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7 Feb 2014 - United States
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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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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Fudging Your Taxes? ObamaIf You're Fudging On Your Taxes, Beware Today's Harsh Climate on Tax Evasion and President Obama's Big Push in Tax Prosecutions.
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Check Out Apple's New iPhoneApple released a new thirty-second ad for the iPhone 5s today that "features footage from the Burberry fashion show combined with behind-the-scenes footage of the iPhones used to document the event,"... 9-to-5 Mac reports. A few months ago, Apple and Burberry partnered up to shoot an entire fashion show using 14 different iPhones.  Here is the ad they created from all of the footage:  Join the conversation about this story »     
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Ralph Lauren cuts forecast dueDeep discounts are everywhere on Ralph Lauren fashions -- and on the company's stock, too. Shares of the New York-based apparel giant fell to a 52-week low Wednesday after execs...
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Apple Drops The Most-PopularApple has removed popular Bitcoin wallet Blockchain from the App Store without any clear reason given, Wired reports. The removal of the Blockchain app, which allows users to send and receive... Bitcoin quickly and easily, means iOS users are left with no native Bitcoin wallet option, according to Coindesk. (Apple previously banned Coinbase and CoinJar). The closest Blockchain received to an explanation was an email from Apple saying it was removed "due to an unresolved issue," Wired reports. From Wired: Some believe that Apple may be dumping bitcoin wallets because of the emerging, somewhat confusing international regulations surrounding bitcoin. But like others, Blockchain’s Cary argues that his app was pulled because Apple sees bitcoin as a potential competitor. “I think that...
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Thought the 111 million people tuning into the Super Bowl was a lot? Think again.
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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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Royal Caribbean offers cruises for $32 a night

Market Watch - 6 Feb 2014 19:22
Cruise lines are offering bargains following the recent onboard norovirus outbreak.
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Budweiser Drops Winter Olympics Parties In Sochi: Report

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:32
Budweiser Drops WinterBudweiser has reportedly dropped its traditional Olympics party spot because the company is uncomfortable with the situation in Sochi. A representative for Anheuser-Busch confirmed to TMZ that... Budweiser's Club Bud party spot will not be in Sochi. While the rep would not give a specific reason for the cancellation, TMZ reported "the company is not comfortable with the situation in Russia" and does not want U.S. brand reps there because "the terrorist threat is simply looming too large." A media contact for Anheuser-Busch was not immediately available for further comment. The company has brought Club Bud to several Olympics in the past. A new CNN/ORC poll revealed 57 percent of Americans think a terrorist attack at the Sochi Games is likely. Of the 1,000-plus people polled, 55 percent said...
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Schumpeter: Those who can't, teach

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
Schumpeter: Those who can't,IN EVERY profession there are people who fail to practise what they preach: dentists with mouths full of rotten teeth, doctors who smoke 40 a day, accountants who forget to file their tax returns. But... it is a rare profession where failure to obey its own rules is practically a condition of entry. Business schools exist to teach the value of management. They impart some basic principles--like setting clear goals and managing risk. They also teach how dangerous the business world has become. The most fashionable phrase today is "disruptive innovation": professors solemnly warn people that entire industries face powerful new forces and that comfortable incumbents are at the mercy of swift-footed challengers. But when it comes to their own affairs, business schools flout their own rules and...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Advertising growth is helping lift New York Internet company AOL Inc., although costs associated with its former local news unit Patch weighed on fourth-quarter profit.     
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Philip Morris International says its fourth-quarter profit dropped 5 percent as cigarette sales fell in most of its markets and it was hurt by foreign exchange rates for the U.S.... dollar.     
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Is 2014 Finally The Year Of Mobile?

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 07:11
Attention: Announcing 2014, the third annual “year of mobile.” Yes, we have been hearing this line since 2012, but it seems that 2014 is poised to finally be the year that mobile becomes a... mainstream marketing solution. Consumer adoption of smartphones and tablets is now ubiquitous. Take for example my parents, considered part of the “Silent Generation” (precursor to the Baby Boom generation). Both retired prior to widespread adoption of computers and now lay claim to four Apple computers, one PC, two iPads, one mini-iPad, and two Android phones. The result of such broad acceptance of computing and communication devices can be directly attributed to the explosion in mobile.
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The business of heroin

CNN - 6 Feb 2014 06:39
CNN's Randi Kaye rides along with a DEA agent in a Philadelphia neighborhood where heroin is prevalent.
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'Frozen' spurs Disney to beat earnings estimates

New York Post - 6 Feb 2014 05:02
'Frozen' spurs Disney to beatPipes are bursting at The Mouse House -- and that's a good thing. Spurred by its surprise movie hit, "Frozen," an animated movie about two sibling princesses trying to reconnect...
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Twitter's first earningsTwitter reveals user growth in the fourth quarter was its slowest yet and expects only a modest improvement in revenue this year.SAN FRANCISCO — Back when Twitter crashed frequently, users were... shown the "fail whale," a flock of Twitter birds lifting an apologetic marine mammal.     
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To Bargain or Not to Bargain, That is the Question

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 03:54
To Bargain or Not to Bargain,Your instantaneous and automatic answer should be an emphatic and uncompromising YES! That is, if you are at least a little bit smart about that hard-earned money in your wallet. Don't you find it... fascinating that in most other countries around the world, bargaining and negotiating for the best deal is normal, even expected? Unfortunately, here in the U.S. there seems to be some hesitancy -- a reluctance or even outright refusal to ask for a better price. Is this some sort of screwed up social conditioning Americans have adopted as a standard? Or is it simply because most Americans have not even considered that there might be a better way? What Works In Bangkok Will Work In Best Buy! Hello! Bargaining or asking for a better price really works, according to our granddaddy of all consumer...
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John Packard of Long Beach and Michael Stewart of Phoenix are arrested after being indicted by a federal grand jury.FBI agents arrested the owners of a now-closed Southern California real estate... investment firm on an indictment accusing them of using the business to run a Ponzi scheme that cost victims more than $110 million.     
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Google agrees to concessionsEuropean officials alleged that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of rivals.Google Inc. cleared out a key antitrust case, among other battles... it faces, by agreeing to terms with European officials over allegations that the Internet giant abused its search-engine dominance to promote its own services over those of competitors.     
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Surveys show that the source of most wealth is not from inheritance but from business ownership by the current generation. Poor planning by the current generation of value creators typically leads a... wealthy family back to average means in only two generations.
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The Woman Who Wrote About HowThe most vivid description of what happened to the victims of real-life Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort's stock pumping scam unquestionably came from Christina McDowell, formerly Christina... Prousalis.  She is the daughter of Tom Prousalis, who along with Belfort pled guilty to money laundering and wire fraud. In an op-ed for LAWeekly in December, McDowell wrote about the pain she suffered growing up as the daughter of a criminal: The day my father had to surrender to prison, I drove him. My mother had locked herself in the bathroom crying and throwing up, becoming nothing short of a more beautiful version of Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine. Ironically enough, Marty, she looks like a cross between Sharon Stone and Michelle Pfeiffer. Totally your leading ingénue type. Anyhow, after my...
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A complete ban on children in tanning beds won initial approval Thursday in the Colorado Legislature, where a House committee voted 6-5 to support a bill that would bar anyone under 18 from using the... devices.
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Why Are The Sochi Olympics TheEven before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, records were falling in Sochi. The Games will be the most expensive in history, projected to come in at a whopping 50 billion dollars -- 4 times more... than Russian President Vladimir Putin's original proposed price. To put the astronomical spending into perspective, the Russian Olympics could cost more than all the previous winter Olympics -- combined. Watch Vice news reporter Simon Ostrovsky go into Sochi to explore why these games are so outrageously expensive. "In Russia, corruption isn't really a side effect of big spending projects, it's the reason," Ostrovsky said. "So the Olympics are actually just a side effect of the corruption." Between the new infrastructures, venues, roads, the most expensive ski jump in the world, the biggest...
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Joe Biden Thinks LaGuardiaVice President Joe Biden isn't happy with the state of American infrastructure. While giving a speech on the topic in Philadelphia, Biden said that New York's LaGuardia Airport is like a "third world... country" compared to more-modern airports such as Hong Kong International. "If I blindfolded someone and took him at two o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, 'where do you think you are?'" the person would say "'This must be America, it's a modern airport.'" With that same scenario presented but at LaGuardia, Biden said the person would think "'I must be in some third-world country.'" Much of the focus of Biden's speech was on Amtrak, but his comments on LaGuardia came as he also stressed the importance of upgrading the nation's ports and airports, AP reports. NBC New...
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Builders Show Off New Products

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 02:44
Hundreds of new products were on display this week at the annual International Builders' Show in Las Vegas
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Ex-lawmaker has no proof of allegations to FBI

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 02:43
A former legislator who reported Oregon's troubled health exchange to the FBI in 2012 says he has no proof of the allegations that federal officials were intentionally misled about progress in setting... up the exchange.
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After Selling His FirstEduardo Vivas is on a roll. On Thursday, LinkedIn announced that it was acquiring his startup, Bright.com, for $120 million. That would make Bright LinkedIn's biggest-ever acquisition, edging out... Slideshare, which LinkedIn bought for $119 million in 2012. For Vivas, it's a two-in-a-row home run, according to his bio on Bright.com. His previous startup, Social Hour, was bought in 2012 for $51.5 million by mobile game network PlayPhone, VentureBeat's Dean Takahashi reported at the time. Vivas had left Social Hour before the acquisition, in 2011, to start Bright.com with another serial founder, Steve Goodman. (Goodman founded PacketTrap, acquired by Quest Software; Lasso Logic acquired by SonicWALL – both now part of Dell; and Learning Productions acquired by SkillSoft.) We've reached out...
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In His Best Light

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 02:31
Interior designer Jaime Beriestain skillfully uses lighting to set a mood in a space; his work has attracted clients as diverse as hotels and a rock star to his Barcelona-based office.
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The 25 Most Iconic WinterEvery four years, the Winter Olympics come around to give athletes all over the world a chance at sporting glory. Throughout the years, audiences have seen not only incredible athletic feats, but more... than a few mishaps, scandals, and tragedies.  From the inspiring story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team (which inspired the film, "Cool Runnings) to the U.S.' "Forgotten Miracle" hockey win over Canada in the 1960 games, there's been no shortage of drama. With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics set to take off in the coming weeks, we take a look back at the iconic Olympic moments that have come before it.  The first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France in 1924. This is the U.S. team during the opening ceremonies.   Eleven-year-old Sonja Henie stands with world champion figure skater...
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Charles Schwab Corp. said Thursday it is planning to move about 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco over the next three to five years.     
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5 Truths About Housing CostsThe Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor are the earliest leading indicators of how asking prices and rents are trending nationally and locally. They adjust for the changing mix of listed... homes and therefore show what's really happening to asking prices and rents. Because asking prices lead sales prices by approximately two or more months, the Monitors reveal trends before other price indexes do. With that, here's the scoop on where prices and rents are headed. Asking Prices Up 1.1% Month-over-Month in January In January, asking home prices rose 1.1% month-over-month, the largest monthly gain since June 2013. But the quarter-over-quarter price increase of 2.1% remains below spring 2013 levels, when asking prices accelerated at their fastest rate in the recovery. Year-over-year,...
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Google Takes Aim At Russia'sGoogle debuted its latest "doodle" on Thursday evening, just one day before the Sochi Olympics opening ceremonies, and the company seems to be taking a stand against Russia's anti-gay "propaganda"... law. Featuring silhouettes of athletes above the letters, the coloring is the same pattern as the rainbow gay-pride flag. Clicking the image takes you to the search result of "Olympic Charter." The main point the company wants to make, it seems, is being against discrimination. Below the search box, Google has this text taken from the Olympic Charter: "The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and...
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Las Vegas With No Strings Attached

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 02:13
Ventriloquist Terry Fator used his earnings after his 'America's Got Talent' success to buy a 7,500-square-foot, Mediterranean-style home for $1.5 million; the property gives a sense of privacy and... the feel of a Hawaiian retreat.
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News Corp net falls due to year-earlier gain

Market Watch - 7 Feb 2014 02:11
News Corp's fiscal second-quarter earnings rise 9% even as revenue slips 4% on weaker income from advertising and subscriptions.
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A Bunch Of Lunatics AreMinnesota is probably the last place you would think of surfing, but a group of diehard surfers is making it happen on Lake Superior in the freezing winter, when the waves are biggest. Photographer... and Minnesota-native John Haynes captured the chilly scene last year and shared some photos here. Most surfers go out to Lake Superior to surf, two and half hours from Minneapolis. Picking which day to go is the trickiest part. In order for there to be good waves, there needs to be a very specific type of wind blowing, which usually happens around strong weather systems like snowstorms. The weather can be so unpredictable that surfers will see an ideal wind forecast the night before a trip and then wake up in the morning to find out that the wind changed and everything is calm. See the rest of...
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Bonds have done their defensive job as stocks have tumbled. This turnabout from 2013 is a stark reminder that your investment portfolio should never become overly dependent on the new, new thing.
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Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.'s holiday quarter results topped Wall Street forecasts, helped by the strong box office haul from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
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The New Rules of the Hamptons

Wall Street Journal - 7 Feb 2014 02:01
These highly groomed, highly expensive Long Island villages are experiencing a sales boom that is transforming many areas--even those north of the highway.
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The best sentences we read today

Washington Post - 7 Feb 2014 02:00
-- "Deep in my heart, I hungered for a mahogany man-killer who would avenge me on the slopes and forever banish my Winter Olympics-induced shame." -- "Law & Order, in contrast with CSI, tends to give... a pretty realistic portrayal of our technological capabilities."
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5 Truths Of Tech-Hub Housing Costs

Forbes - 7 Feb 2014 02:00
5 Truths Of Tech-Hub HousingTrulia's Chief Economist Jed Kolko releases a special edition of Trulia’s Price and Rent Monitors which looks at affordability in housing markets with local tech industries. Prices today are 82%... higher in tech hubs than in other large metros, but most of this gap existed before the modern Internet era. Furthermore, housing markets differ radically among tech hubs: the most affordable, Raleigh, costs one-fifth as much as San Francisco and has ten times as much new housing construction.
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PARIS -- Sanofi, the French drug maker, said its earnings soared in the fourth quarter as lower restructuring costs offset a hefty charge related to one of its key multiple sclerosis treatments....     
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BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would make changes in the state's unemployment insurance system that supporters say will lower costs for businesses.     
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Economix Blog: What to Look For in Friday's Jobs Report

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 01:55
Economists expect the report for January to bounce back to recent norms after a big dip in December, but several factors complicate forecasting.     
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Obama Explains Putin's 'Shtick'

TPM - 7 Feb 2014 01:55
President Obama on Thursday rebutted the general perception that he has an "icy" relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "He does have a public style where he likes to sit back and look a... little bored during the course of joint interviews. I think that's where some of these perceptions come up," Obama told NBC News in an interview airing Friday. "My sense is that's part of his shtick back home politically as wanting to look like the tough guy. U.S. politicians have a different style. We tend to smile once in a while."
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Arkansas' Medicaid ExpansionLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls was heralded as a model for convincing more... Republican-leaning states to adopt a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But now, as Republican lawmakers face election season and step up attacks on what they deride as Obamacare, the state that pioneered the private option is on the brink of abandoning it. The plan has lost two supporters in the Senate, leaving backers worried that they won't have enough votes to keep it alive after the Legislature convenes Monday. Rejecting the program could jeopardize the state's budget and reverberate through other states considering similar options for expanding Medicaid as the federal...
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21st Century FoxThe media company's poor showing stems from costly films that underperformed and declining ratings for 'American Idol' and 'The X Factor.' Media company 21st Century Fox's fiscal second-quarter profit... dropped 12%, largely because big-ticket feature films landed with a thud at the box office and singing competitions on the Fox TV network have been hitting sour notes.     
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Despite Their Immense Wealth,MONEY can buy many things: luxury, influence, security--and even time. How frustrating, then, to be vastly rich but never quite to get what you want. Such is the dilemma faced by the world's richest... family, the Al Sauds of Saudi Arabia. Their kingdom has sold the rest of the world around $1 trillion-worth of oil in the past three years alone, accumulating a hoard of sovereign assets nearly as big as its GDP of $745 billion. Immense new investments in infrastructure, industry, health care and education are spreading that wealth by the shovelful. A new underground-railway system for the capital, Riyadh, is to be dug, not one line at a time but all at once, with six full lines due to open by 2018. And this is just one rail project among many. The kingdom is to spend around $30 billion on mass...
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Baptist Health South Florida and Bethesda Health in Palm Beach County have agreed to explore potential affiliations.
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Secret Shopping Sites LookingABC News' Rebecca Jarvis and Eric Noll report: Todd Gibbons may look like an ordinary shopper but he's not. He walks the aisles of stores, snapping photographs of shampoo bottles, laundry detergent... and hair dye -- and he gets paid to do so. Gibbons is...     
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) job approval rating is almost the same as President Barack Obama's in Kentucky, a new poll found. The Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegross poll released... Thursday evening found 32 percent of those surveyed said they approve of McConnell's job performance while 60 percent said they disapproved of the job the top Senate Republican has done. That rating is almost the same as Obama's approval rating in the state, which is 34 percent and his disapproval is about 60 percent.
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The New Mexico Supreme Thursday upheld a tribal cultural designation that protects hundreds of thousands of acres on Mount Taylor.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- LinkedIn finished last year with a strong showing, but the online professional networking service rattled already jittery investors by indicating its performance will weaken this... year as management ramps up spending while revenue growth slows.     
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Cup organizers: Add workers at delayed stadium

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 01:38
Cup organizers: Add workers atWorld Cup organizers say there is a need to increase the number of workers at the delayed stadium in danger of being dropped from soccer's showcase event in June.
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Mass. Senate approves bill on unemployment aid

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 01:38
The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill that would make changes in the state's unemployment insurance system that supporters say will lower costs for businesses.
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AOL Employees Are Furious OverSo, once again, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is having a rough day because of something he said on a conference call with thousands of employees. In August, Armstrong got in hot water for firing an employee... during a conference call. Today, in another conference call with lots of employees, it sounded like Armstrong was cutting a benefit and blaming it all on Obamacare and two little babies. But that's not what he meant to say, according to sources close to senior management. Here's the story as those sources see it. Last October, AOL human resources toured the company giving a presentation on how benefits would change in the new year. About 75% of AOL employees attended these sessions. During the sessions, which included online videos and town halls, HR told employees that AOL was changing the...
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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.
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Farm Bill Promises Small But Vital Research Funding

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 01:31
Farm Bill Promises Small ButDETROIT (AP) -- A group of scientists at Michigan State University huddled around a computer screen earlier this week -- not poring over scientific data but watching a webcast of the U.S. Senate.... Among them was Rufus Isaacs, an entomologist who leads a team of U.S. and Canadian scientists working to enhance bee pollination of crops. Isaacs was anxious to see if the Senate would approve the long-delayed farm bill, and with it continue the $8.6 million federal grant critical to his pollen project's survival. The Senate passed the legislation and Congress sent it to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign the bill Friday on Isaacs' campus in East Lansing. "It was a great relief and celebration in my lab," Isaacs said of the rare moment when pollen took a backseat to politics. "It's...
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They'll Sponsor Your AmericanGaming the H-1B: A shady network of interconnected tech staffing companies in Virginia is preying on foreign graduates desperate for American work visas. Just days after Vishrut Kanoria graduated from... a top American university on the East Coast this year, he thought he hit the job jackpot. The 22-year-old economics major, who had moved to the U.S. from India in 2009 on a student visa, knew he had to find a job at a company that would sponsor him for a work visa--or he'd be forced to move back to Bangalore. He found Concepts Information Technology Inc., a tech staffing company that provides IT industry professionals to larger businesses, through his school's on-campus recruitment program. While many of his friends struggled to find employment, Kanoria packed up his stuff and drove four...
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DealBook: The Quick Rise andCharles Shrem is a charismatic salesman who thinks Bitcoin can transform the future, but his digital vision collided with the real world, and now his own future is in jeopardy.     
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(Reuters) - News Corp, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, reported a 4 percent decline in quarterly revenue on weaker advertising at its newspapers, but cost cuts helped push profit well ahead of... analysts forecasts.
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Faced with a raucous caucus,Republicans in the House of Representatives are in disarray over what to do about paying the nation’s bills, with the deadline looming and the party divided on whether to demand concessions from... the White House in return for raising the borrowing authority needed to fund the government.
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ARLINGTON 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.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia.     
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A federal judge on Thursday restricted the release of documents obtained by the prosecution and defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen... McDonnell, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The McDonnells were charged in January for illegally accepting gifts from a political donor.
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The Daily Mirror in the United Kingdom has taken note of David Beckham’s love for Miami.
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Shares of Eleven Biotherapeutics Inc. advanced 8.5 percent in their opening day of trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange Thursday after the Cambridge-based developer of protein drugs to treat eye... diseases raised $50 million in an initial public offering.     
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Vt. lawmakers balk at no-media trade talks

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 01:12
Vermont lawmakers balked Thursday at a demand from the office of the U.S. trade representative to conduct secret talks over the impacts of a proposed international trade agreement.
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JPMorgan Exec Blythe MastersBy Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON, Feb 6
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Police In New York Are Trying Out Google Glass

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 01:11
Police In New York Are TryingIf you live in New York City, it might not be long until you come across an interesting and kinda creepy sign of the times. According to a new report from VentureBeat, the New York Police Department... is currently testing out the "Explorer" edition of Google's Glass headset.  The company claims that it is not directly cooperating with the tests and that the headsets were acquired through the same "Explorer" process that everyone else has to go through. While this isn't the first case of Google Glass being tested for public service — one of Google's examples of the kind of people testing its headset is a firefighter in North Carolina, and a police force in Georgia already ran a trial with it last year — neither of the previous cases have the tech-savvy reputation of the NYPD. This is...
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The IRS offer in compromise program has been around for decades.  In theory, the program serves the best interests of all concerned,
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The Government Is Paying IBMThis sounds like an April Fool's joke but isn't. The military's tech research organization, DARPA, wants to invent a network of computers, sensors and other devices that will vanish on command. By... vanish, they mean press a button and the thing goes "poof," with every component turning itself into dust, preferably biodegradable dust. Alternatively the network should be able to self destruct after so many hours or at a specific time. DARPA just awarded a $3.5 million contract to IBM to try and invent it. DARPA calls the technology "Vanishing Programmable Resources" or "VAPR," which means those in the tech industry can't help calling it "VAPR ware," like ZDNet's Liam Tung, who first spotted this story. Vaporware is a term techies use to describe a product a tech company has announced but not...
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The Midwest Officially HasIf you want the best English pale ale, go to England. If you want a perfect glass of sake, go to Japan. And if you want a mouthwatering pint of any other kind of beer, your best bet might be the... Midwest. In the last few days, RateBeer.com has released awards for the world's best beers, brewers, retailers and new releases, compiled from 2013 reviews of more than 240,000 beers from over 16,000 brewers worldwide. What might surprise some is how well beers from Michigan, Wisconsin and other Midwest locales fared. Of RateBeer's awards for the best beer in the world in each of 21 styles, Midwestern brews won quite a few, including best IPA, stout, amber ale, sour and top beer in the country. Many of the winning brewers -- like Bell's Brewery, Rogue Ales or Hair of the Dog Brewing Company --...
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Here's How AmericansReputation is everything. That's especially true in America, a country where tourists spend $166 billion annually, lured by the image of the American lifestyle, according to The Atlantic.  But what... is the image we have of our own biggest cities? Real estate listing site Movoto wanted to find out. They enlisted the help of marketing agency Fractl to conduct an online survey that got more than 13,000 responses from across the nation. The survey presented people online with one of the 16 biggest cities in America, based on population density, and asked a range of questions about their perceptions of that city — from how clean they thought the city was to how easy they thought it would be to "get laid" there. Respondents ranked cities on a scale of 1 to 4, and the cities with the...
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Treasury Hits Alleged Iran Helpers Globally

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 01:02
Treasury moves against companies, individuals aiding Iran.
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John Cleese Has a Serious Side

Harvard Business Review - 7 Feb 2014 01:00
The iconic comedian speaks with HBR's Adi Ignatius about work, life, and, yes, comedy.
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Rich Tech Entrepreneurs WouldIt would be easier to sympathize with rich tech entrepreneurs who don't want to be criticized simply because they are successful if they weren't also actively trying to make their workers poorer. I'm... referring, of course, to Tom Perkins, the founder of venture capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, who said recently that progressives are waging a "war on the American 1 percent" that had parallels to "fascist Nazi Germany." Perkins' company famously backed both Google and Intuit. Both those companies have been sued by the Department of Justice in a class-action lawsuit that alleges they conspired to suppress the salaries of their staff by agreeing not to recruit from each other's companies — thus reducing price competition. (Perkins himself isn't accused of having any link to the...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The stock market had its best day this year, nearly erasing the steep losses from early this week.     
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Advanced Capital Securities, a Latin American investment bank based in Miami, said it has acquired Latmark Asset Management, a Miami-based boutique investment firm.
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AP promotes Gwizdowski and Kaiser

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 00:53
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press named broadcast executive David Gwizdowski as its senior vice president responsible for revenue in the Americas and promoted Karen Kaiser to senior vice... president, general counsel and corporate secretary.     
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Chicago Alderman Aiming To BanHorse-drawn carriage rides may evoke a bygone era, but they could soon be history on the streets of Chicago. Powerful long-time Chicago Alderman Ed Burke (14th) introduced a proposal Wednesday that... would stop the city from renewing licenses for horse-drawn carriages, which would effectively end the practice on the city's streets. "They're a nuisance, they're a traffic hazard, it's cruel to the animals, and we should be able to beat New York City to the punch," Burke said, according to the Tribune. The debate over horse-drawn carriages reached new heights in recent months after then-New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio vowed to banish the practice "within the first week on the job." De Blasio's ban, which stalled in NYC Tuesday, was cheered by animal welfare activists but jeered...
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Business Highlights

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 00:50
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Twitter Is Becoming A NicheSocial Insider is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today.... TWITTER'S FOURTH QUARTER: Twitter posted strong financials for the fourth quarter of 2013, but analysts are concerned about slow user growth and declining engagement on the social network.  Ad revenue in the fourth quarter reached $220 million, up 44% from the previous quarter.  Twitter averaged 241 million monthly active users in the fourth quarter, which is an increase of just 4% from the previous quarter and 30% over the fourth quarter of 2012.  The total number of times users viewed their timeline (Twitter's news feed and core product) declined from the previous quarter for the first time...
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North Korea Is Almost DoneNew commercial satellite imagery hints that North Korea is almost done building a tower capable of launching  long-range missiles — probably, further than the ones they've already launched into... space, reports 38 North, the blog of U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS. The tower, located at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in the North Pyongan Province, now has an eleventh level which gives North Korean the ability to fire a 164-foot missile — if desired. Back in 2012, North Korea raised eyebrows after the launch of a Unha-3 space launch vehicle (SLV).Claiming the launch was necessary to put an earth-monitoring satellite into orbit and therefore, justified the launch as peaceful, and purely scientific. Soon after, the United Nations imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang, in efforts...
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Solid Jobs Data Is Tempered by Report on Weak Exports

The New York Times - 7 Feb 2014 00:47
The number of new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, but the trade deficit widened by 12 percent in December.     
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DETROIT (AP) -- A group of scientists at Michigan State University huddled around a computer screen earlier this week -- not poring over scientific data but watching a webcast of the U.S. Senate....     
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GRANTHAM: The Great AmericanJeremy Grantham, whose GMO LLC investment firm manages $117 billion in assets, says the Great American Shale Boom is a dangerous waste of time and money. Grantham, who started his career as an... economist at Shell, recently contemplated attending an anti-Keystone Pipeline demonstration in front of the White House.  In his new letter to clients, Grantham explains why any country, from the U.S. to China, still going down the path of developing fossil fuels is walking into a trap.  First, he argues we are overstating the benefits of switching to natural gas: “Fracking gas,” like all natural gas, is basically methane. Methane unfortunately is an even more potent greenhouse gas than CO2: at an interval of 100 years it is now estimated to be 32 times as bad, and at 20 years to be 72 times...
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What It's Like To Play 'LeagueThe most-played PC game in the world isn't the Sims or SimCity or even World of Warcraft. It's League of Legends, and it's a lot of fun. Part of this game's success is that players can compete in... tournaments against other players from around the world. At the 2013 championships, the top two teams gathered in front of thousands at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. A team from Korea, called SK Telecom T1, took home the $1 million prize. In 2013, it had 70 million registered users, up from 15 million in 2010, according to IGN. And of those 70 million registered users, it had 32.5 million active users. Together, they played a massive 1.3 billion hours each month. The company's success comes in part due to its business model: It doesn't charge people to play. Once you're in the game, however,...
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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) -- The University of Montana and other schools have lifted lockdowns prompted by the armed robbery of two Missoula businesses Thursday morning, but the suspect remains at large,... police said.     
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four years after a powerful earthquake devastated Haiti, President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the rebound taking place in the impoverished Caribbean nation but said there is... more work to be done. He pledged that America will remain a partner in that process.     
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ITW to sell unit for $3B

Chicago Tribune - 7 Feb 2014 00:42
ITW to sell unit for $3BGlenview-based Illinois Tool Works has agreed to sell its industrial packaging segment to the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, for $3.2 billion.
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Why Unions Matter

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 00:39
Why Unions MatterAs parents we tell our children that the key to success and prosperity lies in a good education. We feel we have to. Why? Thirty-five years of globalization and technological revolution have resulted... in a rapid decline of the manufacturing and blue-collar jobs that were once the backbone of our economy. These were union jobs that offered good wages, superb health benefits and the security of a pension at retirement. But those jobs are vanishing. With that in mind, we needed our kids to get a college degree so they could find skilled work that paid well. The state of organized labor in America is changing. And it's not looking good. Now, millions of un- and underemployed graduates have discovered that a college degree doesn't guarantee a good job. Coupled with the extraordinary spike in...
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Sink or Swim: Brand Development Through Content Marketing

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 00:35
Sink or Swim: BrandWhat do the brands like Coca-Cola, Dove, Subaru, MTV, Proctor and Gamble, American Express and Saint Laurent Paris have in common? Though they span various industries, they share one major... commonality: They've nurtured their brand through content marketing and have ended up on top. Brands today face an existential crisis. Nearly 250 retail brands have gone out of business in the last five years according to Retail Research. In my opinion, this comes down to two concepts: time-ignorant promotion or time-ignorant product. Now is the time to call for marketing reform. We, as marketers, are responsible for not having a time-ignorant promotion. Our industry needs to lessen their traditional marketing budget and spend time, energy and money where our customers live: online. Developing a brand is...
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The chief financial officer of United Technologies Corp. declined to comment Thursday about a report that the conglomerate could sell or spin off Sikorsky, but said the... helicopter maker has a "very bright future."     
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ANALYST: Here's Why It's AFA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. The Fallacy Of Buying Individual Bonds Over Bond Funds (Morningstar) Many... investors think they will be protected in the event of interest-rate rises if they buy individual bonds (and hold them to maturity) over bond funds. But Sam Lee, a strategist and editor of Morningstar ETFInvestor, thinks this is "absolutely false": "If you buy an individual bond and interest rates rise, the market price of that bond will fall. And just because you ignore the market price doesn't change that fact. When you invest in a bond when interest rates are low, you basically have locked in a stream of payments at that low interest rate. When interest rates rise, you can now actually get same...
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The stock market had its best day of the year Thursday following encouraging news on the U.S. job market and solid earnings from Disney and other companies. The gains nearly erased steep losses from... early in the week.     
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More Mobile Dollars For Top Tech Companies

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 00:30
More Mobile Dollars For TopMobile Insights is a daily newsletter from BI Intelligence delivered first thing every morning exclusively to BI Intelligence subscribers. Sign up for a free trial of BI Intelligence today. MORE... MOBILE DOLLARS: Yesterday was a big day for mobile numbers, as some of the biggest companies on the consumer Internet announced their results for the last three months of 2013. Twitter said mobile accounted for more than 75% of the company's total ad revenue. At Internet music service Pandora, revenue per thousand listener hours on mobile and other connected devices showed steady improvement, jumping more than 10$ year-over-year to $34.98. Meanwhile, Yelp reported 53 million unique visitors on its mobile apps and mobile websites in the fourth quarter and said about 30% of its reviews were...
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E-commerce technology company ChannelAdvisor posted a 28 percent jump in revenue in the fourth quarter as the company continued to add customers and boost average sales per customer.
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An Honest Discussion About theThe topic of a growing generation gap is like the tide at the beach -- it comes in, it goes out. But everyone now and then the waves get a little rough. We seem to be experiencing one of those rough... periods right now. During the past few days, I've received a multitude of email notifications and print publications about tension in the workplace caused by the co-existence of four generations working side by side. Differing opinions and attitudes between older and younger generations is hardly new. But never in our history have there been four and soon to be five generations working together. Thanks to a quality of life now extending for many people into their 80s and even 90s, great-great-grandparents are supervising and are often times being supervised by workers 60 or more years younger....
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Today, Google spends hundreds of millions of dollars on space, power, and bandwidth for its hundreds of thousands of servers hosted in its own data centers. But Google's infrastructure wasn't always... so vast.
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas' plan for expanding Medicaid by buying private insurance policies for the poor instead of adding them to the rolls was heralded as a model for convincing more... Republican-leaning states to adopt a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- News Corp., the publishing company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, reported second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street forecasts while revenue declined as expected, reflecting... slower advertising sales.     
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6 Ways To Maximize Short WorkThe life for a manager inside an organization has an unrelenting pace, with very few occasions where there is uninterrupted time. As a result, relationship building and development opportunities may... fall by the wayside.
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Here's The Real Story Of The"Cool Runnings" is one of the most popular Olympics movies of the past few decades, and it's mostly made up. It's based on a true story, but a member of the unlikely Jamaican bobsled team that... inspired the popular Disney film says it's largely fiction. Dudley "Tal" Stokes, who was on the 1988 Olympic team that inspired "Cool Runnings," took to Reddit in October to set the record straight about what the movie got wrong. "It's a feature Disney film, not much in it actually happened in real life," Stokes said on Reddit. "Cool Runnings" has a cast of fictional characters who don't bear much resemblance to the real-life Jamaican bobsledders. The Jamaican bobsled team that competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada was not composed of track sprinters, as the movie might lead you to...
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Expedia Shares Soar OnHome or away, Expedia investors will sleep soundly tonight.
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DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its... supply chain and save money.     
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Former SAC Capital Advisors fund manager Mathew Martoma was found guilty Thursday in the most lucrative insider trading scheme ever as federal prosecutors racked up a seventh conviction in their…
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LinkedIn Corp. shares fall, continuing the theme of volatile Internet-based company earnings this season, as the outlook falls short of Wall Street estimates.
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Jon Shafeei, a former mechanic who runs half marathons and lifts weights regularly, had a hard time doing a 30-minute circuit training routine at a 9Round fitness and kickboxing gym.
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America's most famous load of yogurt -- a shipment intended to feed U.S. Olympians in Sochi, but blocked by Russian authorities -- remained in storage in New Jersey on Thursday, despite the best... efforts of a senator and the Department of Agriculture to spring it loose.
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LinkedIn Tanks After Q4 Earnings Report

Business Insider - 7 Feb 2014 00:09
LinkedIn Tanks After Q4LinkedIn announced its Q4 earnings. The stock is tanking in after-hours trading, and has been down as much as 10%. Here's what the company delivered: Revenue: $447.2 million vs. $437.84 million... expected Earnings per share: $0.39 vs. $0.38 expected LinkedIn now has 277 million members. The revenue is up 47% compared to $303.6 million in for the same quarter in 2012. LinkedIn also announced that it has signed an agreement to buy a company called Bright, which helps connect job seekers with employers. The transaction is valued at approximately $120 million.  Here's a chart of LinkedIn's revenues: Business Insider Intelligence made this chart of LinkedIn's revenue sources:   Here's a look at LinkedIn's member and unique visitor growth: Here's a chart of LinkedIn's engagement: Join the...
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AP promotes Gwizdowski and Kaiser

Boston - 7 Feb 2014 00:09
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Associated Press is naming broadcast executive David Gwizdowski as its senior vice president responsible for revenue in the Americas region and promoting Karen Kaiser to senior... vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.     
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Create New Ideas -- Think Different, Think Upside Down

The Huffington Post - 7 Feb 2014 00:06
Create New Ideas -- ThinkAs a marketer, I am always thinking about ways to do something different. An example of this is when I review materials online or offline. I often think about ways to enhance the message through a... re-design, new imagery, new font styles, and re-writing the editorial message to make it fresh. You would be surprised at how simple changes can make a huge difference. Now you are probably thinking, If I where to do this, where do I start? Here are a few tips to help you think a little different and kick start your next new idea. This idea can be used with print material and can even be adapted to websites and graphic design usage. 1. Start gathering print samples from anywhere. It really doesn't matter. Weed out the yucky ones and keep the ones that capture your interest. 2. Make note of which...
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On Tuesday, the National Institutes of Health announced a partnership of breathtaking scope. Ten drug companies had agreed to collaborate on curing four of the world's most devastating diseases, which... will affect millions of people in the coming years and have proven largely resistant to cures: Alzheimer's, Type 2 diabetes, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
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LEGENDARY INVESTOR: I Drove AGMO's Jeremy Grantham just put out his latest quarterly newsletter to GMO clients. And in it he has some high praise for Tesla.  In a section titled "Fossil Fuels: Is Tesla a Tease or a Triumph?" he... writes that he recently took a drive in  Tesla and it was his "#1 car experience ever." From Grantham: "I recently took a drive in a GMO colleague’s Tesla from New York to Boston. Now, I am about as far from a car freak as you will easily find. I just turned in a 12-year-old Volvo that unfortunately had been sideswiped, for otherwise it was good for years more. But I have to say that my recent Tesla journey was my #1 car experience ever. "Three years ago I test drove a Tesla in Boston and it was a tinny, rattly, super-expensive toy. Its battery alone cost $50,000! Last month, its chief...
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The Connected TV Landscape:Connected TVs are on pace to take over the television viewing experience. There will be more than 759 million televisions connected to the Internet worldwide by 2018, more than double 2013's number,... according to Digital TV Research. The first wave of connected TVs, called "Web TVs," failed because they assumed that people would use their televisions as a computer, by browsing the Internet and reading email. Now, a new generation of Internet-enabled TVs is succeeding. These connected televisions enhance the everyday experience of watching television by offering a better viewing experience for your favorite programs and movies, as well as an alternative way to interact with music and photos. In a new report from BI Intelligence, we dissect the connected TV landscape, analyzing the factors,...
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Soybean prices edged higher on Thursday as U.S. export sales increased. Corn and wheat prices were down, while coffee futures fell sharply.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The price of oil rose Thursday as a positive report on the U.S. labor market and more cold temperatures boosted expectations of higher demand for fuel.     
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United Tech CFO declines comment on Sikorsky

Miami Herald - 7 Feb 2014 00:04
The chief financial officer of United Technologies Corp. declined to comment Thursday about a report that the conglomerate could sell or spin off Sikorsky, but said the helicopter maker has a "very... bright future."
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New Hampshire lawmakers reached a deal Thursday to make their state the latest to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The Associated Press reported that the Republican and Democratic state Senate leaders... announced the decision. The state plans to adopt a privatized version of the expansion, using Medicaid dollars to pay for residents to buy private coverage on HealthCare.gov. The Obama administration has already allowed Arkansas to adopt the same proposal.
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Millennials Are Better AtThe financial talk, that is. Millennials are better at discussing their finances with significant others than older people in relationships, according to a new study from NerdWallet. Young people... between the ages of 25 and 29 are more likely to talk about important financial issues with their partners and to prioritize this conversation before moving in together. From a survey of 544 never-married adults, personal finance site NerdWallet found that 98% of millennial respondents said they had discussed finances at some point in their lives. That far exceeded the 13% of respondents ages 30 to 44 who said they have never discussed money at all. "The emphasis on money varies with age and circumstances," Anisha Sekar, a credit card analyst at NerdWallet, said in a release. "Millennials may want...
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway.     
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A roundup of the latest corporate earnings reports and what companies are saying about future quarters.
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The professional social network doused any excitement about its financial results with a lower than expected guidance for the first quarter, due to increased spending on growth and pledges that it... will be "investing aggressively" sparking fears that it is facing slower growth.
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A high level of short interest in Green Mountain shares is likely contributing to a rally in the company's shares. This short squeeze is likely painful for hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has... been shorting and criticizing the company for over two years.
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LEAKED MEMO: AOL CEO Tries ToAOL is changing the way it matches employee contributions to their 4o1(k)s. Instead of contributing through the year, AOL will now contribute a lump sum at the end of the year. This upset employees,... who describe the move as a pay cut. This morning, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong got on a conference call to explain the move. He said that AOL healthcare costs were up and that the company had to figure out how to pay for them somehow. In an attempt to describe how expensive employee healthcare can be, Armstrong said that in 2012 AOL paid $2 million to keep alive two "distressed" babies born from AOL employees. This explanation angered lots of AOL employees. So Armstrong just sent out this memo: AOLers - As we discussed at the town hall, we care about you and the company – a lot. This morning, I...
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3 Simple Ways To Boost Your Team's Creativity

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 23:56
3 Simple Ways To Boost Your"Selfie" may have been the Oxford English Dictionary's Word of the Year, but according to The New York Times, the new buzzword zooming around the workplace these days is "creativity." "Once... considered the product of genius or divine inspiration," writes Laura Pappano, "creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart solutions — is being recast as a prized and teachable skill." Colleges across the country are offering courses and credentials in Creative Studies, says Pappano, while "creative" has been the most-used adjective in LinkedIn profiles two years running. “Improving creative thinking skills is the key to improving business performance,” says management consultant John Canfield. “What differentiates great and not-so-great organizations is if and how they...
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Brazil’s socialBrazil is confronting numerous challenges this year, from international investors fleeing developing nations to the slowing economy in China – a major trade partner – to local protests over... Brazil’s preparations to host the World Cup in June.
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Wall Street Economist PredictsSociété Générale economist Brian Jones predicts only 280,000 workers were added to nonfarm payrolls in January, well above the 180,000 consensus estimate. Jones doesn't stop at a prediction for... how many payrolls were created in January, though. He also predicts exactly how markets will move immediately following the release. "The SG forecast is substantially above consensus and hence a positive intraday impact for risky assets is expected if our estimate materialises," says Jones. "We expect [the S&P 500] to move up by 0.6% and the [10-year] USD swap rate by 5 basis points up in the first half-an-hour after the release." Jones says there is a statistical relationship between the deviation of the actual nonfarm payroll print from the consensus forecast and the market's reaction. "The...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Republicans narrowly blocked the advance of legislation to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed on Thursday for the second time in less than a month, and Democrats... said they intended to call yet another vote on the issue.     
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's Attorney General says a former budget director at Southern New Hampshire State University will be sentenced on two felony counts of siphoning college funds to pay... personal debts.     
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CVS Walks the Talk

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 23:49
CVS Walks the TalkCVS Caremark made a bold decision to "walk the talk" when it announced that it would no longer sell cigarettes in its pharmacies. The announcement means that the shelves of CVS won't offer any tobacco... products in any of its 7600 pharmacies around the country after October 1, 2014. Larry Merlo, CVS Caremark President and CEO, was straightforward. In his own words, "Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose." While there are some who would wish that CVS didn't wait until the fall to get rid of all those cigarettes, the announcement was met with far ranging support. Print and broadcast media put the story front and center, above the fold and on headline news. The world of social media was filled with comments applauding the decision. CVS Caremark's description...
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Apple Just Bought Equipment ToThe next iPhone may come equipped with scratch proof glass.  A new report from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac says Apple has purchased equipment to make 100-200 million sapphire glass iPhone screens. Gurman... has import and export records to support his case. The equipment is going to a factory in Arizona where Apple partner GT Advance is expected to make the screens.  Gurman worked with Matt Margolis, an analyst and investor in GT Advance to track down the import/export information.  Margolis has written about sapphire glass in the past.  Here's his previous explanation of why this is a big deal for Apple: "A sapphire screen will also allow Apple to take full advantage of their Authentec acquisition and allow them to add Touch ID technology underneath their entire screen instead of just the...
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Boston.com readers voted, and they love puppies, Clydesales, and American soldiers.     
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Baupost Group, Boston's largest hedge fund firm, with $26 billion under management, had investment returns averaging 15 percent in 2013, its best year since 2009, according to Institutional Investor's... Alpha report. Baupost, run by Seth Klarman, returned $4 billion to customers last year, according to a person briefed on the matter. The firm kept a lot of its money in cash last year -- about 40 percent, according to the trade publication, even as the stock market surged. Baupost is known for seeking out unusual and overlooked investments.     
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Correcting and recasting a section on the economic predictions of Jim Rogers.
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Adam Smith Says Congress MustBy Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6
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Five years into Obama's presidency 44 percent of Americans still blame former President George W. Bush and the Republican Party for the country's economic woes, while 34 percent blame President Obama... and Democrats, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday. While more Americans fault Bush for the state of the economy, blame on the former president and Republicans has dipped since 2012, when 57 percent held Bush responsible compared to 35 percent who viewed Obama more culpable.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The nation's largest retail trade group expects retail sales will increase at a slightly faster pace this year than last as continued improvements in jobs and housing should help... shoppers feel more confident about spending.     
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News Corp fiscal 2Q earns top expectations

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 23:40
News Corp fiscal 2Q earns topNews Corp., the publishing company controlled by Rupert Murdoch, reported second-quarter earnings that exceeded Wall Street forecasts while revenue declined as expected, reflecting slower advertising... sales.
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5 Photos That Will Remind You"When I reflect on the last 10 years, one question I ask myself is: why were we the ones to build this?" Mark Zuckerberg asked in a recent open letter he posted to Facebook. "We were just students."... When Facebook launched on February 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg was a 19-year-old sophomore at Harvard. Today he isn't even 30 and he's worth billions of dollars. It's hard to believe how young he was when he got started. Here are some photos of young Zuckerberg for Throw Back Thursday (Twitter and Instagram slang fondly known as #TBT, where people post old photos of themselves).   Join the conversation about this story »     
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Restaurant Manager WritesRestaurant manager Tony Posnanski was working a busy shift when a customer stopped him to complain about a loud child at a nearby table.  But as he went to confront the woman, she asked him a... question that stopped him in his tracks. Posnanski wrote an open letter to the family he posted on his blog The Anti-Jared. He shared it with Business Insider:  "To the woman and child who sat at table 9, I did not introduce myself to you. My name is Tony Posnanski. I have been a restaurant manager for fifteen years now. My day consists of making sure my restaurant runs well. That could mean washing dishes, cooking and sometimes even serving tables. I have also dealt with every guest complaint you can imagine. A few weeks back you came into my restaurant. I was very busy that night. I was running...
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LinkedIn's 4Q eclipsed by disappointing outlook

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 23:40
LinkedIn finished last year with a strong showing, but the online professional networking service rattled already jittery investors by indicating its performance will weaken this year as management... ramps up…
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Multilingual Superbowl AdEarlier this week, I wrote about the much-talked-about television advertisement from Coca-Cola that aired during the Super Bowl, featuring "America the Beautiful" in many languages. The ad stirred... America's melting pot in more ways than one. Many of the reactions were negative, but many were also positive. To follow up, a company spokesperson from Coca-Cola reached out with the company's official statement: For centuries America has opened its arms to people of many countries who have helped to build this great nation. "It's Beautiful" provides a snapshot of the real lives of Americans representing diverse ethnicities, religions, races and families, all found in the United States. All those featured in the ad are Americans and "America The Beautiful" was sung by bilingual American young...
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Goodwill Manager ReturnsTyler Gedelian, the manager of a Goodwill outlet in Monroe, Mich., says he's used to finding loose change, used tissues, and old grocery lists in the pockets of donated clothes. But last Wednesday, he... found an envelope with more than $43,000 in it stuffed inside the pocket of a robe, the Detroit News reported. The 29-year-old didn't hesitate to do the right thing with his find, though. He called the police and returned the money, according to the Monroe News. "My biggest concern was getting the money back to the rightful owner," he told the paper. "I certainly can't imagine losing that kind of money. I was so nervous having so much of someone else's money." Police tracked down the money's owner, who then paid Gedelian a visit to personally thank him for his honesty, Local 4 news reported....
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Bode Miller Says ConstructionU.S. skier Bode Miller told the Associated Press that construction work where the ski team is staying isn't finished yet. Unlike the vast majority of athletes in Sochi, the ski team made its own... accommodations for the Olympics rather than staying in the athletes' village. While the village is 100% built, many of the hotels aren't, and it's leading to some horror stories. "My experience so far has been good. I mean, our area is not quite finished, I wouldn't say," he said. He continued by saying the work going on "was very rushed, is what you get the impression of; that everything isn't quite done; they could use a little bit more time." Miller also mentioned that late-stage construction work was going on in Salt Lake City in 2002. He doesn't seem too up in arms. Join the conversation about...
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Bill seeks to prevent sale of student data

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 23:35
A Kentucky Senate committee has approved a bill aimed at preventing the sale of student digital data by technology companies.
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Why Fix Something Not Broken?

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 23:34
Why Fix Something Not Broken?Ever since the federal government took control of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Congress has put several plans on the table to "fix" them -- with the exception of one: Let them operate the way they... always have, only this time, regulate them properly and ensure they have sufficient capital reserves. This is largely what Congress did to "fix" the nation's biggest banks that had much more to do with the subprime mortgage crisis than the government-sponsored enterprises, also known as GSEs. The only difference between now and then is that now the private sector is doing nothing to help low-to-middle income people with good credit become homeowners, and the federal government has actually done things to harm this sector of the housing marketplace. Young families, military families and low-income...
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Where the Middle Class Shops

The New Yorker - 6 Feb 2014 23:33
Where the Middle Class ShopsOn State Street in downtown Chicago this week, a man trudged through the slush outside a soon-to-be-shuttered Sears, wearing a yellow signboard that read, “Store Closing Sale/Everything Must Go.”... Across the street, inside a thriving Target store, shoppers thronged the checkout lanes. A block north, women were digging fistfuls of coupons out of their purses to buy discounted housewares and winter boots on clearance at Macy’s. Which of these scenes is a metaphor for the American middle class? A front-page article in the Times this week chose Sears, pointing to its decision to close the State Street flagship in its hometown after thirteen years. The article also cited J. C. Penney, which is abandoning thirty-three stores and laying off two thousand employees, and Loehmann’s, the...
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'Virtual Guest List' Apps WillNew York Fashion Week is officially under way, and this year's shows and after-parties are bound to be more exclusive than ever.  Like any high-profile event, it's inevitable that someone will try to... crash the front door.  But crashers be warned: A new crop of apps that act as "virtual guest lists" will make entry more difficult for the uninvited. Apps like Zkipster, Fashion GPS, and Splash use cloud-based guest lists that bouncers and event organizers can access on a tablet or phone. According to The New York Times, a new addition to Zkipster's app called zFace will be used to control Fashion Week crowds. ZFace uses Microsoft Bing to put a face to a name, making it more likely bouncers will be able to instantly identify wannabes.  ZFace debuted in December at Art Basel Miami Beach,...
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Here's Preet Bharara's AmazingU.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has a perfect track record in insider trading convictions since the government's massive crackdown began in the fall of 2009.  Today, Bharara, also known as "The Sheriff... Of Wall Street", convicted former SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma in what the DOJ says is the "most lucrative" insider trading scheme of all time.  So far, he's 79-0 for convictions.  Of those convicted, 58 have been sentenced, while others are waiting.  What's more is there's still a handful of cases still pending. Here's a rundown of all the folks he's convicted to date:      Join the conversation about this story »     
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Market strategist David Rosenberg is upbeat about U.S. economic growth. In fact, he wouldn't be surprised if U.S. unemployment came in at 6.5% when the jobs report is released on Friday. And that... worries him.
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The gun control group Moms Demand Action on Thursday issued a statement calling Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' (D) support of a "open carry" law "disappointing and dangerous."
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Treasury prices fall Thursday, sending yields higher for the third-consecutive session, as investors make last-minute trades ahead of a much-watched payrolls report in the following session.
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Google Launches A New DeviceGoogle and Asus today released a new device for business videoconferences called Chromebox For Meetings. The device costs $999, which might sound like a lot considering how low-cost other Google... devices called "Chrome" are (like Chromebooks and Chromecast). But that's really a lot less expense than many business-class videoconference systems, which can run thousands of dollars. The device includes a high-definition camera, a combined microphone and speaker unit, a remote control and a Chromebox. A Chromebox is a Chrome PC that requires you to bring your own monitor and keyboard. Until now, Samsung was the company that made the Chromebox, priced at $329. Google says that in addition to Asus, HP and Dell will soon announce these Chromebox videoconferencing devices. Up to 15 participants can...
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News Corp Beats The StreetOverall, the News Corps' revenue dropped 4% from the same quarter last year.
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If Mario Draghi was a kindergartner, he'd be sitting outside the sandbox watching the other kids get dirty. At a high school dance, he'd be the loner against the wall. From Janet Yellen at the Federal... Reserve to Raghuram Rajan in India, the world's central bankers have entered an active phase shaping strategies and buying bonds and hiking interest rates (and even arguing in public!) to mold a post-crisis monetary policy. Faced with massive unemployment in some parts of the euro zone and an acknowledged threat of deflation, European Central Bank president Draghi on Thursday announced that the ECB's response would be to wait for more data.
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Senate GOP ObamacareLast week, three GOP senators--Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Orrin Hatch of Utah--unveiled the latest "repeal and replace" Obamacare plan.  One of the key questions... people are asking is whether this plan (dubbed the "Patient Care Act") is a net tax cut, a net tax hike, or revenue-neutral.
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The One (and Most Important)Netflix has famously claimed that it wants to “become HBO faster than HBO can become us." But his company has a long way to go to reach HBO's fat profit margins, which were revealed for the first... time by parent company Time Warner in an earnings report Wednesday (TIME is also owned by Time Warner.) The media giant announced that its HBO division, which includes the eponymous flagship channel and Cinemax, generated $4.9 billion in revenue in 2013, a 4 percent increase from the year before. The division had an operating income of nearly $1.7 billion for the year, up 8 percent from the year before. The two channels combined added 2 million U.S. subscribers in 2013, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said in an earnings call with investors. It was the largest growth figure in 17 years. "HBO remains...
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LinkedIn's Outlook FallsLinkedIn's stock took a pounding after the company announced that its current quarter results won't live up to Wall Street's expectations.
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What Would Bond Say? AstonWhat would James Bond say? Luxury British car maker Aston Martin says tomorrow it will notify more than 5,000 U.S. drivers of its Coupes, Roadsters, Volantes, and Rapides that the cars are being... recalled. Their defect: A Chinese-made part, fabricated with counterfeit material, could cause them to crash, according to Jennifer Tim     
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The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul,... industry and government officials said Thursday. Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson said Thursday that the administration may let policyholders keep that coverage for as long as an additional three years, stressing that no decision has been made. Policymakers are waiting to see what rate hikes health insurers plan for the insurance exchanges that are key to the overhaul's coverage expansions.
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DealBook: New York RegulatorThe office of Benjamin Lawsky, the superintendent of New York's Department of Financial Services, has halted the transfer of about $39 billion in servicing rights to Ocwen from Wells Fargo.     
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Eating Yogurt Could CutAdding lowfat yogurt to your diet can cut diabetes risk by 28 percent, new research shows.
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Top US Diplomat Says 'F-- TheThe State Department's top official for Europe was allegedly caught on tape saying, "F— the E.U.," in what was an apparent a bout of frustration toward the European Union's lack of action in solving... Ukraine's political crisis. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland allegedly made the inflammatory remarks, which were posted on YouTube on Feb. 4 and first reported by The Kyiv Post on Thursday. Nuland was reportedly speaking to U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. The U.S. pointed a finger at Russia for having a role in the call's leak. The publication reported that the conversation took place after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made an offer on Jan. 25 to opposition leader Arseniy Yatseniuk. Under the deal, he would become prime minister, while...
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U.S. exports reached a record $2.27 trillion in 2013, and the overall trade deficit narrowed. Yet the United States still bought a gargantuan amount of stuff from China last year a record amount of... red ink on the trade accounts. And despite the strong export performance, growth over the year was anemic.
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President Barack Obama's upcoming visit to Michigan State University to sign the sweeping farm bill underscores the legislation's importance to the East Lansing school and other research and... agriculture-focused institutions.
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The Olympics: A Costly Feel-Good Moment

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 23:06
The Games are often billed as a boon for the host, a bonanza of tourism and television time. But host countries don't always benefit economically.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager was convicted Thursday of helping his company earn more than a quarter billion dollars illegally through trades based on secrets about... the testing of a potential breakthrough Alzheimer's drug.     
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AOL Employees Are Really AngryAOL is changing the way it matches the money its employees are socking away in their 401(k)s. Instead of matching contributions throughout the year, AOL will now wait until the year is over. This... change has some AOL employees very upset. They've written an open letter to CEO Tim Armstrong complaining that the lump sum payment is an  "unnecessarily risky investment strategy and deprive[s] workers who leave the company of retirement benefits they have earned. " These employees complain that management did not aggressively inform them that the change was coming. "Significant changes in compensation, especially changes that result in effective pay reductions, should not be buried in fine print, but discussed openly with employees by a company manager. We all love this company and enjoy...
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Grain mixed, livestock mostly lowerr

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 23:03
Grain futures were mixed Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade.
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Oh, WTF, People?

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 23:01
In fit of genius, California school decided to celebrate Black History Month with menu of friend chicken, cornbread and watermelon.
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STOCKS RALLY, TWITTER DIVES:It was nice to see a healthy amount of green in the stock markets today. First, the scoreboard: Dow: 15,628.5 (+188.3, +1.2%) S&P 500: 1,773.4 (+21.7, +1.2%) Nasdaq: 4,057.1 (+45.5, +1.1%) And now the... top stories: There was quite a bit of company-specific news today.  Leading the way was Twitter, which crashed after the company published its quarterly financial results. The company's earnings were actually stronger than expected, but management indicated that Twitter users' timeline views were actually on the decline. Shares of Green Mountain Coffee exploded after Coca-Cola announced it would be taking a 10% stake in the company. "With The Coca-Cola Company as a global strategic partner in our multi-brand at-home Keurig Cold beverage system, we believe there is significant opportunity to...
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Topshop Is Opening A FlagshipBritish fashion brand Topshop said Wednesday it would open a flagship New York store on Fifth Avenue, its second largest branch worldwide. The brand also announced plans to open four more stores in... the United States: in San Diego, Washington DC, Houston and Atlanta. The new Manhattan store will be located on Fifth Avenue, on the corner of 49th Street, adjacent to the Rockefeller Center. Second only in size to Topshop's branch on London's Oxford Street, it will open this autumn. British tycoon Philip Green, the chairman of Topshop's parent company the Arcadia Group, sold a 25-percent stake in the Topshop/Topman brand to Leonard Green and Partners, a US private equity firm, in a bid to fuel the brand's international expansion. Green said: "Following the investment of Leonard Green and...
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Refuse smart meter? You'll be charged

Chicago Tribune - 6 Feb 2014 22:58
Refuse smart meter? You'll be'Refusal is simply deferring the inevitable,' the Illinois Commerce Commission saysComEd customers who refuse smart meters will be charged $21.53 a month, regulators decided Wednesday.
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Two of the more vocal Republican critics of efforts to unionize the Volkswagen assembly plant in Tennessee are taking opposing approaches to a pending vote on the issue next week.
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Another Obamacare Tragedy

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 22:56
A new disaster: by ending job lock, Obamacare will likely boost entrepreneurship.
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9 Common Misconceptions About Alcohol

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 22:54
9 Common Misconceptions AboutYou may drink, and you may party, but do you get My Drunk Kitchen wasted? Well, it seems that drunk cooking video host Hannah Hart's learned her fair share from her series — she hosted Mental... Floss's weekly video list laying out 29 common misconceptions about alcohol. Here are the 9 biggest alcohol-related myths, and why they are false. Check out the full 29 on Mental Floss or below. 1. Liquor before beer never fear, beer before liquor never sicker. There's no magical order of drinking that will save you from a hangover the next day. The order you drink certain types of alcohol in doesn't matter — even switching between beer, wine, and liquor throughout the night won't make a difference. Bottomline: all that matters is how much you drink, not if you saved the beer for last. 2. Breaking...
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SAC's Martoma found guilty of insider trading

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 22:53
A Manhattan jury convicted former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma on Thursday of what prosecutors described as the most lucrative insider-trading scheme ever, adding to the... troubles of the beleaguered hedge fund and its billionaire owner, Steven A. Cohen.
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NASA's Curiosity rover caught a glimpse of Earth and its moon on Jan. 31. Earth appears as a bright "evening star" in photos:
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Tomorrow Is The Jobs Report --The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the January jobs report on Friday morning 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 after last month's report revealed only 74,000 hires, well below everyone's estimates. Meanwhile, economists predict 185,000 workers were hired to private-sector payrolls, implying a net 5,000 reduction in government employee headcount. The big question is whether the weather effects that appeared to drag down the December number will also weigh on the January report. The consensus view seems to be that this is not likely to be the case due to the fact that temperatures were actually relatively warm over the period in which the January survey was conducted. "The...
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Republicans have had a field day with the Congressional Budget Office report released this week, claiming it shows Obamacare will destroy the American work ethic and force people to rely on the... government. Never mind that reality is a bit more complicated than that. You could argue that the GOP should actually embrace the law because it could do the opposite: give Americans the freedom to start their own businesses.
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Alex Ovechkin To EveryoneRussian hockey player Alex Ovechkin thinks Sochi is being unfairly criticized for its lack of preparedness for the Olympics. In a press conference on Thursday, Ovechkin said that reporters are giving... Russia tougher treatment than they did Torino in 2006, even though construction work was ongoing in that city as well. His message: Just settle down. Here's what he said (via the Washington Post): "I’ve been in three Olympic games. I remember Turin and Vancouver and nobody said something bad about Vancouver and Turin. Why you guys always try to find some bad things in Sochi? Sometimes it’s just funny to see how people try to find – they have lights in the toilets or they have bathroom on tour. "It’s Olympics, guys, come on. Everybody have to be enjoy and don’t find bad stuff out...
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Review: NBC Olympics onlineNBC comes close to gold in delivering the Winter Olympics online from Sochi, Russia.
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Several years of budget battles and a government shutdown last year captured headlines but amounted to fights over the easy stuff. A new projection for the U.S. fiscal outlook over the next decade... makes it clear the hard choices are still ahead as the baby boom generation retires.
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NY names 3 members of casino siting board

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 22:45
A college president and New York City's former comptroller are among three members appointed to the state board that will select casino operators.
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Why No One Is Reading WhatI see it often: Businesses hire a blogger, or rely on an existing employee to spearhead their content strategy. They have high hopes for increased website traffic, email subscribers and sales.
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Alix Gould-Werth and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez show us the real problem with unemployment insurance ... in one chart. Read about their thoughts on how to fix it and see the chart, below:
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FOR SALE: 14 Mansions WithIf your home is your castle, the bathroom undoubtedly holds the throne.  Since people spend, on average, a year and a half of their lives in the bathroom, it should be a nice place to be, especially... if you're plunking down a million or more for your house. The experts at the real estate listing site Estately helped us find the homes on the market right now with the most luxurious bathrooms you can imagine. We're talking everything from sitting rooms equipped with flatscreen TVs to marble statues and golden fixtures. By far, California plays home to some of the most extravagant loos across the country. This cool bathroom fits into its Western locale. Address: 6427 East El Sendero Road, Carefree, Arizona Price: $2.2 million As seen on HGTV, this remodeled home takes advantage of its...
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As part of Miami-Dade County Schools’ massive digital transformation project, Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced Thursday a rollout of 100,000 HP and Lenovo Windows 8 devices by August.... Beginning this spring, 13,000 elementary school students, along with 15,000 7th grade civics students and 9th grade world history students will get devices. Additionally, more than 10,000 interactive boards will be added to classrooms across the district.
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TOKYO (AP) -- The ghostwriter of famous musical scores credited to Mamoru Samuragochi says he saw no evidence the deaf Japanese composer was unable to hear.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) won't be appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor" anytime soon.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some flood insurance premiums required under a 2012 law now won't be raised until the fall of 2015 at the earliest.     
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PARIS (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande says during his U.S. trip next week he'll broach the thorny issue of getting Internet companies to pay the tax man like smaller companies do.     
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Photos: Pope's Harley at Paris Auction

ABC News - 6 Feb 2014 22:24
Photos: Pope's Harley at ParisSomeone spent 241,500 euros on Pope Francis' Harley-Davidson.     
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The Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to confirm Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) as the next U.S. Ambassador to China. The vote was 96-0.
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This Week In IBTimes Magazine

IBTimes - 6 Feb 2014 22:21
Here's a preview of this week's IBTimes Magazine: Investors Flock To Islamic Bonds Western investors are getting into Islamic bonds (which adhere to Shariah law) because the returns are often higher.... Does that mean we'll see secret Shariah cattle farms in the American heartland, and Wall Street types in Muslim attire? Kathleen Caulderwood investigates. Congo Mountain Gorillas, Advocates Face Uphill Climb
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Matt Damon Gave A EloquentWhile on the promotional trail for his upcoming film "The Monuments Men," Matt Damon took some time to stop by Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with fans. The film, which opens Friday, has a huge... ensemble cast of stars from George Clooney to Bill Murray, so while a lot of the questions had to do with Damon, there was also a bunch dealing with his co-stars, his friends in Hollywood, and their antics. While some celebrities answer questions with brief responses, Damon spoke very candidly to fans about roles. We've compiled some of the best highlights below. You can check out the full AMA here. What the best prank his "Monuments Men" and "Ocean's 11" co-star, George Clooney ever pulled on him: "I got these giant fruit baskets in the mail from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They had just made...
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Unemployment bill stalled again in Senate

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 22:18
Republicans have blocked legislation from advancing in the Senate to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed.
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BC-Cotton Bale

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 22:18
Cotton futures No. 2 closed $1.15 to $4.20 a bale higher Thursday.
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We all think our local innovation scene is pretty awesome but, for a reality check, it's always good to get an outsider's perspective. So I was eager to hear what Avecto co-founder Paul Kenyon had to... say about the decision by his Manchester technology company -- Manchester, England, that is -- to open an office in Cambridge last week.     
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The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics start tonight. But if you're among the 9 percent of U.S. households who have broadband but don't subscribe to paid television, it will be nearly impossible to (legally)... watch the games online this year.
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Three Little Letters That Count

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 22:16
There is one small thought that is often forgotten at the end of nearly every meeting.  Can you guess what that is?
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday called on President Obama to nominate fewer judges who have represented corporate interests and more with backgrounds working for public interest groups.... "Power is becoming more and more concentrated on one side," she said at an event organized by the left-leaning Alliance for Justice. "Well-financed corporate interests line up to fight for their own privileges and resist any change that would limit corporate excess."
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Unemployment bill stalled anew in Senate

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 22:15
Senate Republicans narrowly blocked the advance of legislation to restore benefits for the long-term unemployed on Thursday for the second time in less than a month, and Democrats said they…
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The National Science Board's 2014 set of indicators, which tracks the state of science-related funding, public attitudes, and education in the U.S. and abroad, just dropped, in all its 600-page glory.... There are a ton of interesting bits scattered throughout the report, but the big takeaway is how America's doing in relation to the rest of the world: Not great, at least in terms of the percentage of the world's research funding comes from here.
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New Hampshire ReachesNew Hampshire emerged Thursday as the latest state that appears poised to expand Medicaid. The Associated Press reported that after months of private meetings, Granite State Senate negotiators reached... a bipartisan deal. The agreement would expand health insurance access to just under 50,000 poor adults. "The bipartisan nature of this agreement shows what can happen when we work together to focus on the issues critical to the well-being of our state," Senate President Chuck Morse (Salem-R) told the AP. "At the end of the day, this is about expanding coverage for tens of thousands of mostly working, low-income citizens, supporting our providers, helping our state budget, and helping our economy. Our bill will do all of these things," Senate Democratic Leader Sylvia Larsen (D-Concord) added....
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Great White Hope

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 22:09
Sahil Kapur brings TPM readers the Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate -- Obama's first Affordable Care Act CEO -- who wants to bring single payer health care to his state. Just call him Bernie... Sanders Donald Berwick.
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) -- Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered... in different locations.     
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama's chief justice, known on the national stage for fighting to display the Ten Commandments in a judicial building, is jumping into the gay marriage debate with his push... for a states-led constitutional amendment defining the institution as a union between one man and one woman.
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Toyota lands naming rights at famed Daytona

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 22:03
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday became the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway.
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One proposal would bring back pensions while a plan by the Obama administration would give younger people a break on market risk.     
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Individual Income Taxes MayOver the next decade, the individual income tax will be the fastest growing source of federal revenue, according to new estimates by the Congressional Budget Office. In fact, the individual income tax... will pretty much be the only revenue source likely to increase significantly over the next decade.  As a result, it will generate more than half of all federal revenue for the first time since the turn of the 21st century.
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Greek yogurt destined for the breakfast tables of American Olympic athletes in Sochi remains caught up in a bureaucratic web of international trade negotiations.
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20 Habits for Success II have spent decades "being educated" -- in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a Ph.D. program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am... today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for Enver Yucel and Oprah Winfrey. Enver and Oprah are two extraordinary people. And on top of that, they're both billionaires. On the surface, they appear to be totally different people. They are in different industries, have different family structures, practice different religions, and speak different languages. However, once you get past their written biographies and dig deeper, you will notice they possess many of the same successful habits. I had the opportunity to work with both Oprah and Enver...
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Martoma Found Guilty in Insider-Trading Case

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 21:57
A jury found former SAC Capital portfolio manager Mathew Martoma guilty of insider trading, a verdict that burnishes prosecutors' trial record but doesn't directly affect the firm's founder, Steven A.... Cohen.
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NEW YORK — A former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager was convicted Thursday of helping his company earn more than a quarter billion dollars illegally through trades based on secrets about the... testing of a potential breakthrough Alzheimer's drug.     
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Quinn touts new biotech center in Chicago

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 21:53
Illinois is investing approximately $4 million for a new Chicago center designed to help start medical technology companies, state officials announced Thursday.
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Republican senators on Thursday blocked a three-month revival of long-term unemployment compensation for 1.7 million Americans out of work. Democrats fell just one vote short of the 60 needed to break... a filibuster. Four Republicans voted with Democrats -- Sen. Dean Heller (NV), Kelly Ayotte (NH), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) changed his vote at the last minute to preserve the option of bringing up the bill in the future. The final vote was 58-40. It's the latest move in a six-week game of cat and mouse where Democrats try to find a way to revive the emergency jobless benefits and Republicans say the proposal that Democrats come up with is not good enough.
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- They're designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary... sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin.
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Melissa Johnson, a 38-year-old mother of three, had worked as an administrative assistant at the same metro-Detroit law firm for 15 years--her co-workers were like family. But when the Great Recession... hit in 2007, Melissa was laid off. Devastated, she signed up for unemployment benefits, and when no work appeared, she began retraining to become nurse. Unemployment insurance paid Melissa a portion of her former salary for the duration of her training. Without those benefits, her home would have gone into foreclosure. When we spoke with Melissa in summer 2013, she remained in her home and was happily working as a nurse.
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A new paper finds that fast-food restaurants are more likely to close when the minimum wage increases. The good news? New ones swoop right in to take their place.     
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Early this morning, my inbox was hit with one of the most amazing pieces of reader feedback I've received in my tenure at The Post, starting with the subject line "you and doge." Hi, great work at WP,... thanks.
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'Guilty' Verdict in BiggestMathew Martoma, the former hedge fund trader charged with what federal prosecutors called the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history, was found guilty on Thursday. Martoma, who once... earned millions of dollars working for Steven A. Cohen’s hedge fund SAC Capital, faces decades in prison, but will likely serve less than that. The guilty verdict, which was delivered by a 12-member jury in a federal court in lower Manhattan, is the latest blow for SAC Capital, which last fall pleaded guilty to fraud charges and agreed to pay a $1.8 billion in the largest insider trading fine in U.S. history. As part of a settlement with the government, SAC agreed to shut down its investment advisory business and turn itself into a so-called “family office” to manage Cohen’s...
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Twitter said Thursday it is pressing the Justice Department for permission to disclose more information about government data requests on its customers. The company said if doesn't get approval, it... would consider legal action in order to more specifically disclose to the public how many court orders and subpoenas they receive from the National Security Agency and other law enforcement authorities.
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SAC Capital Ex-TraderNEW YORK (AP) -- A former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager was convicted Thursday of helping his company earn more than a quarter billion dollars illegally through trades based on secrets about... the testing of a potential breakthrough Alzheimer’s drug. The verdict capped a three-week trial that featured testimony from two prominent doctors who confessed spilling secrets to Mathew Martoma during lucrative consultations with financiers. Martoma sat expressionless as the jury forewoman announced he had been found guilty of two counts of securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Tears streamed down the face of his wife, who sat with her hands folded on her yellow dress. The trial also contained frequent mentions of SAC Capital’s billionaire founder, Steven A. Cohen....
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Branding In The CollaborativeThere’s an event going on today at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri called The Resilient Summit.  It is described as an examination of the “Collaborative Economy,” which is being called ... “a key trend that’s redefining established business models, empowering consumers and driving the next phase of social.”   How can Collaborative Economy have anything to do with Intellectual Property?
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Food Companies Push Feds ForWASHINGTON (AP) -- Large food companies are trying to head off state efforts to enact mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide. The food... industry and farm groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use. A federal standard for voluntary labels would get food manufacturers off the hook if any states pass laws requiring mandatory labeling. Recent ballot initiatives in California and Washington failed, but several state legislatures are considering labeling requirements and opponents of engineered ingredients are aggressively pushing new laws in several states. There's very little science that says...
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Culture Versus Morale: How ToIn far too many outlets and at water-cooler discussions, people discuss “culture” in the workplace, especially at startup workplaces, incorrectly. Most people, in referencing culture, think of a... “rah rah” grouping of employees, hugs, laid-back vibe and dress code, maybe free perks – our office has popcorn and slushies – or even a weekly happy hour outing. All of this stuff is great, but it’s not culture. These elements can be fun and enjoyable – I don’t want to be a Scrooge here – but they’re not accurate when culture is the main point up for debate. These factors contribute to a strong morale. The distinction between culture and morale can sometimes be blurry, so let’s talk about what culture is – and how a strong sense of it within your team can impact your...
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New notch for Preet as MartomaAnother one bites the dust. Former SAC Capital Advisor portfolio manager Mathew Martoma was found guilty of insider trading on Thursday -- bringing US Attorney Preet Bharara's record in his...
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Thomas Jefferson famously wrote in the Declaration of Independence that "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." Only three divine "inalienable" rights were then... named, those being "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Ever since the Occupy Wall Street events of a couple of years ago there seems to be a clamoring for an additional sacred right to add to the original troika -- that being income equality. The mantra of income equality was recited to great effect by then candidate and now New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and has subsequently been picked-up by President Obama. It is true that the overwhelming majority of Americans are not rich. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that in 2010 per capita income was $40,584 nationwide. Even affluent states...
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Mathew Martoma Found Guilty OfNEW YORK, Feb 6
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Wine offers inspirational quotes about purpose, passion, and fighting the uphill battles that define the work of our lives. Here are ten favorite inspirational quotes I've heard as I've reported on... the world of wine.
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A Virginia man pleaded guilty Thursday to selling stolen military smoke grenades, gas masks, and 200 rounds of ammunition while he was an active duty Navy SEAL, according to The Norfolk... Virginian-Pilot.
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Crash the Gate: What the ClassIt's 2014, and yet moldy old formulas for career success are lingering well past their expiration dates. But as I'm planning to elaborate on in a commencement speech I'll be giving later this year, I... finally see an end to that antiquated career path (find a big company, get your foot in the door, play by the rules, work long and hard, climb patiently up the ladders, and be sure and make nice with all the gatekeepers). That path is crumbling, so why waste time and energy following it? Busting economies and booming tech innovations are breaking up the old systems and opening the way for new ones. What's the point of loading up on debt and sweating your way through the well-worn rut of college when more dynamic and creative approaches can produce better outcomes faster? Fellowships,...
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A former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager was convicted Thursday of helping the company owned by billionaire Steven A. Cohen earn more than a quarter-billion dollars illegally through trades... based…
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2G spectrum auction gets bidsEight telecom companies participating in the auction bid for around 70% of the spectrum available in the 1,800 MHz band, said DoT
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Making Sense of ClimateCo-authored by Mike Bellamente, the director of Climate Counts, a consumer outreach organization that rates corporations on how well they measure, reduce and report their greenhouse gas (GHG)... emissions. As individuals and families, we buy insurance for a lot of fairly unlikely things, like casualty insurance to cover the loss of a home in a severe storm, or automobile insurance to cover damage from car accidents. The odds that these things will actually happen vary depending on where you live or how you drive, but few actually expect these things to happen to them. After the release of the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2013, we now know that our own actions have caused the climate to warm, and that its effects are virtually certain to...
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Why Music Plays A Big RoleI know, far it be for me to write an article which brings together music and branding. I kid of course for by now you surely know of my love affair with the concept of marrying and meshing the worlds... of advertising, marketing and branding with that of pop culture - in this case, music specifically.
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NSEL case: EOW finds `100 cr hawala deals

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 21:18
NSEL case: EOW findsThe economic offences wing has informed the enforcement directorate about the money flow to Dubai
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Ooof

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 21:17
Private all-girls school in Northern California serves watermelon and fried chicken to commemorate Black History month.
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Novo Hiring New Reps, Now TheyNovo's decision to continue to add reps while the competition is moving in the exact opposite direction would make sense if they actually had something new to sell.
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How Mobile Is AcceleratingMuch ink has been spilt on the recent renaissance of hardware. The Pebble Smartwatch raised over $10m dollars in 30 days, more than 10 times its fundraising goal, Ouya launched a $99 game console, and... Nest recently sold to Google for over $3.2bn. At Hipmob we work with a few
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Retail sales expected to improve in 2014

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 21:12
The nation's largest retail trade group says it expects retail sales will be increase 4.1 percent in 2014 amid a still slowly recovering economy.
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Get To Work, Dammit!

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 21:11
Colbert: "People should be chained by the need for health insurance to jobs they hate.That's what built this country!"
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This is the latest in a series exploring HIPAA and its impact on medical practice and compliance, patients’ rights, business and related topics. If you have a question about HIPAA and your... business, please let us know.
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Google unveils box for business videoconferences

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 21:11
Google is introducing a videoconferencing tool designed to make it easier and less expensive to hold face-to-face business meetings even if the participants are scattered in different locations.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say they suspect Russia is behind a leak of an apparently bugged phone conversation between two senior American diplomats in which they make disparaging comments... about the European Union.
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(Kitco News) - Gold prices ended the U.S. day session not far from unchanged in quieter trading Thursday, ahead of Friday’s all-important U.S. employment report from the Labor Department. April... gold was last steady at $1,256.90 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $0.30 at $1,257.75. March Comex silver last traded up $0.12 at $19.925 an ounce.
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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Athletic Association has launched an app that allows runners around the world to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon experience.     
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When it comes to head lice, there's an inescapable ick factor.
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Subway restaurants to removeThe Subway sandwich restaurant chain said Thursday that it would remove an ingredient used in the production of foamed plastics such as yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes from its bread.     
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Advertisers' Gay-Rights Choices

The New Yorker - 6 Feb 2014 20:51
Advertisers' Gay-RightsWith a blog post on Tuesday, A.T. & T. became the first major advertiser connected to the Olympic Games to take a strong stand against a Russian law passed last June that makes it illegal to... “propagandize” on matters related to “nontraditional sexual relations”—by discussing gay rights, for example—in venues where minors might be present. While A.T. & T. is not one of the main corporate sponsors for the Sochi Games, which begin Friday, it is a sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee. “We support L.G.B.T. equality globally and we condemn violence, discrimination and harassment targeted against L.G.B.T. individuals everywhere,” the blog post said. “Russia’s law is harmful to L.G.B.T. individuals and families, and it’s harmful to a diverse society.” That statement...
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Since the retail market in Canada is highly developed and competitive, it makes sense for Wal-Mart to leverage the strongest aspect of its business. The retailer offers its groceries at the lowest... prices in the market, and this non-discretionary product category is somewhat resilient to the weak economic environment.
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Who Really Owns Your Craft Beer?

Time - 6 Feb 2014 20:49
Who Really Owns Your CraftBased on their labels, and even by the long histories detailed on their websites, you’d never know some seemingly independent, seemingly craft beers are owned by gigantic corporations. Thanks to... rounds of industry buyouts, combined with marketing that’s been declared by beer enthusiasts as misleading--or “crafty”--it’s sometimes difficult to tell which beer brands are truly the indie craft operations they present themselves to be. Here are a few examples: Blue Point. The company’s story began in Long Island more than ten years ago, when a pair of home-brewing enthusiasts decided to open a microbrewery--reportedly Long Island’s first. The timing coincided with the rapid expansion of craft brewing around the country, and eventually the Blue Point Brewing Company worked its way...
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Brands find fast fashion isFashion brands are discovering that the Indian customers are not particularly fashion conscious
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The company saw overall revenue growth of 8.5% and earnings growth of 32%, primarily driven by the success of movies Frozen and Thor: The Dark World.Higher attendance and per capita guest spend at... theme parks and encouraging sales of Infinity further boosted Disney's revenue and operating income
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Gov. Deval Patrick apologized Thursday to frustrated Massachusetts residents who have struggled to sign up for health coverage because of a problem-plagued state website and outlined a series of steps... aimed at correcting the glitches.
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Emerging Markets: Boom, Bust,Emerging market stocks had a difficult year in 2013. They're having a rougher year in 2014. The usual suspects are being blamed: rising interest rates, fears of a global economic slowdown, bubbling... real estate prices in parts of the world coupled with a looming bank crisis, political turmoil in some countries, and the list goes on. In the words of the late Yogi Berra, "It's déjà vu all over again."
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UBS Ends 2013 On A Positive Note

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 20:45
UBS Ends 2013 On A PositiveWhile the bank's decision to hike dividends by 67% and its exceptionally strong balance sheet stand out in support of the boost in UBS's share value, a closer look at the results show that the bank... hasn't really seen much of an improvement on the operating front when compared to the previous quarter.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate was preparing Thursday to confirm longtime Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China, handing the job to a lawmaker who is familiar with U.S. trade policy but has little... expertise about military and other issues that have caused tensions in recent years with Beijing.     
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CONCORD, Calif. (AP) -- Officials at a Northern California private school are apologizing after a controversial lunch menu option to celebrate Black History Month.
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Given this positive macro outlook, Delta with its ongoing revenue and cost initiatives will likely continue to post growth in its results in 2014. In our opinion, the carrier's passenger traffic will... rise this year, from the last year, driven by capacity expansion. The implementation of its Virgin Atlantic joint venture during the year will provide additional upside to its top line.
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Twitter's User Growth IsTwitter’s stock took a tumble Thursday after news the company’s user growth slowed last quarter, adding only 9 million new people in the last quarter of 2013. That’s the company’s slowest... growth period since 2010, while its biggest competitor, Facebook, already has five times Twitter’s user numbers and is continuing to grow consistently year-over-year. Why the drop-off in users? Twitter’s well-documented high barrier to entry is certainly a big reason for that. It’s just too difficult for some newbies to learn how to use the platform, pick accounts to follow and get the hang of the customs and inside jokes with which hardcore users are familiar. On Wednesday’s earnings call, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo acknowledged its difficulty problem and said the company’s working on...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic... priorities.     
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has approved a wide-ranging bill that speeds logging of trees burned in last year's massive Rim Fire in California. The measure also allows vehicular access to North... Carolina's Cape Hatteras National Seashore, extends livestock grazing permits on federal land in the West and lifts longstanding restrictions on canoes, rafts and other "hand-propelled" watercraft in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.     
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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) started out his campaign for Senate arguing that incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is actually a liberal. Now a Cornyn's campaign spokesman is using National Journal... rankings to peg his primary opponent as the "3rd least conservative" House member in Texas. Cornyn spokesman Drew Brandewie tweeted out facts about National Journal's 2013 House rankings as they apply to Stockman.
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Inner Sanctum on Outer Cape Cod

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 20:32
A rare opportunity to buy within a protected area led to this contemporary beach home with views of the ocean.
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Two Triangle biotech companies on verge of IPOs

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 20:32
It's crunch time for two Triangle biotechnology companies - Argos Therapeutics and NephroGenex - that are banking on raising tens of millions of dollars with initial public offerings of stock.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.     
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Governors Pitch EarlyThis piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline, where it was originally published. Training students in the skills that industry needs and expanding early childhood education could be the big winners in... education funding this year, if governors get their way. After years of state cuts to education, governors of both parties are presenting lawmakers with long wish lists for schools. "2014-15 looks like it's going to be a good year for education," said Mike Griffith, school finance consultant for the Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based education policy nonprofit organization. "Increases in sales and income tax revenue have really helped to boost state budgets." The question that remains, Griffith said, is where to spend new dollars -- on new programs, or to make up for past...
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy unveiled a revised budget Thursday that proposes a gas and sales tax refund to taxpayers, provides more funding for homeless veterans and puts Connecticut... on the path to providing universal pre-kindergarten; a legislative package that observers said positions the one-term Democrat for a re-election bid in November.     
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New York Times 4Q net income tumbles

Boston - 6 Feb 2014 20:24
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Times Co. said Thursday its fourth-quarter net income tumbled 63 percent, hurt by comparisons with the same period a year earlier that saw a hefty one-time gain and an... extra week of revenue. The company's earnings still beat Wall Street predictions.     
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Tourists Give Theme Parks GoodThere may come a day when theme park companies see a backlash among vacationers, who refuse to pay ever-high admissions prices. But that day hasn’t come yet. Late last spring, in what’s become an... annual event timed to coincide roughly with the end of the school year, the nation’s big theme parks hiked admissions prices. Universal Studios acted first, raising the price of a one-day adult ticket to $92 (“just” $86 for kids), and Disney soon followed, increasing a single day’s park admission from $89 up as high as $95 for adults. Those prices don’t include taxes; once they’re tacked on, entrance to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom costs over $100 per adult, without factoring in parking, food, lodging, or any other costs. The price hikes have come to be expected, but that...
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- Lee Enterprises says its fiscal first-quarter net income fell 18 percent as revenue slipped.     
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Tea Party Group Pretends ToThe political nonprofit group Tea Party Patriots told The Hill on Monday that it was launching a super PAC to target Republican incumbents. Problem is, the group actually launched the PAC, the Tea... Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a year ago. Jenny Beth Martin, head of both groups, told The Hill that the super PAC would focus on the 2014 Senate races in South Carolina, Kentucky and Mississippi. After the super PAC's 1.0 launch, it raised $6.4 million in 2013 and spent more than $5.3 million. The vast majority of that spending did not go toward supporting candidates or organizing the grassroots, but instead went into raising more money through direct mail, telemarketing and list rentals. Overall, the group spent $3.4 million on these fundraising activities and nothing on independent...
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Three Companies Get it Right

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 20:18
Three Companies Get it RightIn this Age of Empowerment, a time when connective technologies such as Facebook, Twitter and Change.org enable consumers to hold companies increasingly accountable for their actions, companies need... to take bold steps to demonstrate their commitment to their communities. In recent days, three companies have done just that, taking big risks to be on the right side of topical issues. Coca-Cola's much heralded (and much attacked) "It's Beautiful" SuperBowl ad made a courageous statement about our nation's rich history as a melting pot. With a soundtrack of "America the Beautiful" sung in a variety of languages, the ad presented a series of short vignettes of a highly diverse group of Americans. The edgiest one, perhaps, showed two fathers holding hands as they skated with a young girl, and...
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CVS Makes the Right Call on Tobacco

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 20:15
My father's drug store was the only pharmacy in our small North Carolina town when I was growing up. I worked there during the summers and after school from junior high throughout my college years.... The store was typical of independent pharmacies of the era -- soda fountain, toiletries, gifts, magazines and the like -- before huge chains shut most of them down. That's not bitterness, just the facts. A paradox I recall from my youth was the juxtaposition of a cigarette machine at the front of the store and medicine to treat smoking-related diseases housed at the rear. The pull-lever machine just inside the store's entrance sold smokes for 35 cents a pack when I was a kid. The store also sold lighters and cigars. It didn't make sense to me then and it doesn't make sense to me now to sell...
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Russia's Economic Malaise Casts Specter Over Games

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 20:13
Russia's Economic MalaiseWhat was supposed to be a crowning moment for Russia and President Vladimir V. Putin is coinciding with a significant slowdown in Russia's economy.     
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Has India's consumption story gone bust?

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 20:11
Has India's consumption storyA slump in growth and rampant retail inflation are forcing middle-class India to cut back on spending, switch to cheaper variants consumer products
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Credibility, consistentDeutsche Bank head of Asia rates and currency research on the challenges ahead for emerging markets and what lies in store for the Indian rupee in 2014
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The Hidden Beauty of Recruiting

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 20:10
The Hidden Beauty ofTraditional recruiting loses something special: feedback. With few exceptions, external recruiters are an un-revered bunch. Among talented engineers they're known for cold emails and little patience.... Among hirers they're known for high fees and fly-by-night service. But these middlemen of hiring are also in a unique position to dramatically improve candidates' competitiveness. The problem is that neither external recruiters nor internal hiring managers are incentivized to do so. If you talk to hiring managers you'll hear that they wish there was a way to provide feedback to rejected job applicants. And when you talk with job applicants they would love to have coaching on how to improve their chances. Unfortunately, there is no moment in a traditional hiring process to provide this...
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Europe's carbon-permit trading system remains a global model. But prices are too low to create incentives for adopting cleaner energy sources.     
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This Search Data SuggestsA new analysis of Chinese media suggests the country is becoming more hostile to democratic ideas,  despite hopes that recently announced reforms indicated a path towards greater openness and... progress. Over the last year, Chinese media — consisting of state-run outlets and independent outlets monitored by the government — have increased attacks on democratic concepts, according to an analysis by Qian Gang at the China Media Project. Meanwhile these outlets have started using more party propaganda language, that analysis found. The trend indicates an intensifying anti-reformist political climate and suggests there may be increased censorship and editorial intervention by the Communist Party. To perform the analysis, Gang used the Chinese search engine Baidu to graph the presence of key...
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ATLANTA (AP) -- A little more than a week after snow trapped commuters in cars and children on school buses in metro Atlanta, state officials say they overreacted to information from federal... forecasters and posted incorrect information on giant message boards over freeways, warning drivers of a new storm watch.     
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The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labour market outlook and the broader economy.     
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A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 20:04
Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way. For... years, they've relied on the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to negotiate their contracts. But a radical anti-union movement has gone to the Supreme Court to challenge care providers' right to organize -- putting hard-won labor gains in serious danger. The case now before the court, Harris v. Quinn, started with a class-action lawsuit filed in 2010 by several care providers in a state Medicaid-financed program for people with disabilities. The plaintiffs argue that their automatic incorporation into a public sector union -- with the requirement to pay dues -- violates their free...
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Is Green Mountain's Coke DealThe home carbonation market is getting more competitive, but two players aren't too many.
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Georgia Man Stuck In ArrestHuman Rights Watch has a disturbing report on America's little-known offender-funded probation industry. That report claims a destitute Georgia man was hounded relentlessly by a for-profit company... after his arrest for stealing a $2 can of beer. Thomas Barrett pleaded guilty to his April 2012 beer theft in an Augusta, Ga. court, and he was given 12 months probation and ordered to pay a $200 fine. Barrett was also ordered to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, a service provided by Sentinel Offender Services LLC. That Augusta court, like more than 1,000 other courts throughout the United States, uses an offender-funded model of privatized probation. This privatized model provides little government oversight over probation and can burden low-level offenders — many of whom don't have a lot...
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Limit the Time You Spend on Email

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 20:00
The volume of messages you receive is ever-expanding. Your time is not.
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A Moral Dilemma for Academia: Dignity for Adjuncts

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 20:00
A Moral Dilemma for Academia:In choosing the academic life, most teachers expect to be part of a community committed to freedom, fairness, and justice. It's the rare academic who does not take pride in belonging to an honorable... profession. I was a young college president during the turmoil of the '60s and early '70. Within a few years, students, faculty, and administrators at virtually all our institutions of higher learning were serving on committees charged with aligning institutional policy with emergent values of racial diversity and gender equality. By century's end, most colleges and universities had taken steps to disallow discrimination based on race, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Once again, we find ourselves in a moral predicament. In educational institutions of every kind, adjunct faculty...
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Klout, The Startup That TellsKlout, a startup that measures social influence, has spent the past year trying to turn its initial buzz into a lasting business. Now, after four months of testing, it thinks it has found a solution.... Today Klout is launching a platform that lets users dictate their level of influence for the first time. When Klout launched, it stirred up controversy because it told people how influential they were or weren't based on a score of 1 to 100. It also told them which topics they were most influential on. Klout didn't offer a lot of insight into how scores were calculated. "The question I get asked most frequently is, 'How do I increase my Klout score?'" founder and CEO Joe Fernandez tells Business Insider. The new platform helps answer that question, and it looks a lot like a social news reader....
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Fox News Has Signed PoliticalFox News has signed Democratic strategist James Carville to be a contributor, the network announced Thursday. The network said that Carville will appear on "various programming offering political... commentary on the news of the day." "James’ successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to Fox News," Bill Shine, Fox News' executive vice president of programming, said in a statement. "We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network." Carville's contract at CNN was not renewed last year after a long stint with the network. Carville was a co-host of the first incarnation of "Crossfire," from 2002 until its cancellation in 2005. Carville is perhaps best known for his role on the 1992 campaign of...
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How To Hide People On FacebookMost of us have Facebook friends who feel the need to constantly post pointless statuses about their day.  You could simply block these people, but they might be a friend or family member you don't... want to offend. Fortunately, Facebook has a way for you to hide people without unfriending them. Here's how. Go to your Facebook. Find an update you don't want to see on your News Feed. Scroll the cursor over to the right to see this drop-down menu. Click "I don't want to see this" to make sure the status doesn't keep appearing on your News Feed and then click "Unfollow" so that person won't pop up on your feed ever again. Now, go the chat section of Facebook. At the bottom of the screen, click the options icon and go to advanced settings. This menu should appear. Go to "Turn Off Chat For Only...
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House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday it will be difficult to pass immigration legislation this year, dimming prospects for one of President Barack Obama's top domestic priorities.
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Boehner: 'We're not going to default' on debt

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 19:57
House Speaker John Boehner promises that the GOP-controlled House won't miss a late-February deadline to increase the government's borrowing cap.
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New app spreads spirit of 2014 Boston Marathon

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 19:57
The Boston Athletic Association has launched an app that allows runners around the world to be a part of the 2014 Boston Marathon experience.
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25 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs

Nibletz - 6 Feb 2014 19:55
Here are Nibletz, where it’s our job to know what’s going on, we spend a lot of time reading. A lot. We hit all the normal spots, just like you do. Fred Wilson, Brad Feld, and the Andreesen... Horowitz crew are all in our feed readers. But, we’ve also found some fantastic VC and founder […]
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Turn Your Phone Into A Sushi Phone

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 19:54
Turn Your Phone Into A SushiAt the InContext Conference in San Francisco yesterday, Mozilla and EverythingMe announced an Android phone launcher that could, among everything, turn your phone into a sushi phone. Now that doesn't... mean you can eat your phone. But let's say you're in a new city. And let's say you want to find where the closest sushi restaurant is. With the Firefox Launcher, the answers could be at the tip of your fingers, before you even decide to ask. "We’re working together to deliver the best mobile Web experience to people everywhere — regardless of location, platform or device," Mozilla said in a blog post. "We are happy to expand our work together with this new product to give people more smart, easy and innovative ways to personalize their Web experience and meet their needs in any context."...
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Will You Join the 90%?

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 19:49
Will You Join the 90%?"There was a trigger that I ignored and I'm not really sure what that trigger was. I guess maybe boredom," shared a focus group participant. She'd been a senior marketing guru in a company for 11... years. She was one of a dozen women who I pulled together one evening to talk about women's transitions. Ever had one? She told us that she had run a complex multi-year project. You couldn't miss her excitement and enthusiasm as she talked about it. When the project ended ,she went back to doing what she had always done. In hindsight, this was her mistake. She ignored her instincts about moving on at that point. Complacency overtook her desire to reach, to meet new people and to explore new opportunities. The missed signals weren't from her boss or employer. They were her own. Her own voice. She...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fears of an economic slowdown are heightening anticipation of what Friday's U.S. jobs report for January might reveal.     
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BERLIN (AP) -- The treasurer for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says he is resigning his position amid questions over money he kept abroad.     
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North Korea Built A Fleet OfThe North Korean war machine has become slightly more intimidating. A report released Tuesday claims that North Korea has modified Chinese trucks into mobile intercontinental ballistic missile... platforms. Jeffrey Lewis, Melissa Hanham and Amber Lee at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies claimed in an article on the website 38 North: North Korea paraded what appeared to be six road-mobile missiles, quickly identified in the media as KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), through Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Attention immediately focused on these unusual vehicles, after Chinese bloggers identified them as Chinese-manufactured transporter-erector-launchers (TELs) used by Beijing’s strategic missile forces. China claims that it was unaware that its trucks would...
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GetFeedback: Helping BrandsWhile consumer mobile apps get tons of buzz, there is also a mobile-first megatrend in the enterprise space. And one company that is leading the charge is GetFeedback. It certainly helps that the... founders are former executives at Salesforce.com.
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... and, perhaps, about the rest of social media, too: "Mobile company" is not an oxymoron.     
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The 1 Thing Everybody Got Wrong About Twitter

The Atlantic - 6 Feb 2014 19:45
... and, perhaps, about the rest of social media, too: "Mobile company" is not an oxymoron.     
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The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul....     
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Why Apple Just Removed AApple has removed another Bitcoin application from the App Store.  Blockchain, a Bitcoin wallet, says that Apple evicted it "due to an unresolved issue." The founder of Blockchain told Wired, "I... think that Apple is positioning itself to take on mobile payments in a way they haven’t described to the public and they’re being anti-competitive." This doesn't make much sense, really. If Apple was anti-mobile payments it would ban PayPal, Square, and all the apps of banking companies.  So, what is the real reason Apple is banning Bitcoin wallets? It's because Bitcoin remains a murky proposition from a legal perspective.  In December Apple removed apps that were using Bitcoin for transactions. At the time, Bitcoin startup Gliph wrote a long post about Apple and Bitcoin. In that post, it...
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand in his federal corruption trial.     
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Encouraging news about the job market and strong earnings from Disney helped drive U.S. stocks sharply higher in afternoon trading Thursday. The market was rebounding a day after posting small losses....     
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Why South Korea Will Be TheAmerican business has long led the way in high tech density or the proportion of businesses that engage in activities such as Internet software and services, hardware and semiconductors. The US is... fertile ground for tech start-ups with access to capital and a culture that celebrates risk taking. Other countries have made their mark on the world stage, competing to be prominent tech and innovation hubs. Israel has been lauded as a start-up nation with several hundred companies getting funded by venture capital each year. A number of these companies are now being acquired by the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google. Finland and Sweden have attracted notice by bringing us Angry Birds and Spotify among others. But a new start-up powerhouse is on the horizon – South Korea.
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Zappos' Tony Hsieh Has CreatedLas Vegas is a lot of fun. But every part of the Vegas Strip is designed to confuse tourists into parting with their cash. The casinos have no windows or clocks, they're designed like mazes so you... can't find the exits, and it's difficult to get from one venue to the next without taking a taxi. Even crossing the street sometimes requires a half-mile walk to and from a pedestrian bridge. Go straight to the photo gallery > In short, The Strip can make you feel stupid for being there, like you're a sheep getting shorn by the casino resorts. Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh has created an inspiring shopping and dining experience in Downtown Las Vegas — six miles form The Strip that most tourists stay on — and it's the complete opposite of The Strip. It's small-scale, walkable, neighborhood-y and...
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Free Checking Goes Way of Free Lunch

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 19:32
More lenders are introducing fees on checking accounts, just as consumers and business are pouring record amounts into the most basic of banking services.
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12 Incredible Photos Of TheDozens of tribes around the world have managed to survive outside of the modern world, though their existence is perpetually at risk. British photographer Jimmy Nelson tried to record them as they... exist today, traveling to thirty one tribes from 2009 to 2012. “My dream had always been to preserve our world’s tribes through my photography,” Nelson told Business Insider. "Their lifestyle is one of much more purity and beauty than ‘ours.’ It is free of corruption and greed. I want the tribes to be proud of their authenticity and defend it in order to preserve it.” Nelson shared photos of some tribes, from the Tsaatan people of northern Mongolia to the Maasai people of Kenya. For the rest, check out his Web site and his book, "Before They Pass Away." When Nelson first made contact...
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Admin said to be eyeing insurance extension

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 19:32
The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul.
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Supply Chain Key to Success inIt’s no secret that China’s domestic consumption is rising rapidly. Chinese consumers are buying more of everything (from apparel and white goods to luxury items and home ware) and as they buy... more, from more channels, including online, at single brand stores and from large specialty chains, domestic and foreign owned companies have to re-asses their supply chain infrastructure in China for both selling and making goods
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Groundwater levels declined significantly across Nebraska after the 2012 drought when farmers and cities pumped more water and less rain fell.
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CVS has finally realized that an aging generation is taking more drugs and smoking fewer cigarettes so the big money is with Big Pharma, not Big Tobacco, writes Al Lewis.
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Obamacare's narrow networks might be about to get a little bit wider. In a letter to health plans, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed new rules that would more aggressively... regulate the number and type of health care providers that insurance plans include in their networks.
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Tough Start To The New YearI believe that 2014 will mark the third time in the last six years that the January Barometer effect will be proven wrong.
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Corinthian Colleges disclosesFederal regulators are investigating for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges Inc. for falsifying job-placement rates, adding to at least a dozen other state and federal investigations into the... company's business practices, Corinthian disclosed in an earnings statement Wednesday.     
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The elegant 500-year-old British sport of cricket is one of the most popular athletic endeavors in the world - that is, outside of the United States. With hundreds of millions of fanatical followers... in the former British Commonwealth nations spanning the globe, the gentleman's game has yet to capture the imagination of Americans.
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Stray Dog In Sochi Wanders OnThere have been reports out of Sochi that the Russian government hired a company to kill all of the stray dogs ahead of the Olympics. While journalists have seen dead dogs laying in the streets, some... of the strays are still around, and one wandered on to the cross country skiing course and started barking at the athletes (video via Sport Express): Join the conversation about this story »     
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Why You Should Think AboutInvestors, particularly those focused on tech, tend to have a lot of misconceptions about consumer products in general. They assume profit margins are low, pay back is slow and growth is stagnant.... Those assumptions could not be more flawed, especially with respect to the personal care industry, which is overflowing with great investment opportunities at the moment. Why personal care and why now? A few factors have converged to make it easier than ever for companies—even small or new companies—to establish themselves in the space and build a loyal following.  The five key factors currently making personal care an attractive investment space are outlined below:
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George Lucas Recounts HowWith the anticipated release of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” StarWars.com released part of a classic interview with George Lucas.  In it, Lucas recounts how his “space opera” was a tough sell... with United Artists and Universal turning him down. When 20th Century Fox finally said yes, it wasn’t because the studio believed “Star Wars” could be a hit, but rather because the company loved Lucas’ previous film “American Graffiti.”  Lucas remembers a 20th Century Fox head telling him, "I don't understand this, but I loved ‘American Graffiti,’ and what ever you do is okay with me.”   Lucas continued that if it wasn’t for Fox, he doesn’t think the pop culture phenomena would have been made.   “It was crazy — spaceships, and wookies, and robots. It was just...
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HTML5 Is The Number ThreeNative apps are those built expressly for a single mobile operating system, and made available through proprietary app stores. They dominate mobile usage, account for the lion's share of developer... revenue, and perhaps not surprisingly, spark the most interest among those same developers. In contrast, HTML5, the newest cross-platform version of the Web's publishing language, allows developers to create mobile Web apps that exist online and can be accessed and used from any kind of phone or tablet. And, despite getting scant attention, HTML5 has become the third-most widely used mobile development platform, after iOS and Android. In a recent report from BI Intelligence, we explain why in the long run we believe mobile Web apps will carve out an influential role in mobile, and...
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Speaker: Immigration overhaul tough to pass

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 19:15
Speaker John Boehner on Thursday all but ruled out passage of immigration legislation before this fall's elections, saying it would be difficult for the Republican-led House to act on the…
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These Are The 10 Coolest NewOver the past few months, the enterprise tech market has seen its share of successful IPOs and billion-dollar valuations. People have suddenly decided that enterprise software is "sexy." The Harvard... Business Review boldly proclaimed "data scientist" to be the sexiest job of the 21st century. Although Box CEO Aaron Levie and others have been calling enterprise tech sexy for years, it’s great to see these founders and startups get some much-deserved recognition. That's because, as New York enterprise startup founder Ben Sesser notes, "It's damn hard to build an enterprise startup." In New York City alone this past year, we’ve seen the government launch a B2B accelerator, the New York Enterprise Tech Meetup doubling to over 2,500 members, and MongoDB raising an enormous $150 million...
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The NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas is going to the ducks this spring.
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BC-Noon Oil

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 19:07
The spot month contract for light sweet crude was $98.16 per barrel at 12 p.m. Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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A Priceless Photo Of PopePope Francis was presented with a life-size chocolate statue of himself on Wednesday from 20 amateur chocolatiers, according to The Daily Mail. Here is a photo of Pope Francis marveling at the statue,... via The Associated Press: Here's a better look at the statue itself. It was made of 1.5 tons of cocoa from Atitlan, in Guatemala: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Large food companies are trying to head off state efforts to enact mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide.
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US stocks move sharply higher; Disney jumps

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 19:02
US stocks move sharply higher;Stocks are sharply higher on Wall Street as investors reacted to encouraging news on unemployment gains and a strong earnings report from Disney.
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We're Mesmerized By ThisThe world is totally different in slow motion. Huffington Post's Sara Boboltz compiled a collection of gifs of animals doing stuff in slow motion. One we found particularly horrifying was of this... crocodile breaching the water to grab a piece of raw meat. It comes from this YouTube video. The action really gets crazy at the 0:20 mark: Join the conversation about this story »     
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Though lackluster movie releases contribute to a nearly 50 percent drop in profit, improvements in other divisions of the company bolster revenue.     
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How Intuit Innovates by Challenging Itself

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 19:00
The key is a question-centric culture.
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We're covering the stock market live on Thursday.
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AOL And Google Just Put $17The in-app mobile video advertising startup Vungle announced Thursday that it received $17 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Thomvest Ventures, with participation from existing... investors Crosslink Capital, Google Ventures, AOL Ventures, SoftTech VC, and Webb Investment Network. If you're not familiar with Vungle, the company gives app developers tools for creating mobile video ads to run in other people's apps, and helps the developers make money by creating inventory for Vungle video ads to run inside their own apps. According to the company's website, 100 million people see a Vungle ad each month. What's particularly interesting about Vungle is that it's currently in the process of building an in-app mobile video advertising exchange, which will allow demand-side buyers...
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Records obtained by TPM show George Washington Bridge traffic was a major factor in recent years as local officials and developers discussed a billion-dollar real estate project in Fort Lee, N.J. In... recent weeks, some have wondered whether the project was somehow linked to lane closures on the bridge in September, which snarled traffic for days in Fort Lee and have sparked multiple investigations into the administration of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kellogg's cereals keep getting pushed aside at the breakfast table.     
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For everyone from politicians to pundits to late-night comics, this week's Congressional Budget Office report on the long-term impact of the Affordable Care Act on the American workforce proved even... better than a Caribbean vacation at enlivening the mid-winter doldrums. Fueled by new ammunition and fulminating with righteous indignation, the usual suspects had a field day in reacting to the latest estimate that health insurance subsidies will lead to declining labor force participation. With Republicans gloating that Obamacare will cost millions of jobs and Democrats protesting that the reduction in work hours will be voluntary, righteous indignation abounds on all sides. "People should be chained by the need for health insurance to jobs they hate -- that's what built this country!"...
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New Analysis Shows ProblematicThe number of non-academic administrative and professional employees at U.S. colleges and universities has more than doubled in the last 25 years, vastly outpacing the growth in the number of students... or faculty, according to an analysis of federal figures. The disproportionate increase in the number of university staffers who neither teach nor conduct research has continued unabated in more recent years, and slowed only slightly since the start of the economic downturn, during which time colleges and universities have contended that a dearth of resources forced them to sharply raise tuition. In all, from 1987 until 2011-12--the most recent academic year for which comparable figures are available--universities and colleges collectively added 517,636 administrators and professional...
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The most important number in Friday's jobs report

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:57
You won't have to dig too deep into January's jobs report to ferret out the most important number when the data is released Friday. In fact, I basically just told you what it is. This month, it's all... about how many jobs were created. Seems sort of obvious, except for the fact that the government's numbers on hiring and unemployment have been acting in odd ways lately. December was particularly weird. The economy created only 74,000 jobs that month -- less than half the average pace of job growth during the rest of the year. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate dropped from 7 percent to 6.7 percent -- but much of that was due to people leaving the labor force rather than finding work.
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Finding Truth in Business and Beyond

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:57
Finding Truth in Business andThose of us who advocate for greater sustainability in business rail against the fact that financial markets don't take into account externalities -- impacts to people and planet. The metrics and... values by which we construct business success comprise what we believe to be a false narrative of the world, which means serious risks to the world's most vulnerable communities. On the other hand, market fundamentalists believe that free markets are the ultimate solution. Where is the truth? Is there anything we can learn from how other disciplines find truth? Last week, I attended a panel entitled "Truth Be Told: Separating Fact from Fiction" at Baruch College that provided some food for thought. Noble Laureate and director of the National Cancer Institute Harold Varmus talked about the...
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North Carolina business recruiters assembled the largest package of tax breaks and other sweeteners in state history in a failed bid to land as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs.
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Facebook Promises 'Look Back'Soon you may be able to edit the generally lame and embarrassing "Look Back" videos that Facebook rolled out for its 10th anniversary. Hopefully, this will make them all less awful. On the support... page for "A Look Back," there is an explanation of how to edit your movie and a mention of an "Edit Your Movie" button that doesn't exist yet. "How can I edit my movie?" asks the support page. "Click Edit Your Movie below the video player. Use the checkmarks on your photos and other stories to adjust whether they appear in your movie." Facebook told TechCrunch that the edit feature is coming "soon." Right now, Facebook's algorithm just chooses from your top posts over the years and turns them into a 62-second slideshow over music. If you're unhappy with the photos and status updates that Facebook...
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2013 was a year of big success-and hard lessons--for Dwolla founder Ben Milne.
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WeatherTech CEO MacNeil LivesMany companies now are hopping on the "made-in-America" bandwagon. But David MacNeil is driving the thing. He has been nothing short of messianic about manufacturing his company's WeatherTech... high-quality automotive floor liners in the good ol' U.S. of A. and telling other companies they should adopt his philosophy.
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The New Corvette Stingray Is,Last month, I finally booked myself a weekend behind the wheel of the the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, fully loaded with Z51 performance package and painted a dazzling bright yellow. With a base price... of $53,800 (including the Z51) and loaded up with just about every feature available, my ride came with a $71,960 sticker. I had planned several non-driving activities for that weekend, which I regretted as soon as I climbed into the Stingray (this requires the same muscles you use to get into a crawl space). Simply put, I've never had more fun in a car. The Stingray is hugely powerful. Frills are limited, everything is designed to keep you focused on the road. And people absolutely love it. Even in January, I kept the window down, because so many people caught me at red lights and wanted to...
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Investors dump Twitter stockThe stock, which debuted at $26 in November, hit a low of $50 in early trading
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Food industry seeks voluntary GMO labeling

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 18:50
People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry…
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2 Charts Show There's StillOne of the big advertising trends leading up to this year's Super Bowl was the increase in the number of brands releasing their Super Bowl ads online prior to the big game. The strategy works because... it allows brands to get their messages to the public before consumers are bombarded with a ton of pitches Super Bowl Sunday, and it extends the time period during which people will talk about their ad campaigns. New research from the online marketing company Kontera, however, suggests that there is also some value left in waiting for the game to share your message with everyone at the same time. The company tracked online consumption, which it defines as the frequency people see a given brand online, before and after the Super Bowl, and found that late releasers Chrysler and Coca-Cola enjoyed...
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Russian Deputy PM: We're Surveilling Sochi's Showers

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 18:48
Russian Deputy PM: We'reIt was only a matter of time before a Russian official said something about western journos and their portrayal of Sochi hotel rooms — but no one could guess that it would be such a foot-in-mouth... moment. Responding to the western campaign of "deliberate sabotage" in the media, Paul Sonne of WSJ reports, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said, "We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day." Then an aide whisked Kozak away before he could answer any follow-up questions, Sonne reports. Business Insider contributor and former NSA operative John Schindler has some counter-surveillance advice for Sochi's shower users: How is FSB watching you in your hotel bathroom? Shut door &...
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Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach.
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This Round's On Terry Mac

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 18:46
If top shelf liquor is what it takes to expand Medicaid in Virginia, then everyone wins, right?
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Figure Skating Legend ThrowsRussia's Evgeni Plushenko made a triumphant return to the world figure skating stage on Thursday, delivering a fantastic routine in the men's portion of the team competition. Plushenko is... 31-years-old. Since winning the 2012 European championships, he has been sidelined with multiple back injuries. According to the New York Times, he has only competed at a small event in Latvia and the Russian national championships in the last two years, where he finished second to an 18-year-old. Plushenko was given Russia's lone Olympic spot anyway, largely because of his legendary status. Amid the doubters, he dropped a score of 91.39 to give Russia an early lead in the team event (they're currently in second-place behind Japan). He even beat out Canada's Patrick Chan, the best skater in the world. The...
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Shares of Canadian Solar Inc. rise Thursday on news the solar-panel manufacturer has agreed to sell an Ontario power plant to a BlackRock Inc. fund, a fourth solar project bought by the money-managing... company.
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Courts Affirm Bloggers' First Amendment Protections

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:34
Courts Affirm Bloggers' FirstBloggers possess significant First Amendment protections against "prior restraint" through injunctions. A Florida Court of Appeals reversed an injunction against "... defamatory blogs in the future"... in a lawsuit involving a blogging former tenant and a commercial landlord (Chevaldina v. R.K./FL Management, Inc.). The landlord obtained the name of the anonymous blogger in court ordered discovery from an Internet service provider. The landlord then sued the blogger alleging defamation per se, libel, tortious interference with contractual relationships, tortious interference with advantageous business relationships, invasion of privacy, trespass, civil conspiracy, and additionally sought an injunction. A second lawsuit alleged copyright infringement from the blogger's use of a published...
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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), who announced in January his decision to retire at the end of the current session of Congress, plans to devote some of his time out of public office pushing for a... constitutional convention so states can ratify an amendment that would limit the scope of the federal government. "I'm going to be involved with the Convention of States. I'm going to try to motivate so that that happens. I think that's the only answer," he told the Huffington Post. "I'm just going to go around and talk about why it's needed, and try to convince state legislatures to do it."
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Tech companies didn't push real estate prices higher. They were drawn to already expensive places, a Trulia study says.
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Chemical Spill Concerns PromptSeveral schools in the Charleston, W.Va. area have dismissed students amid ongoing concerns over water quality, nearly a month after a massive chemical spill in the Elk River. Students at Riverside... High School in Belle were sent home early on Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal. Several students reported burning sensations in their noses and eyes and two people were sent to a local hospital, including one teacher who fainted. A nearby elementary school was also closed early on Wednesday. Students' reported symptoms are consistent with exposure to 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol, or MCHM, which was released in the Jan. 9 spill and contaminated the drinking water for about 300,000 residents for over a week. The chemical, which is used to process coal, has a strong licorice-like...
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Unlike other video games straddling the line between entertainment and political commentary, Ubisoft's Watch Dogs has managed to reach beyond the typical gamer audience with a focus on NSA-style... hacking and spying.
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Top 3 Ways to Play Europe

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 18:29
Top 3 Ways to Play EuropeEven though stocks continued lower on Wednesday, there seemed to be less selling pressure as the market internals were not as negative as they had been earlier in the week. European markets are... showing nice gains early Thursday, and if the gains hold into close of trading, it could be an early sign of a stronger rally. The US markets are nervously awaiting the jobs report on Friday and a better-than-expected number could cause some short covering. On the other hand, a weaker-than-expected number will increase the growing skepticism over the US economic recovery. As noted on Tuesday, the weekly and daily charts show that prices are already approaching more important support. There were some extreme oversold readings from the short-term indicators Monday as the Arms Index (TRIN) closed at...
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"V to V" Will Make Driving Safer

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:26
'V to V' Will Make DrivingVehicle-to-vehicle technology (V to V) is being tested by Ford which becomes the first major American carmaker to try and get cars and trucks to "talk" to each other. Transportation Secretary, Anthony... Foxx recently announced a favorable attitude to the development of V to V, which is the next step in car communication before we see truly autonomous cars which can "drive themselves" as a regular feature on roadways. We're already seeing the beginnings of V to V in cars which use advanced radar systems to sense, for instance, when a car in front of ours is rapidly stopping or "see" something behind us while we're backing and automatically apply our car's brakes. V to V makes a jump over these systems and allows vehicles to recognize each other on the road, at speed, and make predictions...
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Stocks move sharply higher; Disney jumps

L.A. Times - 6 Feb 2014 18:25
Stocks move sharply higher;U.S. stocks rose sharply in morning trading Thursday as investors cheered new unemployment data and strong earnings from Disney. The market was rebounding a day after posting small losses.     
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers CouldRep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) could face an ethics investigation over allegations that she illegally combined funds during her 2012 House race, Politico reported Thursday. According to the... report, the Office of Congressional Ethics is recommending a probe, and the House Ethics Committee could announce as early as Thursday its timing on deciding whether or not to carry out the recommendation. McMorris Rodgers has denied any wrongdoing and cooperated with OCE's movement on the claim, Politico added. "As has become an unfortunate rite of passage for many Members of Congress, the OCE regularly refers matters to the House Ethics Committee for further review," McMorris Rodgers' attorney Elliot Berke said in a statement obtained by Politico. "Such reviews are virtually automatic, and as...
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(Kitco News) - The European Central Bank will remain alert to risks of a prolonged period of low inflation but there is not enough evidence to loosen its monetary policy, said ECB President Mario... Draghi Thursday.
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It's not often in Washington that you see wealthy, conservative investor types and their lawyers sitting down with professional affordable housing advocates. But on Wednesday morning, consumer... crusader Ralph Nader -- now stooped and gray, nearing his 80th birthday -- brought them together.
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The number of people who applied to receive unemployment benefits in the last week of January fell by 20,000, reversing the increase from the week before and signaling that the U.S. labor market... continues to gradually improve. Initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 331,000 in the seven-days ended Feb. 1 from a revised 351,000 in the prior week.
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A Different Chair

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:19
A Different ChairAnd so, with this latest decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to pare down monthly asset purchases by another 10 billion dollars the tenure of chairman Ben Bernanke is finally over. After 8 tumultuous... years the baton now passes to Janet Yellen. Outwardly at least, the transition will be seamless. As vice-chair of the Board of Governors, Janet Yellen has participated and voted for all Open Market Committee decisions in recent years. Recent Fed statements likely also reflect many of her views about the state of the economy and the preferred courses of action. Superficially, Janet Yellen's background is remarkably similar to Bernanke's. Each holds a PhD from a prestigious Ivy League university. Both spent most of their early careers in academia, rising to the top echelons of their profession....
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The 10 Weirdest Things ThievesThis post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247wallst.com. Cars, smartphones, jewelry and cash are among the many valuable items most people expect... thieves to target. As a result, Americans take precautions to keep such possessions safe. Not many, however, would think to lock up their Nutella, pregnancy tests or Tide laundry detergent. Yet, these everyday, ordinary household products are among the most commonly stolen goods. Some stolen items seem unusual because their value is not easily visible. For example, thieves steal catalytic converters for the platinum. Frank Scafidi of the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) gave the example of manhole covers, as well as a variety of other metal objects, that are often stolen to be resold as...
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Morrisville warehouse sold for $26.85 million

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 18:15
A real estate fund has acquired the Burt's Bees warehouse in Morrisville for $26.85 million, according to property records.
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New rules would ensure safety of infant formula

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 18:15
After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration proposed rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious.
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AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:14
AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong has an explanation for why his company pulled back its 401(k) benefits for employees this year: Obamacare. Starting this year, AOL will distribute its 401(k) match... after the end of the year in a lump sum, as first reported by the Washington Post. The benefit is only available to employees who are still active on Dec. 31.
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Tapering, Schmapering:There's no guarantees, but the economy and stocks should do well in 2014.     
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When power plants burn coal, they leave behind plenty of waste. Each year, coal plants across the United States produce more than 100 million tons of "coal ash," which can contain toxic elements and... is either recycled or stored in landfills and ponds. And, every now and again, these storage sites can leak or spill.
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(Reuters) - AOL Inc on Thursday reported a better-than-expected 13 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher ad sales and cited its best growth in a decade.
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Prime central London rents rose for the first time in 21 months in January, as UK economic sentiment continued to improve, according to the latest lettings index. Rents for London’s best residential... properties rose 0.2% in January, which was the highest monthly increase since September 2011, says the report from Knight Frank. Rents fell 2% versus January 2013, which was the lowest annual decline since August 2012, and the firm expects annual growth to return by the end of this year. ‘More senior executives from industries like banking, insurance, shipping and mining are searching for rented property than last year and relocation agents are increasingly prevalent in the central London lettings market as more employees move to the capital from overseas. This trend helped to push the...
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ECB, US data help buoy global stocks, euro

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 18:08
ECB, US data help buoy globalDow Jones rises 0.86%, S&P 500 gains 0.77%, Nasdaq adds 0.97%
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Freddie Mac: Mortgage ratesWeaker signals from the housing markets sent mortgage rates lower for the fifth week in a row, with Freddie Mac reporting that lenders were offering 30-year fixed home loans to solid borrowers at an... average of 4.23%, down from 4.32% a week ago.     
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Howard's Daily: Want Jobs (and a Green Infrastructure)?

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:06
Rebuilding America's infrastructure, as President Obama emphasizes, is a top national priority. The benefits include several million jobs, enhanced competitiveness, and a greener footprint. But it... can't happen, as I and others have written, until America fixes its broken legal approval process. Approvals drag on for years, sometimes decades.  This past week, another lawsuit was filed to try to stop a project to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge. The project has undeniable environmental and economic benefits -- allowing a new generation of cleaner, more efficient post-Panamax ships access to Newark Harbor. (See Sam Roberts' "High Above the Water, but Awash in Red Tape.") Nor does the project involve any of the usual new infrastructure dislocation -- the bridge's foundations are...
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Florida Governor Rick ScottA kerfluffle last January over the use of inaccurate estimates apparently hasn't stopped Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) from doing it again. A state-wide sales tax holiday proposal has been stalled... after it was discovered Scott decided not to use recent estimates he'd been given in favor of old, inflated savings calculations. Scott claimed in a statement that a 15-day tax holiday on hurricane readiness supplies would save Floridians $20 million. But according to the Florida Current, that number was gleaned from an estimate made all the way back in 2007 -- and Scott had been given a new, updated -- and less generous -- estimate by the state's Office of Economic and Demographic Research at a meeting in November. The updated estimate Scott was given but chose not to use or promote was much,...
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Here's why you should keep your debit card at home

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:05
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 held responsible for $500 in charges.... That's because debit cards do not share the same consumer protections as credit cards. This week's series of data security hearings on Capitol Hill, an outgrowth of the recent rash of retail data breaches, highlighted the unequal treatment.
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How Collaboration Is a Solution

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
How Collaboration Is aEither you are part of the problem, or a part of the solution. It's your choice. Competition is the old business mindset. Collaboration is taking over. Stronger value connections are forming with... customers, as loyalty increases and customer evangelists want to see the success of the company. So-called competitors are sharing the market because they understand that they are there to serve their customers and the market and do not have fear that they will lose business by doing so. It's time to create amazing companies as the standard, not the exception! True employee engagement revolves around the people, their passions and their purpose. It leads to a higher productivity level, profits are a natural result and the company is able to have a greater positive impact. 1. Employees tend to...
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Cable television: News you can lose

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
Cable television: News you canJEFF 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 meetings, but...
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Microsoft's new boss: Inside job

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
Microsoft's new boss: InsideNadella, a head from the cloud IN AN episode of "Father Ted", a television comedy about three priests living on a windswept Irish island, another cleric turns up unannounced, claiming to be an old pal... of the title character. Mrs Doyle, the priests' housekeeper, tries to guess the visitor's name. She reels off a litany that proceeds from the plausible ("Father Andy Riley") via the ludicrous ("Father Peewee Stairmaster") before somehow reaching the right answer ("Father Todd Unctious"). "I was just amazed that she got it in--wow--well under an hour," grimaces Ted.Divining the identity of Microsoft's next chief executive has been a little like Mrs Doyle's guessing game. After Steve Ballmer said last August that he would step down, the Redmond rumour mill churned out name after name, from Alan...
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How corporate bedfellowsAmazon is a retailing juggernaut, but its revenues are still a fraction of those of Walmart, whose tills ring up about $900,000 a minute. The bricks-and-mortar colossus turns in a modest profit... margin, whereas Amazon is still being run on a basis of growth now, profits later. Comparing the revenues and net profits of companies commonly regarded as peers shows their relative commercial power. Google is often chided for its dominance, though Apple is far larger (and their profit margins are similar). Coca-Cola's sales are less than PepsiCo's but its margins are almost twice those of its arch-rival. In energy and aerospace, the sales of American and European giants are roughly similar yet the Americans earn more. And Goldman Sachs has long been the media's whipping boy, but JPMorgan Chase is...
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BP: A shrunken giant

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
BP: A shrunken giantSHAREHOLDERS in BP used to be a complacent bunch. Now they are battle-hardened. The company has taken a pounding since the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. In the aftermath of the explosion in the... Gulf of Mexico its share price fell by half. The company froze dividends and had to sell assets worth $38 billion, including half of all its offshore platforms and refineries, to help meet a $42 billion charge for the clean-up, compensation and other costs. Litigation is likely to go on for many years and the payouts could rise well beyond that total.Against that background, the quarterly results announced on February 4th looked positively cheerful. BP has raised its dividend and will continue with a vigorous programme of share buy-backs, paid for in part by a further $10 billion in sell-offs....
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The suit business: Material differences

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
The suit business: MaterialOr wait 80 years and buy it online CUFF-TO-CUFF combat has broken out in the buttoned-down business of selling suits to American men. Jos. A. Bank started the needle match in October, offering $2.3... billion for its bigger rival, Men's Wearhouse. When that failed to measure up, Men's Wearhouse offered to buy Jos. A. Bank, first for $1.5 billion, then for $1.6 billion. Which can tailor a deal?There is little growth in the suit market so both firms are under pressure to trim costs and either lead the consolidation of their industry or return money to investors. Men's Wearhouse has announced plans to run two candidates for election to the board of Jos. A. Bank, which in turn has boosted its "poison pill" anti-takeover defences and, it was reported on February 2nd, is now exploring buying Eddie...
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Trouble at the Panama Canal: Dead locks

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
ON FEBRUARY 4TH 1889 the French Compagnie Universelle du Canal Interocéanique de Panama was declared bankrupt, marking the first catastrophic failure to build the Panama Canal. On the same date this... year (the centenary year of its completion in 1914) talks collapsed on how to finish the canal's expansion. Seafarers, a superstitious bunch, will not interpret this as a good omen.After weeks of negotiations between the Panama Canal Authority (PCA) and a consortium led by Sacyr, a Spanish builder, and its Italian counterpart, Salini Impregilo, the two sides have failed to reach agreement on who pays for $1.6 billion of cost overruns on their $3.2 billion portion of the project to widen the waterway. The consortium, GUPC, said the endeavour was on "the brink of failure".The PCA's head, Jorge...
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Google, the EU and antitrust: Search over

The Economist - 6 Feb 2014 18:01
IN NOVEMBER 2009 Foundem, a price-comparison website, first complained to the European Commission about Google. The American company, Foundem argued, was exploiting its dominance of online search to... the detriment of both competitors and consumers. The commission began an investigation a year later. On February 5th Joaquín Almunia, Europe's competition commissioner, said that he and Google, which carries out more than 90% of online searches in Europe, had reached an agreement. (Google's chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a member of The Economist Group's board of directors.) This is Mr Almunia's third attempt at a settlement in just under a year. He is confident that this one will stick.The commissioner had four main worries, which he laid out in May 2012. The most important was that Google...
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Make Yourself Sponsor-Worthy

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 18:00
Performance alone won't get you the support you need.
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Wall Street is optimistic about FMC Technologies, which is slated to report its fourth quarter results on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Analysts project a profit of 65 cents a share, a rise from 57... cents per share a year ago.The consensus estimate has fallen over the past three months, from
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Beam Earnings Expected to Rise

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 18:00
Analysts expect higher profit for Beam when the company reports its fourth quarter results on Friday, February 7, 2014. The consensus estimate is calling for profit of 72 cents a share, reflecting a... rise from 67 cents per share a year ago.Analysts are expecting earnings of $2.59 per share for
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Forbes Earnings Preview: PPL

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 18:00
PPL reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, February 6, 2014, and the consensus earnings per share estimate is 51 cents per share.For the fiscal year, analysts are projecting earnings of... $2.36 per share. A year after being $3.22 billion, analysts expect revenue to fall 24% year-over-year to $2.44 billion for
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Despite an expected dip in profit, analysts are generally optimistic about Activision Blizzard as it prepares to reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The consensus... earnings per share estimate is 70 cents per share.The consensus estimate is down from three months ago when it was 77 cents,
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House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) faces a possible House Ethics Committee probe over allegations from a former staffer who said McMorris Rodgers improperly combined... campaign and Congressional funds to win her 2012 leadership race.
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Optimism surrounds Sigma-Aldrich, as it gets ready to report its fourth quarter results on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Analysts are expecting the company to book a profit of $1.01 a share, up from 96... cents a year ago.Analysts are projecting earnings of $4.12 per share for the fiscal year. Revenue
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Analysts expect higher profit for Teradata when the company reports its fourth quarter results on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The consensus estimate is calling for profit of 79 cents a share,... reflecting a rise from 74 cents per share a year ago.Analysts are expecting earnings of $2.50 per share for
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Wall Street is expecting lower profit for New York Times Company when the company reports its fourth quarter results on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Analysts are expecting earnings per share of 16... cents after the company booked a profit of 32 cents a share a year earlier.The consensus estimate hasn't
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Analysts expect higher profit for Republic Services when the company reports its fourth quarter results on Thursday, February 6, 2014. The consensus estimate is calling for profit of 46 cents a share,... reflecting a rise from 37 cents per share a year ago.For the fiscal year, analysts are expecting earnings
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Early Unemployment Data LiftsThe number of newly-unemployed workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 20,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 331,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was below economists’... expectations of 335,000 and lifted hopes that Friday’s jobs report will show strong growth. Last month’s job’s report was disappointing, showing that the economy added just 74,000 jobs in December. Employment data, however, can be highly volatile, and many economists predict that last month’s numbers will be revised upwards as other economic data--like GDP growth figures--point to a stronger economy. “The sharp slowing in payrolls in the December employment report was not due to a weaker trend,” Jim O’Sullivan, Chief U.S. Economist at Hi Frequency Economics, wrote in a note to clients...
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At Auto Expo 2014, car makersThe companies are looking to invest more than Rs1,000 crore each to set up diesel engine plants with a capacity of about 100,000 engines a year
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Loan quality remains a concernGross NPAs as a percentage of the bank's loan book rose to 3.32%, up 90 basis points from three months earlier
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A year ago, if you were Jack Massimino, CEO of Corinthian Colleges, you might have been feeling pretty good. Despite extensive evidence from congressional and media investigations that Corinthian,... along with other big for-profit colleges, has been abusing students -- luring them with deceptive recruiting, offering high-priced, low-quality programs, and often leaving them without jobs and deep in debt -- you seemed to be getting away with it. Almost 90 percent of the revenue for the schools you operated -- Everest, Heald and WyoTech colleges -- was easy money: federal taxpayer dollars from student grants and loans, about a billion dollars a year. You yourself were taking home more than $3 million a year in compensation some years. The Obama administration had tried to tighten up...
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Indiana University Health and insurer UnitedHealthcare said Thursday they have ended a more than monthlong stalemate and reached a contract agreement that affects up to 400,000 Hoosiers with insurance... through the Minnesota-based company.
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Rich People In The South WantIn East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, middle-class and wealthy neighborhoods want an educational divorce from a neighboring community where four out of 10 families live in poverty.
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Maryland Lawmakers, UniversityGrain alcohol, the cheap, potent booze that has been a staple at college parties for generations, could be outlawed in Maryland as university presidents press lawmakers to ban it. Maryland senators... voted Wednesday to forbid the sale of grain alcohol that's at least 190-proof, which contains 95 percent alcohol. A key committee chairman expects to move the bill to the full House of Delegates for a vote, giving the bill its best shot at passage in years. Sometimes marketed as moonshine, colorless grain alcohol can be twice as strong as vodka and has been outlawed in at least a dozen other states. It's long been a mixer for the high-octane fruity concoctions whipped up by young drinkers, but in recent years has become a target of efforts to curb binge drinking on college campuses. "It really...
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Liberty Mutual Insurance, the large Boston-based insurance company, is getting ready to air new TV ads tied to its Olympic sponsorship of Team USA. The ads, which were created by the company's... long-time ad agency Hill Holliday of Boston, feature Olympic athletes from the past who overcame personal setbacks to go on to later triumphs. A subplot of the ads is that Liberty Mutual can help its customers come back from their own setbacks, such as natural disasters and car accidents, so they can move on with their lives. "For every setback, there's a chance to come back and rise," Paul Alexander, the company's chief communications officer, said. "And insurance can be the bridge between the setback and the comeback."     
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Pope Francis stood face to face with a giant chocolate statue of himself Wednesday at the Vatican.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Average U.S. rates for fixed mortgages fell this week as the latest data continued to indicate a pause in the housing market's recovery.     
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Philip Morris Int'l 4Q profit falls 5 percent

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 17:37
Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit dropped 5 percent as cigarette sales fell in most of its markets despite commanding higher prices.
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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is planning to liven up the governor's house in an effort to woo Republicans and forward his agenda, and he has some special ingredients: top-shelf liquor and craft... beer. The Washington Post reported that the governor wanted to throw "Sixty parties in 60 days!" during the two-month legislative session, which ends in early March. He's personally paid for and stocked up on better booze and microbrews at the governor's house; he's also catering daily breakfasts for the non-drinkers.
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Five Workforce Myths Busted

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 17:35
Five Workforce Myths BustedAs American workers, we spend at least 1,700 hours a year working, according to the Federal Reserve’s Economics Data. If you think that is a lot, consider our Eastern neighbors: workers in... Singapore, Korea and Hong Kong each spend more than 2,200 hours a year on the job!
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Two coupon inserts coming in Sunday’s N&O

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 17:32
Look for two coupon inserts -- one Red Plum and one Smart Source -- in this Sunday's home-delivered Final Edition of The News & Observer. Plus, there are four restaurant…
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Twitter Tumbles on Growth Fears

Time - 6 Feb 2014 17:31
Twitter Tumbles on GrowthShares in Twitter plunged about 22 percent in early trading on Thursday amid concerns that the social network not adding new users fast enough. Twitter opened trading on Thursday at $50.61 a share,... after closing at $65.97 on Wednesday. Shares were trading at just under $53 by 10:30 a.m. The stock, which began public trading in November, is down from a closing high of $73.31 in late December. Twitter said Wednesday in its first earnings report as a public company that it had $243 million in revenue during the fourth quarter of 2013, up 116 percent from last year and beating analyst estimates. But the company also said it added only nine million monthly active users in that time, the smallest figure since late 2010, jolting investors and sending the stock down in after-hours trading....
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Delhi Auto Expo: India chasesAt least 15 Indian-made electric, hybrid vehicles are on display at the Delhi Auto Expo, a radical shift from the previous editions
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The January Barometer Revisited

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 17:30
The January BarometerHistorical data suggests that the market is not going to have a good year.
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GM posts small fourth-quarterGeneral Motors Co. posted a small increase in fourth-quarter profit but its results for the period disappointed Wall Street as business deteriorated in Asia and South America and the costs of... restructuring operations in Europe mounted.     
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Kristina Laferne Roberts, a best-selling author, whose titles include "Zane's The Sex Chronicles: Shattering the Myth," leads this year's list of Maryland's top individual tax evaders. Roberts owes... the state almost $341,000 in back taxes and owes the IRS almost $541,000, according to court records and state officials, reports DeNeen L. Brown of The Washington Post.
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- New Internet restrictions approved by parliament are raising concerns the government is trying to control the flow of information amid a corruption scandal, and a senior... European official on Thursday called the measures "a step back" for media freedom.
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Twitter shares fall 23% on first earnings report

New York Post - 6 Feb 2014 17:19
Twitter shares fall 23% onTwitter awoke with a huge hangover on Thursday as investors at the market open scrambled to decide what about the companies first earnings announcement was positive. Shares tumbled 23 percent...
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LONDON (AP) -- Stocks around the world were on Thursday having one of their better days of late as investors prepared for a key U.S. jobs report, while the euro spiked higher after the European... Central Bank decided to not cut interest rates as some traders had been expecting.     
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Mars Attacked!

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 17:16
Cool new crater on Mars, shot soon after asteroid's impact.
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Some supporters might have been confused by recent campaign websites that appear to be soliciting donations to support a candidate, while the literal text of the site is actually about defeating the... candidate. It's a trick that's been popping up more frequently, and it's perfectly legal -- even if it looks deceiving. Earlier this week, the National Republican Congressional Committee set up quasi-campaign websites for House Democrats facing tough re-election battles, including Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ), Amanda Renteria (CA), Martha Robertson (NY), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and John Tierney (MA). There was also a site for Alex Sink, the Democrat hoping to recapture the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young's (R) seat in Florida. The websites were nearly carbon copies of a campaign website to support the candidate...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Twenty-First Century Fox said Thursday that its fiscal second-quarter net income dropped 49 percent, largely as a result of acquisition costs, but still matched Wall Street... predictions.     
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Like Clockwork

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 17:13
The bogus GOP line of attack on Obamacare based on this week's CBO report makes it into its first political ad against a vulnerable Democrat.
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Sony eyes $1.1B loss, selling Vaio unit

New York Post - 6 Feb 2014 17:13
Sony eyes $1.1B loss, sellingSony Corp. slashed its annual outlook to a loss, and said it would sell its struggling personal-computer unit, as it fights to stem red ink at its core electronics business....
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BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europe is set to upgrade its ties with Cuba in a bid to broaden economic cooperation and demand more progress on respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, a senior European... Union official said Thursday.     
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Lindsay Lohan Was Supposed ToLast month, we took a look back at the cast of "Mean Girls" to mark the film's 10-year anniversary this spring. For the occasion, Vulture has a great
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Should Developers Sign An NDAThe Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is an extremely common form of "protecting" entrepreneurs' ideas from being stolen. Each day on matchist, people looking for developers ask me how they can ensure... their idea is protected. They ask me whether developers will sign an NDA.
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AOL Shares Rise On Revenue Growth

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 17:11
AOL Shares Rise On RevenueFor many people early internet memories include a little orange man running across their computer screen as it dialed-in to AOL.
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Europe's Fastest RuralWHO has the fastest internet connection speeds in Europe? At country level it is the Dutch, with the fastest average speeds of 22Mbps, according to network analyst Akamai's new State of the Internet... report.
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Weekly unemployment filings were lower than expected, and world markets were higher after the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged.     
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The Real Test

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 17:07
What will Pope Francis do about pedophile priests and the higher ups who covered for them?
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One of the many companies gearing up for the Olympics is Gillette, the Boston-based grooming and razor brand. Gillette's US athlete ambassador for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is Ryan Suter, a... defenseman for the Minnesota Wild when not playing Olympic hockey. Suter is the son of Bob Suter, who won a gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. This recent photo shows the two Suters participating in a Gillette "ceremonial shave and send-off to Sochi." The photo shoot was to promote Gillette's new Raising an Olympian short film titled "Keep Your Head Up." The film seeks to "bring to life the daily lessons all dads teach their children and highlights how Ryan, through failures and successes, learned to always keep his head up and maintain a positive attitude," Gillette said.     
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After a rocky start to the week, U.S. stocks roared back on Thursday, giving major stock indexes their biggest gain of the year.
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Here Are 10 New Original ShowsAmazon Studios, the division responsible for creating original shows for Amazon Instant Video, released 10 new pilots to compete today. Viewers can stream the first episode of each series for free.... People can vote on which show should become a series and Amazon will stream a full season of it later this year. Last year, Amazon tested this crowdsourcing strategy with a slew of original comedies. "Alpha House" and "Betas" were the two shows that made it through the first round, but Amazon trying something different this year. Five kids shows and five dramas are posted for 2014. There are also two hour-long dramas including "Bosch," which is based on the best-selling series of novels from Michael Connely, and "The After," which is a mysterious apocalypse drama from the creator of "The...
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Getting what you want in business (and life) is a whole lot easier when you learn this one little phrase.
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U.S. stocks open higher as investors welcome a higher-than-expected drop in weekly jobless claim and upbeat earnings from companies such as Walt Disney Company and L Brands.
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Despite the consistent refutation of their claim that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cost the country 2 million jobs -- even from within their own party -- Republicans are now... putting the attack in congressional ads. A new web ad by Rep. Thom Tillis (R-NC), who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in North Carolina, blasts Hagan for "2 million lost jobs" because of her support for the health care reform law, the Washington Post reported.
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GM CEO: I've Never Asked For A Raise Or A Promotion

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 17:03
GM CEO: I've Never Asked For AMary Barra, the newly installed CEO of General Motors, says she never asked for a promotion or a raise in her 30-year career with the automaker. FORTUNE just named Barra number one on its list of the... 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In an interview that accompanied the list, Barra explained how she made it to the top without asking to be bumped up: What I always say is, "Do every job you're in like you're going to do it for the rest of your life and demonstrate that ownership of it." You deliver and produce results and you do it with high integrity and teamwork, and it'll all work out. You don't have to ask for different jobs, and you don't have to ask for raises. That's the opposite of the tactic promoted by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who argues that women often hold themselves back...
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Applications for U.S. Jobless(WASHINGTON) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects. The... Labor Department said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 250 to 334,000. That remains near pre-recession levels and serves as evidence that job losses have waned. A total of 3.47 million Americans received benefits as of Jan. 18, down from 3.58 million the week before. Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, described the decline in benefit claims as “something of a relief.” Cold weather in January caused work stoppages, leading the number of unemployment benefits applications to swing from week to week. The Labor Department said it had to estimate,...
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Here's The Vast Number OfOn yesterday's Q4 earnings call, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was asked how many people try Twitter and then abandon it because they don't like it. The number is Twitter's "dark pool," and Twitter never... talks about it. But we know the number. Officially, Twitter only reveals its monthly active users — those people who are on Twitter and use it during the previous month. That, in fact, is the most useful guide to a social media platform's health. But because Twitter said yesterday that its active user base is only growing slowly, attention is being turned to why that is. Only 1 million people in the U.S. joined in Q4, and Twitter added only 9 million users globally, for a monthly active total of 241 million. Those numbers drove the stock down more than 20% over night. On the earnings call,...
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Small Players In a Big Data World

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 17:03
When physicists at CERN - the European Organisation for Nuclear Research – required help in managing the terabytes of information gathered in the course of their ground-breaking research work, they... turned to young, London-based company, Big Data Partnership. “We provided training to about 100 of their scientists,” says Pinal Ghandi, who founded the business along with Mike Merritt-Holmes and Tim Seears .
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Apple Cofounder Steve WozniakIn an interview with Wired, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak makes the seemingly counterintuitive case for Apple to design an Android phone. (Wozniak is an Apple cofounder alongside Steve Jobs and the... often-forgotten Ron Wayne, but it bears mentioning that he has nothing to do with the company's day-to-day operations.) "There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market," he told Wired. "We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time." There's nothing legally preventing Apple from creating a phone designed to run Android software. It's an open-source platform available to anyone who wants it. But...
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Mortgage rates pushed down by weak economic data

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 17:01
Weak economic data pushed mortgage rates down for the fifth straight week, according to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac. The 30-year fixed-rate average sank to 4.23 percent with an... average 0.7 point. It was 4.32 percent a week ago and 3.53 percent a year ago. The 30-year fixed rate has remained below 4.5 percent for the past month.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has issued some pretty dramatic charges at President Obama, but the two shelved their differences on Thursday morning in the name of prayer.
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Why the X Games Won't Dethrone the Olympics

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 17:00
A case study in how to assess the full impact of a potentially disruptive innovation.
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Is This The Beginning Of ARecent turmoil in emerging markets has caused several central banks — including the Reserve Bank of India, the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, and the South Africa Reserve Bank — to... implement emergency rate hikes as their currencies tumbled. The results of a new Banamex survey released yesterday showed that economists believe the Bank of Mexico's next move will be a 25 basis-points rate hike as well. Russ Certo, head of rates at Brean Capital, passes along an interesting statistic: if you include Mexico, central banks in economies accounting for roughly 10% of global GDP are now hiking rates. "Ironically, all these moves are designed to counter the consequence and capital flow results of previous central bank policy," says Certo. "Remarkable, that all of these banks are...
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The Most Definitive Proof YetHere's the most definitive proof yet that Apple is working on something related to health and exercise.  It has a new job listing for "User Studies Exercise Physiologist." Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac... first spotted the listing.  The job description: "Design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure, including calories burned, metabolic rate, aerobic fitness level measurement/tracking and other key physiological measurements." It seems that this is the first public confirmation from Apple that it is working on some sort of fitness-oriented product.  Gurman believes this is further proof that Apple is working on the iWatch, which would be a wearable gadget on your wrist that collects health data. Even without an iWatch, Apple could probably collect plenty of...
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How the Olympic host nation went from next big thing to fool's gold medalist.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter's stock is sinking on worries that the short online messaging service is not popular enough.     
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Reliance Power: progress in projects critical

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 16:55
Reliance Power: progress inResolution of regulatory issues and Reliance Power sticking to its guidance are key to the movement of the stock
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Lots of people have great ideas for medical devices, but it's hard and expensive to bring them to market. Edison Nation Medical is fixing that.
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SodaStream Shares Are Going Bonkers (SODA)

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:55
SodaStream Shares Are GoingSodaStream shares were up as much as 10% in pre-market trading to $39.48. In the first few minutes of trading they pared some of those gains going to $37.59. And are up about 5.6%. The stock was down... as much as 13% after hours on Wednesday, after Coca-Cola announced that it is taking a 10% stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. Here's the line in the press release that had investors freaking out: "With The Coca-Cola Company as a global strategic partner in our multi-brand at-home Keurig Cold beverage system, we believe there is significant opportunity to premiumize and accelerate growth in the cold beverage category by empowering consumers with an innovative, convenient way to freshly prepare their favorite cold beverages at the push of a button,” said Brian P. Kelley CEO of GMCR....
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Broke Postal Service may give out loans

Market Watch - 6 Feb 2014 16:51
The Office of the Inspector General explored the idea of having the U.S. Postal Service provide financial services to those underserved by the nation's banking structure. Namely, the poor.
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Rupee less prone to emergingRupee is not expected to gain much strength and will likely trade around Rs63.00 to the US dollar by the end of April
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The Buckle Inc. said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year fell 6.6 percent in January, a larger drop than Wall Street analysts had expected.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. stock market is recovering in early trading after slight losses the day before.     
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Forget about the big screen, the small screen and even the second screen.
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Snowboarder Suffers A NastyNorwegian snowboarder Kjersti Buaas was the first rider to call victim to Sochi's ultra-intense slopestyle course during competition. The course was called "sketchy" and "dangerous" by riders earlier... this week, and Shaun White pulled out of the competition with safety concerns. On her first qualifying attempt of the day, Buaas lost her balance going off one of the kickers and slammed head-first into the hill (via r/olympics): After the fall, she said on Instagram that she ruptured a muscle  and had severe back pain. "Oh snap...That was a real scare!!! Good news is that I only ruptured a muscle... I am so grateful it's nothing worse, even though I have some severe pain in my stomach and back.." Join the conversation about this story »     
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Stocks Are Rallying Nicely

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:43
Stocks Are Rallying NicelyMarkets are in the green early in the U.S. trading session. The Dow is up 84 points. The S&P is up 8 points. The Nasdaq's up 26 points. In an encouraging sign for the U.S. labor market, initial weekly... unemployment claims fell to 331,000 from 351,000 a week ago. While we can't completely rule out the possible distortive affects of weather, this week's number was nevertheless lower than the 335,000 expected by economists. "According to MNI, the Labor Department reported no special factors but noted that data for Kansas were estimated. as an ice storm forced state offices to close," said Barclays' Cooper Howes. Weather is likely to mess with upcoming data as well. "After last week's unexpected spike, this is something of a relief, though the latest bout of severe weather could easily push...
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U.S. stocks are opening higher on Thursday but Twitter is down more than 20% after dropping an earnings bomb.
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Credit Suisse posted weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as the result was weighed down by legal expenses.
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Everyone wants tax reform. The problem is that tax reform means different things to different people, and that actual support of specific proposals is very weak. That's why Republicans are making a... serious mistake if they're thinking of tying tax reform to the debt ceiling debate.
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Subway Will Remove a ChemicalSubway says it is removing from its bread a chemical reportedly found in Yoga mats, following a petition pressuring it to nix the ingredient. "We are already in the process of removing... azodicarbonamide from our bread as part of our bread improvement process,” Subway said on Facebook on Wednesday, responding to angry comments. “While the ingredient is approved by the USDA and FDA, it will be removed from all our breads soon," More than 66,000 people have signed a petition on the popular food blog foodbabe.com to remove the chemical, which is used only in North American restaurants and is said to be found in yoga mats and shoe rubber. A Subway representative told the Associated Press that the process began before the petition, but did not say when it will be complete. “The complete...
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Evolving On The Issue

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 16:39
Was it mid-September? Oct. 1? Another date altogether? Chris Christie's answer on when he first learned about the George Washington Bridge lane closings has, well, evolved. Here's the timeline.
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Check Out This New App ThatIn December, we told you about Distiller, a web-based whiskey discovery portal for the dabbler and connoisseur alike. Well, it's officially an app now available for iOS. Distiller helps you navigate... the ongoing whiskey renaissance by prompting you with questions — How much are you willing to spend? Are you a beginner or an expert? — and then making bottle recommendations. "If you don't have the expert level of knowledge," founder Mikael Mossberg told Business Insider back in December, "How do you choose?" Distiller makes the choice for you. It employs a cast of whiskey Iron Chefs — everything from bar owners to bourbon bloggers — to give tasting notes. It pumps your answers through an algorithm that organizes whiskey based on price point, availability, and flavor profile. Then you...
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6 Habits Of Great Connectors

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:38
6 Habits Of Great ConnectorsThe second part of the 1936 Dale Carnegie classic book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People," is called “Six Ways to Make People Like You.” All these years later, connecting with... new people remains a vital skill for any entrepreneur hoping to grow her network. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy, especially for introverts. Not long ago entrepreneur Scott Dinsmore formed a list of the habits he’s observed in skillful connectors. In the spirit of Carnegie’s “Six Ways,” here are six habits from Dinsmore’s list, supplemented with timeless tidbits from "How to Win Friends." 1. Smile. "Smiles are contagious and the simple act makes people feel better,” writes Dinsmore. Carnegie goes one step further: “The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important...
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Initial jobless claims droppedWASHINGTON -- In a positive sign heading into Friday's unemployment report, initial jobless claims dropped sharply last week, offsetting a surprising jump the previous week.     
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Twitter Is Getting Annihilated (TWTR)

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:38
Twitter Is Getting AnnihilatedTwitter shares are down more than 20% this morning following the release of the social media network's first quarterly earnings statement since its initial public offering. Although the company... reported earnings of $0.02 per share — above analysts' consensus estimate of a loss of $0.02 per share — and revenues came in at $242.7 million (also above expectations), investors are honing in on weak user growth. Monthly active users were 241 million, up only 9 million from the previous quarter. In the U.S., Twitter grew its user base by only 1 million. Today's drop sees shares trading at the lowest level since December 12.
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Chinese cross border investment into global real estate markets has risen rapidly since the global financial crisis of 2008, according to a new analysis from Savills. It says that wealthy Chinese... individuals, with limited investment opportunities at home, have increased their overseas investment...
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(Reuters) - January was a tough end to a tough holiday season for U.S. retailers.
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By decree of Mayor Rob Ford, Feb. 6 will forevermore be designated "Bob Marley Day" in Toronto.
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ECB LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED, ANNOUNCES NO NEW POLICY

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:33
ECB LEAVES RATES UNCHANGED,As expected, the ECB elected to leave its benchmark refinancing rate unchanged at 0.25% in February. The deposit facility and marginal lending facility rates were also left unchanged at 0% and 0.75%,... respectively. Many are concerned about disinflation in the eurozone — the latest data released last week revealed an unexpected drop in year-on-year inflation to 0.7% — but cutting rates to combat it probably isn't worthwhile. "It is hard to make an argument for the decidedly marginal improvement that a 0.1-0.15 percentage point change would make," says Lorcan Roche Kelly, a strategist at Agenda Research. "It also would do very little to improve the one short-term problem the ECB is more likely to be worried about — liquidity." In his monthly press conference and Q&A with reporters...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. trade deficit widened in December after hitting a four-year low in November. But for 2013, the gap reached its lowest point since 2009 as exports rose to a record.     
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Reliance Capital AMC disclosesThe new disclosure will tell us the percentage of group company investments to the fund house's overall assets under management
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Unequal Economy

TPM - 6 Feb 2014 16:33
Seth D. Michaels dives in to why we should be worried that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are struggling while luxury retailers like Neiman Marcus are growing.
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The 5 Biggest Workplace Time Wasters

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 16:32
The 5 Biggest Workplace TimeWhen you're running the show, it can feel like there are never enough hours in the day to get everything done. You can be up at the crack of dawn or plugging away when everyone else is in bed, but no... matter how many extra hours you carve out, you still find yourself behind on projects. Instead of skimping on valuable sleep time (which you probably don't get enough of anyway), Executive Management Advisor Jim Alampi suggests taking a hard look at your schedule to figure out where you're wasting time that could be better spent elsewhere. "You’d be shocked by how much unnecessary work you do each day," says Alampi, author of "Great to Excellent; It's the Execution!" "By eliminating superfluous tasks from our to-do lists, executives and employees free up time for more important projects and...
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Poor volumes, weak realizations hit ACC

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 16:32
Poor volumes, weakProfitability was further hit as costs during the quarter, mainly on freight and power, rose
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A Russian Billionaire IsRussian billionaire Oleg Deripaska is financing a dog shelter's effort to stop the culling of strays as the Olympics begin, says the NYT. Thousands of stray dogs live in Sochi, and government... authorities say they are wild and dangerous. That is why, according to animal rights activists, authorities have ramped up efforts to exterminate them ahead of Friday's opening ceremony. From the NYT: “We were told, ‘Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,’ ” said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Volnoe Deloe (roughly, Good Will), which is financed by Oleg V. Deripaska, one of Russia’s billionaire oligarchs. Deripaska has already used his resources to finance the Olympics to the tune of $1.38 billion,...
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Twitter Engagement IsTwitter fourth quarter and full-year earnings are out. The company posted solid revenues, but user growth continues to slow, and engagement is declining.  Worldwide, the total number of monthly... active users in the fourth quarter averaged 241 million — an increase of just 4% from the previous quarter and 30% over the fourth quarter of 2012. Audience growth in the U.S. has slowed to a crawl. Download the charts and data in Excel. Timeline views, which are an important metric for measuring user engagement on Twitter, declined for the first time ever. Specifically, users viewed the Twitter timeline 11 billion fewer times than they did in the previous quarter, about a 7% fall off. We predicted this worrying trend in a chart we published last month. Declining timeline views means users are...
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This Guy Had To Take A KayakA giant storm has hit the U.K., causing widespread flooding and prompting evacuations of some areas. People have been warned to stay away from coastal areas as high tides, wind, and heavy rains are... causing towns to flood. In Cork, Ireland, a town on the River Lee, one man took a canoe to the ATM because the streets were submerged in water. Check out the photo: Unreal in Cork last night pic.twitter.com/IGtPAvDZ09 — Lawrence Mullaney (@LarMullaney) February 6, 2014 BBC News has video of people paddling canoes through the streets of the town. Thousands of homes in the U.K. have lost power because of the flooding, and the Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings for much of southwest England, according to The Guardian. Train services has stopped in some areas. Drivers have been...
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Sebi specifies 20% circuit forThe move is aimed at protecting stocks against excessive volatility risks
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FRANKFURT, Germany — European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has declined to announce any further stimulus for the eurozone economy despite saying that it suffers from "broad-based weakness" and... will recover only "at a slow pace."     
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America's Quirkiest Tax Laws

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 16:26
A look at some of the "quirkiest" tax laws of 2013:
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How Microsoft Avoided the Peter Principle with Nadella

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 16:25
The company gave their new CEO enough time and support to make the leap.
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Bank unions to go on 2-day strike from Monday

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 16:25
Bank unions to go on 2-dayThe offer made by IBA is not in line with the rising inflation, says UFBU convener M.V. Murali
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According to recent data published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the world's major markets are showing clear signs of recovery. How has the US commercial real estate industry faring... in this respect? The US market in context During 2013, the markets that experienced the most obvious...
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GM profit misses estimates

L.A. Times - 6 Feb 2014 16:23
General Motors Co. posted fourth- quarter profit that missed analysts' estimates as the automaker lost money in Asia outside of China, faced higher taxes and restructured in Europe.     
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Twitter is sinking Thursday as investors express disappointment with the latest earnings report. Akamai shares surge after strong growth last quarter, while Green Mountain Coffee Roasters also enjoys... strong gains.
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What Your Employer Can FindWhile people are willingly sharing personal information on social media sites like Facebook, "people finder" sites like Spokeo.com are aggregating personal information about people to the point of... being "harmful" to one Virginia man's attempt to find a job, he said in his lawsuit.     
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General Motors Reports 2% Lift in Quarterly Earnings

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 16:17
In the first quarter for the new chief executive, Mary Barra, the nation's largest automaker said restructuring charges held back its earnings.     
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Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is backing a proposed "open carry" law that would allow licensed Texans to wear a pistol on their hips in public, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
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The View From The Top Of TheThe Olympic downhill skiing course is 2.2 miles long, with a 3,205-foot height difference between the start house and the finish line. The course starts at the top of the Aibiga Ridge and finishes... near the Rosa Khutor ski resort that's the hub of the mountain events in Sochi.  You're basically at the high point of the Caucasus Mountains at the start of this thing. In the clouds: View from the top of Rosa Khutor downhill skiing course in @Sochi2014 pic.twitter.com/3lPJ7qpks0 — David Bond (@DavidBondBBC) February 4, 2014 .@DougMillsNYT rolls into #Sochi and about an hour later he's on top of the Aibiga Ridge, home of the downhill. pic.twitter.com/7Grd50WxIC — NYT Sports (@NYTSports) February 3, 2014 The New York Times ran a nifty graphic yesterday that puts it in perspective: For more...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. productivity growth slowed in the fourth quarter while labor costs kept falling. For the year, productivity turned in another weak gain.     
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The trade deficit climbed 12% in December to $38.7 billion -- reversing the sharp drop in November -- mainly because the U.S. sold fewer heavy-duty goods such as airplanes to other countries. American... exports of petroleum hit another record high, however.
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This Parody Video PerfectlyCollege Humor has a hilarious video about how Cinderella met her prince charming on social dating app Tinder. In the video, Cinderella is appropriately named "Tinderella," and Prince Charming goes by... "Princeton." Check it out, and be sure to watch until the end for the kicker. SEE ALSO: Dating App Tinder 'Very Briefly' Exposed User Location Data Join the conversation about this story »     
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EU seeking to upgrade bloc's ties with Cuba

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 16:10
Europe is set to upgrade its ties with Cuba in a bid to broaden economic cooperation and demand more progress on respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, a senior European…
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DealBook: K.K.R. Profit MoreRising markets helped the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts reap big gains from its investments.     
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects....     
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SW La. prepares for industry expansions

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 16:07
Two major studies have been launched to assess how community leaders can best prepare Southwest Louisiana for the multibillion-dollar industry expansions planned for the next decade.
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Everyone Loved Budweiser'sGood morning, AdLand. Here's what you need to know today: A new report from YouGov's BrandIndex finds that while people loved Budweiser's "Puppy Love" Super Bowl ad, it didn't make them want to buy... more Budweiser. In fact, its survey found that people were actually marginally less likely to say they'd thought about buying a Budweiser in the days after the Super Bowl than they were during the pre-Super Bowl period. On the other hand, YouGov found that people were 6.6% more likely to say they'd thought about buying M&M's after the brand's less-heralded ad featuring the Yellow M&M getting kidnapped. Levi's announced its marketing needs will be met by a newly formed, customized agency team from Draftfacb Worldwide and The House Worldwide. The jeans giant split with Wieden+Kennedy this past...
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US trade deficit up inThe U.S. trade deficit increased in December after hitting a four-year low in November. But for the year, the deficit fell to its lowest point since 2009 as exports rose to an all-time high.
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General Motors Co. reports a decrease in profits as declines in the company's financial performance outside North America, especially the international and South America operations, erodes earnings.
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Chef's Drawings ProvideFerran Adri is a molecular gastronomer, avant-garde chef and multi-sensory food artist. As a current exhibition at The Drawing Center reveals, the man can also produce a pretty enchanting sketch. A... show titled "Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity" explores Adri 's less edible masterpieces -- the ones on paper -- exploring how drawing serves as the link between thinking and cooking. Plating Diagram, ca. 2000-2004, Colored pen on graph paper, Courtesy of elBullifoundation Adri made a name for himself as Chef de partie of the Spanish food mecca elBulli, where he worked from 1984 until 2011, when he closed the restaurant to transform it into a foundation. Throughout this period, Adri bewitched diners with his trademark conceptual dishes, incorporating unexpected elements like spoons, skewers,...
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Corner Office: Christy WyattThe chief executive of a mobile security company says leaders have to discuss small issues as well as big ones, lest employees jump to conclusions.     
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Donald Trump figured prominently in "Double Down," the gossipy chronicle of the 2012 presidential election, and the reality television star thought the authors were pretty good to him.
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Applications for US joblessThe number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.
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Twenty-First Century Fox says its fiscal second-quarter net income dropped 49 percent, mainly as a result of acquisition-related costs.
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BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would be happy to see the former prime minister of Luxembourg as the conservative candidate to head the European Commission.     
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Great Brands Never Have to "Give Back"

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 16:00
If you're using CSR to offset damage your company does, you're doing it wrong.
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Apple Gained US SmartphoneIn the three months through December, Apple gained 1.2 percentage points of smartphone market share in the U.S., according to new comScore data, bolstered by sales of Apple's new iPhone lineup, the... 5S and 5C.  Every other competing platform lost market share to Apple during the quarter. Apple now holds about 41.8% market share, up from 40.6% in September. Across the board, growth in U.S. smartphone penetration is slowing, and the market is becoming more static. So while Apple didn't increase its market share hugely, the company still outperformed competitors. Since September, Apple's U.S. user base has grown about 9% to just over 65 million users, from 60 million in September. That outpaces the rate of growth in smartphone users for the entire U.S. market, which increased 5% between...
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Four Trends That Can Kill YourIt's easy to make fun of startup branding in 2014. It's also easy to forget how impactful branding can be on a given startup's fate.
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Dr. Jeff Wilson, aka "Professor Dumpster," will live in a trash bin for one year to prove Americans need to downsize.
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VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis came under new pressure Wednesday to punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests when a U.N. human rights panel accused the Vatican of systematically... protecting its reputation instead of looking out for the safety of children.
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The First Job for Microsoft'sMicrosoft just announced a new CEO. He's Satya Nadella, a 22-year Microsoft veteran, and he takes over from Steve Ballmer, who became CEO in January, 2000. It's unclear whether Nadella will make any... radical changes at Microsoft. But there's one thing I'd love to see him do right away, and that is drop the nutso anti-Google "Scroogled" campaign that Microsoft has been running for the past two years. For good measure Nadella should boot Mark Penn, the political hatchet man and Ballmer appointee who orchestrated this idiotic crusade. The Scroogled campaign has been silly, pointless and, worst of all, completely ineffective. It has made Microsoft look worse instead of better. It is by far the stupidest and most embarrassing marketing campaign I've ever seen in a career of covering technology....
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This Excel Trick Lets You    Sparklines are word-sized charts that live in individual cells.  This great feature was added to Excel in 2010 but still remains massively underutilized. Produced by Sara Silverstein NOW... WATCH: These Excel Text Tricks Will Save Your Life When Cleaning Up Disorganized Data Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »     
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Utah lawmakers to consider drone restrictions

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 15:57
State lawmakers are wading into the debate over drones this year with proposals to encourage development of the technology while also setting limits for government use.
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Vodafone wins cabinet approvalVodafone to buy nearly 11% stake in India unit from Piramal Enterprises and rest held by investors to own 100%
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USDA Chief Tom Vilsack:WASHINGTON (AP) -- Climate change is already hurting American farmers and rural residents, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday, warning that the U.S. would regret any failure to adapt and... prepare for shifting weather realities. Unveiling a new effort to coordinate the government's response, Vilsack said extreme weather events have already taken the U.S. by surprise, putting ranchers and others out of business. He pointed to the intensity and frequency of recent storms, long droughts, snowstorms and subzero weather as evidence that climate change is no longer hypothetical or in the future. "The combination of all those factors convinces me that the climate is changing, and it's going to have its impact, and will have its impact, and is having its impact on agriculture and...
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Flappy Bird Creator: Dong Nguyen 'Got Lucky' He Admits

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 15:55
Flappy Bird Creator: DongDong Nguyen, developer behind 'Flappy Bird' has admitted that he basically just "got lucky". Nguyen Ha Dong, the mind behind the inexplicably popular iOS and Android game, said that he was shocked to... see the game rise to the top of virtually every App Store chart going, almost overnight. Dong, who is from Hanoi, Vietnam, has two other titles in the App Store top 10 free apps chart, making for an unprecedented three places for a small-scale publisher. And while they're free, don't think he's not making money - all of the games carry advertising, and all are doing well. He told Techcrunch: "I don't know how my games can be so popular. Most of my players are kids in schools. I would like to thanks them for playing my game and sharing it to other people." Dong's other games - Super Ball...
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CCI holds Escorts, FaiveleyDiesel Loco Modernization Works had filed a complaint in the matter following which a case was registered
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Mahindra, Ssangyong to launchSsangyong will use the engine in its X100 compact sport utility vehicle to be launched next year, says Pawan Goenka
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Russia's deputy prime minister has confirmed the Kremlin's view on gay rights in Sochi, asking athletes to "leave the kids alone."
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(Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, the television and film company that split from News Corp last June, posted higher December quarter revenue, driven by advertising growth at its sports... channels and European satellite business.
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Is Satya Nadella The Right ManWhile it is too early to speculate on the strategy the company might adopt going forward, this appointment signals Microsoft's strong commitment to business growth through its cloud offering, which... registered over 100% growth last fiscal.
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US productivity grew at 3.2 percent rate in Q4

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 15:47
U.S. productivity slowed in the fourth quarter while labor costs kept falling. For the year, productivity turned in another weak gain.
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LinkedIn Earnings Preview

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 15:45
Although we expect strong growth from LinkedIn in the upcoming quarterly results, the figures may come down sequentially. The expenses are likely to remain on the higher side, which puts the market... valuation under doubt. Several research houses have neutral rating on LinkedIn especially after the recent pullback in the stock. Here is what you can e
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Inside Forbes: 7 Need-to-KnowsI vividly recall my hunt for a newspaper job in 1974 after getting an undergrad degree in journalism. I went to school in Iowa City, so the natural choices were The Cedar Rapids Gazette or The Des... Moines Register, but after four years in Iowa I wanted out. Instead, I mailed a dozen or more resumes to once great papers like The Baltimore Sun, The Times Picayune and The Miami Herald. Actually, my sights were set on The Milwaukee Journal. I got an interview, nothing more. The others sent rejection letters that I hung on my bedroom wall. A last-minute visit to The Wall Street Journal on LaSalle Street in Chicago (a bastion for Midwest grads) led to an editing test at Dow Jones in New York City -- and my first job as a newswire copy editor for $12,500.
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Over the last year, Hartford has been restructuring its business to focus on P&C insurance, and the division accounted for 80% of the company's earnings from continuing operations in P&C insurance,... group benefits and mutual funds. Lower catastrophe related losses and underwriting discipline helped Hartford expand margins; catastrophe losses for the quarter were $28 million, down substantially from $335 million in the prior year.
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Israel's 90-year-old president, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has added another title to his extensive repertoire: holder of a Guinness record.
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Twitter Shareholders SendUser engagement is fading, and so are the company's shares.     
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For the full year, the medical device maker's revenues grew 2% y-o-y to $7.143 billion on a constant currency basis, driven by 7% growth in Endoscopy and 6% growth in Peripheral Interventions. The... company gained from increasing acceptance of its new products and expansion in emerging markets. Boston Scientific expects its sales to grow to $7.3-$7.5 billion in 2014, an increase of 3-5% over 2013 on a constant currency basis.
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India probes media report ofGovt has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to investigate the matter after a media report alleged of hacking by the China telecom company
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GM Reports Lower-Than-Expected Earnings

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 15:35
General Motors' fourth-quarter profit rose 2 percent from a year ago, but the company fell short of Wall Street expectations as it spent heavily to restructure outside the U.S.     
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Applications for US jobless aid fall 20K to 331K

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 15:35
The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.
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Jobless Claims Fall, Point to Firming Labor Market

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 15:34
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labour market outlook and the broader economy.     
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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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Can London's Tech City MeasureU.K. tech and venture could use a boost to measure up to Silicon Valley or even Silicon Dragon levels.
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What cool new products are you using? We all ask this question. It's a common conversation starter, especially in the startup community. I'm particularly fond of this topic--I enjoy geeking out about... products, writing design deconstructions, and swapping discoveries with smart folks. But these conversations provide more than just entertainment value: They are also a great […]
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MOSCOW (AP) -- When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda" to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave... rainbow flags or speak out in protest.
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Wet Seal now anticipates bigger 4Q loss

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 15:32
Wet Seal expects to report a bigger fourth-quarter loss than previously projected due to lower-than-expected sales and more promotional activity than it had anticipated.
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Kellogg returns to profit in 4Q, revenue dips

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 15:32
Kellogg returns to profit inKellogg is profitable again this fourth quarter, buoyed by the repricing of some assets based on market conditions.
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Spending Growth Comes from the Wealthy, Not the Middle

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 15:30
Businesses should aim high or low and not get stuck in the middle.
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Analysts unfazed by CumminsAnalysts say Cummins will do well once the market recovers; most brokerages keep rating on the stock unchanged
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(Kitco News) - It was the “flash crash” of May 2010 that woke Eric Scott Hunsader to the idea that high-frequency trading might have a hand in trading disruptions.
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Monthly Market Commentary: January

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 15:24
Monthly Market Commentary:January was a volatile month for equity markets
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(Kitco News) - Gold prices are modestly higher in early U.S. trading Thursday, on some mild safe-haven demand and on more technical buying. Trading could be quieter Thursday ahead of Friday’s... all-important U.S. employment report from the Labor Department. April gold was last up $4.30 at $1,261.10 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted up $4.10 at $1262.25. March Comex silver last traded up $0.225 at $20.03 an ounce.
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How Successful People Stay Calm

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 15:23
How Successful People StayThe ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90%... of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. If you've followed my work, you’ve read some startling research summaries that explore the havoc stress can wreak on one’s physical and mental health (such as the Yale study, which found that prolonged stress causes degeneration in the area of the brain responsible for self-control). The tricky thing about stress (and the anxiety that comes with it) is that it’s an absolutely necessary emotion. Our brains are wired such that it’s difficult to take action until we feel at...
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Difference between valueValue investors will look for stocks that are trading at a price below their fundamental value
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After five years of double-dip recession, Spain's economy seems to have stopped sinking. But the recovery will be a prolonged one. Despite having fallen almost 40 percent since the housing bubble... burst in late 2007, home prices in the euro zone's fourth-largest economy are expected to drop by another 10 percent to 15 percent before they stabilize. "Recovery in the housing sector in Spain hinges on an improvement in employment and access to credit, both of which are prey to uncertainty," Souheir Asba, an analyst at Societe Generale, said in a note.
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As the world digs out from the economic downturn of 2009, it seems that annual growth in global defense spending is back. Total global defense spending rose 0.6 percent from $1.538 trillion to $1.547... trillion, according to a forecast released Tuesday in London from IHS Jane's Aerospace, Defence & Security. If the forecast proves accurate, it will be the first time since 2009 that the world grew spending on military hardware and armies since 2009.
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After a decade-long love affair with emerging markets, investors turned to "frontier markets" as the latest in investment chic, pinpointing markets where both risks and rewards were substantial. But... recent troubles in Argentina, once a common example of a promising frontier market, may make frontier market specialists rethink their strategies.
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The Mexican region of Michoacán has not had the best of months -- or even years. The state, bordering the Atlantic ocean in the west of the country, has spent the last year, particularly the last... four weeks, in a deeply violent riot between drug traffickers, Mexican police and armed residents, in an effort to control one of the most impoverished, crime-ridden parts of the country.
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Consumers are skeptical of using alternative forms of currency like Bitcoin, a five-year old digital currency, a recent nationwide survey by TheStreet (Nasdaq: TST) found. Seventy-nine percent of... consumers said they would never consider using an alternative currency like Bitcoin. Most consumers (76 percent) are not familiar with Bitcoin, and 80 percent would rather own gold than Bitcoin, the survey, which was released Wednesday, found.
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DealBook: Legal Costs Weigh on Credit Suisse Earnings

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 15:17
The Swiss bank's net income increased nearly 2 percent, after setting aside funds to cover costs for mortgage litigation and a tax dispute.     
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UK Sinha gets two-year extension as Sebi chief

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 15:17
UK Sinha gets two-yearExtension gives Sinha more time to continue pursuing reforms aimed at bringing more transparency to bourses
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Why Your Insurance CompanyImagine your insurance company paying you for healthier behavior, such as taking your vitamins or medications as directed, going for daily walks, or not eating that second dessert. That day may not be... very far away. The healthcare industry is moving from a "fee for service" to a "fee for outcome" model. With the emphasis shifting to preventive care, your insurance company will want to encourage you to do things that keep you healthy and out of hospitals, because it will save them money in the long run.
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Despite an absence of new titles during the September quarter, the company was able beat market expectations and its own guidance, earning more than 60% of its non-GAAP revenues from digital streams.
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Obamacare Fact Check:By CALVIN WOODWARD, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) -- New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work... hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight. The analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts the law will give several million people an opportunity to work less or not at all, because they won't be stuck in jobs just for the sake of keeping the health insurance they get from employers. To some Republicans, that amounts to "wreaking havoc on working families," ''dire consequences for workers" and a shower of pink slips across the land -- conclusions unsupported...
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The latest terror threat around the Sochi Olympics, which began competition Thursday, could lie in a tube of toothpaste.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants military leaders to inject more urgency into ensuring "moral character and moral courage" in a force suffering a rash of ethical lapses.
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DANGJIN, South Korea (AP) -- Several bears lie on top of each other, as still as teddy bears, as they gaze out past rusty iron bars. Others pace restlessly. The ground below their metal cages is... littered with feces, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, dog food and fruit. They've been kept in these dirty pens since birth, bred for a single purpose: to be killed for their bile.     
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Forex Traders Await ECB, BoEDespite the decorum of calm in capital markets, event risk is to become the order of the day. For the next two-trading sessions, central bank interest rate and North American employment announcements... are capable of setting a 'new' market tone and direction for the foreseeable future. This morning, North America will wake to the thoughts of the Bank of England (BoE) and the European Central Bank (ECB), with mainland Europe particularly in focus. Central banks' views on their own rates to combat domestic inflation and encourage growth will eventually filter throughout the whole capital system network and provide investors with a choice of trading opportunities. For too long the collective decision that led to the global low-rate environment -- dictated to investors by policymakers -- has...
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County commissioners have agreed to buy MacBook Air laptop computers for all students in grades 6 through 12 in the Iredell-Statesville Schools.
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'Daily Show's' Jason Jones"It was kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson." That's how City Councilman Chris Turner of Coralville, Iowa described the support of the Koch brothers in his small town election on Wednesday's... "Daily Show." Correspondent Jason Jones headed to the city of 20,000 to investigate why the Koches and their Americans for Prosperity super PAC have been propping up conservative candidates in small towns. Mayor John Lundell told Jones that most citizens of the town felt that the presence of AFP had brought "an air of ugliness" to the typically well-mannered city. Councilman Turner, who told Jones that he tied for last, agreed that their election methods were "reprehensible." Vice President Joe Biden even gave Lundell a congratulatory phone call last November when Koch-run campaigns were...
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Turkish Internet restrictionsTurkey's new Internet restrictions are raising concerns the government is trying control the flow of information amid a corruption scandal, and a senior European official on Thursday called the... measures "a step back" for media freedom.
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Clear Lake works on landing warehouse project

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 15:05
Clear Lake officials have been working on landing a regional warehouse and distribution project that could bring more than 160 new jobs to the area.
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Bits: When Identity Theft Hits Home

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 15:03
Bits: When Identity Theft HitsWhat happens when your credit card information is among the millions stolen from a major retailer? Nothing good.     
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Instead of singing, Madonna and Pussy Riot spoke with passion about human rights issues at a concert for Amnesty International.
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Indian bonds give up gainsThe benchmark 10-year bond yield ends 1 basis point higher at 8.72%
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The First Strategic Question Every Business Must Ask

Harvard Business Review - 6 Feb 2014 15:00
It's not what business you are in today, but what business you should be in tomorrow.
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How Relocating Could Help Your Startup.

Nibletz - 6 Feb 2014 15:00
When it comes to picking a place to start your company, it can helpful to know a region’s strengths. If you’re working on a political or education startup, DC is a great place to be. Adtech finds... a great home in New York, and there are various cities around the country that support healthcare or […]
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County commissioners have agreed to buy MacBook Air laptop computers for all students in grades 6 through 12 in the Iredell-Statesville Schools.
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CBS looks to NFL for a biggerCBS is ready for some more football.     
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L.A.'s Broadway showing signsCouncilman Jose Huizar says new real estate guidelines will allow for full revitalization of historic Broadway buildings that have sat mostly empty for decades.Broadway, the sparkling entertainment... district of mid-20th-century Los Angeles, had a long fall.     
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9 Ways Quantum Computing WillComputers built on the principles of quantum physics--as opposed to ‘classical’ physics--promise a revolution on the order of the invention of the microprocessor or the splitting of the atom.... D-Wave, a small Canadian company backed by Jeff Bezos, NASA, and the CIA among others, is the first firm to sell a so-called quantum computer--at roughly $10 million a pop. The vast increase in power could revolutionize fields as disparate as medicine, space exploration, and artificial intelligence. In this week’s TIME cover story, Lev Grossman writes that D-Wave’s machines are “so radical and strange, people are still trying to figure out what it's for and how to use it.” We live in the age of Big Data, burying ourselves in ­­information--search queries, genomes, credit-card purchases,...
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UK house prices in the three months to January were 1.9% higher than in the previous three months, taking the average price of a home to £175,546, according to the latest figures from the Halifax... published today (Thursday 06 February). On an month on month basis prices increased by 1.1% in January while prices in the three months to January were 7.3% higher than in the same three months a year earlier. This was marginally lower than December’s figure of 7.5%. The report points out that a lack of supply coming on to the market is adding upward pressure on prices at a time when the number of home owners providing instructions to put their property on the market for sale has increased only marginally. ‘With the supply of properties being slow to respond to more buoyant market conditions,...
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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read. Turkey lawmakers adopt 'Orwellian' Internet curbs. "The text notably permits a government agency, the... Telecommunications Communications Presidency (TIB), to block access to websites without court authorization if they are deemed to violate privacy or with content seen as 'insulting,'" AFP reports.
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low on Thursday, holding off on more stimulus despite weak economic growth and low... inflation.     
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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A top European official has voiced concern over new Turkish legislation that would tighten government controls over the Internet.     
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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- European Central Bank leaves key rate unchanged at record low of 0.25 percent.     
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Apple Kills Last Bitcoin App

Time - 6 Feb 2014 14:47
Apple Kills Last Bitcoin AppApple removed the last remaining app used to exchange the digital currency Bitcoin from its App Store on Wednesday. Blockchain, the bitcoin wallet app, said on its blog that it had no prior warning it... would be barred from the store or prompting it to make changes to that app. It said Apple’s only explanation was “unresolved issues.” Other bitcoin-related apps like Coinbase, Gliph and CoinJar have also been removed from the store. While Bitcoin isn’t illegal, it’s also not recognized as legal currency by governments, TechCrunch notes. This could conflict with section 22.1 of the App Store’s review guidelines, which states that “apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users. It is the developer’s obligation to understand...
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KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Uganda's government has signed an agreement with three foreign oil companies, a government official said Thursday, clearing the way for commercial production of crude reserves....     
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DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors' fourth-quarter profit rose 2 percent from a year ago, but the company fell short of Wall Street expectations.     
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The prices of oil extended gains to near $98 a barrel on Thursday as a winter storm that slammed the U.S. raised expectations for higher energy demand and amid signs of weak supply growth.     
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(Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy Corp said its capital expenditure for the year would fall about 20 percent as part of CEO Doug Lawler's plan to focus on drilling in U.S. shale basins that offer the best... returns such as the Eagle Ford field in south Texas.
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PARIS (AP) -- French drug maker Sanofi said Thursday its earnings soared in the fourth quarter as lower restructuring costs offset a hefty charge related to one of its key multiple sclerosis... treatments.     
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GM reports lower-than-expected 4Q earnings

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 14:35
GM reports lower-than-expectedGeneral Motors' fourth-quarter net profit rose 2 percent from a year ago, but the company fell short of Wall Street expectations as it spent heavily to restructure outside the U.S.
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Sandra Fluke is running for office in California, which apparently makes her a ripe target for Republicans in Maine.
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Raising The Minimum Wage Is More Popular Than Capitalism

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 14:30
Raising The Minimum Wage IsRaising the minimum wage is about as popular an economic policy position as any in America. In fact, more people want to increase the minimum wage than have a positive view of the capitalist system... that underpins the nation's economy. A new HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 62 percent of Americans support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, while 26 percent are opposed. Meanwhile, 53 percent have a positive opinion of capitalism, while 19 percent have a negative view. Democratic lawmakers and President Barack Obama support increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Obama announced during his State of the Union address last week that he would use an executive order to raise pay for federal contractors. Although most Americans surveyed said they favor raising the minimum...
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Subway removing yoga mat chemical from bread

Chicago Tribune - 6 Feb 2014 14:28
Subway removing yoga matSubway said it will stop using azodiacarbonamide, a chemical used in the production of foamed plastics like yoga mats and rubber-soled shoes, in its bread.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A lightning strike that injured an air traffic controller at Baltimore's main airport has exposed a potential vulnerability at airport towers during storms and is prompting Federal... Aviation Administration officials to inspect hundreds of towers nationwide, The Associated Press has learned.     
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Man has a plan for Maine's green crab problem

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 14:25
A Canadian businessman says he has the solution to Maine's green crab problem — eat them.
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Aetna Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled, thanks in part to a $6.9 billion acquisition, but the nation's third largest health insurer missed Wall Street's earnings expectations.     
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Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is cutting ties with conservative website Newsmax after it sent a disputed email about Alzheimer's disease to his political mailing list Wednesday morning.
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Investing: The Final Frontier

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 14:18
Frontier markets are the outliers. The term refers to countries that are not part of either the developed world or emerging market indices produced by index providers like MSCI and FTSE. They have... attracted increasing attention in recent years, for several reasons: they offer diversification from developed and emerging markets, with limited correlation; they offer high potential returns, though obviously with heightened risk; and as emerging markets have lost favour, some capital has been allocated to markets that are even smaller but offer greater value.
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YoungMoney: More cheese, please!

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 14:15
Cheese could cost more or be harder to find this year.
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The 12 Fastest-Growing Cities In America

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 14:14
The 12 Fastest-Growing CitiesYears after the recession took the life out of the U.S. economy, American cities are finally back on the growth track. In fact, 351 metro areas will see job gains this year, according to a new... report published by the Conference of Mayors and produced by IHS Global Insight. "The North American energy boom will continue to create jobs, investment, and a competitive advantage in manufacturing," according to the report. A handful of cities are ahead of the pack. We pulled the cities from the report that saw GMP ("gross metro product") grow by 4% or more in 2013. 12. Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 2013 employment change: 2.0% 2013 GMP change: 4.1% Like many cities in Florida, Sebastian and Vero Beach were both hit hardest by the housing market crash. As that market recovers, so have Floridian...
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U.S. stock futures are higher as investors look at possible rate cuts from the European Central Bank, and wait for weekly jobless claims and trade data.
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Today's Economist: EuropeansThe European Union's determination to include financial regulations in a new trade agreement with the United States is making passage unlikely, an economist writes.     
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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- In a rare expression of regret by an Iranian official, President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that he is sorry for any troubles with the distribution of a food ration to the poor,... following reports that three people have died waiting for the goods in subzero weather.     
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Store wine the European way

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 14:04
Appliance maker bringing high-end European wine storage devices to U.S.
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Bank of England keeps rates on hold

Boston - 6 Feb 2014 14:02
LONDON (AP) -- The Bank of England has decided to keep its benchmark interest rate at a record low 0.5 percent this month even as the British economy improves.     
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Amazon Just Bought A VideoAmazon has acquired a gaming studio called Double Helix Games, but financial terms have not been disclosed. Double Helix Games, founded in 2007, is merger of two well-known game development shops,... The Collective, Inc. and Shiny Entertainment. It has about 75 employees who will now fold into Amazon employment. TechCrunch, who confirmed the news of the buy from Amazon, reports, The Double Helix deal may fuel to the recent rumors that Amazon is preparing to release its own gaming console in the coming months. Last week, the video game industry blog VG247.com reported that Amazon is planning to launch an Android-powered “dedicated games and entertainment device this year priced below $300… [that] will compete directly with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo.” Buzz about an Amazon console...
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A longtime John Boehner ally had a priceless take Wednesday on the House speaker's struggles to control his often-untamable Republican caucus.
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Volvo Cuts 2,400 Jobs After Profits Fall

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 13:56
Volvo Cuts 2,400 Jobs AfterSwedish truck maker Volvo said Thursday it is cutting 2,400 jobs in addition to 2,000 cuts the company, a leader in the global truck sector, announced in October. Sales fell by 9.0 percent from the... 2012 level to 272.6 billion kronor (30.9 billion euros, $41.7 billion) last year, the group said. The truck market is closely linked to economic activity. Net profit fell by two thirds to 3.80 billion kronor (430 million euros). The job cuts affecting management, administrative staff and consultants are part of a restructuring launched in September to boost profitability. All of the cuts are due to take effect this year. At the end of last year, the company had 95,500 people on its payroll and employed nearly 15,000 consultants. Copyright (2014) AFP. All rights reserved. Join the conversation...
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Costco key January sales figure up 4 percent

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 13:55
Costco's sales at stores open at least a year rose 4 percent in January, topping analysts' expectations.
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Yelp jumps 20% on outlook surprise

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 13:54
Review site gives Street better 2014 sales forecast than expected
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President Barack Obama had one important message to deliver to Senate Democrats during their Wednesday retreat: if they were facing a tight reelection race this year, they wouldn't need to invite him... back to their states.
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ALBERT EDWARDS: The MarketsAmid the turmoil in the emerging markets, Societe Generale strategist Albert Edwards is as bearish as ever. "Our warnings throughout last year that an unravelling of emerging markets (EM) was the... final tweet of the canary in the coal mine have still not been taken on board," he wrote in a new 6-page note to clients. "The ongoing EM debacle will be less contained than sub-prime ultimately proved to be. The simple fact is that US and global profits growth has now reached a tipping point and the unfolding EM crisis will push global profits and thereafter the global economy back into deep recession." Profits and profit expectations are ultimate what drive stock prices. And the worry is that fragile and weak profit growth is about to make a big turn for the worse. "One thing [SocGen's Andrew...
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Nissan says it's a project truck, but it already is bringing a diesel to its larger pickup
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The Rapides Parish School District will spend almost $1 million to upgrade its wireless system for computer-based testing that begins as early as March.
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Volkswagen unleashes a racing Beetle

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 13:43
It may not sound threatening until you consider it will have more than 600 horsepower
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NBC Cancels Michael J. Fox's Show

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 13:39
NBC Cancels Michael J. Fox'sMichael J. Fox's return to television will be short-lived. NBC has announced it will not renew "The Michael J. Fox" show for a second season, according to The Wrap. The show walked a fine line between... real life as it followed Fox returning to work years after a diagnosis with Parkinson's Disease. Betsy Brandt ("Breaking Bad") starred as Fox's wife. Though the show premiered to 7.5 million viewers, it was never a rating's winner for the Peacock network. It's most recent episode, "Sochi," about Fox covering the Olympics, scored an audience of 2.2 million. 15 of the season's 22 episodes have aired. It's unclear when the final episodes will air. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about the return of "24" on Fox Join the conversation about this story »     
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10 Tech Things You Need To Know This Morning

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 13:37
10 Tech Things You Need ToGood Morning! Here's what you need to know as you get your day started: 1. Apple has a brand new iPhone commercial, made up of footage of a Burberry fashion show that was shout entirely on the iPhone... 5S. 2. Twitter plunges after earnings on weak user growth. 3. Amazon just bought a gaming studio called Double Helix Games. 4. A phone that's officially selfie-friendly. 5. Apple just pulled the most popular Bitcoin wallet out of the App Store. 6. Sony is in talks with an investment fund called Japan Industrial Partners to sell loss-making Vaio. 7. A look at Samsung's updated voice app. 8. Here's why Microsoft's new CEO once made the controversial decision to use a Mac in public. 9. Samsung is asking Olympians to hide their iPhones during the Opening Ceremony. 10. HTC jumps aboard the wearable...
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GHOST COMPOSER: Japan'sThe man who was the musical brains behind a supposedly deaf composer dubbed "Japan's Beethoven" claimed on Thursday that the mock maestro was not hearing-impaired -- and couldn't even write sheet... music. The startling allegations come a day after composer Mamoru Samuragochi, 50, confessed to hiring another man to write his best-known works, as he shot to fame in the mid-1990s with classical compositions that provided the soundtrack to video games including Resident Evil. Samuragochi has not responded publicly to the fresh allegations. In an interview with weekly magazine Shukan Bunshun published Thursday, ghost composer Takashi Niigaki painted the picture of a carefully orchestrated fraud which saw Samuragochi -- who once called his hearing loss a "gift from God" -- play the role of...
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AOL income rises 0.8% on video ad sales

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 13:32
But media company's subscription revenue falls.
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Less wind drag and other improvements increase gas mileage by as much as 10%
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BERLIN (AP) -- Industrial orders in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, have shown an unexpected decline despite a rebound in demand from other countries in the eurozone.     
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European stock markets move higher, as investors wait for policy decisions from the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, with analysts increasingly betting on a rate cut for the euro zone.
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US Northeast Struggles ToBOSTON/NEW YORK 
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Wyo. board considers Magpul incentives package

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 13:25
The State Loan and Investment Board will consider a $13 million incentive package to help a Colorado producer of ammunition magazines for guns move its manufacturing operations to Wyoming.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- In a foretaste of his campaign for European parliamentary elections in May, Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders is making his case that the Netherlands would be... better off leaving the European Union.     
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Infosys, UL jointly build newInfosys says the new software platform will integrate all of UL's business units and subsidiaries together
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BANGKOK (AP) -- An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered... government.     
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Discovering fashion's new talent

CNN - 6 Feb 2014 13:12
As New York Fashion week kicks off, new designers have the opportunity to showcase their work. CNN's Maggie Lake reports.
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South Africa: 8 miners die in underground fire

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 13:11
Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth missing miner, a... mining company said Thursday.
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Millions of Americans are having difficulty making ends meet, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll
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Latest data continues to indicate a pause in the housing market's recovery.
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TOKYO (AP) -- Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million)....     
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JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Eight gold miners in South Africa died after a magnitude-2.4 earthquake triggered an underground fire, and rescue teams operating deep below the surface were searching for a ninth... missing miner, a mining company said Thursday.     
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If you're looking for the story of the American economy right now, you can find it in the wide space between Neiman-Marcus and the Dollar Store. When you look at income and wealth, the collapse of the... middle class is apparent, but it's even more striking when you look at the dollars people spend, not just the ones they earn.
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It's the cliche scandal question: what did he know and when did he know it? But it's an important one for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). As the George Washington Bridge scandal has unfolded,... Christie has several times addressed questions about when he learned about the closures. His answers, or at least their emphasis, has evolved over time. Take a look:
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Alcatel-Lucent inks deal with China Huaxin

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 12:55
French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362... million).
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Triumph launches Daytona 675 at `10.15 lakh

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 12:53
Triumph launches Daytona 675Triumph introduced 10 models in India in November, hopes to sell 500 bikes in the six months to June
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LONDON/BRUSSELS
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Most U.K. stocks advance, with heavyweight Vodafone posting one of the biggest gains after a well-received earnings report.
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Gold, silver recover onGold of 99.9 and 99.5% purity recovered by Rs50 each to Rs30,510 and Rs30,310 per ten gram, respectively
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Volvo to cut 4,400 jobs in 2014

Boston - 6 Feb 2014 12:49
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Truck maker AB Volvo said it plans to lay off 4,400 employees this year as it revealed a 37 percent slide in fourth quarter profits.     
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GENEVA (AP) -- Litigation costs weighed on Switzerland's second-largest bank, Credit Suisse, in the fourth quarter.     
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Restaurants mix batches of bourbon

Boston - 6 Feb 2014 12:48
The Seaport Boston Hotel's beverage director Eric Loring sniffed and sipped from three small plastic cups, jotting down the kind of notes you might expect to see at a wine tasting. He recorded the... taste of "sweet," "oaky" and "nice spice" flavors.     
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Automaker Daimler rebounds in Q4

Boston - 6 Feb 2014 12:46
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Automaker Daimler AG finished 2013 strongly after a rough start to the year that included a profit warning.     
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McDonald's Needs a 'Miracle'Alas, McDonald's has been out-bunned. The hamburger giant and rival Wendy's have taken different approaches to their businesses in recent years, and Wendy's has prospered while McDonald's, lately, has... stumbled. Why? Evidently, things have gotten too complicated on the McDonald's menu. "We need to do fewer products with better execution," said the company's chief operating officer, Tim Fenton. Tom Gara of The Wall Street Journal concurs, finding McDonald's guilty of "firing multiple shots in all directions" and overwhelming customers and franchisees with "chicken wings, fish nuggets, bacon habanero ranch burgers and a line of wraps, among many other things." By contrast, Wendy's "doubled down on its core burger lineup and introduced a very successful twist: the pretzel bun." So, Gara asked,...
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Actually, San Francisco'sWidening wealth and income inequality have been a hot political topic for several years now, and nowhere more than tech boomtowns like San Francisco. In recent weeks and months, protesters have taken... to picketing parts of the city where Google’s private luxury buses come to pick up their highly paid engineers in order to take them to work at the firm’s nearby campus in Mountain View. The protests are ostensibly about Google’s use of public bus stops for private purposes, but they are motivated also by the impression that new tech money is raising home prices and forcing long-time residents out of the city they love. “You can say 'I'm just a company, leave me alone, I'm creating jobs, why do I have to do anything else,'” San Francisco mayor Ed Lee recently told TIME. Well, no...
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This British Biscuits Ad IsPacking an advertising campaign intended to boost your consumer-goods brand full of adorable kittens, puppies, and other creatures isn’t exactly a novel idea. But British confectioner United... Biscuits may have struck the mother lode with its new spots for McVitie’s sweet biscuits. The ads--which equate the company’s treats with adorable animals--are part of a $19.5 million push by the firm to expand its market share in the UK. (You can see two additional spots below.) The brand, while not well-known in the United States, owns about 20% of the biscuit market in Britain, which research firm IbisWorld projects will be worth more than $6.8 billion this year. One of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding cakes was, in part, made of McVitie's. “We are trying to convey the feeling...
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Millennials Put TheirEvery generation puts its stamp on the American Dream. But none have re-engineered the term quite like Millennials, who mostly want to travel and not work slavishly for the man. The American Dream has... been part of our culture since the 1930s, and has at times referred to home ownership, a good job, retirement security, or each generation doing better than the last. Now comes a new young adult population to say it means none of that; the dream is really about day-to-day control of your life. In a new poll, 38% of Millennials say travel is part of the American Dream, exceeding the 28% who name secure retirement. They identify the dream of home ownership at a far lower rate than Gen X and baby boomers. Meanwhile, 26% of Millennials cite self-employment as part of the dream--more than Gen X...
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Coast transit approves fare increases

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 12:40
The Coast Transit Authority's board of commissioners has approved service-wide fare increases as well as several route changes in an effort to offset a local funding deficit of $270,940.
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Markets Around The World Are Rallying

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 12:31
Markets Around The World AreMarkets around the world are in the green. In what has been a very volatile year, this can be described as a rare sight. Britain's FTSE 100 is up 0.6%. France's CAC 40 is up 90%. Germany's DAX is up... 1.0%. Spain's IBEX is up 1.1% Italy's FTSE MIB is up 1.1%. Later this morning, the European Central Bank will publish its latest monetary policy update. Most economists expect no change, however a few warn we could see an interest rate cut. This would come amid very anemic economic data highlighted by very low inflation. In Asia, Hong Kong's Hang Seng closed up 0.7% and Australia's S&P/ASX is up 1.2%. Japan's Nikkei, however, closed down 0.1%. Electronics giant Sony announced a massive round of restrustructuring. Management expects to lose $1.1 billion for the year as it cuts 5,000 jobs. U.S....
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Big Pharma pushes for USThe US industry trade group believes US should downgrade India to a Priority Foreign Country, a classification for the worst offenders
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Campaign spending at casinos, 2009-2012

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 12:25
— Paragon Casino and Resort, Marksville, La. : $75,976
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Casinos get a slice of public business

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 12:25
Louisiana politicians and special interest groups spent more than $185,000 in campaign dollars at casinos and gambling establishments in three states from 2009 to 2012, records show.
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New York Times Q4 earnings fall due to lower ad sales but digital circulation gains
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Couples who fall in love after age 50 should consider these 5 key issues, including Social Security, estate planning and their tax status, before they decide to tie the knot.
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Photos: Newly Single KellyFlashy Osbourne family member is selling her home in West Hollywood.     
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Jackson Furniture added jobs quickly

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 11:55
When Cleveland, Tenn.-based Jackson Furniture announced last fall it was expanding its operations into Northeast Mississippi, it promised to add 250 jobs within three years.
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Rubenstein's Carlyle wins ITWWrap it up, they'll take it. David Rubenstein's Carlyle Group has won a $3 billion-plus auction for an Illinois packaging company -- besting a handful of rivals, The Post has...
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Sony says it now expects to post a full-year loss and reveals plans to sell its struggling PC unit.
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Vodafone Q3 revenue drops 4.8 percent

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 11:35
Vodafone, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, says third-quarter revenue dropped 4.8 percent as conditions across an economically struggling Europe remained challenging.
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Developer sues over subdivision denial

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 11:35
Developers seeking to build 15 houses on a 2½-acre tract in the Old Jefferson community have filed a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish after the Parish Council denied its request to subdivide the... property.
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House asking prices in the UK increased by 1.26% in the last quarter of 2013 to an average of £246,781, largely supported by rises in the South and the Midlands as property prices in the North of the... country dropped. The average asking price in the East Midlands reached the highest level for five years in November, hitting £182,505, the data from residential property group Move with Us shows. At a regional level, Greater London, the South East and the East Midlands were the top performing regions in the fourth quarter of 2013 in terms of asking price. Greater London saw a rise of 4.68%, the South East 1.03% and The East Midlands 0.65%. Greater London continued to operate in its own bubble with the average property price increasing £52,535 in 2013 and selling times remain the fastest in...
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Sony to Shed PCs, TVs andSony Corp unveiled a corporate restructuring plan on Thursday that will see it shed its PC and TV divisions, once the bread and butter of its operations, and slash 5,000 jobs. Reuters reports that the... restructuring plan could save the ailing electronics giant $988 million in fixed annual costs. The widely anticipated move comes after Sony’s TV division racked up nine straight years of losses, amid heated competition from Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. [Reuters]
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On the eve of any Olympic Games, news is bleak, involving construction snafus, athlete injury and security concerns. But the growing list of complaints out of Sochi Olympics doesn't necessarily bode... ominously.
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A proposal to offer a relocation package to Sears that would have included moving its headquarters from Illinois into the Tennessee Tower state office building was meant as a temporary measure until... permanent space could be found, the state's economic development chief said.
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Business group has new Louisiana leader

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 11:10
The National Federation of Independent Business, which lobbies on behalf of small businesses, has named a new state director in Louisiana.
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Boomtown Casino New Orleans says it's on schedule to open its $20 million expansion that includes a 150-room hotel and conference space in July.
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G.I. Joe, 'World's First Action Figure,' Turns 50

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 11:02
G.I. Joe, 'World's FirstSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- G.I. Joe is turning 50. The birthday of what's called the world's first action figure is being celebrated this month by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it... just before the nation plunged into the quagmire that would become the Vietnam War -- a storm it seems to have weathered pretty well. Since Hasbro brought it to the world's attention at the annual toy fair in New York City in early 1964, G.I. Joe has undergone many changes, some the result of shifts in public sentiment for military-themed toys, others dictated by the marketplace. Still, whether it's the original "movable fighting man" decked out in the uniforms of the four branches of the U.S. military, or today's scaled-down products, G.I. Joe remains a popular brand. "Joe stood for everything...
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The dollar rises against the euro and yen , as markets eye the European Central bank and Bank of England's policy decisions due later in the day, while investors also watch closely Friday's release of... U.S. January employment report.
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Volvo to cut 4,400 jobs in 2014

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 10:40
Volvo to cut 4,400 jobs inTruck maker AB Volvo said it plans to lay off 4,400 employees this year as it revealed a 37 percent slide in fourth quarter profits.
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December trade deficit widens to $38.7B

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 10:36
The trade deficit rose to $38.7 billion in December, the government reported Thursday.
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Jobless claims drop; sign of few layoffs

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 10:34
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to 331,000, a sign of few layoffs.
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Tech stocks: Twitter plunges more than 20%

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 10:28
Shares sink on slow user growth; revenue tops forecasts.
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Local officials are hoping that Town Meeting voters don't, for the third time in a row, strike down a zoning change the officials say will spur business growth and increase the commercial tax base.... The town's Economic Development Committee has been meeting with local boards to try to build a consensus on a commercial zoning amendment that would be put to a vote at the annual Town Meeting in May. The last two proposals -- which included increasing building heights from 40 to 60 feet in industrial-zoned areas and from 34 to 40 feet in commercial-zoned districts -- received majority votes at the last two Town Meetings, but did not get the two-thirds vote required for passage. Rick Merritt, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, said he is confused as to why some residents are...
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A new planning court in the UK which will employ specialist judges to deal with disputed property schemes has been welcomed by the property industry which has expresses its dissatisfaction with the... current system. The court, part of proposals announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, will work to fixed time limits, in effect fast tracking disputed planning applications and aiming to achieve a faster delivery. ‘The judicial review system over the last few years has been inefficient and counter productive, with far too many cases being referred. The result has been stalled development and long periods of uncertainty at a time when we need it the least,’ said Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation (BPF). ‘We were pleased when the government introduced reforms...
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Wednesday Sports In Brief

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 10:20
Shaun White jammed his wrist on one jump and watched the world's best snowboarders join him in tumbling down the supersized, super-scary Olympic slopestyle course.
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Step to artificial hand thatIt's not quite the bionics of science fiction, but European researchers have created a robotic hand that gave an amputee a sense of touch he hadn't felt in a decade.
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Sanofi earns soar on lower restructuring costs

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 10:15
French drug maker Sanofi said Thursday its earnings soared in the fourth quarter as lower restructuring costs offset a hefty charge related to one of its key multiple sclerosis treatments.
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An ambitious rice buying program that Thailand's ruling party hoped would uplift millions of its poor rural supporters may end up helping to bring down the increasingly cornered government.
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Arkansas Business Hall of Fame event set

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 10:10
The Arkansas Business Hall of Fame is set to induct four new members at a ceremony in Little Rock.
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Helicopter maker has a 'very bright future,' according to exec, regarding future of the division.
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WASHINGTON - Rep. Henry A. Waxman, after a 30-minute meeting with Tribune Co. chief executive Peter Liguori, said he still was concerned about the company's plans to spin off the…
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Super Bowl ad that shows 'America the Beautiful' sung in seven different languages lit up social media.
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Sony to sell PC business,Sony Corp. unexpectedly forecast a $1.1 billion annual loss and will cut 5,000 more jobs as Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai widens his restructuring plan in the face of shrinking demand for TVs... and computers.     
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Investing: You can't control what the markets will give you, but you can control taxes and fees.
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Digital editions rose 37% to 10.8 million, representing 3.5% of total circulation, up from 2.4% a year ago.
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The Obama administration will narrow its controversial drone program in Pakistan to target a short list of high-level terrorists, and aim to end it during the prime minister's current term, senior... U.S. officials have told their Pakistani counterparts.
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Obamacare Kills 2.5 MillionCongressional Budget Office Admits Obamacare Will Cut 2.5 Million From Workforce, And White House Makes Lemonade.
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GI Joe, the world's firstG.I. Joe is turning 50.
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Fourth-quarter earnings at Switzerland's second-largest bank, Credit Suisse Group, barely rose as new provisions for litigation weighed down its results.
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Stocks in Asia trade higher, steadying after an intense bout of selling earlier in the week, although gains are limited ahead of an important U.S. jobs report Friday.
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A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.
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Monthly employment report will help Wall Street decide if its fear of an economic slowdown is justified.
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Sony is in talks to sell its troubled personal computer business and Thursday lowered its earnings forecast for the business year ending March to a 110 billion yen loss ($1.1 million).
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High net worth individuals are usually those best suited by insurance investment products.
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Jabong, Myntra's expansionJabong has received more than $100 mn from existing and new investors while Myntra raised more than $50 mn in a funding round
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(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc has agreed to pay $110 million to thousands of homeowners who were forcibly charged expensive property insurance premiums, a court filing showed, as several U.S. banks and... insurers were criticized by regulators over such practices.
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Media giant, which owns The Wall Street Journal, says decline was due to sluggish ad sales, restructuring charges.
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Google's YouTube to get new chief executive

L.A. Times - 6 Feb 2014 08:05
Google's YouTube to get newYouTube is getting a new boss with expertise in advertising, in an appointment that signals the Internet's dominant online video site has entered a new phase in its evolution.     
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Moratorium on special tax break reviews

Chicago Tribune - 6 Feb 2014 08:00
Moratorium on special taxDe facto moratorium could last until May; Senate 'will have a conversation' with counterparts about announcement Illinois House lawmakers pledged Wednesday not to consider special tax incentives for... companies until the end of the spring session, and Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, said the de facto moratorium could stretch until May.
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Natural-gas futures resume their upward trend ahead of data that may show a drawdown in weekly supply of the commodity.
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Engineers India FPO opens onThe shares are being offered at a price band of `145-150 apiece and issue would remain open till 10 February
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LinkedIn shares hammered on outlook

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 07:49
LinkedIn shares hammered on outlook.
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If You Think Your BusinessBy all accounts he is a superstar, having demonstrated many of the best traits of a founder and CEO. So what happened? And what can entrepreneurs learn from the Broncos' stunning defeat?
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The New Celebrity Entrepreneurs

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 07:48
The New CelebrityNew Fame Game: Leveraging Status to Invest in Hot Deals
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Panasonic extends as OlympicThe IOC says Panasonic has extended its sponsorship of the Olympic Games through 2024.
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Brother Of Samsung Chief LosesThe elder brother of South Korea's richest man, Samsung Electronics chairman Lee Kun-Hee, lost his court appeal on Thursday for an $850 million share of his sibling's inherited wealth. The Seoul High... Court upheld a lower court ruling allowing Lee to retain all his shareholdings in the giant conglomerate that members of his family had accused him of hiding from them following the death in 1987 of his father and Samsung founder Lee Byung-Chul. The collective family claim had amounted to 4.1 trillion won, and Lee's elder brother Lee Maeng-Hee had appealed to the High Court over his 940 billion won ($850 million) share. While the court found that some shares claimed by Lee Maeng-Hee had indeed been bequeathed to him, it noted that the 10-year statute of limitations on inheritance claims had...
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Silver makes first trip as NBA commissioner

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 07:33
Silver makes first trip as NBANBA Commissioner Adam Silver is impressed with Sacramento's proposal for a new arena, and he thinks the league will play a preseason game in India one day.
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Allure of the Seas heading to Europe in ’15

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 07:25
Allure of the Seas heading toOne of the world’s largest cruise ships will spend next summer in Europe after being based in Fort Lauderdale for nearly five years.
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Rents rising faster in techSan Franciscans have long blamed the technology sector for rising rents. Now, a study from real-estate company Trulia backs them up.     
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Eurozone faces close call on interest rates

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 07:20
The European Central Bank is weighing conflicting signals from the economy as it considers whether to cut interest rates again for the 18-country euro bloc.
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13 Movies That Bombed In TheIt's no secret Hollywood is becoming more and more dependent on the foreign box office to make a profit on films. China is currently the largest source of international box office earnings, and by... 2018, it's predicted to be the number one source for box-office income. Thus it's no surprise that "Iron man 3" had alternate scenes for Chinese audiences and upcoming sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction" was filmed in China. Which films received the biggest boost overseas last year? We looked at the top 100 grossing movies of 2013 from the biggest studios and narrowed it down to films where the overseas gross accounted for 70% or more of the film’s box-office gross. These films are ordered by increasing dependence on foreign earnings. Though "Runner, Runner" bombed opening weekend in the...
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To understand where China is heading, it's important to realize what it means to lead China now, writes commentator Regina Abrami.
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Gold prices remain locked in a fairly tight trading range, with skittish investors assessing the prospects for equities as a steady stream of economic data builds up to the closely watched U.S. jobs... report at the end of the week.
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Mysterious Giant Jellyfish Washes Up In Australia

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 06:46
Mysterious Giant JellyfishScientists were on Thursday working to classify a new species of giant jellyfish that washed up on an Australian beach, describing it as a "whopper" that took their breath away. The 1.5-metre (4 foot... 11 inch) specimen was found by a family in the southern state of Tasmania, who contacted a local marine biologist. Lisa Gershwin, a scientist with the government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), said the type of jellyfish had been seen in the past, but never one so big and not one that became beached. "We know about this specimen but it hasn't been classified yet, it hasn't been named," she told AFP, adding that there had been a massive jellyfish bloom in Tasmanian waters over the past month. She said the new species was related to the lion's mane...
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CVS dropping cigarettes

CNN - 6 Feb 2014 06:39
Dropping cigarettes from store shelves "is a very slippery slope for any company,"
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Jet Airways shares soar onJet Airways shares rise as much as 10% following CCI's approval
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If you're walking along the east African coast and chance upon a herd of brightly-striped elephants, flame-hued rhinos and a tower of crazily-colored giraffes, then don't panic, you're not... hallucinating -- and neither have you stumbled on a psychedelic new species, sorry.
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Obama's Free Trade Disagreement

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 06:27
Obama's Free TradeThe Obama administration's negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement, have become a test of the compatibility of globalization with the increasing expectation among... democratized populations of transparency in government.
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Ex-Red Sox Pitcher CurtThree-time World Series-winning pitcher Curt Schilling, now a commentator for ESPN, says he has been diagnosed with cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to... meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement issued through the sports network. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer." The 47-year-old six-time All-Star was slated to be part of ESPN's crew for "Sunday Night Baseball" broadcasts next season, and it wasn't clear if that would change. Schilling pitched 20 seasons in baseball's major leagues with five different teams, Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston. He last played in the 2007 World Series, pitching in game two of Boston's triumph over Colorado. Injury sidelined him in...
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Sensex pares early gains; falls 175 points

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 06:12
Sensex pares early gains;The consumer durables index rose 0.15% to be biggest gainer, while realty index was the biggest loser, falling 1.25%
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Hackers first broke into Target's network last year by stealing the login credential of a heating-and-air-conditioning contractor, a person familiar with the investigation confirms.
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C-suite executives may be just a tweet away. A social media strategist tells you how to get their attention in 140 characters or less.
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Rupee opens higher at 62.4 per dollar

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 05:55
Rupee opens higher at 62.4 perThe partially convertible rupee opens at 62.4 per dollar compared with its previous close of 62.58
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Twitter stock drops 19 percentKerrrrrplunk! Twitter's shares tumbled back toward earth Wednesday evening after the microblogging company reported revenue in the fourth quarter more than doubled -- but noted that its ability to... maintain...
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Reaction to Twitter's first earnings report follows pattern of other hyped Internet IPOs.
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The New Orleans Pelicans and Louisiana-based Smoothie King have reached a 10-year agreement to rename the New Orleans Arena as the Smoothie King Center.
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AAA: Prepare for higher gas prices

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 05:11
Auto group predicts the nationwide average will peak between $3.55 and $3.75 per gallon.
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January's jobs number not looking any better

New York Post - 6 Feb 2014 05:10
January's jobs number notDid the labor market beat the January jinx? Oh, you didn't know the month was jinxed? Well neither does Wall Street, which is betting the Labor Department will report relatively...
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Subdued Send-Off, but Jay Leno Is Exiting on Top

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 05:09
Subdued Send-Off, but Jay LenoDespite the diminished state of late-night television, and technology that has altered viewing habits, the "Tonight" show remains one of the signature franchises of broadcasting and still carries... unusual resonance.     
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DealBook: Investors Appear toAnalysts and traders said prices of some Puerto Rico bonds traded lower on Wednesday, but there was no mass selling that might indicate a panic.     
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NBA Player Converted AnIn one of the more bizarre bloopers you will ever see, Gorgui Dieng of the Minnesota Timberwolves caught a missed shot by Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder at the end of the third quarter and... then dropped it into the hoop for an alley-oop into his own basket at the buzzer. Interestingly, the shot counted as three points for the Thunder as the Fisher was given credit for the basket. The Thunder went on to win 106-97 and Dieng went 0-4 on shots directed at the correct basket. Join the conversation about this story »     
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(Reuters) - Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, maker of the popular Keurig one-cup coffee brewer, said on Wednesday the Coca-Cola Co had bought a 10 percent stake in it for $1.25 billion and would... help launch Green Mountain's new cold drink machine planned for release as soon as October.
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People in Hawaii could see more micro apartments, housing for elderly people and rental properties if bills that lawmakers approved in committee Wednesday become law.
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Stocks up after drop in jobless claims

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 04:45
Stocks rise as a drop in initial jobless claims claims last week eased slowdown fears.
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It shows a air of cars that show a new emphasis on performance
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Opening Bell 6 February |Asian markets were trading marginally higher following positive cues from Wall Street
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Sony to sell PC business, slash jobs

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 04:34
Japanese electronics giant says it wants to concentrate on smartphones, tablets.
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Bid to Corner Rice Market Takes a Toll

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 04:33
A Thai effort to boost rice prices by withholding supplies from the international market has backfired, leaving farmers deep in debt and demanding answers.
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Martoma convicted in insider trading case

USA Today - 6 Feb 2014 04:32
Martoma convicted in SAC Capital insider trading case
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After a man walked into an Anchorage elementary school in mid-January attempting to take a 10-year-old girl while falsely claiming to be her father, authorities found they could only charge him with... criminal trespass.
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A South Texas judge has fined Citgo Petroleum more than $2 million after finding it guilty of felony violations of the U.S. Clean Air Act by its Corpus Christi refinery.
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Broken Duke Energy pipe was metal, not concrete

News Observer - 6 Feb 2014 04:28
Duke Energy, still trying to stop the flow from an Eden ash pond, finds trace metals in the Dan River.
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Asian shares take step forward, mood cautious

livemint.com - 6 Feb 2014 04:26
Asian shares take stepMSCI Asia-Pacific index near five-month low; euro capped as some expect ECB to take easing steps later in the day
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Hawaii's small producers of beer, liquor and wine would see relief from some of the nation's highest alcohol taxes under bills Hawaii lawmakers are considering.
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Twitter's 1st public earningsTwitter reported its slowest pace of user growth during the fourth quarter, dimming hopes that the social media phenomenon can sustain its torrid pace of expansion.
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A Different Gates Is Returning to Microsoft

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 03:52
A Different Gates Is ReturningAfter years in philanthropy, many wonder how Bill Gates, a luminary of the tech world, will choose to position Microsoft going forward.     
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Hard Times for a Bitcoin Evangelist

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 03:52
The arrest of bitcoin advocate Charles Shrem is a blow to a currency that has been red-hot with users and some investors. But "2014 will be like the Industrial Revolution for bitcoin," he says.
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Father's Emotional Video Plea To Facebook Goes Viral

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 03:51
Father's Emotional Video PleaA father who lost his son two years ago is asking Mark Zuckerberg and the Facebook team for the "Look Back" video his loved one couldn't share. John Berlin, of St. Louis, Mo., posted a short video to... YouTube on Wednesday explaining the loss of his 22-year-old son Jesse and his hope that he can watch the short, personalized "Look Back" video that many were sharing on the social network yesterday. "You ever do something crazy because you just don’t know what to do anymore?" Berlin asks in the 84-second video. "Well that’s what I’m doing right now." "I’m calling out to Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. You’ve been putting out these new movies – these one minute movies that everyone has been sharing, and I think they’re great," Berlin says, momentarily pausing to hold back tears....
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It Looks Like The US Markets Are Returning To Normal

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 03:48
It Looks Like The US Markets"Historically, rising equity prices have been associated with falling bond prices (rising bond yields), as stronger economic fundamentals drove investors to stocks and away from bonds, and weaker... economic growth produced the reverse," notes Guggenheim Partners' Scott Minerd. This is the kind of stuff we all learned when we were first introduced to investing as kids. "However, over the past few years, equity and bond prices began moving together as both markets were inflated by floods of liquidity from accommodative U.S. monetary policy, which distorted the traditional relationship," added Minerd. Indeed, many pundits spent this time blasting the Federal Reserve for messing up the investment game. But for whatever reason, it appears that markets have gone back to their old ways. "After...
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For Land Trusts, a Landmark Case

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 03:42
The New England Forestry Foundation and the town of Hawley, Mass., are squaring off in court over property taxes on land held in the public interest.
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HTC Jumps Aboard The Wearable Tech Train

Business Insider - 6 Feb 2014 03:41
HTC Jumps Aboard The WearableNot to be outdone by literally everyone around it, HTC told Bloomberg today that it, too, will jump aboard the wearable tech train with a release of a wearable device later this year. HTC Chairman... Cher Wang told Bloomberg that the company has been looking at wearables for many years, but only now is it almost ready to ship. She confirmed that it will be ready to go by the Christmas shopping season: Many years ago we started looking at smartwatches and wearables, but we believe that we really have to solve the battery problems and the LCD light problems. These are customer-centric problems. Poor battery life is a problem plaguing the other wearable devices that are out there, like the Samsung Galaxy Gear. If HTC can figure out how to improve battery life, while offering a slick design like...
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A Southern California school district official has resigned over a decision to expel 11 students in a computer-hacking scandal.
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Stock-Market Listings Stage a Comeback

Wall Street Journal - 6 Feb 2014 03:40
The ranks of U.S. public companies grew last year for the first time since the Internet boom, getting a long-awaited boost from an expanding economy and renewed investor interest in U.S. stocks.
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NM panel endorses Navajo gambling compact

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 03:40
NM panel endorses NavajoA legislative panel recommended Wednesday that the New Mexico Legislature approve a proposed gambling compact that would allow the Navajo Nation to open three additional casinos.
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As out-of-pocket medical costs grow for many Americans, the insurance industry is offering a way to help and, at the same time, expand its business: by selling supplemental policies that may fill the... gaps for consumers.
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CVS, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, said Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes at its 7,600 locations in an expensive but calculated bid to boost its image as a full-fledged... health-care provider rather than a simple purveyor of greeting cards and shampoo.
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Executives from Target and Neiman Marcus still don't know how they could have better protected their customers from cybercriminals, they said at a congressional hearing Wednesday. Asked exactly how... recent attacks occurred, Target's John Mulligan answered: "We don't understand that today.'' The company is still investigating, said Mulligan, the company's chief financial officer and executive vice president, and "certainly from that there will be learnings."
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Advertising: Trading 'Faces'"Trading Faces," an online series for the cosmetics retailer Ulta, features women from different regions swapping fashion and makeup tips.     
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A shipping company that moved its headquarters to Mobile, Ala., after Hurricane Katrina, is returning to New Orleans.
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A two month cooling-off period in the fight over Southern California's Ontario International Airport has yielded no deal.
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Egypt hopes to modernize its economy to avoid political unrest.
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CVS' halt on tobacco wins praise

L.A. Times - 6 Feb 2014 03:11
CVS' halt on tobacco winsThe drugstore chain will stop cigarette sales as it boosts its in-store care clinics.CVS Caremark Corp.'s imminent exit from the cigarette and tobacco business — an unprecedented move for a major... pharmacy company — is being cheered by many medical professionals and lawmakers as a triumph of corporate responsibility over the bottom line.     
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In her first police interview after a YouTube video was posted accusing her of child sex abuse, a California educator acknowledged she had a sexual relationship with a young student, according to a... newly released court filing.     
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Samsung's New Phone Won'tLast year, Samsung held a splashy Broadway-themed event to announce its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. Some called it sexist. Some called it dumb. Some called it a nice break from the standard mold of... tech companies spewing out a new device's specs and features in a dull, hour-long presentation. No matter what you thought of that presentation, it sounds like Samsung is going to tone it down this year when it unveils its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, at a press event on February 24 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The New York Times reports that the Galaxy S5 event won't be as glitzy as what we saw last year. (I've heard the same.) The Times also said the phone probably won't have some previously reported whiz-bang features like an eye scanner and a very high resolution...
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- To feel what you touch -- that's the holy grail for artificial limbs. In a step toward that goal, European researchers created a robotic hand that let an amputee feel differences... between a bottle, a baseball and a mandarin orange.     
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Gov. Jerry Brown says longer life expectancies for government retirees will blow an even larger hole in California's unfunded pension liabilities and is criticizing inaction by the state's retirement... system.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress pressed the U.S. agriculture secretary Wednesday to expedite a provision in the new farm bill that helps ranchers in the Dakotas and Nebraska recover from an... October blizzard.     
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DealBook: Coca-Cola to Buy 10%Coke will buy about 16.7 million shares in Green Mountain for about $1.25 billion. In return, Green Mountain will be the official maker of the soda giant's single-serve cold beverages, built on its... popular Keurig pod-based system.     
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NLRB gives boost to speedier union elections

Washington Post - 6 Feb 2014 02:36
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday resurrected a proposal to implement new rules aimed at speeding up unionization elections, a move applauded by organized labor groups that have seen a... steady decline in membership.
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Heat System Called Door to Target for Hackers

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 02:35
Investigators said that the hackers gained entry to the retailer's systems through a remote network connection normally used by outside vendors.     
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Labor Board Tries Again On Unions' Voting Rules

The New York Times - 6 Feb 2014 02:35
The National Labor Relations Board wants to streamline the unionizing process, but is encountering resistance from business owners.     
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Twitter's Plan To Woo Regular People

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 02:35
Twitter's Plan To Woo RegularTwitter CEO Dick Costolo kicked off the company's inaugural earnings call Wednesday by listing four adjectives that, to him, sum up the service's most winsome qualities: "public," "real-time,"... "conversational" and "widely distributed." "Friendly" didn't make the cut. Twitter does a lot of things well, but being easy to use and intuitive isn't among them. With Twitter's total number of active users hovering around 240 million -- about half as many as Costolo had promised by now -- the CEO dedicated much of his chat with investors and analysts to explaining how Twitter plans to attract all the regular people still unconvinced by its 140-character format. "We have a massive global awareness of Twitter. And we have to bridge the gap between awareness and deep engagement with Twitter on the...
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Summary of action in Alabama Legislature

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 02:35
A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, a committee meeting day:
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter beat Wall Street's earnings and revenue expectations in its first quarter as a public company. But investors were looking for more -- including faster user growth -- and the... company's stock fell more than 17 percent in after-hours trading Wednesday.     
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A private funeral service in New York is being planned for Friday for the family and close friends of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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A proposal to restrict firearms in part of the New Mexico Capitol has cleared a House committee but a similar proposal failed in a Senate panel.
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Valentine's Day is coming, gents, so it's time for all you engineering types to step away from the 3-D design software for a sec and visit your lady's favorite jewelry store.     
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Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) released its first-ever earnings report on Wednesday after markets closed, detailing its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 earnings. The San Francisco-based social... microblogging service reported a loss of 2 cents per share on $243 million, beating Wall Street expectations that predicted a loss of 2 cents per share on $217 million of revenue.
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PENTAGON CHIEF: The MilitaryDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is concerned that recent scandals signal a potential ethical "breakdown" in the US military and has asked commanders to urgently address the problem, his spokesman said... Wednesday. The Pentagon chief was "troubled" by revelations of cheating on exams, as well as other incidents, and had raised the issue with the chiefs of all the armed services in talks earlier Wednesday, Rear Admiral John Kirby told a news conference. "I think he's generally concerned that there could be, at least at some level, a breakdown in ethical behavior and in the demonstration of moral courage," Kirby said. "And I think he wants to get at that." He spoke a day after the US Navy acknowledged that 30 sailors were implicated in a cheating ring on an exam for nuclear reactor instructors....
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Ray Dalio On How The Economic Machine Works (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post - 6 Feb 2014 02:20
Ray Dalio On How The EconomicAre numbers and figures a mystery to you? Or do you wish you had been a little bit more attentive in Economics 101? Then take a look at "How The Economic Machine Works," an introduction to the... economic system by Ray Dalio, founder of the world's largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates. In the 30-minute clip, Dalio introduces viewers to the nuts and bolts of the world economy and the economic template he adheres to. "The economy works like a simple machine," Dalio begins. "But many people don't understand it -- or they don't agree on how it works. And this has led to a lot of needless economic suffering." Dalio says that while his template is unconventional, "it has helped me to anticipate and sidestep the global financial crisis. And it has worked well for me for over 30 years." In the...
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Wednesday's announcement by the nation's second-largest drugstore chain that it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products was met with a wary shrug by North Carolina's tobacco industry....
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Not Your Father's Ride: Fuel*Co-authored by Jack Gillis, director of public affairs for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and author of The Car Book. January is a big month for the rollout of new consumer products. The... two most important shows highlighting the latest and greatest -- the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit -- got rolling within weeks of each other. And as the shows show, automakers are making new cars that go farther on a gallon of gas, offering consumers lots of choices, and making cars that are fun to drive. At the Consumer Electronics Show, Ford's solar-paneled electric car and Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are turning heads. And as EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy put it when she saw the many fuel-efficient models on offer...
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A private funeral service in New York is being planned for Friday for the family and close friends of the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.     
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South Florida-raised JohnA FAMU graduate who grew up in West Palm Beach is taking Bill Gates’ job.
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Samsung Is Asking Olympians ToThanks to a few athletes on the Swiss Olympic team, we now know that Samsung Mobile has been offering Olympians free Galaxy Note 3s in their goodie bags — with a catch. According to reports from... Swiss news sites Watson and Bluwin, gift bags given to athletes also contained a set of guidelines for their recipients. One of its requirements: If you decide to take a Galaxy Note 3, but you want to use your iPhone at the Games, you've got to cover up the Apple logo on your iPhone when taking pictures or filming video at the opening ceremony. As AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger points out, this requirement is a preemptive move aimed at preventing the kinds of embarrassing mishaps that tend to occur when tech companies have celebrities sponsor gadgets, like when Samsung tried to make a...
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Investors Should Think TwiceFA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. The Great Fallacy Of Target Date Funds (CFA Institute) Investors should look... at more than just their age when determining their risk tolerance. "The great fallacy of target-date funds is that age is used as a shorthand for the level of investment risk an individual should take," writes Michael Lipper at the CFA Institute. Target date funds are funds that rebalance assets based on a future date, and typically get more conservative closer to retirement. "There are many other measures to take into account, some more important than others, like assets including intangibles, liabilities including contingencies, and mental and physical health." With that in mind Lipper...
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Facing Critics? Consider The Source

Forbes - 6 Feb 2014 02:05
Facing Critics? Consider TheAs a social entrepreneur you are likely to face a criticism. In fact, if you are a person who does anything—or nothing—you will face critics.
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News Summary: Disney 1Q helped by 'Frozen'

Miami Herald - 6 Feb 2014 02:03
DISNEY BEAT: The Walt Disney Co. reported fiscal first-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, helped by its movie hit "Frozen" and sales of the "Disney Infinity" video game.
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MAP: Here's Where SingleOnline dating site AYI.com did a study of their users' profiles, and they found an interesting link between users' openness about drug use and drug laws. From AYI's blog post about the study, their... biggest finding was that "the states where people were the most likely to admit doing drugs were also the states who were most strongly considering legalizing weed." The top five states in the study include Colorado and Washington, where recreational marijuana has just been legalized. In both states, 8.9% of AYI's users indicated that they use drugs sometimes or often on their profiles. The only three states with more users admitting to drug use — Alaska (10.7%), Maine (9.9%), and Vermont (9.4%) — all already allow medical marijuana use and are moving in the direction of full legalization....
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The Coca-Cola Co. is buying a 10 percent stake in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. as part of a collaborative agreement that would bring its drinks into a new self-serve market.     
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