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Coke Ad Sparks Cries On Social Media To 'Speak English'

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 4:00am

A Coca-Cola commercial attracted social media backlash following last Sunday's Super Bowl. It featured a multi-lingual version of "America The-Beautiful." A longer version of the commercial will air during NBC's Olympic opening ceremonies coverage. Our Code Switch Team looks at what that commercial and the conversation it triggered say about us, and what it tells us about advertisers.

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Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 2:26am

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer bank-like services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

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Food Industry Groups Say They'll Label GMOs, On Their Terms

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:57pm

In an open acknowledgement that many consumers are annoyed that GMO ingredients aren't labeled, a coalition announced Thursday that it does support labeling. But it wants a federal standard to be voluntary, and it wants to keep states from passing any more mandatory labeling measures.

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Even As Dairy Industry Booms, There Are Fewer And Fewer Farms

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:00pm

In the past decade, half of the dairy farms in the U.S. have gone out of business, but thanks to technological advances and selective breeding, the dairy industry is more efficient than ever. It produces 20 percent more milk than it did ten years ago. Harvest Public Media's Abbie Fentress Swanson reports that economists are even predicting that U.S. farmers will export an unprecedented amount of dairy products this year. Still, this ramped-up production has made it difficult for smaller operations to compete.

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Another SAC Manager Found Guilty Of Insider Trading

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 2:38pm

Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at the hedge fund, was found guilty of helping his employer reap hundreds of millions dollars in illegal profits.

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Most Smokers Don't Buy Their Cigarettes At CVS

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:55pm

The CVS drugstore chain's decision to stop selling tobacco products drew praise as an important public health step. But, we wondered, how many people buy cigarettes at drugstores? Not as many as we thought.

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When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:47pm

The U.S. needs to start treating the Internet like electricity or railroads, law professor and author Susan Crawford says. "We can't create a level playing field for all Americans or indeed compete on the world stage without having some form of government involvement," she says.

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Subway Phasing Out Bread Additive After Blogger Flags Health Concerns

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:51am

Just a few days after a food blogger created a buzz with an online petition raising questions about the safety of a food additive commonly used in commercial baking, sandwich giant Subway has announced plans to phase it out of its fresh-baked breads.

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Sony Will Shed 5,000 Jobs, And PC Business

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:05am

The embattled entertainment and electronics company also said it had annual loss of $1 billion. Analysts fear the restructuring may be too little too late for the company.

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Luxury Carmaker Aston Martin Cites Fake Chinese Plastics In Recall

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:36am

The company uses plastics supplied by DuPont for a key part, but it instead received counterfeit material labeled with DuPont's name. More than 5,000 cars built after 2007 are affected.

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Witness The Birth Of A Chicken McNugget

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:32am

Allegations of mystery meat have long dodged the fast-food giant's crispy chunks of chicken. Now, McDonald's Canada is taking a viral approach to dispelling the rumors with a video that reveals exactly how its McNuggets are made.

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GM Posts Disappointing 4Q Earnings

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 8:13am

The Detroit automaker's earnings fell far short of Wall Street expectations and were in sharp contrast to its chief rivals, Ford and Chrysler.

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Jobless Claims Dip; Will Unemployment Rate Do That Too?

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:58am

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment insurance last week. But Friday's much-anticipated report on payroll growth and unemployment in January may not offer particularly good news, economists say.

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Satya Nadella Replaces Microsoft's Retiring CEO

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 7:11am

Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer, who announced last summer that he'd retire once a replacement was found. Nadella, Microsoft's third CEO, has been with the company for 22 years.

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U.S. Olympians Are Without Their Greek Yogurt

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:00am

Chobani, a Team USA sponsor, has decorated its containers of Greek yogurt in honor of the Olympics. But shipments of Chobani haven't made it to Sochi. Russian officials say the company failed to complete the necessary paperwork to allow the yogurt to enter the country.

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Twitter Shares Drop After Earnings Report

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:00am

The social media company announced its first earnings report since becoming a publicly traded company. Shares dropped about 17 percent after the company reported a sharp decline in new users.

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Regulators Examine Allegations Of Currency Manipulation

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:00am

Wall Street's currency markets are under scrutiny. New York's top financial regulator is looking at whether traders at some of the street's biggest firms shared information with each other in a bid to manipulate exchange rates.

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David Beckham Wants Miami To Embrace Soccer

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:00am

Soccer star David Beckham is bringing a Major League Soccer team to Miami. He made the announcement on Wednesday in downtown Miami, not far from a site he and his partners are looking at for a stadium. Miami, however, is a city where Major League Soccer has tried — and failed-- before.

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CVS Caremark Drops Tobacco, Wants To Be Your Health Provider

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 4:00am

Smokers are shrugging off the announcement that CVS will stop selling tobacco products. The company announced the move on Wednesday as part of a strategy to promote healthy choices. But more than half of cigarettes are sold at gas stations, so the company's decision is unlikely to have much of an impact on access to tobacco.

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Reining In Health Care Costs Key To Trimming Deficit

Thu, 02/06/2014 - 3:24am

The Congressional Budget Office said this year's deficit is likely to be about a third the size it was in 2009 when the Great Recession bottomed out. A better economy is the main reason for the improving deficit but moderating health care costs help.

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