Affordable Care Act exchanges. Many of the same states refused to accept Medicaid expansion, despite the fact that participating states will only have... to pay a tiny percentage of the cost. Now there's this: If you live in a red state and need to use the federal exchange and are eligible for a subsidy, now a growing number of conservatives wants to prevent you from getting that subsidy. Just because ... well, just because apparently it's really, really important that you not get access to health care insurance. Sens. Cruz, Rubio, Lee and others have signed an amicus brief in support of the lawsuit which is trying to block these subsidies and then there's this email I got last night from TPM Reader JW who notes State AGs who are also on board...
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Biocon squares up against Roche claims on cancer drug

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:07
Roche said the Indian regulatory authorities had approved Biocon and Mylan's products as Trastuzumab, but it was unclear if these met the criteria for biosimilar products
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Multi-Billion-Dollar StartupAirbnb has closed a $200 million round of financing, according to a new SEC filing. That brings the company's total amount raised to $526 million (via Launch.co).  The round was confirmed in October,... when Airbnb CTO Nate Blecharczyk said it was in the works and that Founders Fund was an investor. *The Form D was filed today for that round, which was first reported in late 2012.  Airbnb, which lets people rent out their homes to others while they're away, was previously valued at ~$2.5 billion. Investors include  Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher, Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst Partners, Jeff Bezos and Digital Sky Technologies. As of 2012, 15 million nights had been booked on Airbnb. Airbnb issued a statement about the Form D:  Airbnb...
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Google to own 5.94% stake in Lenovo

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:06
Google's decision to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo will allow the internet giant to hold 5.94 per cent stake worth $750 million in the Chinese computer maker.According to the agreement terms... between Google and Lenovo, the "share consideration ...
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Valuation begins for stake sale in HZL, Balco

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:06
Inter-ministerial group today discussed issuing Request for Proposals for valuation of the two private companies
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Tata Power narrows loss to Rs 75 crore

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:06
Net income lowers to Rs 8,700 crore from Rs 9,039 crore recorded in the year ago period
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RCom posts marginal growth, misses estimates

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:05
The operator recorded marginal growth in both topline and bottomline despite a 11.6% increase in EBITDA
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Chuck Jaffe: Always invest in what scares you

Market Watch - 7 Feb 2014 21:04
Chuck Jaffe on how to build a portfolio with a long-term outlook.
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Fairbanks North Star Borough officials have appealed to the Interior delegation to block a bill that would require Alaska school districts to pool employee health insurance plans.
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Home ministry yet to give any directions about giving Taj Mansingh the first right of refusal
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U.S. Government Getting A New Borrowing Cap

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 21:01
U.S. Government Getting A NewWASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington diffused October's government shutdown and debt crisis. The new cap on borrowing is... expected to be about $17.2 trillion. It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers to keep the government functioning until Congress further raises the borrowing limit. Lew warns he has less maneuvering room now than he had last year, when such "extraordinary measures" bought five months of time for the government to keep borrowing while at the previous $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. Lawmakers temporarily suspended the borrowing limit last October in the agreement to end the shutdown. It will be reset at the total amount of debt at close of business on Friday....
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MakeMyTrip picks up entire equity interest in Amsterdam-based hotel bookings portal Easytobook.com
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No Candy Bars Here: ThisCHICAGO -- When 27-year-old Luke Saunders told his former boss he was turning down a substantial raise and promotion to create a vending machine that would sell exclusively organic, restaurant-quality... salads and snacks, he was met with looks of disbelief and confusion. "They still think I'm nuts," Saunders, the founder of Farmer's Fridge, admitted. Despite the skepticism, Saunders unveiled the first of what he expects to be many of his unusual kiosks in an otherwise dreary food court in downtown Chicago in late October. And it was an almost immediate hit. The machine resembles something out of a "Portlandia" sketch. Made from reclaimed wood and surrounded by real plants with a carpet of artificial grass leading up, the kiosk is stocked at 10 a.m. every day with an array of fresh salads and...
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SA, fragile five partners fight back

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 21:00
SA, fragile five partnersSights are turning as abrupt rate hikes in South Africa, Brazil, India and Turkey and tightening in Indonesia have helped alleviate pressure on currencies.
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UBI reports Rs 1,238-cr loss

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 21:00
Losses more than double over previous quarter; gross NPA exceeds 10%
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The share sale saw a lukewarm response yesterday, gained traction today as bids from institutional buyers came in
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RCap net zooms up on higher margins

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:59
Company reports a profit before tax of Rs 105 cr, 24% higher than the same period of the previous year
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Andhra Bank Q3 net down 82% at Rs 45 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:58
Expenditure rose steeply on all counts, including slippages, while growth in total income was way behind
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Japan assures US of calmJapan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.
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CAIRO (AP) -- Clashes between Egyptian security forces and Islamist protesters killed two people on Friday, including an 11-year-old boy, while a pair of home-made bombs targeting policemen wounded... six people on a bridge in Cairo, officials said.     
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Don't Bail Out of Japan

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 20:53
Don't Bail Out of JapanThursdays' nice rebound in the stock market has likely put some bearish traders on edge going into Friday's job report. If it were not for the jobs report, one would typically expect the rebound to go... a bit further and trigger more short covering before the sellers again stepped in to push the market below the recent lows. The jobs report is likely to short circuit the normal pattern. Though it has not been long since the market made new highs, the decline has already succeeded in reducing both the too high bullish sentiment and the market's overbought status. In the latest numbers from AAII, only 27.9% of individual investors are now bullish, a drop of over 28% in just six weeks. Many stocks and sectors have already reached the first good support levels and some, like the homebuilders,...
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Ford workers vote against strike

BBC - 7 Feb 2014 20:52
Ford workers vote againstWorkers at the car maker Ford have voted against strike action in a dispute over job security and pensions.
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Taxi Companies In Chicago FileCHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's major taxi companies on Thursday sued the city over a proposed ordinance that Mayor Rahm Emanuel says closes a loophole that has given ride-sharing companies an unfair... advantage over taxicabs. But the taxi companies say the ordinance as written lets the ride-share companies off lightly. It would require them to pay a $25,000 annual fee, a daily $3.50-per-vehicle ground transportation tax and a $25-per-driver tax that companies pay. The cab companies argue the payment from those fees and taxes would be small compared with the $24 million paid annually by the taxi industry. "It is discriminating against taxi owners who have played by the rules, paid their taxes and complied with safety and licensing requirements, while the city at the same time is allowing...
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We are not chasing revenues: Gurdeep Singh

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:51
Interview with president of wireless business of RCom
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Ramped-up bidding activity on TripAdvisor's meta platform, broader roll-out of the Expedia Traveler Preference program, and rapid growth in advertising and media revenue from the newly acquired... Trivago, helped Expedia to regain its momentum in Q3 that it continued in Q4 as well.
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Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, along with other top congressional GOPers, have urged a federal court to block Obamacare subsidies for people who signed up for coverage through... HealthCare.gov. The group of eight -- which includes Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn, Sens. Orrin Hatch (UT), Mike Lee (UT) and Rob Portman (OH) along with Reps. Dave Camp (MI) and Darrell Issa (CA) -- filed an amicus brief Thursday on behalf of businesses and individuals who sued to stop the subsidies from flowing through the federal website, the Washington Times reported.
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Hmmm

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 20:47
David Axelrod says he's not the only one who wants Democrats to focus on 2014 rather than 2016. Hillary should too, he says.
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While market valuation is certainly under doubt, Pandora's transformation into profitable business is encouraging considering the losses it experienced in the past few years.
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Economix Blog: Why Europe's Job Picture Looks Different

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 20:46
Economix Blog: Why Europe'sUnlike the United States labor force, Europe's isn't shrinking, and the working habits of older women are a major reason.     
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The revelation this week that a group of people attacked a power station in California last spring is forcing a reassessment of what may be the most frightening threat to the nation's electricity... grid. Before the news broke, most utility executives were worried about cyberattacks. But the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the attack on the Metcalf power station near San Jose in April was much more conventional:
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General Motors CEO Mary Barra tops the list
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Where Are All the Self-Employed Workers?

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 20:45
The overall U.S. jobs numbers show no rise in this segment. But Free Agent Nation can be found in the details.
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MCX freezes FTIL voting rights in excess of 2%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:45
To implement FMC's order, promoter has also been asked to divest stake
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Is Retail Finally Washed Out?

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 20:45
Is Retail Finally Washed Out?Stocks stumbled out of the 2014 starting gate, with the major averages all falling in January. Year-to-date through Feb. 3, the Dow had sank some 6.5% while the S&P 500 was off nearly 5%. Now to be... certain, the losses in the broad market have been downright ugly, but even uglier has been the performance of retail stocks.
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While the revenues increased by 5% to $8.57 billion, the operating income declined 9% to $1.84 billion as a result of a 12% increase in programming expenses.
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Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker took sharp aim at US income inequality in a room full of Boston investment professionals Thursday night, saying the earnings gap presents one of the... economy's greatest challenges.     
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Betting on volatility easier from this month

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:44
NSE to launch VIX derivatives from February 26, measuring swing expectations; investors can take weekly positions
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Friday called on the government to ratchet up pressure on India over intellectual property rights, in a move that could help prevent Indian companies from... producing cheap generic versions of medicines still under patent protection.
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The brand is valued over Rs 1,000 crore according to EOW officials' estimates
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L'Oréal SA is scheduled to report its full fiscal 2013 earnings after the close of the Euronext Paris exchange on February 10. The company is the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturer, with a... market capitalization of $98.5 billion and annual revenues of approximately $29 billion in 2012.
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Sensex at one-week high, up 66 points

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:42
The Sensex rose 0.32%, or 65.82 points, to end at 20,376.56. It ended 0.7% lower for the week
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Past stock drops give clues,A look back at some Wall Street selloffs since the bull market began in March 2009 offers clues and some comfort to worried investors.
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This Is Why So Many ReasonableEarlier this week, the official Twitter account of the Drug Free America Foundation posed this question: "What happens if marijuana is legalized?" A perfectly reasonable question to ask. But the... graphic that accompanied the question was far less so. For starters, it included zombies: What happens if marijuana is legalized? pic.twitter.com/cLc0nsQCcr -- DrugFreeAmerica (@DrugFreeAmerica) February 5, 2014 Without citing any studies or data, DFAF's graphic claimed that marijuana legalization would not only lead to an increase the number of teenage and adult users of cannabis -- doubling or tripling the total number of users -- but perhaps trigger one of the Internet's favorite fantasies: the zombie apocalypse. Immediately, people on Twitter reacted by questioning the science behind this...
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Tim Cook 'surprised' by share-price drop after earnings report.
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The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.
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Govt closes antitrust probe of Samsung

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 20:37
The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market.
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The Sebi Chair

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 20:32
A look at all the chairmen of Sebi since its inception
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Panama Canal work stops inThe Spanish-led consortium working on a project to widen the Panama Canal confirms work has been suspended amid a row over cost overruns.
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Two Of America's Biggest Drug Problems Are Intertwined

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 20:30
Two Of America's Biggest DrugPhillip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death last weekend has placed a renewed spotlight on the nation's heroin epidemic, a problem that has grown much, much worse in the last decade. Behind the recent... uptick in heroin deaths is a spike in the number of Americans abusing another kind of drug: prescription painkillers, which Hoffman reportedly abused before his problem escalated to include heroin. Dozens of deaths in Pennsylvania, Vermont and elsewhere have been linked to a form of heroin laced with Fentanyl, a particularly potent painkiller. But in many cases, it appears the victims first got hooked on prescription pills only to later switch to heroin for the cheaper high. "In every corner of our state, heroin and opiate drug addictions threaten us," Vermont Gov. Pete Shumlin said during his...
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SD software firm gets $4.5M to move to Texas

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 20:28
A San Diego software firm will get a $4.5 million check from the state of Texas and move its corporate headquarters to the Lone Star State.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S.... market.     
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A bundler for President Barack Obama who is nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to Argentina said Thursday that he's never actually been to that country.
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Dragons Adventure The next generation's car trip entertainment With Dragons Adventure, a game based on the world of Dreamworks' "How to Train Your Dragon," Microsoft has hit on a fascinating gaming... concept. The app, made in conjunction with Dreamworks, is made for kids on road trips. It uses Nokia's maps to translate your real-world route into the fiery and exciting world of the film, and displays real landmarks such as rivers or notable buildings as cartoon destinations in the app. Weather in the game mirrors weather in real life.
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Bitcoin Price Falls; Exchange Halts Withdrawals

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 20:20
The price of bitcoin plunged Friday after Japan-based trading exchange Mt. Gox announced that it has been forced to suspend all withdrawals from its accounts.
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Former President Bill Clinton will stump for Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) to try to help boost her bid to replace Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
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Missouri Senate Kills MedicaidThe Republican-controlled Missouri Senate voted 23-9 along party lines Wednesday to kill legislation expanding Medicaid eligibility to roughly 300,000 uninsured, lower-income adults. Despite Gov. Jay... Nixon's (D) vocal support for expanding Medicaid, the state's Republican-led legislature repeatedly defeated Democrats' efforts to advance similar proposals last year. "It's the easiest and simplest way to improve our health care in our state, improve our economy," state Sen. Paul LeVota (D), who spearheaded the amendment, said on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "This isn't a crazy idea. This is an idea whose time has come." Approximately half of U.S. states have expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which offers participating states federal payments covering...
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Govt seeks to garner Rs55,000The 900MHz spectrum in Delhi was being fought for, with the price 90% higher than the reserve price, at `684.7 crore per MHz
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Market report: Tullow falls onThe oil explorer was the focus of takeover speculation this week     
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Drink makers giving peopleIt keeps getting easier to ditch the soda can.
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When it Comes to Pensions, Doing Nothing Is Not an Option

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 20:15
When it Comes to Pensions,As a long time AARP member and advocate for retirement security, I have always been impressed by and supported the organization's strong defense of its members' economic well-being and its ability to... explain those often complex issues in plain language without being unduly alarmist. That opinion changed, however, when I read the column titled "Protect Our Earned Pensions" by A. Barry Rand, CEO, published in the Huffington Post. In it, Mr. Rand rightly describes the important role that multiemployer pensions play in the lives and businesses of more than 10 million workers and employers; however, he is off the mark when he writes that one proposal under consideration by Congress regarding multiemployer plans would "back out on promises made to retirees." What Mr. Rand doesn't say, and what...
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Such 'pro-business' programs subsidize some businesses while hurting competitors and consumers, Fraser Institute researchers argue
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Are They Talking Behind Your Back?

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 20:14
Are They Talking Behind YourHave you ever spoken publicly as a professional in your field and then later learned, something you said blew your credibility? This happened to me recently and it took a few days for the sting to... subside. I was asked to be a speaker at a conference about finding our voice and advancing our messages in business. My presentation was about the words we commonly use in marketing that give off a (negative) vibe we would never intend. The room was packed. The talk felt effortless. I got high-fives and applause for challenging the status quo and revealing how to choose our words wisely. Five days later, a friend sent me a blog written by a well-known person at the event. The title alone made me instantly gulp, "Don't be 'that' presenter people are whispering about." The article is about a...
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Dodging The ControversyThis article is by Charles R. Taylor, John A. Murphy Professor of Marketing, Villanova University. 
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The U.S. stock market moves higher on Friday as investors examine the details of the jobs report and find a silver lining in an otherwise disappointing headline number.
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The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include Renaissance Capital, Greenwich, CT (.renaissancecapital.com) and SEC filings.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting... gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating against a rainbow-colored backdrop.     
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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Cargill, one of the nation's largest meatpackers, has added wording to its labels on ground beef packages that indicates whether the meat inside includes a product that's been... called "pink slime."     
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Here's Proof That BusinessesIt's no secret that a lot of Americans aren't totally enamored with the corporate world. Skeptics have any number of reasons to question the motives of big businesses, and many people appear to... believe that companies care about maximizing profits and not much else. Research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that people tend to perceive a link between companies that make a profit and companies that cause social harm. When participants were asked to assess various companies and industries -- some real, some hypothetical -- both liberals and conservatives viewed profits as undeserved, and even associated strong earnings with evil. But those attitudes may be slowly eroding. According to the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer, released last month by the public relations company Edelman, the...
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Neil Young Oilsands Remarks Unpopular With Albertans: Poll

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 20:08
Neil Young Oilsands RemarksNeil Young's controversial remarks about the Alberta oilsands sparked much debate across the country, but a new poll has found most Albertans don't necessarily agree with his analysis. In an online... survey conducted by Vancouver-based Insights West, 83 per cent of Albertans who responded said they believe the oilsands have been beneficial to the province. Additionally, 77 per cent said they believe the oilsands benefit all Canadians and 60 per cent said they benefit First Nations. Two in three Albertans also believe companies operating in the oilsands pay attention to and follow environmental laws and regulations. However, the poll also found 48 per cent of Albertans think the oilsands are detrimental to the province's ecosystems and two in five think the oilsands have an affect on the...
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A new line of bad Obamacare news made the rounds in conservative circles this week: One insurance company, Humana, said it could receive up to $450 million in 2014 through the various provisions in... the law that were designed to help insurers make the transition to its reforms. It was picked up by Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, who wrote about the report for Forbes. He cited Humana executives who said that the Obamacare "bailout" -- as Republicans have dubbed those provisions -- would cost up to $450 million to cover their company. His report was soon referenced by National Review Online, HotAir, NewsMax and others -- many of whom noted that this huge bailout was for "just one insurer." It sounds, when you put it like that, like another...
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Slow US jobs growth continues

Daily Telegraph - 7 Feb 2014 20:08
Slow US jobs growth continuesUS JOB creation sputtered for the second straight month in January, raising fresh questions about the economy's momentum.
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(Kitco News) - Disappointing jobs growth in the U.S. during the last two months likely was not enough to dissuade the Federal Open Market Committee from tapering the bond-buying program known as... quantitative easing, economists and strategists say.
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By now, virtually everyone has heard that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died last Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose. What fewer people know is that, on the same day, roughly 100 other Americans... also likely died from drug overdoses -- statistically speaking.
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Here's A Stunning View OfNASA's Curiosity rover has shared its very first picture of Earth from Mars. The photo was taken about 80 minutes after sunset on Jan. 31, 2014, NASA said. The rover tweeted the photo on Thursday with... the accompanying caption: "Look Back in Wonder... My 1st picture of Earth from the surface of Mars." At the time the photo was snapped, Earth was 99 million miles away from Mars, according to NASA. The space agency says the image was processed to remove the effects of cosmic rays. Our home planet looks like just a tiny white dot above the horizon. An even tinier and fainter spot below Earth is our moon. "A human observer with normal vision, if standing on Mars, could easily see Earth and the moon as two distinct, bright 'evening stars," NASA said in a release. SEE ALSO: The Opportunity Rover...
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The Government's Secret $35Well, it's not really a secret. You just have to know the tricks on how to successfully apply - I'll get to that in a minute. It's more important to tell you where the money is coming from.
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Not Enough Egg On Your Face?

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 20:05
Not Enough Egg On Your Face?How do you feel about failure? Honestly, how comfortable are you with it, whether it’s your own, or the failure of one of your team members?
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Sochi -- a spectacle in allThe Sochi Games are shaping up as the worst investor-relations disaster in Olympics history.
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This Is One Call You Don'tThe Better Business Bureau and the Attorneys General of several states are warning consumers of a phone scam that costs victims $20 or more per call.     
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Rhiannon Broschat, Fired WholeWhole Foods terminated Rhiannon Broschat's employment. She says she needed to be home with her special needs child on a day when Chicago's schools were closed. Now she's fighting to change the... company's policy. Broschat joined HuffPost Live to share her story.
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Germany Passes on Bond-Buy Decision

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 19:58
Germany's constitutional court has referred the decision on the legality of the European Central Bank's bond-purchase program to the European Court of Justice, the court said.
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Here's The Republican Path To Taking Back The Senate

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 19:57
Here's The Republican Path ToAmerican Crossroads, the Republican super PAC founded by Karl Rove, released a set of eight polls on Friday showing that control of the Senate is "up for grabs" ahead of November's midterm elections.... According to the polls, which were conducted by the right-leaning Harper Polling, Republicans hold leads in five of seven key U.S. Senate races. The other races are either tied or show room for growth from GOP candidates. The automated surveys from Harper show Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) trailing their Republican opponents. Republicans also lead open races with Democratic retirements in Montana and Michigan. Republicans need to swing six seats — while holding onto their own seats — to take back control of the Senate. Doing so would give the...
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When you're considering a startup, are there other jobs or industries you should think about first?
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Why You Should Be A Long-Term Saver

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 19:55
Why You Should Be A Long-TermTime is money, according to the business dictum. When it comes to retirement, it's literally true.
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Shortcuts: Crowdfunding'sWebsites now let people ask for charitable support for their own causes, but some fear that such sites will drain donations from established nonprofits.     
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Religious communities keep companies from sinning

Globe and Mail - 7 Feb 2014 19:53
Firms based in pious regions tend to have cleaner books and fewer stock crashes, a Rotman study finds
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The Most Expensive Valentine's Day Dinner Of All Time

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 19:51
The Most Expensive Valentine'sGoing out for dinner on Valentine's Day is inevitably a rip-off. It's one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and practically all of them will offer some kind of over-priced pre-fixe... menu. Eating a nice, romantic meal at home may be the responsible solution, unless you want to hire a Michelin-starred chef and drop $100,000. A British luxury retail site called VeryFirstTo is offering what has to be the most expensive Valentine's Day dinner in history. British Chef Adam Simmonds will go to one lucky (or crazy) couple's home and cook a jaw-dropping, eight-course menu that stacks up to £61,000, or about $99,478.80. What kind of menu could possibly cost that much? One that contains Almus white caviar ($4,891.80), spring white truffle ($1,630.60), gold leaf ($3,261.20) and silver...
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Israeli Soldier Shoots CleverAn Israeli soldier used a GoPro to make this very interesting video chronicling his discharge from military service. Every able-bodied Israeli (who is not enrolled in an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue to... become a Rabbi) must do a minimum of three years military service. The video starts off with him and a bit of narration (translated below) then it follows him as he turns in gear and fills out paperwork — usually a tedious and miserable process — until finally he cuts his military ID and heads off to freedom. Here are the translations of his spoken portions — Wednesday, 20.11.2013 We'll sleep well, get up tomorrow morning, drive to the battalion and return all of the equipment. On Sunday I'll go to "Artilleryman's House" and complete my discharge. Good night. Thursday, 21.11.2013...
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Ebook prices expected to dropCompetition Bureau reaches agreement with four publishers in bid to lower ebook prices in Canada.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Officials in California on Friday were set to outline proposed state legislation requiring smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" that would render them... inoperable if lost or stolen.     
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Gen X, Gen Y May Be TooTORONTO - Take off the rose-coloured glasses, Generation X and Generation Y. That's the message from the Bank of Montreal Wealth Institute, which says young adults and teens may be overly confident... about facing life's major financial milestones. According to a 13-page report issued Friday, the bank says 68 per cent of those recently surveyed in these age groups believe they'll be able to buy a house at some point. It says that's optimistic, given the average home now costs almost eight times the average pre-tax, full-time yearly salary. In 1997, the average Canadian home only cost five times the average salary. When it comes to kids, 70 per cent of the survey's respondents who want to start a family said they'll be able to pay for post-secondary education -- which BMO says could be as high...
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Controversial Banker Won't GetIn a testament to the power of Twitter, or the speed of the revolving door between government and the private sector, or both, one banking legend's controversial effort to dabble in regulation has... ended less than 24 hours after it was announced. Blythe Masters, head of JPMorgan Chase's commodities unit, will not be advising the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on market regulation after all, Bloomberg reported on Friday -- less than a day after Bloomberg reported that Masters would get the job. Masters would have been on a committee helping the CFTC figure out how to regulate the derivatives market. This was an eye-opening development for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Masters basically invented the credit default swap, the derivative at the heart of the financial crisis. This...
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How I Paid Off Over $50,000 of Credit Card Debt

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 19:44
How I Paid Off Over $50,000 ofSince August 2012, I have been writing on Debt Roundup about many different topics. They have all surrounded money and debt, because that is what I am passionate about. I have provided this... information because I wanted to help those that are in the same situation that I was once in. I also wanted to show others that people make mistakes and that I am very much human. I am not perfect, nor do I pretend to be. I have been thinking about writing this post for some time, but just haven't pushed myself until now. I want to provide you with what I did to pay off my credit card debt. How I paid off $50,000 - The Steps There are many others that might have more or less credit card debt, but we all got into it for one reason. We spent more than we made. Simple and to the point. There might be many...
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- An insurance company has won a legal round in its effort to avoid providing information about health coverage sought by the state of Vermont.     
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Feed Your Portfolio WithValuation makes a compelling case to buy. Since 2009, ConAgra has averaged a price-earnings multiple of 15.9. Multiplied by the $2.34 EPS forecast, that would yield a $37.20 stock price.
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Plane Full Of Passengers LandsA commercial airliner has landed safely in Istanbul after a hijacking attempt, the Turkish civil aviation authority said in a statement issued to Reuters: "A Pegasus Airlines plane flying from Kharkov... to Sabiha Gokcen landed at Sabiha Gokcen safely after receiving a bomb threat while in the air." According to José Miguel Sardo, an editor at euronews, the flight had 110 passengers on board. Sardo reports a Ukrainian tried to divert the plane to Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are just starting: #Turkey: Pegasus kharkiv-Istanbul flight with 110 passengers hijacked allegedly by Ukrainian trying do divert plane to #Sochi - trk media — José Miguel Sardo (@jmsardo) February 7, 2014 The Associated Press reports that the passenger said he had a bomb, and security forces are now searching the...
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Gwynne Shotwell: How SpaceXThe Women 2.0 conference speaker talks about growing SpaceX from a startup with a handful of employees to a company with out-of-this-world ambitions.
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Robert Shiller Sounds PrettyOn Monday, a bunch of Yale students interrupted Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller's class with a completely obnoxious prank, but Shiller seems pretty chill about it. "I was a little thrown... off by the pranksters, but, after all, wasn't too much bothered by it," Shiller told Business Insider. Not sure if we'd be as smooth. As Shiller was a lecturing, a bunch of cell phones started going off. One student shouted, "Rise!" Then a bunch of students stood up, holding bells. A boy and a girl walked down to the podium. They handed Shiller a few things — a paper and a scroll. Then one students said, “For talking about your Nobel Prize more than anyone else, we present you with the Yes-bell Prize." Really clever. "The accusation that I talked too much about the Nobel Prize isn't about...
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3 Tips For Raising Financially Savvy Kids

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 19:39
3 Tips For Raising FinanciallyGood money habits are one of the most important things parents can teach their children. The tricky question is, how? A new article in Wall St. Cheat Sheet outlines simple steps that parents can take... to start teaching kids the value of money from an early age. The key is to keep each lesson simple and convey it in relatable terms. Here are three of the best tips: 1. Make your kids work for their money. Once your child is old enough to understand what money is (maybe age 4 or 5), it can be useful to give them a small allowance. This could be anything from $0.50 to a few dollars a week and will give your child a small amount of money to be financially responsible for. Better yet, you can link the allowance to chores — they'll learn that money is something they earn, not something they...
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation....     
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SEC Case Against Cohen Looms

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 19:38
The SEC's civil case against hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen is likely to proceed following guilty verdicts against senior SAC employees Michael Steinberg and Mathew Martoma.
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Another mixed jobs report.Why immigration reform is going nowhere. And how far would you go to get someone to invest in your business?     
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HOUSE OF THE DAY: Live NextBill Maris, managing partner of Google Ventures, has listed his Palo Alto home for $2.85 million.  According to Realtor.com, the home has four bedrooms and a beautifully modern design, but the most... interesting part of it may be who happens to live next door.  Maris' home actually shares a small piece of land with a similarly designed house belonging to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Cook reportedly bought the modest 2,095-square-foot condo for $1.9 million back in 2010, around the same time Maris moved in.   The decision to keep the rival close by is interesting, especially considering that other tech executives like Marissa Mayer and Mark Zuckerberg have been known to buy surrounding properties just to keep other people away.  Maris reportedly moved to Mountain View in 2012, meaning that the...
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Political strategist David Axelrod said Friday that his admonition wasn't aimed at Hillary Clinton when he said Democrats should focus on the 2014 midterms rather than the 2016 presidential race.
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GUNDLACH: This Chart ShowsVeteran bond fund manager Jeff Gundlach recently pointed us to the chart that he looks at when he gets up every morning. It's an overlay of the US dollar / emerging-market currency exchange rate and... the yield on the 10-year Treasury note. Gundlach noted that there has been a remarkably tight correlation between the two measures with the currency cross acting as a slight leading indicator of the 10-year yield, which is the benchmark for almost every important interest rate in the world. Last month when he last spoke of this chart, the currency cross was signaling a decline in the 10-year yield. And as Gundlach correctly predicted, that yield has been tumbling toward the 2.5% level he targeted. However, the correlation in this chart appears to have broken down. Earlier today, Morgan...
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Everyone Is Freaking Out AboutEveryone is freaking out about this bear at the Opening Ceremony. He is pretty terrifying: Scary: The bear has some friends too: Just skating around: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Nzimande warns of Numsa'sNumsa's leadership is pushing metalworkers against their will into opposing the tripartite alliance led by the ANC, says SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande.
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Short Film Explores How MLK'sIn April 1968, the world changed forever when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. But in the seven days that followed, the country changed even more when Congress passed... the Fair Housing Act, prohibiting discrimination on the sale, rental and financing of housing based on race, religion, national origin and sex. A short documentary by content creators and filmmaking group, Animal, entitled "Seven Days," revisits the week that changed American history. The film, which is featured on the Vimeo Staff Pick page, explores the events that led to the passing of the bill, including the contentious debate and how King's assassination ultimately spurred government action. To this day, the Fair Housing Act stands as the final great achievement of the Civil Rights Era....
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Do you guys have health insurance?" David Bransfield asks each time a group of college students passes by.
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What you can buy for $189,900

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 19:33
Home prices in Chicago may have risen 11 percent during the past year, but there are still some deals that can be had.     
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Washington is willing to consider financial aid to Ukraine as the country struggles through a polarizing political crisis, but only if it undertakes political and economic... reforms, a top U.S. diplomat said Friday.     
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Marmite lovers hit as theThe mysterious rollercoaster ride of the cost of Marmite has continued with a big glass jar rocketing 50% to £4.50 just months after it tumbled to £3.
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Sen. Rand Paul plans to hosting will be hosting a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. for Republican Maryland congressional candidate Dan Bongino on Feb. 25.
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US employment fails to reboundUS employers have hired far fewer workers than expected in January and job gains for the prior month were barely revised up.
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These Photos Supposedly ShowA new Facebook page supposedly shows the terrible condition of Los Angeles public schools, with photos of malpractices such as broken sinks and ant infestations. The page — called "Repairs Not... IPads" — is a response to a failed plan to give iPads to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The billion-dollar program fell victim to student hackers, and is now planned for a 2015 rollout, a year later than expected. According to the anonymous Facebook page administrator, "Repairs Not IPads" was created "for teachers & the community to document neglected school repairs while construction bond $$ is diverted to purchase iPads." Here's one of the worst pictures on the page: Post by Repairs Not IPads. An LAUSD spokesperson gave the following response to Business Insider when asked...
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The Impact Of Social Media InI will surely refrain from spouting off all the latest and greatest social media marketing numbers. From the gazillion numbers of people on Facebook on Twitter to the rapid rise of Pinterest and... Instagram and on and on and on.
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is ratcheting up his criticism of former President Bill Clinton, suggesting Democratic candidates return any money he helped raise for them in protest of the Monica Lewinsky... scandal.
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Google Is Clamping Down On TheGoogle may have just opened up Chromecast for app development, but as far as Google's signature platform Android goes, BI Intelligence finds that Google is moving in a very different direction.... Android is by far the biggest smartphone platform across the globe, thanks in large part to its decision to start the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) in 2007. Back then, with zero mobile market share, Google packaged mobile services like Search, Gmail, and Maps into an open-source platform that third-party vendors and developers could fork to run on their mobile devices. Originally, AOSP was a defense tactic against an Apple mobile monopoly.   Now, AOSP is expanding beyond Google's control. Here's a look at the underlying data from BI Intelligence:  In the fourth quarter of 2013, phones...
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Conan O'Brien Mocks Jay LenoLast night was Jay Leno’s final time hosting “The Tonight Show.” While celebrities and other late-night hosts congratulated Leno on his 22 years on the show and wished him farewell, Conan... O’Brien offered one last jab.  “That's right, NBC has the Olympics. It's a big deal. NBC will finally get to show somebody who's okay with passing the torch.” O’Brien briefly took over “The Tonight Show” from Leno in 2009. But when NBC wanted to make a scheduling change to air “Tonight” and O'Brien threatened to leave, Leno returned as host. O'Brien went over to TBS where he's been hosting "Conan" ever since. Watch the clip from "Conan" below. O'Brien makes the comment at the 2:30 mark. SEE ALSO: Billy Crystal, Oprah, and more sing farewell to Jay Leno Join the conversation about...
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UK Currency Firm Targeted InA Berkshire-based foreign exchange group is targeted by international peers in a deal worth well over £100m, Sky News understands.
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Latest Airline Safety VideoAir New Zealand has a pretty clever new plan to make you pay attention to its in-flight safety videos. The company has hired models from Sports Illustrated‘s swimsuit issues to make lessons about... emergency exits and oxygen masks a lot more interesting. The airline and SI have released a behind-the-scenes video featuring several swimsuit models dancing on the beaches of the Cook Islands. Even SI swimsuit legend Christie Brinkley makes a cameo appearance from Hollywood. The video is the latest in a string of eye-catching airline videos such as Virgin America’s airline safety musical and Air New Zealand’s own Lord of the Rings parody. The official safety video will be released next week as SI celebrates the 50th anniversary of its swimsuit issue.
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One of the lawmakers leading the investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told TPM on Thursday he's seen some "interesting things" in the latest round of subpoenaed documents, though he... cautioned they "may or may not mean something." Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) told TPM that members of the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal were allowed to begin looking at the documents on Thursday, just a few days after the people who were subpoenaed started handing them over. The documents are being kept in a locked room on the third floor of the State House Annex in Trenton, N.J. While many more documents are expected to be turned over soon, lawmakers on the committee have already begun combing through what they have.
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25 Horrible Things That HappenIn our 24/7 culture, sleep loss is a major problem. Back in 1942, we averaged almost 8 hours of sleep a night — now that's down to 6.8. (Seven to 9 hours per night are what's generally recommended.)... Almost 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep a night, a recent Gallup poll found, and an estimated 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder.  Everyone knows that it's important to get enough sleep — but you may not realize just how many things can go wrong when you don't. Here are 25 unfortunate risks of partial and total sleep deprivation, some more common than others. 1. Irritability "Complaints of irritability and [emotional] volatility following sleepless nights" are common, a team of Israeli researchers observed. They put those complaints to the test by following a group...
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Wealth Matters: KeepingHacking into email and using the information to steal from personal accounts is as great a threat as recent breaches of retailers' customer data.     
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A federal magistrate in Pennsylvania has recommended against class-action status for a lawsuit filed over spyware installed on computers leased from furniture renter Aaron's Inc.
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And so it's over -- Blythe Masters, widely credited as an architect of the notorious credit default swaps that helped fuel the financial crisis, has withdrawn from a Commodity Futures Trading... Commission advisory board, according to the agency.
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Budget Will Target PoliticalTuesday's federal budget will include new measures targeting the political activities of Canadian charities, with the stated goal of tackling terrorism and organized crime, said Finance Minister Jim... Flaherty. At a pre-budget event in Toronto, Mr. Flaherty also indicated that Tuesday's budget will include measures aimed at dealing with price differences of consumer goods in Canada compared to the United States.
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Updated: February 7, 2014, 12:44 PM Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh (D) was appointed by his state's governor to fill out the rest of former Sen. Max Baucus's (D-MT) Senate term.
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Here's The Sochi Olympics ThatThe Interpreter is a daily-updated online journal from the Institute of Modern Russia that is dedicated primarily to translating media from the Russian press and blogosphere into English. The site is... running a live blog for the Sochi Olympics and have given us permission to republish it. Welcome to The Interpreter's Sochi Olympics Liveblog, day three.
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The Most Interesting OlympianHe may not win a medal, but the most interesting competitor at this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi is Hubertus von Hohenlohe, and he made a grand entrance as the lone representative of Mexico. This... is the sixth Olympic games for the 55-year-old alpine skier, who is also: a German prince a pop singer a professional photographer So much swag: Join the conversation about this story »     
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Postal Service lost $354 million over the last three months, and officials warned that mounting losses could lead to cash flow problems for the rest of the year, the agency said... Friday.     
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Time To Buy Social Networks?While Twitter and LinkedIn may not be running quite as fast as Facebook, the recent sell-off may be premature.
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Social Media's Biggest Turn Offs

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 19:18
Social Media's Biggest TurnA look at what will get you unfriended, unliked, and ignored on social networking sites like Twitter this year. Results are from a survey of 3,000 social networking specialists conducted by marketing... firm SocialToaster in Baltimore, Md.
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The Newest Potential GOP DebtHouse Republicans are having a lot of trouble figuring out what to demand from President Obama in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. It's not going to be to repeal Obamacare or the individual... mandate or huge spending cuts. They've learned their lesson from last Fall and want to make a "realistic" demand. But their newest potential plan increases the deficit with a fake spending offset that their Senate colleagues just rejected yesterday. Let me explain. So far, they've considered (and rejected) repealing Obamacare's risk corridors and approving the Keystone XL pipeline. Since Democrats won't vote for anything except a clean debt ceiling increase, the Republican leadership cannot lose many votes no matter what they decide. Neither the risk corridor repeal or approval of the pipeline had...
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Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system -- and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions,... comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here.
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RBI permits banks to useRBI allows banks to utilize up to 33% of countercyclical provisioning buffer
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On Leadership: How to spread an excellent idea

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 19:16
Bob Sutton, who wrote perhaps the only business book with a title a family newspaper cannot reprint, The No A**hole Rule, has gone decidedly more tame with his latest work. Scaling Up Excellence ,... released Feb. 4, is the Stanford professor's look at the challenge of sharing good practices, growing new business lines and scaling the size of a successful startup. Co-authored by Hayagreeva "Huggy" Rao, also a professor at Stanford, the book draws on examples from companies like Facebook and Kaiser Permanente to examine how great organizations spread and scale what really works.
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An airliner was forced to land in Turkey on Friday after the pilot signaled a possible hijacking attempt in connection to the Winter Olympics, Turkish media and CNN are reporting.
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Asia to be proportionately aGlobal CEO Tim Parker says growth rates in emerging markets will continue to outstrip those in the more mature markets for the foreseeable future. He expects Asia to become proportionately a larger... part of Samsonite business.
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Two Ex-Googlers Have A New AppSecret is the latest social app to go viral, and it's filled with a boatload of Silicon Valley insights and rumors. The app, which just launched last week, was founded by ex-Googlers David Mark Byttow... and Chrys Bader.  The idea behind Secret is to let you share anonymously with your friends. It's kind of like secret-sharing app Whisper, but the difference is that all of the secrets are from your friends, or a friend of a friend. "We like Whisper, but believe it's a fundamentally different product," Byttow tells Business Insider via email. "Whisper starts with strangers, Secret begins with friends. Secret is fundamentally about communication. It enables you to communicate with people you know, or like-minded people, in an honest and authentic way. This is very powerful and can increase...
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Perkins 2.0

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 19:12
Billionaire Sam Zell says denigration of 1% must end, "we just work harder." Watch. Notably Zell's recent work has focused on destroying a series of historic news organizations.
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BC-Noon Oil

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 19:12
The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $98.40 per barrel at 12 p.m. Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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Stocks move higher afterU.S. stocks are higher in midday trading after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month.
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OTTAWA - Four major publishers of electronic books have signed an agreement with the Competition Bureau that is expected to lower prices for consumers by 20 per cent or more. The publishers have... agreed to scrap clauses in their distribution contracts that keep ebook retailers from offering discounts. The agreement follows an 18-month investigation into the ebook industry by the federal agency. The bureau says the previous practice of banning discounts effectively reduced competition. The deal covers Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, which publish many of the best-selling ebooks. The bureau says a similar move in the United States produced discounts of 20 per cent or more for consumers. "This agreement should benefit Canadian consumers by lowering the price...
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Earnings prompted big moves in internet stocks, with shares of Expedia jumping to pole position in the S&P 500 on Friday while Apple Inc. attracted investor attention on a report in The Wall Street... Journal about stock buybacks.
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In trading on Friday, grocery & drug stores shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 1%. Helping drag down the group were shares of Fairway Group Holdings (FWM), down about 28.3% and... shares of The Pantry (PTRY) down about 3.4% on the day.
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Rand finds respite on US jobs data

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 19:09
Rand finds respite on US jobsThe rand has touched its strongest level in more than a week against the dollar as US jobs numbers backed the case to hold off a taper in US monetary stimulus.
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Budweiser ends FA Cup sponsorship

BBC - 7 Feb 2014 19:09
Budweiser ends FA CupThe Football Association confirms it is looking for a new sponsor for the FA Cup as Budweiser decides not to renew its £9m-a-year deal.
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DealBook: GoPro to Go Public

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 19:08
GoPro becomes the latest company to file for a "secret" I.P.O., joining the ranks cloud storage company Box, which began the process last month, and Twitter.     
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Highlights From Palm Springs Modernism Week

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 19:07
Next Thursday, fans of midcentury design will storm the desert resort for the annual Modernism Week. Here are the collectibles they'll be buzzing about.
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In trading on Friday, biotechnology shares were relative leaders, up on the day by about 3.8%. Leading the group were shares of Cytokinetics (CYTK), up about 32.9% and shares of Sunesis... Pharmaceuticals (SNSS) up about 16.1% on the day.
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Apple buys back $14B of its stock

New York Post - 7 Feb 2014 19:06
Apple buys back $14B of itsApple has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors. Its shares rose almost 2 percent... in...
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United States Markets Shrug Off Jobs Report

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 19:04
A weak reading on the labor market was partly attributed to the weather and initial disappointment was replaced with expectations of further economic strength.     
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Saga: Grey pound now accountsSaga - the financial services and leisure company for the over 50s – said people over the age of 50 accounted for more than 47% of UK household consumer spending in 2012.
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U.K. stocks rise for a third straight day after data outline an improvement in the country's exports and U.S. figures show unemployment dropped to its lowest level since 2008.
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Friday's ETF Movers: XBI, ILF

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 19:04
In trading on Friday, the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) is outperforming other ETFs, up about 5.8% on the day. Components of that ETF showing particular strength include shares of Galena Biopharma... (GALE), up about 16.1% and shares of Puma Biotechnology (PBYI), up about 14.7% on the day.
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Seeking A VP Finance For Business Insider

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 19:02
Seeking A VP Finance ForWe're looking for a VP Finance to support our executive team with financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. You will manage a team and will be expected to streamline finance... operations to ensure sustained growth, including helping to set up our international operations. This is a new position at the company and we're looking for someone with strong initiative and can-do attitude. The essence of this role is owning the finance and accounting function at Business Insider. This entails reporting, metrics, analytical models, forecasts, budgets, audits, and 409a. You'll oversee AP, AR, and P&L functions and will sign off on the month-end close and manage the cap table. You will maintain strong internal financial controls and handle corporate finance activities such as debt and...
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There was no cake, wedding dress, flower girl or ring bearer.
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Another billionaire is out to put an end to the unjust persecution of the one percent.
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Bosses: Are People Laughing with You or at You?

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 19:00
Good news, all you talented office comics. New research out of the London Business School confirms what you've likely thought: When you tell very funny jokes, your staff thinks more of highly of you,... and employees are motivated to work harder. They also feel they have a brighter future in the comp
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The sharp decline in the jobless rate should have the central bank thinking of rate hikes at the end of this year, not 2015 as they currently project.
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Barclays to cap cash bonusesAbsa's parent company, Barclays will impose a cap of £140 000 on cash bonuses for its investment bankers for 2013, a lower limit than last year, a source says.
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Biggest 'Social Impact Bond'Massachusetts announced the biggest "social impact bond" in the U.S. with the goal of reducing stubborn recidivism among ex-offenders.
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Weekend Sip: What to drink on Valentine's Day

Market Watch - 7 Feb 2014 18:59
Perhaps a bottle of rose (Champagne) instead.
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Bank Of America Sends Woman AnBank of America sent a San Francisco woman an expletive-laced credit card offer that referred to her as a "sl*t." The envelope was addressed to "Lisa Is A Sl*t McIntire" and inside, the letter read,... "Lisa Is A Sl*t McIntire, you've earned this special offer." It went on to offer her a Visa Cash Rewards credit card. Here's a photo of the envelope: Hi @BofA_Help. I just received a credit card offer from you that addressed me as “Lisa Is A Slut McIntire.” pic.twitter.com/7OeNZSlNhX — Lisa McIntire (@LisaMcIntire) February 6, 2014 The letter was sent to McIntire's mother's house. Upon receiving it, her mother texted her this: Um. pic.twitter.com/koYjGsoF1m — Lisa McIntire (@LisaMcIntire) February 6, 2014 “[The letter] initially made me nervous because I’m a feminist writer on the...
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The NSA phone-data program has been described by lawmakers as collecting records on virtually every phone call placed in the U.S.
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Fruit snack maker coming to southwest Idaho

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:57
A company that makes fruit snack pouches plans to open a plant in Nampa in southwest Idaho and bring at least 237 new jobs.
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It's Not Time to Despair OverWith today’s lackluster jobs report, the Labor Department is now estimating that the economy added an average of 94,000 jobs per month in December and January, which is barely enough to keep up with... population growth. Combine that with recent data showing weak auto sales, construction and manufacturing activity, and there’s plenty of evidence that we have a slowing economy on our hands. So should we be worried? Probably not just yet. Economists are quick to warn against drawing any hard conclusion from any one or two data points–it’s the long-term trends are the real gauge of the economy’s health. Furthermore, there is reason to believe that the inclement weather plaguing much of the country this winter has put a damper on economic activity, an effect that will be reversed as...
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You want to buy a business. Great. The first thing you need to do is stimulate deal flow. It’s a three-step process: Meet with credible corporate finance teams and business brokers to help guide you... through the process. If you don’t know any, query your network for recommendations. If there are specific targets you want to solicit, it's best to use a third party to initiate contact. Follow up on leads. There are often more buyers than sellers. If you have come across targets in the past who have expressed an interest in selling, have your advisers check back with them. When talking to players in the sector you want to buy into, let them know your growth strategy involves acquisitions.
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JSE ticks higher but Harmony falls

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 18:45
JSE ticks higher but HarmonySouth African stocks have climbed, buoyed by US data that soothed concerns about the health of the super economy, but shares of Harmony Gold fell after an accident.
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At a pre-budget event in Toronto, Mr. Flaherty also indicated that Tuesday's budget will include measures aimed at dealing with price differences of consumer goods in Canada compared to the United... States
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The 2014 Winter Olympics got off to an impressive start on Friday in Sochi, Russia until an Olympic ring failed to open due to a malfunction.
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3 Things You Need To Know To    Steps from the Barclays Center, Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge is an old school, late-night hot spot for Brooklyn Nets players run by the 'man with the golden voice' and the arena's announcer,... David Diamante.  He gave us some tips for channeling your inner Bogart while lighting up a stogie. Produced by Alana Kakoyiannis. Additional camera by Graham Flanagan. Keep up with BI Video on Facebook and YouTube NOW WATCH: 4 Essential Suits Every Man Needs In His Closet Follow BI Video: On Twitter Join the conversation about this story »     
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Indiana doctor picked for NASA Mars simulation

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:38
It was the summer of 1966. For the first time, U.S. military planes bomb the North Vietnam capital of Hanoi. Ted Williams would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. On the radio, the Mamas and... the Papas' "Monday, Monday" seemed to be an hourly anthem.
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Obama plans to have lunch with Detroit mayor

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:37
President Barack Obama is scheduled to have lunch with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as part of a three-hour visit to Michigan.
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Armed tribesmen kill 4 soldiers in Yemen

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:37
Yemeni officials say armed tribesmen have killed four soldiers protecting an oil pipeline, in another blow to one of the country's last sources of revenue.
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My First Car: Celebrity edition

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 18:36
My First Car: CelebrityThe athlete, the mystery writer, the investor. Who drove what? We asked seven prominent Chicagoans about their first rides.
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More Harmony miners die

SABC - 7 Feb 2014 18:35
More Harmony miners dieTwo more miners at Harmony mines have died in separate accidents.
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Nigeria sees major growthNigeria is on course for 6.75% GDP growth this year, despite political turmoil and oil theft, says Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
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No Way To Bend the Cost Curve

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 18:33
New IG Report shows Medicare is dramatically over-paying for penis pumps.
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Treasury spending chartThe UK Statistics Authority says a Treasury-produced chart could give a "false impression" of the scale of investment in projects such as flood defences.
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni officials say armed tribesmen have killed four soldiers protecting an oil pipeline, in another blow to one of the country's last sources of revenue.     
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Security ExpertsThe Snowden leaks are causing further consternation as debates about whether Snowden managed to do anything useful continue. Going against the general perception of the American people, security... experts overwhelmingly believe that Snowden's leaks were not worth it. Out of a survey of 100 experts, 80% of those interviewed by the National Journal believe that Snowden's revelations did little to benefit the country, and instead caused massive harm. Sara Sorcher, reporting for the National Journal, writes: Even though public polls show Americans are increasingly concerned about their privacy—and oppose the agency's once-secret collection of telephone and Internet metadata—Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the revelations from the former NSA contractor caused "massive"...
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Bob Marley's Son Is Building AThe son of legendary late musician Bob Marley started a coffee company in 2009 with only 52 acres of farmland in Jamaica and a stern warning to his farmers against using pesticides.  "I said to them,... 'If you use any chemicals on this property, I will come and cut every tree down and you won't have a farm,'" Rohan Marley, the founder and chairman of Marley Coffee, told Business Insider in an interview. Today, Marley Coffee is sold in thousands of stores worldwide. In North America, its biggest market, more than 8,800 stores will sell Marley Coffee this year, up from 300 stores a year ago, according to CEO Brent Toevs. The company is still small, however, with revenue of just $4.6 million in the nine months ending Oct. 31, 2013. That's up from $1.4 million during the same period a year...
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Commit To Buy EPAM Systems AtInvestors considering a purchase of EPAM Systems (NYSE: EPAM) shares, but tentative about paying the going market price of $42.27/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the... alternative strategies at their disposal. One interesting put contract in particular, is the July put at the $35 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of $1.45. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 4.1% return against the $35 commitment, or a 9.3% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost).
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Commit To Buy Cambrex Corp AtInvestors eyeing a purchase of Cambrex Corp (NYSE: CBM) stock, but tentative about paying the going market price of $21.17/share, might benefit from considering selling puts among the alternative... strategies at their disposal. One interesting put contract in particular, is the July put at the $15 strike, which has a bid at the time of this writing of 60 cents. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 4% return against the $15 commitment, or a 9% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost).
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During his Jan. 17 speech on National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance, President Obama proposed a number of changes to the agency's bulk domestic phone records program. Thursday, the administration... announced that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) approved a motion to start implementing some of those changes.
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Olympic Rings Malfunction At Opening Ceremony

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 18:29
Olympic Rings Malfunction AtThe Olympic Opening Ceremony has begun and we've already seen one malfunction. All of these snowflakes were supposed to turn into the Olympic Rings and one of them stayed a snowflake: Here's how it... all went down. The five rings started as little snowflakes:  And they were all supposed to start to expand, but one was a dud: The final product, ouch: Here's a GIF of the fail: SEE ALSO: Live: The Olympic Opening Ceremony! SEE ALSO: Here Are The Gold Medal Favorites In Every Single Olympic Event Join the conversation about this story »     
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Video: U.S. adds just 113,000 jobs

Globe and Mail - 7 Feb 2014 18:27
Video: U.S. adds just 113,000The second straight month of weak U.S. job growth could pose a problem for the Fed, which is betting on an accelerating recovery as it cuts back bond purchases. Fred Katayama reports.
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What Will 2014 Bring For Stocks?

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 18:27
What Will 2014 Bring ForDown January...what does that mean for the market?
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EBook Prices To Come Down After Deal: Competition Bureau

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 18:26
EBook Prices To Come DownOTTAWA - Canada's competition watchdog says four major publishers of electronic books have agreed to changes that will result in lower retail prices. The Competition Bureau says the agreements follow... an 18-month investigation into the ebook industry in Canada. It says the deal will remove restrictions that prevented ebook retailers from lowering their prices, contrary to Canada's competition law. The bureau says it has signed agreements with Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster. Its investigation into the electronic book industry continues.
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WhatsApp Is Huge AmongWhatsApp is becoming very popular among Orthodox Jewish families, according to The Forward, the Jewish newspaper. In 2012, a group of rabbis held a rally in Citi Field to condemn "unfettered internet... use" according to The New York Times. The leaders suggested members of the community use filters to protect themselves from inappropriate content. This has caused Ultra Orthodox Jewish families to flock to WhatsApp since social networks like Facebook are frowned upon. WhatsApp is a messaging app that is used by 430 million people to send messages, videos and other content to users in their network. Forward mentions these families use WhatsApp since it's a closed-off social network that won't expose them to anything online. One feature of the app that's particularly popular is the group...
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Russia is sometimes portrayed as a haven for hackers. So with tens of thousands of people descending on Sochi for the Olympic Games, NBC reporter Richard Engel set out to prove just how scary Russia... is when it comes to IT security.
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Success of Netflix, GoogleCanadian film, music producers look for protection as media landscape changes.
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Five years into the recovery after the financial crisis, the world's most diverse and technologically-advanced economy still is not creating the amount of jobs that U.S. policy makers seek. The U.S.... econony added only 113,000 jobs in January - a sub-par job growth rate that may prompt the U.S. Federal Reserve to re-evaluate its stimulus reduction timetable. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had expected the economy to create 181,000 jobs in January.
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Beijing's pledge to carry out land law reforms and expand peasant rights, while well-intentioned, may actually exacerbate and bring to a fever pitch ongoing land disputes across China.
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January's jobs report showed another miss and barely any revision to December's alarmingly weak payrolls, raising questions about the U.S. Federal Reserve's next move.
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One in three child crash fatalities are caused by side-impact collisions, yet car seat manufacturers never have been required to simulate a "T-bone" scenario — until now.
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US stocks edged up as a weak reading on the labour market was partly blamed on the weather.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- "Do you guys have health insurance?" David Bransfield asks each time a group of college students passes by.     
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Grain mixed, cattle and pork higher

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:17
Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.
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PC Jeweller Q3 net up by 19% at Rs 80 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 18:12
Company had clocked a net profit of Rs 66.90 crore in the same period last year
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Lord Grantham may think he can take arms against the slings and arrows of 1920s Britain that threaten Downton Abbey and its outrageous fortune, but he faces a mighty adversary: the immutable laws of... economics. ¶ When Mrs. Patmore tussles with the new mixer, or Grantham frets over "death taxes," or "poor Molesley" loses his post and resorts to patching up the pavement, Downton Abbey is paying homage to economic forces that transcend early 20th century Britain and apply just as neatly to the 21st century world. ¶ Downton's soap opera characters are wrestling not only with their emotions, but also with basic Downtonomics: the threat and promise of technological change, burden of inheritance taxes, foreign investment, danger of speculation, need for retirement planning, virtue of investing...
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New official reports reveal that former Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney (R) dramatically oversold how much money she raised during her insurgent primary challenge against Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).
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Grain mixed, cattle and pork higher

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 18:06
CHICAGO (AP) -- Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.     
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Linear Retail Properties LLC, a Burlington-based firm that buys, owns, develops, and operates retail properties throughout New England, said that Peet's Coffee & Tea has signed a lease for a coffee... shop at the corner of Charles and Mount Vernon streets in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. In some highly caffeinated circles, Peet's is regarded as the gold standard of California joe. And Peet's could become the Beacon Hill place to go for the Blended Freddo. The lease is for 1,842 square feet of space at 62 Charles St., Linear Retail Properties said; the address was previously the site of the Charles Street Market. According to Peet's website, there are about a half a dozen Peet's stores in Massachusetts, including ones at Harvard Square, Brookline, and Newton Centre.     
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Sochi Olympics: 5,000 cups ofTeam USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities....     
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The alternative Mining Indaba wants governments and mining companies to be accountable and transparent.
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How To Protect Your HealthQuick quiz: What's more vulnerable to theft? Credit/debit cards or health records?
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10 Ways To Become A Victim OfIn an epidemic that so far shows no signs of abating, crooks have submitted billions of dollars in fraudulent refund claims to the Internal Revenue Service using the stolen names and Social Security... numbers of more than a million real people. Those whose identities are hijacked must often spend months dancing with the IRS and waiting for their refunds. Based on recent court cases, here are 10 ways you can become a victim---without doing anything careless like answering a phishing email. By Janet Novack
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The Only Kind of RestaurantThe fast food business is in a funk. “Casual dining” sit-down restaurant chains are down in the dumps. But the folks who used to frequent these establishments aren’t necessarily eating out less.... Instead, the numbers indicate they’re heading to Chipotle, Panera Bread, and other hot “fast casual” contenders. According to a new study from the NPD Group, there’s only one restaurant category that’s faring well of late, and it’s not the category that includes industry giants like McDonald’s (quick service) or Red Lobster (casual dining). For several years running, the fast casual restaurant segment’s growth has been blowing away the field, and last year was no exception. In the fiscal year ending in November 2013, diner visits to fast casual restaurants were up 8%, compared...
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A growing number of wealthy investors from Latin America have been instrumental in Miami's ongoing rebound from the real estate collapse.
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The National Security Agency is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' call records because of an inability to keep pace with the explosion in cellphone use, according to current and former... U.S. officials.
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Credit card 'swipe-and-sign' to end next year

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 18:02
Credit card 'swipe-and-sign'Americans will soon bid farewell to a very familiar practice: You'll no longer swipe and sign a credit card by the fall of next year.
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Your Money: Sidestepping theIf breaches are nearly inevitable for now, what are your odds of being swept up in all this, and how do you reduce them?     
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What Does Your Brand Sound Like?

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
The unrealized marketing advantage of audio.
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Coke and Qantas share blame

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Coke and Qantas share blameIn seeking government handouts, Coca-Cola Amatil and Qantas have themselves to blame for poor decisions that led to their predicaments.     
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Virgin on the final retreat from our skies

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Virgin on the final retreatEuropean airlines are making way for Asian and Middle East carriers.     
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Out of Africa, problems for Zambezi

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Out of Africa, problems forThis story is not just about greenies versus miners. It is about common sense.     
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Not so peachy future for farmers

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Not so peachy future for'It's such a shame when they were such fertile and profitable dairy farmers prior to the drought.'     
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Freight vessels coasting to their demise

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 18:00
Freight vessels coasting toMore and more short-haul freight is falling into foreign hands.     
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Top 10 Global Fast-Food Chains

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 17:59
Top 10 Global Fast-Food ChainsWhich familiar American brands have made themselves a known name the world over? Here are the top 10 big fast-food brands with the most international units. Data provided by QSR magazine.
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10 Ways Technology Will RockHere's how mobile apps and other new tech twists will make your restaurant dining experience easier, faster, and more fun this year.
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Losing Mass. commuter rail bidder vows appeal

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 17:57
The losing firm in the battle for a $2.68 billion state contract to operate the Massachusetts commuter rail system said it plans to appeal the decision.
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German prosecutors say three suspects in a global cyber-bank heist that netted some $45 million have been arrested in the Netherlands.
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ECB to gain sweeping powersThe European Central Bank will attain significant powers over the eurozone's commercial banks once it becomes their supervisor later this year.
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BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors say three suspects in a global cyber-bank heist that netted some $45 million have been arrested in the Netherlands.     
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The Postal Service says it lost $334 million over the last three months and that mounting losses could lead to cash flow problems for the rest of the year.
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4 New Speakers Announced for #EETN

Nibletz - 7 Feb 2014 17:51
4 New Speakers Announced forIt's coming fast! Check out the latest speakers to be added to the Everywhere Else Tennessee roster.
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Economix Blog: A High-WaterDuring the worst part of the credit crisis, women had more paid jobs than men for the first time, the Labor Department now says.     
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Concentrate Your Forces

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 17:49
Democrats were hoping for a good half dozen Todd Akin's to be running for Senate this year. They did. And they're all in Georgia.
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Wis. Supreme Court rules in car insurance case

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 17:47
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled against State Farm Insurance Co. in a case that deals with tapping uninsured motorists coverage on up to three vehicles to collect more in claims.
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Discount Airlines Get FewerAirline passengers complain dramatically more about large airlines than they do about discounters, even when the actual quality of the carriers' performance is similar, according to a new paper that... examined traveler complaints to the federal government over a decade.
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Former Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), who led the charge to impeach former President Bill Clinton, told NBC's Chuck Todd on Friday that he also wasn't joking around about wanting to impeach President Barack... Obama.
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The current generation of 25 to 36 years olds, the traditional age group for first time buyers in the UK, are split into property haves and property have nots, according to a new report. These young... adults can expect their current circumstances to have a significant effect on their future property purchases and those of their children, according to a report from HSBC. Property haves, those on the housing ladder already, are likely to follow a relatively conventional path through the housing market. The average age of a first time buyer is currently 29, just one year older than it was 30 years ago, the report reveals. The process of saving up to buy a property took them on average around two years and eight months, two months less than they expected. However, 64% had help from their parents...
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In just six years, the price of most basic foodstuff has doubled. And it will continue to increase, experts warn.
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Maruti Suzuki India stopsC V Raman, Executive Director MSIL, said though the car production has stopped, spare parts will be available for customers for the next 8-10 years as per rules.
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My motto: 'Fresh mistakes, every year'

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:42
"More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don't is a willingness to look at themselves and others objectively." -- Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Once... again, it is the time of year where I look back at the various investing, trading and other mistakes I've made. (Last year's version is here; prior years can be found here).
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Apple bought back $14 billionChief Executive Tim Cook said Apple Inc. repurchased $14 billion of its stock over the last two weeks after a weak outlook caused its share price to plunge.     
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The price of oil edged to above $98 a barrel Friday after the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.6.percent even as U.S. payrolls rose less than expected.     
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As U.S. hits debt limit,WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. hit its debt limit on Friday, a leading business group urged Congress to act quickly to raise it to avoid damaging the economy.     
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Video: Market View: Google,The Globe's Michael Babad asks why more companies aren't challenging Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws during the Sochi games
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Show This To The Next PersonIf President Obama is a socialist dictator like some say he is, then he's doing it wrong: The government sector has slashed jobs steadily since the recession, shrinking government payrolls to their... lowest level in eight years. At this rate, there won't be enough people to run the FEMA camps. The January jobs report was a mix of disappointment and hope, with just 113,000 new payroll jobs added, but the unemployment rate falling to 6.6 percent from 6.7 percent. The report was made slightly lousier by the government sector, which cut 12,000 workers from its payrolls last month. That's not a lot of jobs, but they add up over time. As you can see from the chart below, with the exception of a hiring spike during the 2010 census, federal, state and local governments have been cutting payrolls...
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Australia's central bank lifted its economic growth forecastsas the local currency weakened.
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The last time new industrial orders slowed as much as they did in January, the country was on the verge of a double-dip recession. But the recent figures may not portend any such downturn.     
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German exports post surprise fall

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 17:32
German exports posted a surprise fall in December, bringing to an end four consecutive monthly gains.
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Loonie up amid strong Canadian jobs data

Montreal Gazette - 7 Feb 2014 17:30
Loonie up amid strong CanadianThe Canadian dollar chalked up a solid gain as employment data for January came in ahead of expectations.
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Meet Rukkus, The New Way ToIf you’ve ever wasted time comparing overpriced tickets to a show, look no further. Rukkus aggregates tickets from over 100 sources of sale and sorts them to present you with the best deal, showing... stadium layout for arena shows to easily visualize your seat.  With 20 million tickets in their inventory, this New York startup has got date night covered. And since launching in November, the company has expanded to offer more than just music.
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MONTREAL - North America's largest producer of paper used for letters, envelopes and office equipment says the end of Canada Post home delivery won't mean the death of direct mail from advertisers.... Direct mail advertising remains effective and should overcome the challenges from Canada Post's decision to move to community boxes, Domtar chief executive John Williams said Friday. Williams acknowledged that interest in direct mail could "soften" if deliveries are less frequent or more difficult for consumers but told analysts that "I still think it has a pretty good future." Like all paper producers, Domtar is struggling with ongoing reductions in demand as consumers use less paper, partially due to the increasing use of technology such as digital or electronic documents. Domtar is a leading...
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MONTREAL - Pulp and paper producer Domtar handily beat expectations Friday as its net income more than tripled to US$65 million in the fourth quarter, due to less scheduled maintenance and improved... pulp markets. The Montreal-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, earned $2 per dilute share for the period ended Dec. 31. That compared to 54 cents per share or $19 million a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, Domtar (TSX:UFS) earned $68 million or $2.09 per share -- well above analyst estimates of $1.53 per share. In the prior year, adjusted profits were $46 million or $1.31, including $41 million in closure and impairment costs. Domtar's overall sales grew to $1.36 billion from $1.33 billion, but the mix changed. Revenue from personal care products, such as adult diapers, rose 55 per...
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TOKYO (AP) -- When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and... others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed.
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Stocks move higher afterThe U.S. stock market moved higher in morning trading Friday after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month. Several companies including Expedia rose sharply after... reporting earnings gains. The market had its best day of the year the day before, but is still flat for the week.     
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DREAMers Deferred

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 17:28
Republicans are already getting ready to quietly put down immigration reform. How can we tell? Sahil Kapur reports that Speaker Boehner is preemptively blaming Obama: "Listen, there's widespread doubt... about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws."
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MSIL to utilise capex from Guj plant for sales, R&D

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 17:28
The new company SMGPL would exclusively contract manufacture and sell vehicles to MSIL
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Cadila Healthcare's consolidated net profit up 82% (YoY)
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Correction to Feb. 6 story on trade

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 17:24
OTTAWA - The Canadian Press erroneously reported Feb. 6 that Statistics Canada revised its November estimate of Canada's international trade deficit from $900 million to $1.5 billion. In fact, the... trade deficit was revised from $940 million to $1.5 billion.
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Chesapeake Lowers Outlook for 2014

Bidness etc. - 7 Feb 2014 17:24
As part of its production and spending outlook for the year, Chesapeake Energy (CHK) guided 20% reduction in capital expenditure (capex) compared to the estimates the company released in 2013.
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This week, President Obama announced the latest in his plan to bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of the nation's schools. The Federal Communications Commission said it would increase investments... in educational broadband by $1 billion a year, effectively doubling what it spends now. And on Tuesday, three of the nation's biggest telecom companies -- Verizon, Sprint and AT&T -- each announced a $100 million commitment to provide free wireless data or other in-kind donations for up to four years.
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Cold weather can't explain the lousy jobs report

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:22
Weather was the popular explanation for why the economy added a paltry 74,000 jobs in December when the average pace of hiring over the previous few months was been nearly twice that. And after the... Labor Department reported lackluster jobs numbers for January this morning 113,000 net positions some prognosticators are sure to start invoking the polar vortex or the two inches of snow in Atlanta to explain it all away.
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Republicans Using FakeRay Bellamy, a doctor based in Florida, decided that he wanted to make a donation in a local congressional race. He began by Googling the Democratic candidate's name, "Alex Sink." He then clicked on... one of the first results that popped up. A page loaded that that had the candidate’s typical designs, color schemes, and even a large photo of her talking to constituents. Not thinking anything of it he entered his financial information and hit submit. What he didn’t notice was the small print at the bottom of the screen.
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Today, for the fourth time in three years, the nation will hit the federal debt limit, launching a mad rush to raise the legal cap on borrowing or risk an unprecedented default. The Treasury... Department now will deploy "extraordinary measures" -- effectively, accounting techniques -- to buy time before the government is at risk of running out of cash to meet all of daily obligations. The Treasury says it can't promise to meet all obligations past late February, and as shown in this chart, based on data from Nancy Vanden Houten of Stone & McCarthy Research Associates, the administration definitely won't be able to make it past the first two weeks of March. (See the next chart for why even that isn't assured.)
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Prominent Quebec lawyer Aubut, who is also president of the Canadian Olympic Committee, expected to make the move with several colleagues
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Paradigm4: The Next Big ThingToday's hardest problems require a new approach to crunching huge quantities of data. And a Waltham, Mass.-based startup, Paradigm4, has figured out a better way to solve them and 2,500 big... organizations -- including life sciences companies, the NIH, medical care providers, and insurance companies -- are taking advantage of its solution.
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How People On Earth Tick PartBy Leonard Sommer
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Barclaycard offers 31-monthBarclaycard launches longest-ever balance transfer offer at 31 months interest free, just as Halifax raises the stakes with its own 30 month credit card.
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Bitcoin Is Crashing -- Again

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:12
Bitcoin Is Crashing -- AgainBitcoin prices plummeted late Thursday and early Friday morning after one of the crypto-currency's biggest exchanges halted trading. The price of Bitcoin fell from a high of $827 this week to $619... last night, shaving off 25 percent of its value before ticking back above $700 on Friday morning. Mt. Gox, one of the largest and best known online markets for Bitcoins, said it was encountering technical problems when people tried to withdraw bitcoins. "In order for our team to resolve the withdrawal issue it is necessary for a temporarily [sic] pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the current processes," read a statement on the Japan-based exchange's website posted Friday. Naturally, Bitcoin traders freaked out. Bitcoin dove 25 percent overnight from Thursday to...
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Ashok Leyland to boost defence portfolio

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 17:12
Company to expand its product lines and integration of global weapon systems with its mobility platforms
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Weak rand will lure moreThe weaker rand is a boon, which will bring more tourists to South Africa, according to Jamie Cassidy of British Airways.
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David Axelrod is not quite ready for Hillary.
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Keep an Eye on This

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 17:10
We haven't focused much on this. But the White House stood down and forced AIPAC to cave in its efforts to torpedo the White House's Iran nuclear diplomacy. That happens very rarely. (AIPAC is going... back to the well and pouring money now into pushing the Senate into Republican hands next year.) Nobody has ever won anything betting on success from any sort of Israel-Palestine peace-making efforts. A bit of an exaggeration but barely.
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IPAB allows Bayer to appeal in oral contraceptive case

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 17:10
The order comes on a Condonation of Delay (COD) petition filed by Bayer Schering
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Jon Stewart Can't Deal WithOne of the most talked-about ads during the Super Bowl was a seemingly innocuous commercial for Coca-Cola, in which American immigrants sang "America the Beautiful" in their native tongue. And by... "talked about," we mean that the ad was pounced on by conservatives who believe the commercial was somehow un-American. Jon Stewart devoted a segment on Thursday's "Daily Show" to how disappointed he was disappointed in the reaction. "Really, people? This is the Super Bowl ad you're going to get upset about?" he asked. "When you had an ad celebrating the unnatural love between a dog and a horse?" He pointed to several people on Twitter, and even sympathetic news anchors, who took issue with the ad's message of unity. Stewart found one Twitter user particularly amusing, who claimed that the...
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RBI eases lending norms forMove gives more leeway to medium-sized micro lenders to price their loans based on their cost borrowings
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Paul Ryan's Misleading ClaimHouse Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's claim that health reform creates a "poverty trap" that discourages poor families from working has it backwards, as my colleague Jared Bernstein notes.... Chairman Ryan's proposals to repeal health reform and block-grant Medicaid would more likely increase work disincentives, particularly among poor parents with serious medical conditions and other ongoing health care needs. To see why, let's consider a hypothetical Jane -- a very poor working parent with two children and with income of 60 percent of the poverty line (about $11,875). If Jane lives in a state taking up health reform's Medicaid expansion, she can significantly expand her hours or take a much higher-paying job, earning up to $27,310, and still retain Medicaid. Even if her income rises...
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In the midst of last week’s emerging markets turbulence, a fairly momentous event passed almost unnoticed. The European Union (EU) published its proposal for structural reform of European banks.
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The first Friday of each month just keeps getting weirder.     
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With new design, Facebook delivers the Paper

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 17:02
It's about time, Facebook. With Paper , the social network has undergone a Cinderella transformation that finally gives users an app they can enjoy looking at as much as they enjoy using. The mobile... app comes as Facebook celebrates its 10th birthday, a milestone of impressive bragging rights. With 1.2 billion users, it's practically the monopoly communications platform for the global Internet -- Ma Bell for the broadband age. It hushed skeptics last week by proving it's building a gargantuan advertising business for smartphones, too.
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ZEE launches Odia channel

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 17:02
Zee Media Corporation Ltd has added another channel in its kitty with the launch of "Zee Kalinga"
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Analysts have become increasingly bullish on PG&E in the month leading up to the company's fourth-quarter earnings announcement scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The consensus earnings per... share estimate has moved up from 37 cents a share to the current expectation of earnings of 40 cents a share.Over the
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LAS VEGAS -- Countertops that charge smartphones, lighted toilet seats and beverage chillers that can be illuminated with favorite school or team colors were among some of the new and possibly useful... things under the Las Vegas sun this week at the combined International Builders and Kitchen & Bath Industry shows.     
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Earnings for DaVita Projected to Rise

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 17:00
Wall Street is high on DaVita, expecting it to report earnings that are up 17% from a year ago when it reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The consensus estimate is 98... cents per share, up from earnings of 84 cents per share a year ago.For the
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Livestock farmers see good times after lean years

Globe and Mail - 7 Feb 2014 16:59
Lower feed costs, a weakening dollar and stronger economic growth are giving Canadian producers of cattle and hogs better profit margins
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Georgia On My Mind

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 16:59
The Georgia Republican primary for an open Senate seat is perhaps best summed up by a Democratic operative in Daniel Strauss' story today: "shitshow."
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Chicago Spire firm gets newNorthbrook-based Atlas believes Chicago Spire, designed to be the largest building in the Western Hemisphere, can be builtThe Irish developer behind the Chicago Spire said it has found an investor to... pay its creditors, allowing it to emerge from bankruptcy and restart work on the long-stalled residential project.
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The sun's out. The athletes are ready. Let's get this show started.
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Apple Makes Huge Move NobodyApple has repurchased $14 billion worth of its stock after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter earnings two weeks ago, CEO Tim Cook said in a new interview. Cook told the Wall Street Journal that... Apple was “surprised” by the eight-percent drop in its share price late last month, after a weak revenue outlook and lower-than-expected iPhone sales during the holidays led to its sluggish earnings. Since then, Apple bought $12 billion worth of shares through an “accelerated” repurchase program and another $2 billion in shares from the open market, Cook said. Shares were up about one percent in early trading on Friday. Apple has bought back more than $40 billion of its shares in the past year, Cook told the Journal, calling it a record for any company over any similar time period....
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Carnival Cruise Line is launching a new campaign created by Boston ad agency Arnold Worldwide that seeks to leverage Carnival's status as the national exclusive cruise line advertiser for NBC's... broadcast of the Winter Olympics. The "Bobslide" TV spot "follows four young, thrill-seeking cruisers who race together down one of Carnival's popular waterslides (they just met on the cruise)," an Arnold media advisory notes. "As the children stride across the deck in slow motion, a sportscaster voice over calls the action saying, 'Here's the crew to beat today: Carnival-1. Hard to believe they just met yesterday.' Donning goggles and bathing suits, the four-kid team twists and turns through the giant slide, reaching the finish line with big smiles, arms raised and a gigantic splash...."     
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Lower sales, coal realisations take toll on Tata Power

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:58
Tata Power narrowed its consolidated loss to Rs 75 crore for the December 2013 quarter versus Rs 329 crore last year, but the overall performance is a far cry from Street's estimates, which was... expecting a net profit of Rs 223 crore on sales of Rs ...
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AOL chief slammed forAOL CEO Tim Armstrong is getting no "benefit" of the doubt after telling staffers Thursday that the company paid nearly $1 million each to care for two staffers' "distressed babies"...
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Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist argued the decision by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his fellow Republicans in the state to not expand Medicaid is the ongoing source of many deaths in Florida.
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Rupee depriciation hits CESC

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:57
Rs 800 crore cost overun in two new projects
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Rupee depreciation hits CESC

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:57
Rs 800 crore cost overun in two new projects
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PAPER New Facebook app refreshes news feed Facebook celebrated its 10th anniversary last week and, to mark the milestone, also released this app. Not to be confused with the iPad drawing app by... FiftyThree, also called Paper, Facebook's iPhone app is a reimagining of the news feed. Its clean design showcases interesting stories from your friends and also lets you add in featured stories on topics of interest. Food buffs, for example, can add stories from the "Flavor" section. Sports fans can get updates from journalists and athletes in the "Score" category. It's not an app for catching up on general news, but certainly one that will keep you updated on your friends.
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(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. stock market is moving higher in early trading after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month. Earnings gains from several U.S. companies including... Expedia also drove the market higher early Friday. The market had its best day of the year the day before. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 75 points, or 0.5 percent, to 15,700 shortly after trading began. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 12 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,786. Industrial and banking stocks led the index higher. The Nasdaq composite rose 38 points, or 1 percent, to 4,096. More people began looking for work in January, and many of them found jobs. That sent the unemployment rate down to 6.6 percent, the lowest since October 2008.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Minneapolis-based Target isn't commenting on reports that a Pittsburgh-area heating and refrigeration company is being investigated as the possible portal through which computer... hackers stole credit card numbers from 40 million of the store's customers.     
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Millions face shock bills overAs many as 3.5million people around the country have swallowed the unexpected costs themselves rather than complaining, PhonepayPlus revealed.
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Attention Lawyers: Now Is the Time to Get Social

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 16:49
Attention Lawyers: Now Is theIt's not surprising that, for the most part, lawyers aren't very active on social media. But there's no reason for that. After all, each attorney has their own opinions and ideals that set them apart.... And whether they're sole practitioners, hold an in-house position or work at a law firm, it's important for each to establish their own professional brand. Social media is the ideal way to let colleagues and potential clients or employers know exactly who you are and what you bring to the table. There's no reason to be intimidated -- there's not one right way to do social media. There are, however, best practices. These six suggestions are most useful to achieving a successful and productive presence on social media. 1) Separate personal and professional Consider having two separate Facebook...
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Countries such as Hungary, lacking the protection of high interest rates, may take the hit from the next selloff wave in emerging markets now bold rate hikes have made the likes of Turkey too costly... to bet against.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. stock market is moving higher in early trading after the government reported a decline in the unemployment rate last month.     
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Global stocks rally after US jobs report

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 16:46
Global stocks rally after USInvestors focus on further dip in the US unemployment rate; emerging market battered currencies bounce back
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Economix Blog: Mixed Messages in the Employment Data

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 16:46
The two surveys in the monthly unemployment report offered different pictures for January, and one-time factors further clouded any conclusions.     
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The job market proved lackluster once again in January, with the economy adding 113,000 new jobs, according to government data released Friday morning, raising new questions about the strength of the... recovery.
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Spectrum bids reach RsTelecom Secretary MF Farooqui said the total value of the bids was Rs 54,600 crore after 35 rounds of bidding. "Activity is on in eight service areas. Bidding will continue tomorrow morning," he... added.
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Forex reserves drop $1.17bn to $291bn

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 16:43
India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $1.168 billion to $291.07 billion in the week ended January 31 on the back of decline in the core component of the reserves, Reserve Bank said on Friday....     
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for a second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.     
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US stock futures point to higher open

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 16:42
The U.S. stock market is poised to open higher Friday, extending its best day of the year as a widely anticipated employment report showed the U.S. unemployment rate declined last month. The report... also showed the economy added fewer jobs than expected jobs in January.     
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Sebi puts out guidelines forSebi aims to enhance transparency, improve risk management and curb the risks of manipulations of investor accounts in dematerialized form
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The big idea: Southern Bancorp, a community development financial institution based in Arkadelphia, Ark., serves distressed rural markets that see growing demand for small, unsecured lines of consumer... credit. Those markets attract payday lenders, whose same-day loans carry triple-digit interest rates and can trap vulnerable borrowers in a cycle of debt. Southern is testing affordable consumer credit products and ways to educate low- and moderate-income individuals about managing debt and protecting their finances.
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Jobs Report: First Impressions

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 16:42
Jobs Report: First ImpressionsThe nation's payrolls grew by 113,000 last month, once again dashing analysts' expectations for a stronger month of job growth and reinforcing the possibility of yet another slowdown in job creation.... A closely watched piece of this puzzle was the revision to December's surprisingly low payroll number -- originally 74,000. But today's revision left that paltry number essentially unchanged, at 75,000. November's payroll gain, on the other hand, was raised by 33,000 to 274,000, bringing the average gain over the past three months to about 150,000 compared to about 200,000 per month over the prior three months. Last month, I stressed that one month does not a trend make. Today, I'll stress that two months does not quite a trend make either, but the possibility that the US job creation engine...
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The real estate landscape is changing as we enter 2014. Positive economic data across geographic regions have persuaded markets that a global economic recovery is taking hold. The Federal Reserve... endorsed this view in December, and began to taper its bond-buying program in January. Markets rallied...
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican struck back Friday at a U.N. human rights committee that issued a scathing report on sex abuse by priests, accusing it of straying beyond its mandate and discrediting... the U.N. as a whole by adopting the "prejudiced" positions of anti-Catholic advocacy groups.
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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee backed off its push for a swift vote on new Iran sanctions in a statement Thursday evening, providing a boost for the Obama administration's efforts to... strike a nuclear deal with Iran. "[T]hat there should not be a vote at this time on the measure," said the lobbying group. The statement was first reported by The Hill. It came after Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the author of the sanctions bill, signaled on the Senate floor that it should move forward when there is bipartisan unity. Read the full statement below:
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Yahoo shifts Europe tax base

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 16:38
Yahoo! is shifting its main European tax base to Ireland from Switzerland.
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11 Things You Didn't Know About Costco

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 16:38
11 Things You Didn't KnowIs it truly the "anti-Walmart?" Often much less maligned than its retail warehouse counterparts, Costco has developed a sort of cult following among thrifty shoppers and supporters of workers' rights... alike. But if you're one of these wholesale superfans, how much do you truly know about the company? You may have heard that the first Costco warehouse opened in Seattle and that their Kirkland brand was originally supposed to be "Seattle Signature." Perhaps you're also aware that the company spends no money on advertisements, instead hoping programs like their "treasure hunts," which feature steep but limited-time discounts on luxury -- and occasionally outlandish -- items, will keep customers coming back. But if you're a true die-hard fan of the shopping mecca, you'll need to
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Stocks rebound to post gain for the week

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 16:37
Stocks rebound to post gainAs comebacks go, this one was a couple of days in the making.
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Property transactions in Greece are now taxable at 3%, under the new law which came into effect this January. This is a huge reduction from the 8% on the first €20,000 of the property’s value and... 10% for amounts beyond the first €20,000 under the previous tax regime.  Where...
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Nigeria is on course for 6.75 percent GDP growth this year, despite political turmoil ahead of 2015 elections, the finance minister told.
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Brand attachment evident in horror flicks

Toronto Sun - 7 Feb 2014 16:33
Brand attachment evident inUniversity of B.C. researchers have found a connection between emotional ties to brand products caused by watching scary movies, countering industry beliefs that advertising during horror flicks is... bad for business.
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VIDEO: Swansea Bay £850mPlans have been submitted for a £850m tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay which could provide power for 120,000 homes for 120 years.
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Artificial Intelligence

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 16:32
Nichole Perkins writes about the much-discussed Spike Jonez movie "Her" and how it's really an updated "My Fair Lady": "When the woman, or rather the operating system, who only metaphorically 'comes... to life' this time continues to develop, it's clear that her advancement is unwelcome."
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When Igor Sechin was working as President Vladimir Putin's deputy chief of staff a decade ago, visitors to his Kremlin office noticed an unusual collection on the bookshelves: row after row of bound... volumes containing minutes of Communist Party congresses.
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January jobs report disappoints again

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 16:29
January jobs reportThe U.S. economy created a disappointing 113,000 new jobs in January, the Labor Department reported Friday. Analysts expected nonfarm payrolls to increase by 185,000 jobs last month.
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With data strewn across several apps, it can be impossible to know if your efforts to get healthy are working. Nudge wants to change that.
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(Kitco News) - U.S. gold futures spurted higher but only briefly, remaining range-bound overall so far on Friday after a report showing that growth in U.S. nonfarm payrolls was weaker than expected in... January.
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(Kitco News) - Gold prices are modestly higher in early U.S. trading Friday, following a significantly weaker-than-expected U.S. employment report. Initial gains in gold, in the wake of the bullish... report, have faded as the rival asset U.S. stock indexes have rallied on ideas the Federal Reserve now cannot be as aggressive in its so-called tapering program. April gold was last up $2.50 at $1,259.60 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted up $1.10 at $1259.50. March Comex silver last traded down $0.093 at $19.83 an ounce.
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Hexaware Tech's consol PAT crosses Rs 100 cr mark

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:23
Hexaware Technologies reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 103.22 crore in December quarter; income from operations stood at Rs 620 crore
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Market correction: How farU.S. investors worried about a correction might be surprised to learn it's already here for a big chunk of their portfolios.
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Bridging loans in the UK set new lending record

Property Wire - 7 Feb 2014 16:20
Gross bridging lending in the UK totalled £2 billion in the 12 months to the beginning of January, up 3.3% from the annual figure in November 2013, and setting a lending record for the industry. This... brings annual growth in gross bridging lending to 27%, up from £1.57 billion in gross bridging lending in 2012. If lending continues at this rate for a year, gross lending in the next 12 months would be £2.51 billion per year. ‘Economic progress feels more solid by the week, and it’s branching out across every area of business. By securing vital projects against property, firms and individuals stand to make the most from a year of great opportunity,’ said Duncan Kreeger of West One Loans. ‘Bridging has grown up from the industry it once was, and it’s still evolving in 2014....
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Engineers India FPO fully subscribed on Day 2

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 16:20
Engineers India FPO fullyThe FPO for a 10% stake sale in the state-run company is scheduled to close on Monday.
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Report says Apple repurchasedNEW YORK, N.Y. - Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.
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Western Australia's Department of Water has told a state parliamentary inquiry it has no veto over fracking for natural gas below proclaimed groundwater areas such as rivers.
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The nation continues to be battered with a relentless succession of snow storms and deep freezes. But while many Americans are crying uncle, those in some industries are shouting "encore!"
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Anglo American Platinum said one person died after a “disruptive protest” by striking workers in South Africa.
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Coke Defiantly to Air LongerABC News' Cecilia Vega and Matt Knox report: Coca-Cola drew lots of negative reaction when it aired its multilingual "America the Beautiful" ad during the Super Bowl, but the company is defending its... commercial and plans to release an even longer version of it during...     
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Five privacy jobs set to boom

Macleans - 7 Feb 2014 16:14
Ontario's privacy czar Ann Cavoukian predicts the jobs that will be in demand The post Five privacy jobs set to boom appeared first on Macleans.ca.
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The value of the digital currency Bitcoin fell dramatically on Friday after one of the world's largest Bitcoin exchanges halted withdrawals to deal with technical issues. Mt. Gox, a Japan-based... exchange, said on its website that the pause in withdrawals was needed to address technical problems caused by an increase in withdrawal requests. Bitcoin prices plummeted from $831 on Thursday to $658 on Bitcoin prices fell from $831 on Thursday night to $658 on Friday morning, before rebounding to $719, CNN reports. The price of the virtual currency has been extremely volatile in recent months.
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VIDEO: What happened to theAfter the financial crash some predicted the demise of the eurozone, but no country has left and the single currency is still shared by 17 EU member states.
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Drug firm Adcock stays in SA hands

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 16:14
Drug firm Adcock stays in SAChile's CFR Pharmaceuticals says it would drop its $1.2bn bid for Adcock Ingram after being thwarted by the drugmaker's top shareholder.
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A quick look at January unemployment (previous month in brackets): Unemployment rate: 7.0 per cent (7.2) Employment rate: 61.6 per cent (61.6) Labour force participation rate: 66.3 per cent (66.4)... Number unemployed: 1,333,200 (1,383,500) Number working: 17,797,300 (17,767,900) Youth (15-24 years) unemployment: per cent 13.9 (14.0) Men (25 plus) unemployment: per cent 6.1 (6.4) Women (25 plus) unemployment: per cent 5.4 (5.6)
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Energy firms told to cut gasAnalysts are telling energy firms that it is time to cut consumer gas bills, because wholesale prices have fallen.
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Corporation Bank Q3 profit dropped 58% to Rs 127 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:11
Total income increased to Rs 4,947.34 cr during the quarter
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MARKETS HAVE COMPLETELY TURNED AROUND

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 16:08
MARKETS HAVE COMPLETELY TURNEDU.S. futures were green ahead of the U.S. jobs report with Dow futures up by 49 points. After the ugly U.S. jobs report came out, they tanked sending Dow futures in the red by around 28 points. And... now they're up 53 points a few minutes ahead of the U.S. trading session. S&P 500 futures are up 9 points. Nasdaq futures are up 22 points. The U.S. economy added just 113,000 jobs in January. Economists were looking for 180,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.6%. Ahead of the report, S&P 500 futures were up 7.1 points, and Nasdaq futures were up 19.5 points. Join the conversation about this story »     
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US Jobless At Five-Year LowJob creation in the US economy eases significantly, causing concern despite unemployment being at its lowest since 2008.
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Treasury prices spike, then quickly pare gains, after the second soft jobs report in a row stokes fears about a slowdown in economic growth.
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MassHousing, the quasi-public agency that provides financing for affordable housing in the Commonwealth, said that it has closed $11.8 million in loans for the acquisition and adaptive reuse of the... historic Sitkowski School in Webster into 66 affordable apartments for people age 55 and older. The Sitkowski School Apartments is being developed by Neighborhood Of Affordable Housing of East Boston. Built in the early 1900s, the brick building is located in downtown Webster adjacent to the Webster Town Hall and Webster Public Library. The building served as both a high school and middle school and has been vacant since 2005. The rehabilitation of the Sitkowski School is part of a larger master plan advanced by the Webster Redevelopment Authority to revitalize downtown Webster.     
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Only 113K jobs added inHiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the US economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. The Labor Department...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.
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Canada's Unemployment RateCanada's job market bounced back in January following an unexpectedly weak December, adding 29,000 jobs and sending the unemployment rate down to 7 per cent, from the prior reading of 7.2 per cent,... StatsCan said Friday. For the second month in a row, the U.S. unemployment rate was below that of Canada, something that had previously not been seen for some five years. The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 6.6 per cent in January even though the economy added a weaker-than-expected 116,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Canada added some 50,500 full-time jobs in January, but that was partially offset by losses in part-time jobs. StatsCan noted that Canada increased the number of jobs by 0.8 per cent over the past year, which is not enough to keep up with population growth. The...
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Q&A With Direct CarrierDirect carrier billing allows users to add the value of a purchase directly to their mobile bills. For now, it's largely used for digital goods like tokens that can be purchased within gaming apps,... but it could ultimately catch on for other digital and physical purchases. In a recent chart, we looked at the potential for direct carrier billing to take off as a method of payment in emerging markets where credit card penetration is low. Fortumo is one of the companies that is taking advantage of this opportunity.   Fortumo was founded back in 2007 in Estonia and has since expanded with offices in San Francisco, Beijing, and India. The company also has impressive reach, offering direct carrier billing in 80 countries, in partnership with over 300 operators.  We recently spoke with Martin...
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BIDEN: There's No Good ReasonVice President Joe Biden said in an interview with CNN's Kate Bolduan that he can't formulate a "good" reason not to run for president in 2016.  "There may be reasons I don't run, but there's no... obvious reason for me why I think I should not run," Biden said in the interview, which aired Friday morning on CNN's "New Day." Biden said, realistically, that a decision on his potential 2016 run would come next summer. One reason he might not run is the sizable polling gulf already between him and Democrats' most logical candidate — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll out last week, Clinton holds a 73-12 lead over Biden in a theoretical 2016 Democratic primary. Biden will also be 74 in 2016. Biden said that he was "truly optimistic" about...
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Roundup of comments to Friday's Labor Department report showing the U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, the unemployment rate fell to 6.6% and the U-6 jobless rate also fell.
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How volunteering can take youThink of successful people, and the mind usually defaults to areas of personal achievement. A Wall Street CEO, maybe, or a hotshot lawyer, or a billionaire founder of a tech startup.
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TORONTO - Jim Flaherty says he will outline the government's plans to curb the link between terrorists, organized crime and charities, as part of stricter rules for charities that will be outlined in... the new federal budget next week. "There are some terrorist organizations, there are some organized crime organizations that launder money through charities, and make donations to charities," he said during a media conference in Toronto on Friday. "That's not the purpose of charitable donations in Canada, so we're becoming increasingly strict on the subject. You'll see some more on Tuesday." The finance minister did not offer specifics on what measures would be taken, but said he's not concerned about suggestions that changing rules for charities would be perceived as a way to silence critics...
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EIL FPO fully subscribed on day 2

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 16:01
The share sale saw a lukewarm response yesterday, gained traction today as bids from institutional buyers came in
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Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 16:00
It's the single most important skill a leader needs.
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The U.S. added 113,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell again to a new post-recession low, but the pace of hiring appears to have slowed over the past few months, according to government... figures released Friday. The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 6.6% from 6.7%.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors....     
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How To Land Your FirstLanding an enterprise client isn't easy and it's almost never quick, but it can be done if you're willing to invest the energy. Matthijs Keij shares how.
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US Smartphone PenetrationThe U.S. hit 65.2% smartphone penetration in December and added 30 million new smartphone users during 2013 to reach about 156 million smartphone users by the end of the fourth quarter, according to... comScore. That's up from 28 million new users added in 2012. The number of new users added in a year through the end of each quarter, compared to that same time period one year earlier, has been up and down over the past several quarters, but has not been able to match the peak of 35 million yearly net adds, which was reached at the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.  The "late majority" of smartphone adopters are now dictating the pace of the market, as we're already well past the halfway point of adoption, with 65% of mobile subscribers aged 13 and above already using a smartphone. That's...
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Profit Expected to Dip for Barclays

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 16:00
Despite an expected dip in profit, analysts are generally optimistic about Barclays as it prepares to reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. The consensus earnings per... share estimate is 22 cents per share.The consensus estimate hasn't changed over the past month, but it's down from three months
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Olympic-Style Race LightsIn his first thousand days in office, Gov. Walker reduced Wisconsin's tax burden by $1.4 billion, which helped grow the local economy by attracting businesses and jobs. Walker already has surpassed... his goal of creating 10,000 new businesses by 2015, with 13,000 new businesses created and the promise of many more to come.
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Amazon turns cameras into credit cards

Market Watch - 7 Feb 2014 15:59
App's new "Flow" feature allows for point-and-shoot shopping.
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South Africa's Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT) exported 4.6 million tonnes of coal in January compared with 6.8 million tonnes the previous month, RBCT data showed.
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Republicans Finally Realize There's A Jobs Crisis

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:58
Republicans Finally RealizeThe U.S. has been in a jobs emergency since at least 2008. The cause of the crisis -- too little demand -- isn't mysterious, and neither are the solutions.
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TORONTO - The Canadian dollar chalked up a solid gain as employment data for January came in ahead of expectations. The loonie moved ahead 0.42 of a cent to 90.75 cents US as Statistics Canada said... that 29,400 jobs were created after the economy shed 44,000 jobs during December. Economists had expected that the economy would create about 20,000 jobs last month. Canada's national unemployment rate slid to 7.0 per cent for the first month of the year, compared with 7.2 per cent in December. But U.S. numbers were a big disappointment as the Labor Department reported that 113,00 jobs were created against the approximately 180,000 that had been expected. Still, more people began looking for work in January, and some of the jobless were hired, reducing the unemployment rate to 6.6 per cent from...
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On a day when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced an annual fare hike for autoickshaws, Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) that supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) in... Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad that ...
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U.S. stock futures zig-zagged Friday after the government report on non-farm payrolls showed the economy added just 113,000 new jobs last month, far less than economists had forecast.
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ECB to gain far-reaching powers

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 15:57
The European Central Bank will attain significant powers over the euro zone's commercial banks once it becomes their supervisor later this year.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Congress stand at a junction. An AP News Analysis     
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India is expected to increase its annual salt production to 40 million tonnes by 2020, a senior official said on Friday.     
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US employers hired far fewer workers than expected in January and job gains for the prior month were barely revised up.
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The directions are part of efforts to ring fence the capital market
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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read. Tech's biggest players hire first NSA lobbyist. "Apple, Google, Facebook and five other technology giants... that have banded together in their calls for surveillance reform officially registered a Washington lobbyist on Thursday," Politico writes. "The new hire -- tasked to represent a coalition that also includes AOL, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo -- is a big political move for an industry that initially had tried to avoid the debate over the National Security Agency. Tech companies recently have become more engaged, however, as they discover they have serious business interests at stake."
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THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVER

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:54
THE SCARIEST JOBS CHART EVERThe January jobs report is out, and it was a big miss. 113,000 workers were added to nonfarm payrolls in January, well below the consensus Wall Street estimate of 180,000. The unemployment rate... dropped to 6.6% from 6.7% last month. All told, this was the second straight disappointing monthly jobs report, and it's another reminder that the U.S. labor market remains anemic. Bill McBride of Calculated Risk runs a chart every month that puts the jobs recovery into better perspective. "This graph shows the job losses from the start of the employment recession, in percentage terms, compared to previous post WWII recessions," writes McBride. "The dotted line is ex-Census hiring. This shows the depth of the recent employment recession — worse than any other post-war recession — and the...
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Economists expected 185,000 jobs to be added in January.
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TORONTO - The Toronto stock market was higher Friday as Canadian employment during January breezed past expectations and traders put the best face on American jobs data that widely missed forecasts.... The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 18.69 points to 13,732.09 as Statistics Canada said the economy created 29,400 jobs, far higher than the 20,000 level that economists had been looking for while the unemployment rate slid to 7.0 per cent from 7.2 per cent in December. The showing was a big improvement from December when the economy shed 44,000 jobs. The Canadian dollar jumped 0.55 of a cent to 90.88 cents US on the data. U.S. markets were higher even as the U.S. Labor Department reported that 113,000 jobs were created in January against the approximately 180,000 that had been expected....
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TORONTO - The Toronto stock market was little changed Friday as Canadian employment during January breezed past expectations and traders put the best face on American jobs data that widely missed... forecasts. The S&P/TSX composite index shed early gains to dip 5.4 points to 13,708 as Statistics Canada said the economy created 29,400 jobs, far higher than the 20,000 level that economists had been looking for while the unemployment rate slid to 7.0 per cent from 7.2 per cent in December. The showing was a big improvement from December when the economy shed 44,000 jobs. The Canadian dollar jumped 0.46 of a cent to 90.79 cents US on the data. U.S. markets registered a solid gain as the U.S. Labor Department reported that 113,000 jobs were created in January against the approximately 180,000 that...
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How to Trick Youself Into Getting Rich

ABC News - 7 Feb 2014 15:52
How to Trick Youself IntoRising interest rates scare bond investors, but there are alternatives.     
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The U.S. added 113,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell again to a new post-recession low, but the pace of hiring appears to have slowed over the past few months, according to government... figures released Friday. The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 6.6% from 6.7%.
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CNG price slashed by RsCompressed Natural Gas, or CNG, will cost Rs 35.20 per kg from tomorrow as against the current rate of Rs 50.10 per kg. Rates of piped natural gas (PNG) that households use for cooking, was cut by Rs... 5 per standard cubic meters (scm) per day.
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6 Gorgeous Concept Photos Of The Big-Screen iPhone 6

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:50
6 Gorgeous Concept Photos OfA few weeks ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to release two new iPhones with bigger screens this year.  The first device will have just under a 5-inch screen, likely 4.7 inches... to keep the same size ratio the 4-inch iPhone 5S has. The second phone will have a very large screen, probably around 5.5 inches. If the reports are true, it would be a welcome change. Most phones sold today have screen sizes larger than four inches, and a bigger screen is one of the most-requested features for iPhone users.  Designer Federico Ciccarese put together a few mockups of what the next iPhones could look like based on the information we have so far.  Take a look: SEE ALSO: The best smartphones in the world Join the conversation about this story »     
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Reliance Capital net zooms 65% on higher margins

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 15:50
Reliance Capital - the non-banking finance company of the Anil Ambani group - has reported 65% increase in its net profit on a consolidated basis to Rs 166 crore for the quarter ended December mainly... due to strong performances of housing finance and ...
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By One Measure, This Was A Stupendous Jobs Report

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:50
By One Measure, This Was AThe Non-Farm Payrolls report just came out, and it was a big miss. Just 113,000 new jobs were created in January vs. 180,000 expected. But there are two parts to every jobs report. One is the... Establishment Survey, where they ask businesses how many people they hired in the month. That's where the 113,000 number came from. But the other part is the Household Survey, where they ask households whether they gained/lost jobs in the month. And that side of this report was amazing. From the report: After accounting for the annual adjustment to the population controls, the civilian labor force rose by 499,000 in January, and the labor force participation rate edged up to 63.0 percent. Total employment, as measured by the household survey, increased by 616,000 over the month, and the...
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Casual clothes are one thing, but a casual attitude won't get entrepreneurs very far.
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Russia offers stake in 10Rosneft has offered 9 offshore blocks in Barents Sea Offshore and 1 in Black Sea for joint exploration, says Panabaka Lakshmi
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Bob Dylan, Corporate Shill

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:47
Bob Dylan, Corporate ShillI don't want to make too big a deal about Bob Dylan appearing in a Chrysler commercial during the Super Bowl and yet, I'm afraid, it is a big deal. It followed closely on the heels of the death of... Pete Seeger, who helped start the whole folk-music groundswell that buoyed Dylan to critical acclaim and, almost as quickly, to the top of the pop charts. There are many things that connect Seeger and Dylan, not the least of which is their admiration, even idolization, of Woody Guthrie. And as I watched the commercial -- "Is there anything more American than America?" Dylan gnomically asked -- I thought, would Woody Guthrie, voice of the working man, have done a commercial for a major multinational corporation? No, of course not. Keep in mind that, just a few minutes earlier, one of Dylan's...
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TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Bosnian protesters have set ablaze the local government building in Tuzla after they stormed it in rage over unemployment, rampant corruption and an overpaid... political elite that appears detached from people's needs.     
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U.S. economy adds a modestHiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year.     
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As expected, CME's top line growth in the quarter was driven by a surge in trade volumes leading to a 6% growth in the company's core transaction business. While interest-rate contracts were traded... nearly 30% more in Q4 2013 than the year-ago period, the trade volumes of all other derivatives remained nearly flat during the quarter.
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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Norwegian energy firm Statoil says it will begin exploration drilling off Newfoundland later this year. The company says the drilling will take place some time likely between July... and September. Statoil announced last fall that it had discovered a reservoir of light crude believed to hold between 300 million and 600 million barrels of recoverable oil while drilling in an area known as the Bay du Nord prospect, about 500 kilometres northeast of St. John's. It was the third find in the Flemish Pass Basin in the North Atlantic and was described as the 12th largest oil discovery in the world in the past four years. So far no details have been released on how much the company will spend on the drill program or on how many jobs it will create.
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More than the guidance beat, what stood out for the company was its revenue guidance for Q1, given the backdrop of pricing concerns surrounding the renegotiation of a contract with its largest media... customer. Akamai said that it expects revenues for the current quarter to be in the range of $426-442 million, which translates to flat sequential growth at the mid-point, despite headwinds from the contract renewal and weak seasonality.
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Jobs Grew at Sluggish Pace inThe economy added only 113,000 new jobs in January, the government said Friday, a number that fell short of expectations even as the unemployment rate dipped to its lowest level in five years. The... slow pace of growth underscored the continuing fragility of the economic recovery more than five years after the financial crisis. The 113,000 new jobs on nonfarm payrolls were considerably less than the 180,000 analysts had expected. The unemployment rate still fell to 6.6 percent in January from 6.7 percent in December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly jobs report. December’s disappointing report of just 74,000 jobs added was revised upward only slightly, to 75,000. Even as millions of jobs have been added since the worst of the recession in late 2008 and early 2009, the...
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Net changes in value as a result of foreign currency exchange rates led to a pre-tax loss of $1.2 billion. As a result, Prudential reported a net loss of $427 million for its financial services... business, down from a loss of $185 million in 2012.
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Rupee rises 9 paise to 62.28 versus dollar

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 15:43
The rupee on Friday appreciated by nine paise to end at 62.28 against the dollar on sustained selling of the US currency by exporters and positive trends in stocks, helping it wrap up its best week in... nine.     
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Yelp continued to report superlative growth for all its performance metrics. The company reported 47% growth in cumulative reviews to 53 million and 39% increase in average unique monthly visitors to... 120 million. While active local business accounts increased by 69% year over year to 67,200, claimed local businesses increased to 1.5 million. In this article we will discuss Yelp's Q4 results.
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VIDEO INSIDER: Adapt.tv BoostsWelcome to our new Video Insider newsletter, a morning email with the top news and analysis on the digital video industry, produced by BI Intelligence.  ADAPT.TV ACQUISITION PAYS OFF FOR AOL: AOL... posted strong results during its fourth quarter earnings call. AOL’s advertising revenue jumped 23% to $507 million. The company has steadily shifted its focus toward digital advertising. In August, AOL completed a deal with the video advertising company Adapt.tv for $405 million. The acquisition has allowed AOL to dramatically expand its video and programmatic advertising capacity. “The investments we have made are paying off,” said AOL CEO Tim Armstrong during an interview. (Reuters, AOL) AMAZON READIES 10 NEW ORIGINAL PILOTS: Amazon is set to premiere ten new pilots on the company’s...
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Successful spectrum biddersThe ongoing spectrum auction has seen bids crossing Rs 52,600 crore mark in first five days since it started on February 3.
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NFP In Focus But Watch GoldInvestors and dealers live for market volatility, it creates trading opportunity, and today's North American jobs reports should not disappoint even the neutral observer. The release of last month's... employment reports for the U.S. and Canada came in far below expectations, with the weather being blamed for the bulk of setbacks. Canada actually lost jobs while the U.S. created few, both well off market expectations (74k and -46k, respectively). Today, particularly for the U.S., another sub-par performance and future Federal Reserve taper actions will surely be called into question. Even for the good health of the typical global investor, this market requires a healthy nonfarm payrolls (NFP) report, or one that is close to consensus (+185k and an unemployment rate +6.7%), to keep the...
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Detroit Is Losing Money On Its    The "People Mover" is a unique light rail system in downtown Detroit that hardly anyone uses. Mainly because it can only go in one direction and covers a minuscule 2.9-mile circumference. The... aptly named People Mover does have its uses, though, and, at just $0.75 a ride, it's super cheap. Problem is, the People Mover is quite the money-losing venture. Every ride taken on the People Mover costs the Detroit Transportation Corporation a little less than $4. Regardless, most Detroiters like the People Mover and don't want to get rid of it. Watch to learn more about this strange love/hate relationship between the city of Detroit and the People Mover. Produced by William Wei NOW WATCH: The Truth Behind Those $1 Detroit Homes Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this...
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Jobless rate fell to 6.6 per cent, from 6.7 per cent in January
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A Meat Tax? Seriously?

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 15:40
We should think twice before trying to engineer the personal behavior of millions of Americans. Sin taxes have a role to play. But it's not a big one.
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Job interviews are getting weirder

Market Watch - 7 Feb 2014 15:39
Candidates are being asked to carry out increasingly odd tasks.
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This is a significant development for Intuitive Surgical because its da Vinci system received a lot of negative publicity last year from research reports which questioned its benefits and cost... effectiveness, especially in hysterectomy procedures. As a result of the negative sentiment, da Vinci unit sales declined by more than 11% year-over-year to 546 systems in 2013.
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Production of the iconic 800 model that had been carrier for millions of Indian families stopped
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OTTAWA - The Canadian economy gained 29,400 jobs in January after a surprising downturn in December -- a turnaround that will likely put some spring in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's step as he... prepares to deliver the budget next week. The unemployment rate also slid 0.2 percentage points from December to 7.0 per cent for the first month of the year as the number of full-time jobs increased, Statistics Canada reported Friday. While the job numbers exceeded economists' expectations of 20,000 more jobs in the month, some cautioned against reading too much into the volatile numbers, saying the employment trend is still sluggish. "While no ball of fire, today's solid comeback represents a nice recovery from the ugliness in last month's Canadian employment report," BMO Capital Markets chief...
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Quebec-based Heroux-Devtek posts $2.6 million profit

Montreal Gazette - 7 Feb 2014 15:36
LONGUEUIL — Aerospace manufacturer Heroux-Devtek Inc. reports it had $2.6 million of net income in its fiscal third quarter. That amounted to eight cents per share of net income or 12 cents per... share after adjustments. The Quebec-based maker of aircraft landing gear had $61.45 million of revenue from continuing operations, down slightly from $61.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2013.
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Total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 113,000 jobs in January while the unemployment rate remained virtually unchanged at 6.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
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WASHINGTON - Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for a second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. Employers added... 113,000 jobs, the government said Friday, far fewer than the average monthly gain of 194,000 last year. Job gains have averaged just 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three. The sluggish job growth may reflect what investors and economists have begun to fear: That the U.S. job market is weakening again, along with sectors like manufacturing and retail sales in the United States and abroad. The weakness might also raise doubts about the Federal Reserve's plans to steadily reduce its economic stimulus this year. Still, more people began looking for work in January, a...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- US employers add 113,000 jobs, a modest gain; jobless rate falls to 5-year low of 6.6 pct.     
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Economy creates 29,400 positions as jobless rate dips to 7 per cent from 7.2 per cent
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EIL share sale fullyBids were received for over 3.97 crore shares, or 1.18 times the 3.36 crore shares on offer, as of 1700 hrs today. The portion reserved for qualified institutional investors was oversubscribed 2.6... times.
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January Jobs Report: U.S.The U.S. economy added 113,000 jobs in January, as the unemployment rate dipped to 6.6 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. Here's more from the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP)... -- Hiring was surprisingly weak in January for the second straight month, likely renewing concern that the U.S. economy might be slowing after a strong finish last year. The Labor Department says employers added 113,000 jobs, less than the average monthly gain of 194,000 in 2013. This follows December's tepid increase of just 75,000. Job gains have averaged only 154,000 the past three months, down from 201,000 in the preceding three months. Still, more people began looking for work in January, a sign that they were optimistic about finding work. Some of these people found jobs, thereby reducing...
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Wage Growth Climbs In Line With Expectations

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:31
Wage Growth Climbs In LineThe U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics just released the January jobs report, and it was a big miss. 113,000 workers were added to nonfarm payrolls in January, below the 180,000 estimate. Average... hourly earnings came in at 0.2% month over month, in line with expectations. Year over year, average hourly earnings climbed to 1.9%, above economist expectations of 1.8%. "While everyone else focuses on the non-farm payroll increase and the unemployment rate, I am interested in wage growth and the employment rate," said Kit Juckes, a global strategist at Société Générale, ahead of the report. "Wage growth, depending on which of the BLS series on average earnings I use (they produced a new one in 2006), is meandering sideways in a 1.5-2.3% range," he said. Last month, Capital Economics'...
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Comfortable Music Makes You Dream of Comfort

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 15:30
The sound of jazz made people more interested in hotel rooms than campsites.
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BIG MISS ON JOBS REPORT

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:30
BIG MISS ON JOBS REPORTThe January jobs report is out. 113,000 workers were hired to nonfarm payrolls in January, below the consensus Wall Street estimate of 180,000. The unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to 6.6% from... December's 6.7% reading, and the labor force participation rate rose to 63.0% from 62.8%. In the wake of the release, S&P 500 futures have plummeted into the red and Treasuries are surging, sending yields lower. The dollar is also down sharply against the euro and the yen. Private-sector firms hired 142,000 workers, implying a 29,000 reduction in government employee headcount. December nonfarm payroll growth was revised up to 75,000 from 74,000. Average hourly earnings growth was 0.2% from the previous month in January, as expected, but December's previously-reported 0.2% advance was revised down...
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Govt cuts growth forecast for 2013-14 to below 5%

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 15:29
India's economic growth rate in the current financial year has been estimated at 4.9 per cent, a faster pace than in the previous year, mainly on an improved performance in the agriculture and allied... sectors.     
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Some flyers nag flight attendants with their every whim.
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CIA And FBI Agents Are NotAssociated Press photographer Jae C. Hong captured a photo of this sign outside a restaurant in the mountains near Sochi, Russia. The sign makes clear that FBI and CIA agents aren't welcome, although... the AP notes that "it isn't clear what the restaurant's policy is toward the NSA." One can imagine that any agent of the U.S. intelligence apparatus is not very welcome in or around Russia, generally speaking. The restaurant is in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, where the Olympic skiing and snowboarding competitions are taking place. Join the conversation about this story »     
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Shares rally on US job hopes

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 15:26
World stocks gained ground to further recover from a steep two-week selloff, buoyed by expectations that a January US jobs report will soothe recent concerns over the pace of global growth.
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Yahoo!, CBS Sports, and ESPNAs the fantasy sports industry has grown, some industry analysts expected to see consolidation in the largest players' contest offerings.
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The Ridiculous OlympicCanadian snowboarder Mark McMorris called the judging in the Olympic slopestyle event "ridiculous" after getting a surprisingly low score in Thursday's qualifiers.  McMorris is the favorite to win... gold. He had a clean run and landed the sport's biggest trick (the triple cork), which should have been enough to get him in the top-four. Instead he came in seventh, to the shock of everyone. "It’s pretty ridiculous, but it’s a judged sport, what can you do?" he said afterward. "It sucks. To land a really good run that you’re really proud of with one of the only legitimate triple corks of the day and not even come close, I was bummed." The controversy shed new light on the slopestyle judging system, which is startlingly subjective.  Yahoo's Jeff Passan did a story on how the sport is...
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While Thailand's overall economy is suffering terribly from the country's ongoing political turmoil, the country's data center service providers have miraculously been experiencing unexpected growth... in business, researchers from Frost & Sullivan said. The Thai data center industry grew 21 percent in 2013, compared to the previous year, with total revenue in excess of 1,700 million baht ($51.84 million). Frost & Sullivan expects the industry to continue to enjoy strong growth of more than 15 percent in 2014.
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It looks like Mexico has a good 2014 coming up. Financial analysis firm Moody's elevated the country's rating from Baa1 to A3, making Mexico the second country in Latin America to attain A status,... after Chile. The ratings agency based its decision mostly in the structural reforms approved last year by President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration.
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While stocks ended Thursday's session on an upbeat note with all three major U.S. indexes gaining more than a percentage point, jobs data could sour the mood if it does not live up to expectations.... Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were up 0.2 percent and futures on the S&P 500 were up 0.3 percent while those on the Nasdaq were up 0.51 percent. On Thursday, the Dow gained nearly 200 points, or 1.22 percent, while the S&P 500 climbed 1.24 percent and the Nasdaq gained 1.14 percent.
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Preet Bharara, the Indian-American district attorney who has carved a name for himself by going after white-collar criminals and offending foreign diplomats with equal gusto, has chalked up yet... another victory with the conviction of Mathew Martoma, a hedge-fund manager, said to have been involved in the largest insider-trading scheme in U.S. history.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most highly anticipated U.S. jobs reports in months might also prove to be among the most puzzling.
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Enbridge Venting Leads To Gas Leak Reports Across Ottawa

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 15:19
Enbridge Venting Leads To GasEnbridge Gas Distribution has apologized after controlled venting of natural gas lines resulted in multiple reports of gas leaks across Ottawa, as well as some building evacuations. The gas... distributor said Thursday it was conducting controlled venting of some gas lines for one to two hours beginning at 10:30 a.m. The company warned that residents in the following areas might notice the smell of rotten eggs or hear a loud sound: Greenbank Road at West Hunt Club Road. Eagleson Road at Hope Side Road. Flewellyn Road at Shea Road. Flewellyn Road at Huntley Road. Enbridge's Richmond gate station at 6783 Fallowfield Rd. However, people working in downtown Ottawa could also smell the gas at about 2:30 p.m. Algonquin College also briefly evacuated its buildings after strong gas smells were...
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Many UK residents have invested in overseas property in recent years, but many have neglected to consider the effect this could have on their Will and inheritance tax planning, it is claimed. The... number of Britons expected to purchase a holiday or retirement home abroad in the next five years is likely to increase, yet the majority do not understand the implications this will have, according to law firm Adams & Remers LLP. ‘The interaction between UK and foreign succession and inheritance tax law is a complex area and if you are lucky enough to purchase your dream holiday home, or are escaping to the sun for retirement, it is crucial to seek advice on how to manage your overseas assets,’ said Simon Mitchell, solicitor at Adams & Remers. ‘It is advisable to have a second Will drawn up...
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BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel has strongly criticized a comment that a senior U.S. diplomat made about the European Union's role in Ukraine.
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Target's Data Breach BeganWelcome to our new Payments Insider newsletter, a morning email with the top news and analysis on the digital payments industry, produced by BI Intelligence. 
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Barclays Puts £140,000Barclays investment bankers will have their cash bonuses capped for the third year in a row, Sky News learns.
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Here Is Twitter's Prediction For Today's Jobs Report

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 15:15
Here Is Twitter's PredictionTwitter is bearish on today's jobs report. The median estimate for today's nonfarm payrolls number is 168,000, below the Wall Street consensus estimate of 180,000. The mean estimate is 163,000, and... the standard deviation is 67,421. These numbers were calculated from 179 tweets using the hashtag #NFPGuesses through 8:12 AM ET this morning. The jobs report is out at 8:30. Follow the release LIVE on Business Insider »   Join the conversation about this story »     
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Germany's Constitutional Court will refer a complaint against the European Central Bank's flagship bond-buying plan to the European Court, removing the prospect of it curbing the programme.
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Can We All Just Agree ThatNo. No, we can't, for some reason. While the one-cent, once-copper coin doesn't have the purchasing power it used to, Americans still have a hard time letting it go. A HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted... in January found that only 34 percent of Americans are in favor of eliminating the penny, while 51 percent oppose it. The poll didn't ask about rounding up all the pennies and melting them down into a giant statue of Abraham Lincoln's face, but chances are that wouldn't be a popular option. (It wouldn't be very practical, either, since the U.S. has minted nearly 92 billion pennies since 2000, with about 7 billion new ones created in 2013 alone.) Jarden Corporation would likely be among those interested in keeping the penny around. The multibillion-dollar consumer products company, based outside...
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Rich People Say The Darndest Things

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:11
Rich People Say The DarndestIt's hard not to feel sorry for the rich. After all, it can't be easy to swim in a pool of money, or to keep a yacht clean, or to stroll down red carpets all day, can it? So please, let's give them... all a break when they occasionally say outrageous things. Things like these: AIG CEO: Anger over big bonuses "just as bad" as racist lynch mobs. The CEO of the massive insurance company, Robert Benmosche, made that ill-advised comparison during a 2013 interview with the Wall Street Journal: "The uproar over bonuses 'was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that -- sort of like what we did in the Deep South [decades ago]. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.'" Benmosche later described the metaphor as a...
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That Was Fast

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 15:11
So the House GOP's new big historic push for immigration reform lasted about two weeks.
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Auto Expo's Facebook page has more than 43,000 fans
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Gallery Automotive Group LLC has announced that it has begun construction on BMW and MINI dealerships in Rockland just off of Route 3, Exit 14. The new 58,000-square-foot dealerships will replace BMW... Gallery of Norwell, which occupies 23,000 square feet. Expected to open in the fall, the Rockland facility is designed to accommodate more than 200 vehicles and a service area with more than 30 bays. Tthe new location has "much more visibility from the main exit of the highway," the company added. "Our new location will offer our current BMW clientele and anyone who is passionate about driving a state-of-the-art home on the South Shore and will offer current and future MINI enthusiasts in Southeastern Massachusetts a well-deserved home," Gallery Automotive Group director of operations Kevin...
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SOCIAL INSIDER: LinkedInSocial Insider is delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers.  LINKEDIN EARNINGS: LinkedIn posted strong revenues for the fourth quarter of 2013, but user... engagement weakened. LinkedIn revenues totaled $447 million in the quarter, an increase of 14% over the previous quarter. More than half of total revenues were generated by LinkedIn's core product — Talent Solutions, which are a suite of products for recruiters. Marketing Solutions, which is what LinkedIn calls its suite of ad products, increased revenue 29% over the previous quarter and accounted for 25% of LinkedIn's total quarterly revenues.  However, the number of pages viewed by LinkedIn visitors declined by the largest margin ever reported by the company for a quarter. Furthermore, monthly...
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US job growth seen snapping back

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 15:07
US employment likely rebounded in January after being held back by cold weather the prior month.
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The tepid Hong Kong market had its best day in a month, led by financial and energy plays.
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Behind The Scenes With An Angry Walmart Manager

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:05
Behind The Scenes With AnWe receive quite a few stories from Wal-Mart employees about what life is like inside America's largest employer. But this one comes from a remarkable point of view: a longtime Walmart store manager,... who vents in detail about how Walmart has systematically screwed employees over two decades.
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Knowing Your Net Worth CanYour boss doesn't know your value, right? But do you even know it? Most people have never taken the time to figure their net worth even though it's a fairly simple calculation. Why not take stock now?... The New Year is still full of promise. Your net worth is what you'd have left after selling everything, paying the bills and settling all debts. Think of it as your liquidation value. The number is of keen interest to heirs trying to understand what will be theirs. But it's useful for you as well. Calculated annually, your net worth provides the clearest picture of whether you are getting ahead. It helps gauge when you might retire and gives a roadmap to where you are losing or gaining value. That makes it easier to adjust and meet your goals. Say, for example, your goal is to retire with $1...
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US Magazine Circulation Slips In Last Half Of 2013

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 15:04
US Magazine Circulation SlipsARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- Magazine industry auditors say that total average U.S. circulation for 386 magazines fell 1.7 percent in the final six months of the year to 284.9 million. The Alliance... for Audited Media says paid subscriptions were down 1.2 percent, while newsstand sales fell about 11 percent. Digital editions rose about 37 percent to 10.8 million, representing only 3.5 percent of total circulation. That's up from 2.4 percent of the total in the same period a year ago. The top three publications by circulation were AARP The Magazine and AARP Bulletin, which both had more than 22 million copies, followed by Game Informer Magazine, with 7.6 million.
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Heavyweight steelmaker ArcelorMittal helped European shares edge to a second day of gains.
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Company posts lower profit, flat sales in the third quarter
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IOC Financial Reserves Pegged At $932 Million

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
IOC Financial Reserves PeggedSOCHI, Russia - The International Olympic Committee has $932 million in financial reserves after adding $31.5 million in 2013. IOC President Thomas Bach confirmed the figure at a news conference... following the body's three-day annual meeting. The IOC aims to keep enough in reserve to operate for four years in the event an Olympics is cancelled. The Olympic body says more than half its reserves are invested in bonds, with "liquidity strongly reduced after investing $190 million in bonds and equities." The IOC has less than FIFA, which reported a $1.378 billion reserve fund last March.
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Scaling Up is a Problem of Both More and Less

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Even large organizations can only handle so much.
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Shopping for malls

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Shopping for mallsDEMAND for neighbourhood shopping centres is being hamstrung by supply, with only a few assets on the market.
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In China, Apple will engrave'Taiwan independence,' '1989 Tiananmen protest,' 'Falun Gong' and 'Dalai Lama' don't make the cut, but 'American independence' does.BEIJING — Want to engrave a few words in Chinese on your new iPad?... No problem — Apple offers consumers in mainland China free personalization. Just don't get too political.     
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Board reform on iiNet agenda

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Board reform on iiNet agendaIINET's mountain-climbing chief executive, Michael Malone, will soon be back on deck to steer the nation's No 3 broadband provider.
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21st Century Fox cuts profit forecasts

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
21st Century Fox cuts profit21ST Century Fox lowered profit guidance for its fiscal year ending in June  as earnings fell in the December quarter.
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Rinehart pauses for 60th birthday

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Rinehart pauses for 60thGINA Rinehart's long-time friend Ron Manners marvels at the billionaire's work ethic as she approaches her 60th birthday.
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Father presses for inquest

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Father presses for inquestSTEVE Raabe's son Craig was killed along with colleague Debra Till  in March 2007, at a temporary Fortescue Metals Group.
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Bidding war looming for Aurora

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Bidding war looming for AuroraA $1.84 BILLION takeover offer for Perth-based, Texas-focused Aurora Oil & Gas could prompt a rival bid for the group.
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Young guns still aim for banking

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Young guns still aim forINVESTMENT banking may not have same prestige as before the GFC, but that doesn't deter swarms of ambitious youngsters.
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News Corp profit surprises market

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
News Corp profit surprisesINVESTORS cheered News Corp's maiden interim result as the media company beat market forecasts with a 9 per cent jump in earnings.
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DJs plans sky-high extension

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
DJs plans sky-high extensionDEPARTMENT store David Jones could spark a race to develop the airspace on a key block in the heart of Sydney.
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BHP sacks 230 miners as coal falls

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
BHP sacks 230 miners as coalSLUMPING world coal prices have led to BHP Billiton having to put off another 230 workers at its Saraji coalmine.
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Woodside lifts Leviathan price

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Woodside lifts Leviathan priceWOODSIDE Petroleum wants to secure its long-awaited entry into Israel's giant Leviathan gas field.
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Myer and DJs in limbo

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Myer and DJs in limboMYER and David Jones are like two lonely middle-aged co-workers with a shared interest in ballroom dancing.
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CorVal, Charter Hall stoke sector

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
CorVal, Charter Hall stokeINDUSTRIAL property is running thanks to deals involving CorVal and Charter Hall.
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Advertisers make $900M bet on Olympic Winter Games

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Advertisers make $900M bet onDespite threats of terrorism and other problems at the Games, no major advertiser has canceled its order for commercial time during NBCUniversal's 1,539 hours of coverage.The lighting of the Olympic... flame in Russia will launch a nearly $900-million bet by U.S. advertisers that this year's Winter Games will become a feel-good event for television audiences.
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The one thing I’ve learned from running my own company and working with hundreds of others is that true success is a result of consistently doing the not-so-sexy work required. It’s the gritty,... day in and day out, nose to the grindstone stuff. I am talking… staying up late, waking up early, hiring the right people, firing the wrong ones, answering emails while on vacation, going the extra mile to help a client meet a deadline. It takes time and effort to build something you can be proud of, but when it comes to marketing, we seem to forget all of this.
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Change agents help buyers

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Change agents help buyersADVISERS are now playing an integral role in the real estate industry, saving buyers time and thousands of dollars.
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Luxury apartments go for a song

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 15:00
Luxury apartments go for aTHE exorbitant price of Australian houses is well known but that premium has not carried over to luxury apartments.
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Advertisers make $900-millionDespite threats of terrorism and other problems at the Games, no major advertiser has canceled its order for commercial time during NBCUniversal's 1,539 hours of coverage.The lighting of the Olympic... flame in Russia will launch a nearly $900-million bet by U.S. advertisers that this year's Winter Games will become a feel-good event for television audiences.     
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The settlement talks between the beleaguered National Spot Exchange (NSEL) and its second largest defaulter ARK imports ended in a deadlock over "haircut". With a payment obligation of Rs 719.37... crore, ARK stands as the second largest defaulter only ...
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Diamond solitaire price up 37% in one year

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:59
Diamond solitaire price rose sharply by upto 37% in the last one year on robust investment demand as investors sought refuge in precious stones in anticipation of favourable returns following... lackluster performance by other asset classes
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MOBILE INSIDER: LINE As AMobile Insider is delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. LINE REVENUE SOARS: Popular Japanese messaging app LINE has become a massive business. For the... full year 2013, LINE brought in $338 million in revenue. The bulk of this revenue came in the fourth quarter, where LINE raked in about $120 million for year-over-year growth of about 450% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. LINE is now also reporting that they've grown to 340 million registered users after surpassing 300 million in November and after LINE revealed to us that they had reached 330 million users a few weeks ago.  Remember, LINE is a free app and the bulk of its revenue comes from in-app purchases. Game purchases made up about 60% of revenue with sticker sales making up another...
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Spectrum auction enters 33rdThe government had received Rs 30,754 crore of bids for the 1800 MHz band and bids totalling Rs 21,935 crore for the 900 MHz band at the end of the fourth day.
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Hilarious Parody Shows WhatBecause Facebook celebrated its 10th birthday this week, the social network allowed you to watch your very own personalized "look back" video that showcased things like your first profile photo and... your most popular pictures and status updates. For some, the look back is more horrifying than heartwarming. This parody video, created by Stephen Parkhurst, shows what those videos should really look like.  Highlights: remembering when annoying family members joined the site, or that time you got into a political argument with an old classmate! Fun! Check out the hilarious "Facebook: An Honest Look Back" below: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Chile's CFR Pharmaceuticals said it would drop its $1.2 billion bid for South African drugmaker Adcock Ingram.
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US stock index futures rose, following the strongest day of the year so far for equities.
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Mint50: What's out

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:48
Mint50: What's outThe schemes that are out of Mint50
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AMSTERDAM (AP) -- ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, says it expects shipments of steel and iron ore to rise in 2014 as recoveries in the US and Europe will matter more than slowing... growth in emerging markets.     
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Mint50: What's in

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:48
Mint50: What's inFour new funds have been added to the Mint50 list of funds
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Mint50:Do you have the right MF schemes?

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:47
Mint50:Do you have the rightUse Mint50 to see which mutual fund schemes in your portfolio can stay,go and come in
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Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), perhaps the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the 2014 election cycle, said Thursday that he's against President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10... per hour.
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Everonn Education Q3 net loss narrows to Rs 21.6 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:46
Education services company Everonn Education posted a net loss of Rs 21.6 crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 compared to Rs 129.27 crore in same period previous fiscal, on the back of lower... expenses
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Mint50: Methodology

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:44
Mint50: MethodologyWe use a mix of quantitative and qualitative parameters to shortlist schemes
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Director General, John Longworth comments on the speech made by the Prime Minister today about Scotland remaining within the UK.
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ECB debt plan referred to EUGermany's constitutional court refers the European Central Bank's bond-buying plan to the European Court of Justice.
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Mint50: How to use

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 14:43
Mint50: How to useThough there are 50 schemes that we think are investment worthy, we're not telling you to buy all
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Google buys 6% stake in Lenovo

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 14:43
Google bought a 5.94 percent stake in Lenovo for $750 million on the same day it agreed to sell handset maker Motorola to the Chinese technology giant.
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Economists expect dip in unemployment to 7.1 per cent
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Investors Staged A HistoricThis past week was a historic one for fund flows — investors pulled a historic amount out of equity funds while at the same time putting a historic amount into bond funds, and over 95% of the flows... were in and out of ETFs. Citi analysts Markus Rosgen and Yue Hin Pong relay the details in a note to clients: U.S. funds had record-high inflow into bonds and outflow from equities — In the week ended 2/5/2014, there was a $14.8 billion inflow into bond funds and a $28.3 billion outflow from equity funds, representing record highs in both cases. The inflow into bonds was driven by U.S. bond funds which saw $13 billion of inflow. On the flip side, U.S. equity funds were hit by a $24 billion outflow. More than 95% of these flows were attributed to ETFs. $6.4 billion of outflow from EM funds...
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Sanlam warns of personal loan scam

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 14:39
Sanlam warns of personal loanScammers are getting increasingly bolder in their methods to dupe consumers.
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The Before the Bell report is constantly updated to reflect the latest news developments and market moves in the premarket. Check back later for updates.
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Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financials and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors.
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The decision by Germany's Federal Constitutional Court removes the prospect of the court's curbing the European Central Bank's flagship program.     
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LONGUEUIL, Que. - Aerospace manufacturer Heroux-Devtek Inc. (TSX:HRX) reports it had $2.6 million of net income in its fiscal third quarter and slightly lower revenue from its continuing operations.... The Quebec-based maker of landing gear for commercial and military aircraft had $61.45 million of revenue, down from $61.7 million a year earlier from comparable operations. It also said full-year revenues for its 2014 financial year, excluding the impact of a recent acquisition, will be lower than its 2013 financial year but its overall profitability will improve. "Heroux-Devtek generated a higher operating profitability during the third quarter as a result of a more favourable product mix compared with last year," president and CEO Gilles Labbe said Friday. "As witnessed since the beginning...
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Too many miners dying: Nehawu

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 14:32
The high rate of mineworker fatalities in SA is unacceptable, the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union said.
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Vice President Joe Biden doesn't believe he and President Barack Obama are real liabilities to Democrats running in this year's midterm elections.
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Tiger Brands is seeking to raise its stake in the Nigerian Dangote Flour Mills through a takeover bid, a notice by its financial advisor said.
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Eveready Q3 net up 154% at Rs 4.5 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:28
On the back of better price realisation and tight working capital management, Eveready Industries has posted a 154.49% rise in net profit at Rs 4.53 crore for the quarter ended December, 2013 compared... to a net profit of Rs1.28 crore during the ...
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Billionaire Larry EllisonLarry Ellison's 28-year-old daughter Megan Ellison has become a big-time movie producer. His son, David, is also a producer but it is Megan's star that is currently skyrocketing in Hollywood now.... Megan is the producer of the "American Hustle" and "Her," two current films wracking up awards. Ellison, 69, is the CEO of tech company Oracle, a tech visionary who has been running Oracle since he co-founded it in 1977. He's also known as a wild playboy who's been divorced four times. The event was held to promote company's human resources cloud software. But in the Q&A session, he invited the audience to ask him "anything." One man asked Ellison what he thought about the role of tech in our modern lives. Ellison said he was "disturbed" by how much time kids play video games, and what that could...
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ao.com Plans London Stock Market Float

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 14:25
ao.com Plans London StockThe online whitegood retailer takes on the ex-boss of Amazon UK as it cranks up its web presence ahead of a stock market flloat.
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ArcelorMittal reduces its losses

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 14:24
ArcelorMittal said that it cut its net loss by a quarter last year as it turned in surprisingly strong operating figures.
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The union representing about 65 laid off iron workers alleges they were replaced by temporary foreign workers
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Insolvencies drop to 8-yearThe growth of the payday loan and debt management industries could mean many people are effectively bankrupt, but do not appear in the official figures.
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10 Things You Need To Know— Today, we get the release of the official jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics at 8:30 AM ET. The median estimate of 92 market economists polled by Bloomberg is that 180,000... workers were hired to nonfarm payrolls in January. The unemployment rate is expected to remain unchanged at 6.7%. "The unemployment rate could have held steady at 6.7%, though the expiration of emergency unemployment insurance benefits at the beginning of the month poses risks of a lower number," says Guy Berger, an economist at RBS. "1.35 million claimants lost their benefits after December 31st. If a significant fraction of those former claimants was unemployed in December (i.e. without a job but actively looking for work) but subsequently either took a job or stopped looking for work (thereby...
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JK Lakshmi Cement Q3 net profit drops by 66%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:16
Expenses rose to Rs 473.89 cr during the quarter due to rise in fuel and freight costs
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Tax rebate phishing e-mailsThe taxman is warning taxpayers not to be caught out by legitimate looking e-mails regarding tax rebates in return for bank account or credit card details.
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Indian bonds post first weeklyThe benchmark 10-year paper closed up 2 basis points at 8.74% on Friday
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Wonkbook: How to read 2014 s first jobs report

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 14:14
Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog's morning policy news primer by Evan Soltas. To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism, or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To
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Paddy production in West Bengal hit by floods

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:13
Paddy production in West Bengal is likely to be lower by 10-15% this year due to crop damage on account of extended rainfall and floods. Consequently, paddy prices are at a record high level this... year, higher than the minimum support price.
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This May Be The Most Despicable Phone Scam Out There

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 14:11
This May Be The MostI was working at home and answered the phone. "Hi Ann, it's AJ," said the friendly male voice. "Who?" I asked. "Sorry, I didn't catch your name." "AJ." And then he continued with a hint of empathy in... his voice, "Ann, you don't remember me, do you?" "Afraid I don't," I responded, and began explaining how I interview dozens of people a week for work and have hundreds of email conversations every day, which means that people enter and fall off my radar regularly, so please take no offense... But he cut my explanation short. "We spoke last September and you asked me to call you after the first of the year to set up that construction job you wanted me to do for you," said Mr. AJ, aka Affable Jerk. It took my lightbulb but a nanosecond to turn on. "Look, we both know I don't know you, never...
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10 Tech Things You Need To Know This Morning

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 14:11
10 Tech Things You Need ToGood morning! Here's what you need to know as you head into the weekend. 1. That story on NBC journalists being "hacked" in Sochi isn't completely true 2. It appears that Apple is planning to build... sapphire-crystal displays for future iPhones 3. LinkedIn announced on Thursday it plans to acquire Bright, a data-driven job search startup, for $120 million. 4. Restaurant reservation platform OpenTable today reported quarterly earnings of $52.3 million and used the day to put out some other news: the company has acquired Ness. 5. Apple Inc. has bought $14 billion of its own shares in the two weeks since reporting financial results that disappointed Wall Street. 6.  A pair of ex-Googlers have launched Beep, a beautiful WiFi-equipped dial that lets you stream music to any speaker with a...
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Importers must not expectEveryone knows that CAD and FII exits are the starting points for triggers in the forex markets. This is also the time when importers start to panic.
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The first of several "extraordinary measures" to avoid the debt limit has gone into effect
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Bitcoin price drops after Mt. Gox exchange halts withdrawals
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The conservative editorial page of the Wall Street Journal isn't impressed with John Boehner's excuses on immigration reform.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of the most highly anticipated U.S. jobs reports in months might also prove to be among the most puzzling.     
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Sun TV Q3 profit slumps 2.15%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 14:03
The company's net profit was 185.79 cr
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In his initial testimony, Peter Anastos said that his company would make sure that its new hires worked fewer than 30 hours a week so that they would not qualify for health insurance.     
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Proxy for number of traders drops to lowest since 2006
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Canada gets hard lesson inWASHINGTON DC, - Canada gets a painful lesson in American politics today as one of its major economic priorities is forgotten on the messy floor of the legislative sausage-factory that is the U.S.... Congress.
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Miners' deaths unacceptable:The high rate of mineworker fatalities in the country is unacceptable, the National Education, Health, and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) said on Friday.
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AO founder in line forThe share offering is expected to value the business at around £1bn, 14 years after it was started by the former kitchen appliances sales executive, who owns 40%.
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How Not To Blow Your Website Refresh

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 13:56
Every so often, houses need to be renovated or gutted; the same goes for Websites. But without the right approach and planning, a Website overhaul is a waste of time, effort and money.
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Obama Signing Farm Bill That Cuts Food Stamps

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 13:55
Obama Signing Farm Bill ThatBy NEDRA PICKLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a... major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday at Michigan State University, a rare celebration of Washington political compromise being held in heartland America. The bill expands federal crop insurance and ends direct government payments to farmers, but the bulk of its cost is for the food stamp program that aids 1 in 7 Americans. The bill cuts food stamps by $800 million a year, or around 1 percent, one-fifth of the cut approved last fall by the Republican-led House. Conservatives remain unhappy with the bill and its subsidies for groups ranging...
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BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's top court cast doubt Friday on the legality of a key part of the European Central Bank's rescue plan for the 18-nation eurozone, taking the rare step of asking an EU court for... its opinion.     
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IOC reserve fund increases to $932 million

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 13:52
IOC reserve fund increases toThe International Olympic Committee has $932 million in financial reserves after adding $31.5 million in 2013.
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VIDEO: Lonmin boss 'wanted toThe chief executive of Lonmin has been talking about why he took the job following the Marikana tragedy - and miners' ongoing strike action.
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Good jobs news fuels JSE

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 13:50
Good jobs news fuels JSEPositive sentiment on the world markets, fuelled by good economic news on job creation in the United States, has lifted the JSE.
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Crude oil imports fall, helping narrow U.S. trade deficit.
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Ayotte visiting NH company to learn about tax

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 13:43
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is visiting a Merrimack company that builds automation systems for medical devices to learn more about concerns over a new tax.
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Yogurt spat throws offU.S. Olympians will have to make do without the team's official yogurt — depriving them of a source of protein and potentially disturbing their daily routines as they prepare for the biggest... competition of their lives.
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has $932 million in financial reserves after adding $31.5 million in 2013.     
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Britain's official trade deficit falls

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 13:37
Britain's trade deficit for goods fell in December to the lowest level for more than a year.     
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MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is visiting a Merrimack company that builds automation systems for medical devices to learn more about concerns over a new tax.     
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Man-Eating Tiger Still AtA man-eating tiger on the prowl in northern India has claimed its ninth victim, defying hunters and wildlife officials who have been trying to gun down the animal, an official said Friday. Since... December 29, the same big cat is believed to have been on a killing spree in a densely forested area near Jim Corbett National Park in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Salil Shukla, an official in the district of Bijnor, told AFP that the partly eaten body of a young farmer had been found on Friday. "The victim was missing since Thursday and had gone into the jungle to locate his cattle," he said. "This is the ninth victim of the man-eater." While tiger-hunting has long been illegal in India, the Uttar Pradesh state government has licensed six hunters to either capture or kill the tigress who...
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Comedian Jay Leno hosted his final episode of "The Tonight Show" Thursday after a 22-year run, but at least President Barack Obama had a consolation prize to offer him.
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Liberty Videocon General Insurance to hire 200 people

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 13:34
Company looking to hire 200 employees by the end of this fiscal year to undertake expansion
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OVL offered 10 offshore block from Rosneft

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 13:33
The company to study data provided by Rosneft before deciding on its participation in the blocks
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Leo Vercollone doesn't like smoking, but his customers do, so that's why he keeps selling cigarettes at his gas station convenience stores.     
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A Maine paper mill has announced that is temporarily laying off more than 200 workers from its East Millinocket facility.
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Joe Biden's position on pot legalization has not evolved.
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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- As recently as December, the outlook for Tunisia remained grim. International lenders were withholding money. Parliament remained deadlocked. Investigations continued into the... assassination of two politicians.     
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ArcelorMittal 'optimistic'ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, says it expects sales to be higher this year, driven by a pick-up in demand in the US and Europe.
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Corporates owe taxes over Rs 2 lakh crore: Govt

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:26
Corporates owe taxes over Rs 2Corporate houses owe a staggering Rs 2,46,416 crore in taxes and the Income Tax department has devised a strategy to recover them.     
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Sensex closes 66 points up at one-week high

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:23
The sensex on Friday rose for the fourth straight day and ended 66 points up at one-week high levels led by gains in Tata Steel, Sun Pharma and Sesa Sterlite, amid volatility ahead of advance growth... estimates for 2013-14.     
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Nigeria the future, SA theNigeria is set to overtake SA as Africa's economic powerhouse this year and represents the continent's future, while SA is the past, says a US economist.
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Apple Buys Back $14 Billion Of(Reuters) - Apple Inc has repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks since it reported disappointing first-quarter results, a company spokesman said. Apple bought $12 billion of shares via... an accelerated share repurchase program (ASR) and $2 billion of shares from the open market, the spokesman said. An ASR usually involves a company buying its shares from an investment bank. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which interviewed Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook. Cook told the paper that Apple was surprised by the 8 percent decline in its shares on January 28, the day after it reported quarterly results. Apple shares fell after the company reported lower-than-expected holiday-period iPhone sales and issued a weak revenue forecast. With the latest round of...
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Utility crews aren't getting much relief from the weather as they work to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in Pennsylvania and Maryland, two days after an... ice storm downed power lines and trees.     
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NSEL aftermath: investors inThe Indian Commodity Exchange is set to fold due to plummeting trading volume
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South Africa's net gold and foreign exchange reserves fell in January to $44.918 billion from $45.479 billion in December, Reserve Bank data showed.
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Photos: Seattle Seahawks'Seattle Seahawks' Shaun Alexander Selling Property     
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Barclays prepares to hikeThe scandal-hit lender's overall bonus pool for 2013 could rise by 10 per cent from £2.17billion to as much as £2.4billion, according to some reports.
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Gold rises on sustained buying, global cues

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 13:06
Gold prices rose Rs 30 to Rs 30,540 per ten grams in the national capital on Friday on sustained buying by stockists amid a firming global trend.     
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Trade Deficit In DecemberFewer orders for foreign-made aircraft help reduce the balance of trade in December, to a 17-month low.
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Powers to include withdrawing bank licences and assessing acquisitions
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Keeping track of India

CNN - 7 Feb 2014 13:04
In India, the government is employing the use of biometrics to help identify each person individually.
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Worst over for thermal powerAccording to Vinayak Chatterjee, thermal power has seen maximum number of policy reforms in the last 18 months and so, the worst seems to be behind for it.
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Aquarius Platinum reported a lower half-year loss as a rise in output from its Kroondal mine in South Africa lessened the impact of a drop in prices of platinum group metals (PGMs).
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Now that a good bit of air has come out of Twitter's stock-price bubble, the bears will be in charge of these shares for the near-term, writes John Shinal.
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A severe drought is threatening cattle and milk production and food crops in the West.
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Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Friday's session are LinkedIn, Expedia, and Activision.
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Obamacare does discourage some people from working by imposing high implicit marginal tax rates, but that's actually a good thing because some people should work less, writes Rex Nutting.
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The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.
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The New Jersey lawmaker leading the investigation into Gov. Chris Christie's (R) administration told TPM on Thursday he has no plans to turn his attention to explosive allegations raised recently by... the mayor of Hoboken. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) said in an interview with TPM that his committee's investigation into Christie's office will remain focused, at least for now, on what it has been all along: the September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. The committee plans to "finish its work" on the bridge before moving on to anything else, he said. "As I can see it now, there's no direct connection to the work we're doing that stems out of the GWB incident and that Hoboken incident," Wisniewski said. "It is very unlikely that the committee will make any kind of pivot to...
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Researchers gear up for battleAn insect that’s no bigger than the head of a pin _ the Asian citrus psyllid _ is responsible for spreading a disease called citrus greening that is wreaking havoc on citrus growers in Florida. And... growers in other states, particularly California, are on guard as the disease shows signs of coming to their areas.
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House Republican leaders are sending their immigration-weary base a message: We hear you, loud and clear. After one week of fierce conservative attacks on their pro-reform blueprint, Speaker John... Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) signaled on Thursday that the effort was going nowhere fast in the House and preemptively blamed its demise on President Barack Obama. Their message: Reform is in peril because we can't trust him to enforce the law.
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There's little doubt that "Her" is one of the best films of 2013, even the notoriously derided Academy has put it up for a Best Picture Oscar this year. The Spike Jonze film serves in part as... commentary against an increasing dependence on technology and an ever-growing need for electronic devices to act as human as possible while distancing their users from other actual people. Within this examination, "Her" is also partially a love story about a lonely man who, still reeling from the demise of his marriage, connects with someone highly unlikely.
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Republicans have struggled to try and avoid campaign-crippling remarks that could snatch away an otherwise easy win in 2014 -- but that may be impossible in the Georgia Senate race. With eight... candidates vying for the nomination, you'd think Republicans would have their pick for the next Georgia senator. Instead the field is filled with a mess of candidates who drudge up the worst stereotypes of an anti-science, anti-woman, anti-Obama, anti-immigrant Mr. Moneybags candidate -- a reputation the party has desperately been trying to shed.
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This Is What An In-Air GasmanThe U.S. Department of Defense just shared an out-of-this-world photo on Twitter. This is what refueling tanker operators see when they go to the pump and take part in refueling missions. The plane... refueling is an F-35 Lightning, developed by Lockheed Martin. The F-35 is a multirole fighter, combining advanced stealth ability with the speed and agility of a fighter. Aerial refueling allows pilots to stay in the air longer before landing. It also has the added benefit of allowing a plane to take off with a heavier than usual payload since it's tanks can always be topped off in-air. SEE ALSO: This Is How The Air Force Doubles The Combat Range Of Its Fighter Jets Join the conversation about this story »     
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CEO surprised by the 8-per-cent decline in its shares on Jan. 28
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Super-rich heading for LondonPolitical and financial upheaval in some of the world's largest emerging economies is driving a new wave of rich migrants to London's supercharged property market.
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German airline Lufthansa names Spohr new CEO

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 12:52
German airline Lufthansa AG has named Carsten Spohr to be its next chief executive.
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Net 1 UEPS Technologies jumps nearly 18 percent after its second-quarter earnings more than doubled.
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CT jazz festival deal createsAn agreement to source all clothing and memorabilia at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival from SA manufacturers will boost union Sactwu's jobs campaign.
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South Africa's rand was steady against the US dollar after gaining more than 1 percent the previous day.
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Business of being Shaun White

CNN - 7 Feb 2014 12:47
Shaun White is once again going for the gold, and this time he's doing it as a savvy business man, as Christine Romans reports.
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But German court says OMT may well exceed ECB's mandate; ECB says OMT 'falls within its mandate'
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Olympic Luger Crashes At 55Indian luger Shiva Keshavan pulled off one of the more unreal recoveries you'll ever see on a luge track during Olympic training on Friday. On one of the final turns Keshavan slipped off his sled,... falling onto his stomach and gliding down the track in an ugly scene. But somehow he managed to get a hold of his sled, flip himself onto it, and continue with his run as if nothing happened. He was traveling at about 57 miles per hour when this happened, according to the broadcast. Incredible. He's on his stomach and then magically flips onto the sled without breaking stride: SEE ALSO: The Gold Medal Favorites In Every Single Olympic Event Join the conversation about this story »     
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Syntel appoints Nitin Rakesh as CEO and President

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 12:44
Nasdaq-listed software firm Syntel has appointed Nitin Rakesh as the chief executive officer with effect from April 21, 2014. He replaces Prashant Ranade who is moving to a higher role as Executive... Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of of ...
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Germany's Constitutional Court will refer a complaint against the European Central Bank's flagship bond-buying plan to the European Court of Justice, removing the prospect of it curbing the program....     
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Sun TV: net profit drops 3% (YoY)

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 12:43
Company's total income rises by 5.39% at Rs 523.19 crore
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Apple Buys Back $14 Billion of Its Shares in Two Weeks

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 12:40
The company bought $12 billion of stock through an accelerated share repurchase program and $2 billion from the open market, a spokesman said.     
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Gold rises on sustained buying, global cues

livemint.com - 7 Feb 2014 12:40
Gold rises on sustainedGold of 99.9 and 99.5% purity advanced by Rs30 each to Rs30,540 and Rs30,340 per ten grams, respectively
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Government must help firms boost exports further, says BCC

British Chamber of Commerce - 7 Feb 2014 12:39
Chief Economist, David Kern comments on the trade and production figures for December 2013
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The prime property market in London has seen a strong start to the year with 48% of properties sold doing so at asking price or higher and 34% selling within two weeks of being put on the market,... research shows. The figures from estate agent March & Parson, also show that the ratio of supply and demand in January reached a four year high and strong demand is pushing up prices. The average price of two bedroom properties in outer prime London increased by 17% in 2013, an increase of almost £100,000. ‘Now is the time to get a jackpot price on property thanks to a surge of potential buyers entering the market in the New Year. These extraordinary conditions have created a strong seller’s market and one of the best opportunities to sell property in recent years,’ said Peter Rollings,...
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South Africa's Harmony Gold stopped all its operations for a 24-hour safety shift after at least eight workers were killed.
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Formula One's main protagonists are used to living under the glare of the paparazzi's flash bulbs but they have turned the tables to raise money for charity.
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The Farm Bill: A Trillion In The Trough

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 12:35
The Farm Bill: A Trillion InCongress passes a bill that gives bipartisanship a bad name WHILE Congress was gridlocked it was easy to forget how ugly the smooth functioning of government can be. After a delay of two years, a... reminder came on February 4th when the Senate passed the farm bill, a strange piece of legislation which costs nearly a trillion dollars. It mixes benefits that mostly go to the poor (food stamps) with agricultural subsidies that mostly go to the rich (crop subsidies for large farms). Given a blank slate, nobody with an interest in either alleviating poverty or improving farming would construct such a law. Yet here it is again. The alignment of rural and urban interests, which dates from when the two bits of legislation were yoked together in the 1970s, had temporarily broken down, largely thanks...
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Tata Steel shares gain over 6%Upbeat quarterly results from rival ArcelorMittal triggered hopes of better-than-expected earnings from Tata Steel
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Asian shares up after Wall St gains

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 12:34
Asian markets have risen after a strong Wall Street rally sparked by upbeat figures on the US labour market.     
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Syntel appoints Nitin RakeshHe replaces Prashant Ranade who is moving to a higher role as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of of Syntel Inc effective April 21.
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Nifty ends above 6,050; GDP data in focus

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 12:30
Markets trimmed early gains to end marginally higher on Friday as investors turned cautious ahead of the GDP data for the current fiscal to be released later today. The government is likely to lower... its estimate of 5% growth forecast for the ...
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Sales up for steelmaker ArcelorMittal

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 12:28
Steelmaker ArcelorMittal SA says it expects shipments of steel and iron ore to rise in 2014.     
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CNN's Transformation Says AJEFF ZUCKER, boss of CNN Worldwide, a cable-news firm, likes to start his morning with a shot of numbers. Every weekday at 9am he confers with his teams in New York, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and other... bureaus to discuss ratings and web traffic, and to decide what news to cover. On February 4th a story reconstructing the final day of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor who died of a heroin overdose (see obituary), boosted CNN’s website. Mr Zucker wanted to "push it" on TV too. As producers pitch the stories they plan to cover, Mr Zucker pitches them his own, including more on Hillary Clinton’s election prospects, how bad weather affects America’s economy and whether drinking two fizzy drinks a day will actually kill you. Previous bosses at the channel rarely attended morning news...
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Fund-raising by issuance of shares to promoters and shareholders on preferential basis by the companies jumped to a six month high of Rs 6,943 crore in December. With this fund raising, the total... money garnered by companies reached Rs 48,318 ...
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More Foreigners 'Pumping London Bubble'

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 12:25
More Foreigners 'PumpingHigh-end estate agents see property search spikes from troubled emerging markets, as rich foreigners seek safe London investments.
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'Slut' Gets Credit Card Offer From Bank Of America

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 12:23
'Slut' Gets Credit Card OfferA California writer received a highly unusual credit card offer from Bank of America this week: It was addressed to "Lisa is a Slut McIntire." While "Lisa" is her first name and "McIntire" is indeed... her last, the "Is a Slut" part appeared to have been added by Bank of America, so she called out for help on Twitter: Hi @BofA_Help. I just received a credit card offer from you that addressed me as "Lisa Is A Slut McIntire." pic.twitter.com/7OeNZSlNhX -- Lisa McIntire (@LisaMcIntire) February 6, 2014 After a series of Tweets, Bank of America apologized: @LisaMcIntire We're incredibly sorry this happened and are researching now so we can take the appropriate action. ^bm -- Bank of America (@BofA_Help) February 6, 2014 Apparently, McIntire's name had been changed in the database of the Golden...
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Rural market driving Maruti Suzuki in UP

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 12:23
The burgeoning rural market is driving the growth of India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki in Uttar Pradesh
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Harry Reid Threatens ToIN HIS state-of-the-union address Barack Obama asked Congress to give him "fast-track" authority to negotiate trade deals. Shortly afterwards his most important ally on Capitol Hill hinted that he... might block it. As Senate majority leader, Harry Reid can do just that: no bill gets a vote without his say-so. But would he really stiff Mr Obama? Much depends on the answer. Studies suggest that proposed deals with Asia and Europe could generate global gains of $600 billion a year, with $200 billion of that going to America. And that understates the benefits, since the deals would spur competition in the market for services, which make up most of rich countries' output but are seldom traded across borders. Opening industries like finance and transport to greater competition could bring great...
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SJVNL Q3 net profit rises 10%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 12:20
State-owned SJVNL today reported a nearly 10 per cent increase in its third quarter net profit at Rs 210.93 crore on account of decline in finance cost. The company had posted a net profit of Rs... 192.06 crore in the same period last financial ...
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Stocks gain ground Friday to further recover from a steep two-week selloff
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Bitcoin Plunges As MajorUgly morning in Bitcoin world. Mt. Gox, the big Japan-based exchange, is temporarily halting all withdrawals as it faces technical issues. Here's their note to clients: Dear MtGox Customers,In our... efforts to resolve the issue being encountered by various bitcoin withdrawals, it was determined that the increase in the flow of withdrawal requests has hindered our efforts on a technical level. To understand the issue thoroughly, the system needs to be in a static state.In order for our team to resolve the withdrawal issue it is necessary for a temporarily pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the current processes.We apologize for the sudden short notice. All bitcoin withdrawal requests will be on pause, and the withdrawals in the system will be returned to your...
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FTSE LIVE: Traders hope forWeekly jobless claims across the Atlantic came in lower than expected yesterday, raising expectations for today's more influential US non-farm payrolls report for January.
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Real wages are stuck at 2004Despite output showing signs of returning to its pre-recession peak within months the NIESR warned the recovery could still stall thanks to stagnant wages.
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Top 10 modern inventions named

Fin24 - 7 Feb 2014 12:08
Top 10 modern inventions namedExperts voted on the top 10 chemically engineered solutions of the modern era and petrol was named as one of the solutions which had made the biggest impact.
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Germany's top constitutional court refers a decision on the legality of the European Central Bank's OMT program to the European Court of Justice, saying it likely exceeded the central bank's powers.
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Google buys 5.94% stake in Lenovo

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 12:07
Google has bought a 5.94 per cent stake in Lenovo for $US750 million while also agreeing to sell Motorola.     
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Vendor confirms link to Target data probe

USA Today - 7 Feb 2014 12:06
Fazio Mechanical Services of Pennsylvania says it was victim of "sophisticated" hack.
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Moving ahead with the residual stake sale in HZL and Balco, an inter-ministerial panel has begun the process of valuation of the two companies so as to complete the deals by march-end. "We are in the... process of valuing the two companies. The ...
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Asian currencies halt slide asPeso climbed 0.7% to 44.99 per dollar in Manila, baht added 0.7% to 32.795, while ringgit advanced 0.4% to 3.33
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Scottish land values continued to rise in the second half of 2013 as supply failed to keep up with demand, according to the latest index from Knight Frank. Prices increased on average by 7% to £4,262... an acre in the latter half of the year and overall, values rose by 11% during the year. This takes 10 year growth to 220%, and means for the first time that the value of Scottish farm land has outpaced the rise in the price of land England. It also puts land in Scotland ahead of gold which rose by 212% over the same period. James Denne, head of farm sales in Scotland, said that there is still confidence in the farming sector from both investors and agricultural businesses. ‘Although farm profitability undeniably fluctuates in line with commodity prices, the value of the underlying asset,...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley planned to unveil a new cellphone security system Friday at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
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The world's population is aging rapidly -- which not only affect your retirement, but your children's too. You're not just saving for a few years of retirement, you are planning how to make your money... last a lifetime.
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Bringing ideas from abroad back to the domestic market is actually quite common, and there are clear benefits to using this approach
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Despite having much of its debt forgiven and the progress the automaker has made, it still has obstacles to overcome
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Following my Morning Routine and Daily Planning, I use these techniques to implement the plan.
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Can we stop my fatherAlthough they were married for many years, the marriage was one of convenience not love. Can we stop my father getting her money? Our experts answer.
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Even with a weaker Canadian dollar, there are still buying opportunities in this Nevada desert city which rates among the top five U.S. markets of interest to snowbirds
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To launch their data science company, the founders of Toronto-based Rubikloud had to first figure out how to acquire talented scientists
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At Jennings, a boutique is rebuilt for the times

Globe and Mail - 7 Feb 2014 12:00
New head of investment banking caps restructuring
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A successful agreement with Ottawa could add credibility to native leaders who favour collaborative and constructive negotiation
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KARLSRUHE, Germany
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Supreme Court halts potential blackout in Delhi

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:59
In a breather to Reliance controlled BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. power distribution companies, the Supreme Court Friday directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)... to continue supplying power to these companies ...
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Global stock markets were higher Friday in anticipation of a positive U.S. jobs report for January.     
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This Obscure Gas ImprovesXENON is one of the shyest members of the periodic table of the elements. Chemically, it is almost inert, and physically, it makes up only 0.000009% of the atmosphere, so it is not surprising that it... was among the last of the naturally occurring elements to be identified, in 1898. Biologically, however, it is not shy at all. In some countries, notably Russia, it is used as an anaesthetic. It is also known to protect body tissues from the effects of low temperatures, lack of oxygen and even physical trauma. In particular, it increases levels of erythropoietin, also known as EPO, a hormone that encourages the formation of red blood cells. Xenon's protective and EPO-boosting properties mean it is being investigated as a treatment for babies whose brains have accidentally been starved of...
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“Shareholders will slaughter them if Lonmin offers higher increases for a quicker settlement with Amcu.”
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SKorea court invalidates Ssangyong layoffs

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 11:57
SKorea court invalidatesA South Korean appeal court said the layoff of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor Co. in 2009 was unjustified, in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles with riot police at the... time.
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Supreme Court halts potential blackout in Delhi

Money Control - 7 Feb 2014 11:56
Supreme Court halts potentialNTPC had said BSES Yamuna Power, which sells electricity in the central and eastern parts of the city of about 16 million people, must pay its bills or be cut off from February 11.
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Provisional: Markets bounce back amid volatile trade

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:52
Markets ended higher on Friday, amid a volatile trading session, led by gains in Tata Steel, Sun Pharma, and Sesa Sterlite.
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Tokyo stocks close up 2.17%

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 11:51
Tokyo stocks have closed 2.17 per cent higher, with investors encouraged by gains on Wall Street.     
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UK trade deficit narrows inThe UK's trade deficit narrowed in December to its lowest since July 2012, but manufacturing growth was weaker than expected, figures show.
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German Constitutional CourtThe Eurozone crisis for all intents and purposes ended in Summer 2013 when the ECB unveiled its 'OMT' program. The program would allow the ECB to backstop government bond markets (in an unlimited... manner) provided said governments entered into oversight and restrictions. The ECB hasn't actually employed the program ever, but just the knowledge that the program existed has drastically calmed bond markets, and ended fears that a peripheral country would go bankrupt. The ECB was always kind of threading a needle on this one. The Eurozone rules state that the ECB can't bail out countries this way. The ECB's argument is that it's not bailing out countries, but ensuring the smooth conduct of monetary policy — something that can't happen if government bond markets are going haywire. Clever....
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Pensions tax raid would stopThe Institute for Fiscal Studies said cutting tax relief on pension contributions for millions of workers is frequently proposed by politicians hoping to raise cash to fund pet projects.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean appeal court said the layoff of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor Co. in 2009 was unjustified, in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles... with riot police at the time.     
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BCC: Storms show need for immediate action on vital transport links

British Chamber of Commerce - 7 Feb 2014 11:45
Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs, Dr Adam Marshall comments ahead of the further storms this weekend.
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Two more miners have died in accidents at Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine in North West and at its Joel mine in the Free State.
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Cadila Healthcare surges on healthy Q3 earnings

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:45
The stock has rallied over 7% to Rs 916 on BSE after reporting 82% yoy growth in net profit at Rs 186 crore for Q3FY14.
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Company anticipates revenue between 415 million dollars and 420 million dollars
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SAA shares with Virgin Australia

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 11:42
SA Airways entered into an agreement with Virgin Australia that would see the airline expand its access in the country, it said.
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German trade surplus hits record high in 2013

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 11:42
Germany's trade surplus hit a new high in 2013 as concerns grow that Europe's largest economic is relying too heavily on exports and not doing enough to encourage domestic demand.
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BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's trade surplus hit a new high in 2013 as concerns grow that Europe's largest economic is relying too heavily on exports and not doing enough to encourage domestic demand....     
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European stock markets extend gains as investors digest the latest round of earnings reports and wait for the U.S. nonfarm-payrolls report due in the afternoon.
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New 'Call of Duty' developer named
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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal sees sales up in 2014

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 11:37
ArcelorMittal SA, the world's largest steelmaker, says it expects shipments of steel and iron ore to rise in 2014 as recoveries in the US and Europe will matter more than slowing growth in emerging... markets.
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New device to fight scooter theft

ABC News - 7 Feb 2014 11:33
Police hope a new ear-shattering anti-theft alarm will reduce the incidence of scooter theft in the state's north. Scooter numbers have exploded in Broome in recent years. In 2008 there were less than... 50 registered in the town. Now there's more than 500. Broome resident Peta Hawkins is one of many locals hooked on the two-wheeled vehicles.
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WASHINGTON DC, - Canada gets a painful lesson in American politics today as one of its major economic priorities is forgotten on the messy floor of the legislative sausage-factory that is the U.S.... Congress. Hopes that a major farm bill might end a multibillion-dollar hit to Canadian livestock producers will be officially extinguished in Michigan, where President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a signing ceremony for the bill. The bill's bumpy journey to the presidential pen is an eye-opening case study in U.S. lawmaking -- that boisterous, unpredictable feast of movable alliances so strikingly different from the routine bill-churning, leader-driven, discipline-heavy parliamentary system in Canada. In the scramble toward a farm bill, Canadian hopes were undone by a few hostile senators,...
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OTTAWA - There's no free lunch, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is fond of saying. Next week, however, Canadians will be paying for hundreds of them. Free lunches and refreshments will be provided to... Finance Department staff, their provincial counterparts, private-sector economists, accountants, tax lawyers and think-tank researchers who attend Tuesday's all-day federal budget lockup. The lockup is an Ottawa tradition that gives insiders a sneak peek at the budget in secure rooms, where attendees are incommunicado for hours until the document is made public in the House of Commons, at about 4 p.m. ET. Once inside, no one is allowed to leave, so the Finance Department feeds them and provides refreshments, without charge. Last year it cost taxpayers more than $14,000 to feed and refresh some...
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Steel Maker ArcelorMittal Narrows Its Net Loss

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 11:27
Its chief executive, Lakshmi Mittal, said he saw signs that the world economy was ticking up and he expected earnings to improve this year.     
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A consortium of Patel Engineering, Turkey's Limak and state-owned BHEL has emerged as the lowest bidder for a 1,000 MW hydel project in Jammu & Kashmir. The 1,000 MW Pakal Dul hydro electric project,... having four units of 250 MW, is located in ...
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IMG starts process forThe government holds 49 percent stake in Balco and 29.5 percent in Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL).
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Condoms with a conscience set for sale

USA Today - 7 Feb 2014 11:22
The co-founder of Seventh Generation launches a new company aimed primarily at women.
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The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) has agreed to buy the industrial packaging unit of Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW) for $3.2 billion, the companies said Thursday. The sale is a result of ITW's decision in... September to shed its Industrial Packaging Unit,or IPG, to focus on core businesses.
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Indian e-commerce expected to be $18bn by FY15: report

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:19
Indian e-commerce has grown at a compounded annual growth rate of 30% since FY09, and is expected to be $18 billion (around Rs 1,116,00 crore) opportunity by FY15.
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IFC issues fourth tranche of its 3-year bonds

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:18
International Finance Corp (IFC), a part of the World Bank group, has issued a fourth tranche of its three-year bonds to raise 7 billion rupees at 7.75 percent, tapping overseas investors amid renewed... uncertainty in the global economy.
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AO announces plans for flotation

BBC - 7 Feb 2014 11:18
AO announces plans forAO - the online seller of domestic appliances such as fridges and washing machines - announces plans to float on the London Stock Exchange.
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African gold-mining company says two employees have died in separate accidents since an earthquake triggered an underground fire in a mine shaft earlier this week, killing... eight miners.     
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Before you whip out your debit card, consider this: If some crafty thief hacks the store terminal and goes on a shopping spree using your data, you could be responsible for $500 in charges.     
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After a rocky start to the week, stocks roared back Thursday, giving major indexes their biggest gains of the year. The surge began overseas when the European Central Bank said it's ready to do more... to support the economy and fight deflation. A bit of good news in the US followed: Fewer people sought jobless benefits last week. And traders think Friday's jobs report will show gains. 'The fear in the markets has subsided some,' said Marc Doss, at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Helping the rally: Disney got a lift from its hit 'Frozen,' and the stock rose 5.3%. Dunkin' said sales are up; its stock rose 3.4%. But Twitter fell 24.2% on growth worries.     
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Daily-deal sites, known for blasting e-mail offers for limited-time discounts at restaurants, spas, and gyms, were one of the hottest things on the Internet in 2011. But as more and more websites... entered the market, people grew immune to their clogged inboxes and stopped buying as many daily deals.     
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Harmony Gold stops operationsHarmony Gold has stopped all its operations for a 24-hour safety shift after at least eight workers were killed in a rockfall and fire.
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The merger took place since Bright lacked the ability to provide advanced technology
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Eveready Industries zooms on strong Q3 earnings

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:12
The stock is locked in upper circuit of 5% at Rs 38.50 on reporting 152% yoy growth in net profit at Rs 4.53 crore for Q3FY14.
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Volunteers will help college-bound students fill out financial aid applications at spots across the state this Sunday.
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Student entrepreneurs to compete in Louisville

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 11:12
Entrepreneurs from nine states and Canada are competing next week in Louisville with business startup ideas.
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to talk about the economy and his 2-day-old budget proposal with Detroit-area business executives.
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Markets Are Heading Higher Ahead Of Huge Jobs Report

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 11:10
Markets Are Heading HigherGood morning! Happy Jobs Day. Today at 8:30 AM we get the Non-Farm Payrolls report for January. A full preview of the report is here, but the short version is that analysts are expecting 180,000 new... jobs and for the unemployment rate to stay unchanged at 6.7%. In the meantime, markets are gaining a bit. US futures are up to the tune of 0.3%. Europe is up as well. Japan had a big night, rallying 2%. It seems that, for the moment, the selling we've seen of late has calmed down. Of course, today's jobs report has the potential to upset any balance in a number of ways. A strong number could get people talking again about the Fed tightening. And a weak number could play into the new meme that once again, the economy is failing to achieve breakout speed. We'll know soon! Join the conversation...
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Markets erase early gains; Sensex slips below 20,300

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 11:05
Benchmark indices erased their early morning gains as index heavyweights like ITC and TCS pared the gains of Sun Pharma and Tata Steel.
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ANC can't deliver on landThe government will need up to R179bn to settle outstanding land claims, but only a small fraction of this amount is available, says the DA.
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Jobs report disappoints; be thankful for bonds
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In Israel, a push to bringIbrahim Sana worked for a global tech company, then broke off to start his own venture. Last year, he was crowned one of Israel's seven most promising young entrepreneurs by a financial newspaper.
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LinkedIn Shares Hit Over NewMore market worries for social media, as LinkedIn shares drop 11% on investor fears of it being able to attract new members.
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Check out the F&O trends in select stocks with Nitin Murarka, Head-Derivatives, SMC Global
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Obama signing farm bill that trims food stamps

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 10:42
Obama signing farm bill thatPresident Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn't had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation.
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A scramble to sign up theAn army of workers and volunteers has fanned out around the country trying to enroll young and healthy people in health insurance now available through President Barack Obama's signature law.
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The economy showed a second month of weak job gains in January.
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Mahindra Ugine Steel hits 52-week high post Q3 results

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 10:33
The company has reported more than double profit before extraordinary items at Rs 18 crore for Q3FY14.
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Oilmeals export down 47% in January

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 10:28
India's oilmeals export fell by 47 per cent during last month to 4.25 lakh tonnes due to lower crushing of soyabean, according to industry data. Oilmeals export stood at 7.98 lakh tonnes in the... year-ago period. "Export of oilmeals is down in ...
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Exceptional gain pushes Strides Q4 net to Rs 3,525 cr

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 10:27
On the back of an exceptional gain, the pharmaceutical company Strides Arcolab today reported a gigantic increase in net profit at Rs 3,525 crore for the quarter ended December 2013
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Genpact Q4 net income down 8.6%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 10:25
2014 revenue growth guidance in the range of $2.22bn to $2.26bn
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Typo keyboard submitted a 26-page argument in a California court against BlackBerry
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College aid workshops to be held in W.Va.

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 10:17
The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission has announced a series of student financial aid workshops.
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Ocado founder sells £15mFormer Goldman Sachs banker Jason Gissing, who was the commercial director, said he wanted to spend more time with his four young children.
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One in four reachingThe survey of more than 1,000 people nearing retirement found that one in seven had already delayed their plans.
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IBM is seeking a buyer for its semiconductor manufacturing unit, but still wants to keep its chip-design capability, says a source close to the matter.
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Mark Carney's forward guidanceThe NIESR said the policy has ‘increased uncertainty’ about when interest rates will rise – the exact opposite of what it was designed to do.
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ArcelorMittal SA narrowsArcelorMittal SA, a unit of the world's top steelmaker, has narrowed its full-year loss, helped by a weaker rand and firmer steel prices.
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Tata Power Q3 loss narrows to Rs 75 crore

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 10:07
Tata Power today posted Q3 consolidated net loss of Rs 75 crore as compared to Rs 329 crore for the same period last year.
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Citibank has agreed to pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by a Syracuse man who says he was forced into a 400-percent increase in his flood insurance premium.
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Report: Apple buys back $14B of its shares

USA Today - 7 Feb 2014 10:03
The company has faced pressure from activist investor Carl Icahn to boost its share buybacks.
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Police and protesters violently clashed in Rio de Janeiro's main train station Thursday in a demonstration against a 10-cent hike in bus fare.     
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Sometimes the pressure's on to make a sale, look as young as possible, Rhonda Abrams says.
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German trade surplus dips in December

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 09:55
Germany's trade surplus narrowed slightly in December, as export momentum tailed off at the year-end.     
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TVHL strengthens its presence in South India by developing Spanish themed residential township at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai
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Start-up app Line-Up launches in Manchester

Daily Mail - 7 Feb 2014 09:43
Start-up app Line-Up launchesHuge opportunities are being be overlooked by tech start-ups dazzled by London's glittering prospects, which is why Line-Up founders decided to focus on Manchester.
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What mid-cap stocks to buy?

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:38
Will Nifty sustain at current levels
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Markets trim gains ahead of GDP data; Tata Steel up 4%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:38
ITC, TCS and HDFC weigh on the indices in noon trades
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To grow and improve is a desire that most all of us share. Yet, in order to grow and improve we must first be willing to acknowledge our areas of weakness; we must accept who we are in order to become... something better. So how can we best recognize our weaknesses? We can stop defending and start listening.
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Truecaller raises $18.8 million in Series B funding

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:18
Series B round led by Sequoia Capital along with Open Ocean, others
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Lead up 0.4% on spot demand

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:16
Lead prices moved up by 0.42 per cent to Rs 132.20 per kg in futures market today due to pick up in demand from battery-makers in the spot market. At the Multi Commodity Exchange, lead for delivery in... February edged up by 55 paise, or 0.42 per ...
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(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday, mirroring gains on Wall Street in anticipation of a positive U.S. jobs report for January. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225... index surged 1.6 percent to 14,382.77 and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.9 percent to 21,614.36. South Korea’s Kospi climbed 0.4 percent to 1,915.16 and Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 rose 0.6 percent to 5,160.10. China’s Shanghai Composite, which reopened after a long Lunar New Year holiday, eased 0.5 percent to 2,023.09. Investors are hoping for a robust jobs report after the U.S. economy added a disappointing 74,000 jobs in December. That was the fewest in three years and far below the average of 214,000 added in the previous four months. The Labor Department earlier this week said fewer...
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Stocks of Thomas Cook, Sterling Holidays shoot up 3%

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:12
Stocks of Thomas Cook and Sterling Holidays shot up around 3% each on reports that the former will buy out the Chennai-based travel company.
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Officials in California on Friday are set to outline proposed state legislation requiring smartphones and other mobile devices to have a "kill switch" that would render them inoperable if lost or... stolen.
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Mentha oil up 0.39% on pick-up in demand

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:10
Mentha oil prices rose 3.20 per cent to Rs 815.30 per kg in futures trade today as speculators enlarged positions, tracking a firm trend at the spot market on pick up in demand from consuming... industries. Tight stocks availability in the physical ...
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Crude palm oil extends gains on increased demand

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:09
Crude palm oil extended gains for the fourth straight day by gaining 0.29 per cent to Rs 545.70 per 10 kg in futures market today due to increased demand in the spot market
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Cardamom down 2.1% on profit-booking

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:08
Snapping its four-day rising streak, cardamom prices dipped 2.11 per cent to Rs 710 per kg in futures trading today as speculators booked profits at prevailing higher levels on fall in spot market... demand against adequate stocks position. At the ...
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Google buys 6% stake in Lenovo

BBC - 7 Feb 2014 09:06
Google buys 6% stake in LenovoGoogle buys a 6% stake in Chinese PC maker Lenovo for $750m (£459m), shortly after selling handset-maker Motorola Mobility to the firm.
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Potato declines on higher supply, low demand

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:05
Potato prices declined by 1.01 per cent to Rs 1,164 per quintal in futures trading today as speculators offloaded their positions due to low demand in the spot market against higher supplies from... producing regions
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Copper rises 0.62% on spot demand, global cues

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:03
Copper prices rose 0.62 per cent to Rs 447 per kg in futures trade today as speculators enlarged their positions on the back of increased demand from consuming industries in the spot market amid a... firm global trend
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Water isn't the only resource running short in California. The drought-stricken state is also low on natural gas.
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MahaVitaran prays for recovery to sustain financially

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 09:01
MahaViataran has approached the state electricity regulatory commission (MERC) with a plea to recover a revenue gap of Rs 9,312 crore
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BMA to cut 230 jobs at coal mine

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 09:00
About 230 coal miners will lose their jobs as part of cost cutting measures at the Saraji coal mine.     
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The leading European political blocs have put forth a list of hacks with little political clout as candidates for leadership roles in the new European Parliament. Change, if it comes, will have to... come from the bottom up, writes Darrell Delamaide.
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Calling it a 'reality check', analysts and experts believe that Cognizant's lower-than-expected revenue growth guidance for 2014 reflects that even as information technology (IT) services companies... will see growth during this year, it is unlikely to ...
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NZ shares rise in global rally

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 08:57
NZ shares have gained, as the market caught up with a global wave of positive sentiment.     
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In 2008, Charles and Kathleen Barrett filed a fraudulent tax return for Tax Year 2007. Because of that return, the Barretts received a tax refund of $217,615 to which they were not entitled. On... September 1, 2010, the IRS sued the Barretts in Colorado federal court, and eventually obtained a default judgment against them for $351,197 (now including penalties and interest) when the Barretts failed to defend. Three times the Barretts tried to vacate the default judgment, and three times they failed. So far, so what -- if the Barretts had simply paid their taxes, this would have been an obscure case for a relatively small amount and probably nobody except the parties concerned would have cared much. But the Barretts decided that they weren't going to pay, and that's where it starts getting...
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$A lower ahead of US jobs data

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 08:55
The $A is lower as caution ahead of US economic data outweighed the RBA's forecasts for higher growth.     
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Mining joint venture Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has announced it is cutting 230 jobs at its coking coal mine in Queensland's Bowen Basin to stay viable.
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Asian stock markets were mostly higher Friday, mirroring gains on Wall Street in anticipation of a positive U.S. jobs report for January.
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Aust bonds weaken after RBA statement

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 08:52
The bond market is weaker after the RBA said the inflation rate will peak in the coming years.     
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Oil futures move toward their first decline in four days, with investors set to look through the latest U.S. labor-market report for any indications about energy demand.
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Spectrum auction: Day 5 bidsAt the end of fourth day, telecom companies had jointly made bids worth about Rs 52,689 crore.
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The BSE Healthcare index was up 1.74% compared to 0.51% rise in benchmark S&P BSE Sensex at 1150 hours.
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Rupee surrenders initial gains, trades at 62.35

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 08:23
In line with equity market, the rupee surrendered initial gains, but was still quoted higher by two paise to 62.35 per dollar in late morning deals on Friday on selling of the American currency by... banks and exporters.     
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Sensex trims gains, up 74 points

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 08:21
The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex trimmed its initial gains but was still higher by 74 points in late morning trade on amid buying in healthcare, realty, metal and capital goods stocks.     
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Stock futures turn back up despite disappointing January jobs number.
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The Supreme Court will today hear the plea of Reliance Group-owned power distribution companies BSES Rajdhani and BSES Yamuna in Delhi against NTPC's notice threatening to cut off power supply for not... clearing outstanding dues.
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The dollar moves little against the euro and yen, as markets eagerly await the upcoming U.S. jobs report for better clues about the strength of the recovery in the world's largest economy.
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Debt-counselling industry opposes self-regulation by banks when assessing the affordability of applicants for credit approval
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Sebi chief gets two-year extension

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 08:12
Sebi chairman U K Sinha has got a two-year extension till 2016 to continue at the top job as finance ministry has issued a notification to this effect.     
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Shares end a down week on a high

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 08:11
Shares end a down week on aShares finished the week lower despite rebounding strongly on Thursday and Friday.     
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High sales volumes coupled with higher rand commodity prices due to the weakening of the currency last year boosted earnings for Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) in the year to December, it said... yesterday.
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Maputo eyes higher coal royalties

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
Mozambique was close to finalising a new fiscal regime for its mining and petroleum sectors and might raise royalties for coal, its key export commodity, Deputy Mines Minister Abdul Razak Noormahomed... said yesterday.
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A diversified strategy had contributed towards double-digit growth for Adapt IT business units amid a tough trading environment, chief executive Sbu Shabalala said yesterday.
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Canada & Hungary Sign U.S.Now That Canada Has Joined the FATCA Parade, Expect More Dual Citizens to Worry Over Disclosure to the IRS.
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Prospects are mixed for home equity borrowers

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
There are days of reckoning and days of opportunity ahead for home equity lines of credit.     
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Licensing upgrades raise the bar for Indiana agents

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
As of July 1, there won't be any real estate agents in Indiana.     
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The ANC’s 2014 election manifesto endorses the principle of introducing a legislated national minimum wage. This concrete intervention is hugely important for millions of South Africans who, despite... working long hours, still live in poverty.
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BMW SA's skills secure IT hub

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 08:00
BMW South Africa is set to treble the number of software engineers it employs, after it was selected to become one of only three centres that will supply specialised information technology (IT)... services to the BMW group worldwide.
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Q: I am interested in a property in Maryland. I contacted the owner, who told me I can have the house. But she did not sign a quitclaim deed. What can I do to transfer the property to me without the... deed? All I have is her word of mouth.     
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De Beers is making the biggest change to the way it sells diamonds in more than a decade as it seeks to direct more gems to its most successful customers.
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South African lender and asset manager Investec is considering the sale of UK-based mortgage business Kensington, extending plans to dispose of underperforming assets and boosting its shares.
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So was it the support of the pope or the Public Investment Corporation that secured victory for Bidvest in the battle for Adcock Ingram?
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The protracted strike in the second half of last year in the motor manufacturing, auto component supply and retail motor industries failed to dent the financial performance of listed logistics group... OneLogix in the six months to November.
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The deadline for the public to comment on the Green Paper on the national integrated information and communication technology (ICT) policy had been extended to March 24, the Communications Department... said yesterday.
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Coronation Fund Managers is adding platinum mining companies and retailers after a sell-off by foreign investors of emerging market stocks improved valuations.
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The European Central Bank (ECB) would take action if the outlook for inflation worsened or money market turbulence resumed, bank president Mario Draghi reiterated yesterday.
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The decision by the monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank to raise the repo rate by 50 basis points baffled many economists baffled who had expected rates to be kept on hold.
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The days of skiving behind your boss’s back may be numbered, following the announcement of a new product that can track your every movement in the workplace.
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Bank of England (BoE) governor Mark Carney and his colleagues are debating how they can reflect the strength of the UK economy in forecasts without suggesting that interest rates are about to go up.
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Tease frozen Chicago Auto Show-goers with perfect ride to follow the sun.
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Optus to face challenge on network ads

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 07:54
Optus to face challenge onTELSTRA and Optus will go head-to-head in court next week over allegations Optus ads promoting its mobile network are misleading and deceptive.
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Billy Crystal, Oprah, And MoreBilly Crystal, Oprah, and more stars gathered together during Jay Leno's final episode of "The Tonight Show" to give an emotional sendoff to the longtime late-night host. Leno's first and final... guest, Crystal introduced a large group of celebrities consisting of Oprah, Carol Burnett, Jack Black, Jim Parsons, and Kim Kardashian to sing along to the tune of "So Long, Farewell" from "The Sound of Music." Leno hosted "The Tonight Show" for 22 years.  Jimmy Fallon will take over hosting duties February 17. Watch the clip below: Here are photos from the event: SEE ALSO: The most memorable moments from Jay Leno's final "Tonight Show" Join the conversation about this story »     
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Oil prices mixed ahead of US jobs release

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:50
Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade today as investors await the release of US jobs data, while severe winter weather in the country lifted demand for heating fuel and lent support to prices.
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Granules India surges over 30% post Q3 results

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:47
The stock has rallied 36% after reported over three-fold rise in net profit at Rs 21.8 crore for the third quarter ended December 31, 2013.
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Wall Street: Our bad; GM Q4 earnings not that disappointing after all
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Markets Live: All eyes on US jobs

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 07:38
Markets Live: All eyes on USLocal stocks have extended yesterday's rally, as the global mood brightens, but investors remain wary ahead of tonight's key US jobs data.     
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Gold futures extended the prior session's gains, with investor placing bullish bets ahead of the hotly anticipated jobs report.
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Aust shares close higher

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 07:32
The Australian share market has closed higher, with gains in the banking and mining sectors.     
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Gold futures rise 0.5% on global cues

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:25
Gold futures rose 0.49% today to Rs 28,790 per 10 grams as speculators enlarged their positions, driven by a firming trend in the Asian region.
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Highlights from the Boston Real Estate Now blog.     
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BHP cuts 230 jobs at Qld mine

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 07:19
BHP cuts 230 jobs at Qld mineABOUT 230 coal miners will lose their jobs at the Saraji central Queensland coal mine, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance says.
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Argentines become citizen-copsA free smartphone application has encouraged more than 70,000 Argentines to become citizen-cops as they shop.
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What is Spectrum auction all about?

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:12
Here is an attempt to demystify the sector, understand what is spectrum, why and how are they being auctioned and how would it impact the companies who are the winners and what does it mean to the... losers.
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Navi Mumbai airport to beginSanjay Bhatia, vice chairperson and managing director, CIDCO, says the company will hold 26 percent stake in the new airport.
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SpiceJet appoints Kaneswaran Avili as CCO

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:08
SpiceJet Ltd has appointed Kaneswaran Avili as its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).
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Ambuja Cements gains post December quarter results

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 07:06
The company said the outlook continues to remain challenging due to difficult macro-economic condition and resultant subdued cement demand.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - A free smartphone application has encouraged more than 70,000 Argentines to become citizen-cops as they shop. Argentina's government blames escalating inflation on... speculators and greedy businesses, and has pressured leading supermarket chains to keep selling more than 80 key products at fixed prices. President Cristina Fernandez wants citizens to report any overpriced items to the consumer protection agency. "We want you to protect what's yours, because if not the others will win out every single day," the president said in a national address this week. Now a free app designed by two college students is helping consumers do just that by scanning bar codes to find evidence of overpricing. The "Precios OK" software appears to be an instant hit, with downloads in...
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16 Low-Budget Movies That Became Huge Hits

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 07:03
16 Low-Budget Movies ThatNot every hit movie needs an astronomical budget and A-list stars to resonate with audiences. Check out some films that succeeded despite (and sometimes because of) the built-in limitations of being... low on cash. "The Purge" Budget: $3 millionOpening Weekend: $34 millionArmed with little more than Ethan Hawke and a wickedly provocative concept, The Purge surprised studios by handily winning its opening weekend. The horror movie is about a future United States that allows a 12-hour period of lawlessness every year. "Once" Budget: $150,000Domestic Gross: $9.4 million This low-budget musical stunned critics when it was first released in Ireland in 2006, and continued to win them over after it traveled overseas. The story of a street musician and a pianist who find love and make music...
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No Recourse on Sandy Aid

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 07:02
Superstorm Sandy victims rejected for New Jersey recovery grants won't be able to appeal those decisions, state officials said Thursday, even after it was revealed that faulty data was used to throw... out some of their applications.
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Today's Economist: TheOnly an effective partnership of owners, local governments and international organizations can create effective safeguards for workers in developing nations, an economist writes.     
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Controversial, and now viral, ad of male lugers sends a very clear message to Russia.
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UK Sinha: The watchdog gotSinha is the second Sebi chief after DR Mehta to be heading the regulatory body over three years.
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There have been significant improvements in safety standards, writes Charlotte Mathews
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Asian stocks move higher as a strong reading on the U.S. labor market helps shares recover from heavy selling earlier in the week.
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Apple quickly buys back $US14b in shares

Sky News - 7 Feb 2014 06:50
Apple gobbled up $US14 billion worth of its shares in the two weeks after earnings disappointed the market.     
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Nifty holds 6,050 mark; broader markets outperform

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 06:48
Gains were led by index heavyweights Infosys and Reliance Industries
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Rupee up 8 paise against dollar

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 06:41
The rupee appreciated by 8 paise to 62.29 in early trade at the Interbank Foreign Exchange on Friday on increased dollar selling by exporters and some banks amid sustained capital inflows.     
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No Mercy: Nuns Feel Spanish Bank's Cuts

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 06:37
Spain's financial distress has trickled down to a secluded back office of one of its largest banks--the convent where Sister Mariuca Mesones sorts and labels the lender's outgoing mail.
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Sensex up 128 points on Asian cues

Times of India - 7 Feb 2014 06:37
All the sectoral indices were trading in the positive zone with gains up to 1.18 per cent.     
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Jobs to go at BHP Saraji coal mine

Sydney Morning Herald - 7 Feb 2014 06:36
Jobs to go at BHP Saraji coalBHP Billiton has announced it will cut 230 jobs at its Saraji coal mine in Queensland.     
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Total plans to exit SA coal sector

BDLive - 7 Feb 2014 06:36
Total is to sell its South African coal assets held through 100% subsidiary Total Coal SA but intends stepping up its investment in oil and gas exploration
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Infosys to set up delivery centre in Brazil

Money Control - 7 Feb 2014 06:34
Infosys to set up deliveryInitially, the 100-seat facility in Brazil will house 25 people and provide SAP Application Management services to Citrosuco, the world's leading orange juice producer.
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Accused insider trader pleads not guilty

The Australian - 7 Feb 2014 06:33
Accused insider trader pleadsCONVICTED insider trader John Hartman's one-time friend and associate Oliver Curtis has pleaded not guilty to one charge of insider trading.
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Shares fall for second day as proposed changes to executive pay are rejected
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Google Doodle Targets Russia's Anti-Gay Law As Sochi Games Begin

The Huffington Post - CA - 7 Feb 2014 06:25
Google Doodle Targets Russia'sSAN FRANCISCO - With the Winter Games underway in Sochi, Google Inc. quietly but vibrantly added its voice Thursday to the chorus of U.S. companies speaking out against Russia's law restricting... gay-rights activities by updating its iconic search page logo to depict illustrations of athletes skiing, sledding, curling and skating against a rainbow-coloured backdrop. The company declined to comment on the new Google doodle that appeared on its home pages worldwide, saying it wanted the illustration to speak for itself. But the logo clearly was meant as a show of support for gay rights and a rebuke of the law that bans pro-gay "propaganda" that could be accessible to minors: below the updated logo appears a two-sentence section of the Olympic charter that reads, in part, "The practice of sport...
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Hamid Karzai's Vilification OfTHANKS to its bewildering president, Afghanistan has seen relations with the United States plunge to new lows just two months before a presidential election. If Hamid Karzai cannot reach an agreement... with America for some troops to stay, then NATO is scheduled to pull out completely by the end of the year. Thus, though Mr Karzai will step down at the end of a possibly drawn-out process of choosing his successor, his unpredictability, and his desire to settle scores before going, threaten his country's interests far into the future. Confirmation of serious trouble came first in November, on the occasion of a loya jirga, a grand assembly of 2,500 community leaders and tribal elders. The meeting was convened to approve a bilateral security agreement (BSA) with America that will allow a small...
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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi minister clashed with body over 'genocide' campaign
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High-End Expands on East 86th Street

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 06:19
New residential and retail developments--as well as the push from luxury retailers settling in on Madison Avenue near 86th Street--are helping transform the area.
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The company also in consortium with Limak of Turkey and state-owned BHEL has emerged as the lowest bidder for the 1,000 MW Pakal DUL Hydroelectric Project.
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Teclo giants in court over ads

ABC News - 7 Feb 2014 06:18
The telecommunications giant Telstra has taken legal action against its main rival Optus, over its latest advertisement mobile phone campaign.
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Asian shares stabilise

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 06:16
Asian shares regained a measure of stability on Friday, stepping further away from five-month lows after a strong night on Wall Street.
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American stocks posted their best day of the year on Thursday after a drop in applications for unemployment insurance boosted confidence in the economy.
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Dollar pinned in Asian trade

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 06:15
The dollar moved narrowly in cautious trade in Asia on Friday.
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News Corp has reported second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street forecasts.
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LinkedIn posts solid 4Q numbers

IOL - 7 Feb 2014 06:15
The online professional networking service LinkedIn finished 2013 with a solid financial performance.
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Sensex trades 120 pointsThe BSE healthcare index rose 1.18% to be the biggest gainer
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AOL's Armstrong beating Mayer in ad sales

New York Post - 7 Feb 2014 06:09
AOL's Armstrong beating MayerWhile Yahoo! chief Marissa Mayer has done a great job winning over the media, it's her fellow Google alum, AOL boss Tim Armstrong, who's doing the better job of winning...
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CYBER EXPERT: The Story Of AOn Wednesday, NBC News' reporter Richard Engel gave a jarring report of just how bad the problem of hackers is in Sochi, reporting that his phone was hijacked "before we even finished our coffee." The... report was pretty scary, but the technical details simply aren't adding up, according to cyber security researchers. In one of the most incredible moments of his report, Engel's smartphone seemingly downloads a piece of malicious software that "hijacks" his phone. But there are a number of holes, as Robert Graham lays out on his blog at Errata Security: They aren't actually in Sochi (they are in Moscow). The "hack" happens because of the websites they visit (Olympic themed websites), not their physical location. The results would've been the same in America. The phone didn't "get" hacked;...
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Investors Arm for Imminent Tremors

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 06:08
For the past 10 days, options investors have paid more to protect themselves against volatile share-price moves in the coming weeks than to guard against swings a few months from now.
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This Pussy Riot Snowboard IsOn the first day of Olympic competition, Russian snowboarder Alexey Sobolev used a snowboard that's an apparent homage to the punk band Pussy Riot. Three members of the band were jailed in 2012 for... performing a song called "Punk Prayer" in a Moscow cathedral amidst anti-Putin demonstrations. They've since become a protest symbol for Putin detractors. Sobolev's board, which he used in qualification for the slopestyle event, featured an image of a woman in a ski mask, the band's signature. He didn't say whether it was a protest or not, telling the AP, "I wasn't the person who designed it." But, rather cryptically, he told R-Sport, "Anything is possible." It looks like a Pussy Riot allusion: Wow, Russische (!) snowboarder Alexei Sobolev komt naar Sotsji met een Pussy Riot-board....
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Markets open higher tracking positive global cues

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 06:05
The 30-share Sensex was up 135 points at 20.445 and the 50-share Nifty was up 40 points at 6,076.
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Beverage company Bickford's has been given $2.4 million to set up a spirits distillery in the Riverland.
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - A Canadian real-estate businessman and gambling high-roller is sought in Nevada on charges that he failed to repay $12.9 million in debts to two Las Vegas-area casinos more than five... years ago, authorities said Thursday. Semion Kronenfeld, 43, was named in an arrest warrant issued after a grand jury charged him in a 12-count indictment with felony theft, bad cheques and obtaining money under false pretenses. The case is among the largest casino debt cases to reach court in Nevada. If he's convicted, Kronenfeld could face decades in state prison. Kronenfeld's lawyer in Las Vegas, Craig Mueller, didn't immediately respond Thursday to messages seeking comment. Prosecutor Jake Merback, head of the Clark County district attorney's office bad cheque unit, said it wasn't clear...
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Aurobindo Pharma hits new high on robust Q3 earnings

Business Standard - 7 Feb 2014 05:57
The stock has rallied 6% to Rs 525 on reporting over four-fold jumped in consolidated net profit at Rs 417 crore for Q3FY14.
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Americans RenouncingAmericans Giving Up Their Citizenship Has Ballooned to an All-time High.
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