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Google Is Becoming A Car Manufacturer

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 9:01pm

The company that started as a search engine is making a big leap into the auto industry. Scientists at Google X are building self-driving cars they plan to debut (at least in test mode) this summer.

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California Lawmakers Vote To Require Condom Use In Porn Films

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:28pm

Health officials praised the bill, which passed the California Assembly on Tuesday. The porn industry warned it could force them to move their multibillion-dollar business out of state.

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Months Of Tumult Leave Philly's Biggest Papers On The Auction Block

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 3:17pm

Philadelphia's largest daily newspapers have been sold for $88 million. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are changing owners after months of conflict between the papers' previous co-owners.

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China Turns To Africa For Resources, Jobs And Future Customers

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:54pm

In China's Second Continent, Howard French explores the Chinese presence in 15 African countries. The relationship goes beyond economics: more than a million Chinese citizens have migrated to Africa.

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World's Richest People Meet, Muse On How To Spread The Wealth

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 1:38pm

Attendees at an inclusive capitalism conference in London control $30 trillion in assets. But it's unclear what, if any, financial commitments will come from the conclave on income inequality.

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Median CEO Pay Tops $10 Million For The First Time

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:20pm

An Associated Press study shows that most CEOs at S&P 500 companies are now making more than eight figures. Over the past four years, they've received raises topping 50 percent.

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A Meaty Offer: Pilgrim's Pride Offers $5.58 Billion For Hillshire Brands

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:17am

Pilgrim's Pride said the deal would create a "protein-focused company." The offer also puts Hillshire Brands' own intent to buy Pinnacle Foods in limbo.

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Manchester United's Brand Is Devalued

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 4:09am

According to a study by Brand Finance, a brand valuation consultancy, Manchester United is no longer the sporting world's most valuable brand. The team didn't bring home any trophies this year.

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Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:27am

Many new plans created under Obamacare have consumers and doctors scrambling to figure out which providers accept which plans, and what services are covered.

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How Health Insurance Exchanges Are Like Flea Markets

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:25am

To know if taxpayers got good value in setting up the health care exchanges we need to see what happens next year, economists say. It's like gauging a flea market — will buyers and sellers return?

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Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:23am

They are being pushed out of the rental market in fast-growing cities like Washington, D.C. Many end up spending most of their income on housing, living in substandard housing, or homeless.

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States Consider Bills To Crack Down On Workplace Bullies

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 2:23am

About a dozen states across the country are taking up laws to give workers legal protections against workplace abuse, though critics say it's impossible to legislate against somebody being a jerk.

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Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:36am

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been circling its smaller rival for months. AstraZeneca has rejected every offer saying Pfizer undervalues the company, and that it wants to remain independent.

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Who's Using The Data Mined From Students?

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 3:59pm

Information tracked by educational software can be of great help to teachers. But as Politico's Stephanie Simon explains, private companies can also monetize the data by selling it to marketers.

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The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 3:28pm

Donald Levine brought the first G.I. Joe action figures to U.S. shelves 50 years ago after rejecting other possible names for military figures, like Salty the Sailor.

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Wash And Deliver: Startups Aim To Solve First World Problems

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 10:49am

With services that pick up your laundry, deliver you gourmet food, take you on a cheap ride — all with the tap of an app — many of the hassles of life are disappearing. But can these companies last?

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Facebook Will Help You Monitor Yourself

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

Facebook is expected to release a new feature soon. Using the microphones inside smartphones, the Facebook app will be able to pick up on the music you're listening to and TV shows you're watching.

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State-Owned China Enterprises Drop U.S. Consulting Firms

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

The Financial Times says the decision will hit major firms like Mckinsey and Company and the Boston Consulting Group. The move follows the U.S. charging 5 Chinese military officials with hacking.

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Mobile Internet Comes To Africa In A Big Way

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

Young people are driving the change using their phones to text, listen to music — even watching high-resolution videos. Silicon Valley has noticed and sees a big opportunity.

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Ozark Tourist Town, Branson, Mo., Debates How To Diversify

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 4:06am

About 7.5 million people visit Branson each year. The town is known for its clean family entertainment. But Branson is not exempt from the pressures of a changing economy and aging demographics.

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