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Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

In January, Lenovo struck deals with two American companies. In a span of one week, the company spent roughly $5 billion to purchase both IBM's low-end server business and Google's Motorola mobile phone business. The moves help establish Lenovo as a global player.

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Why Europe Is Interested In Closer Ties With Cuba

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

Foreign ministers from the 28 nations of the European Union are meeting in Brussels Monday to discuss boosting trade with Cuba. The EU lifted diplomatic sanctions on Cuba in 2008. Now Spain is leading an effort to lift commercial restrictions too.

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Funeral Home Kiosks Offer Shoppers The Ultimate Deal

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 3:18pm

To see what services the Forest Lawn company has to offer, there's no need to go to an actual funeral home or cemetery. In shopping centers across Southern California, the business is setting up kiosks that look like they could as easily be marketing homemade pottery instead of urns.

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Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender In 2012 Fire That Killed 112

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 8:00am

The deaths in the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, which supplied U.S. and European retailers, were blamed on blocked exits and managers who prevented workers from escaping.

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Blowing Away The Limits Of Convention

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

A Tunisian inventor has come up with a new design for wind turbines that may be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Ozy.com has this and more stories about moving beyond expectations, from HBO's True Detective to smart technology that's making us better tippers.

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French Court Orders Google To Display Notice On Its Search Page

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 10:35am

The Internet giant has been ordered to publish a public notice that it violated French regulations on user privacy.

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Panama Canal Expansion Suspended Over Cost Overrun Dispute

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 9:23am

A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.

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Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 8:51am

The very first car developed by Ferdinand Porsche was not a sleek speed machine. The wooden-framed, open-carriage P1 was recently unearthed in a garage in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum about the surprising find.

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January Job Growth Disappoints, But Unemployment Drops

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 8:44am

The U.S. added just 113,000 jobs in January, instead of the 180,000 analysts had predicted. Despite the anemic gains, the unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.

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Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:19pm

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:43pm

The breathtaking lack of women in the tech industry has a real effect on one of America's most important economic and innovation engines. Join our running conversation on the cultural changes at play and what to do about it.

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Jobs Report: Unemployment Ticks Down; Payrolls Tick Up

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:26am

The government's latest unemployment report showed the economy still struggling to bounce back from a weak report in December. Employers in January added 113,000 to payrolls, far less than expected. The unemployment rate did notch down to 6.6 percent.

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'Nervousness' About Economy Ahead Of Today's Jobs Report

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 5:45am

The latest data — on job growth and unemployment in January — are due at 8:30 a.m. ET. Economists expect to hear that the jobless rate ticked down to 6.6 percent and that more jobs were added to payrolls than in December. But signs that the economy might be slowing are raising some concerns.

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Beats Profit Forecasts

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

News Corp — which publishes The Wall Street Journal — posted gains in its digital real estate and book publishing services. Still, the company is hampered with declining advertising revenues at its newspaper businesses.

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GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle'

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

Friday is the statutory deadline for the Treasury's borrowing authority, but Congress has no agreement on how to raise the limit. House Republicans appear unwilling to force another showdown over the debt ceiling, but they have not yet found a way to save face, and there are few legislative days left before Treasury exhausts its means to pay the bills.

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January Unemployment Numbers Expected To Rebound

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

The Labor Department releases the January jobs report Friday morning. December was a big disappointment. Analysts are puzzling over why an economy that's growing at a better than 3 percent clip can't produce more jobs.

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The Last Word In Business

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

Renee Montagne and David Greene have the Last Word in business.

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AOL Blames Obamacare For Changes To Retirement Benefits

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

Tech giant AOL is trimming its employee retirement benefits. It will stop depositing matching funds into employee 401(k) accounts each pay period. Instead it will make one annual lump-sum deposit at the beginning of the year. The company blames costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.

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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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