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    For Some Small Businesses, Recession Is Good News

    For Some Small Businesses, Recession Is Good News
    From thrift stores to repair shops to auto garages, the recession brings new opportunities to plenty of small businesses The current economic picture is certainly a gloomy one, with massive layoffs, bankruptcies, the collapse of financial institutions, and a severe credit crunch. But the recession has also injected life into a slew of small businesses that are thriving either in spite ...
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    Google Attackers May Have Had Inside Assistance

    Google Attackers May Have Had Inside Assistance
    Google is investigating possible insider assistance China has been found numerous times to be the source of cyber attacks against both the U.S. government and U.S.-based companies. The latest such attack was perpetrated against search giant Google and was carried out in mid-December 2009. Google has acknowledged that the attack resulted in theft of IP and source code. Reports have surfaced ...
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    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm

    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm
    One small business owner shares his misadventures with the recently released smartphone from Research In Motion The beginning of the year brought about two very traumatic and similar events that affected my small business. I had my first colonoscopy. And I purchased a BlackBerry Storm. I lost a day's worth of work prepping and getting the colonoscopy done. And I wasted ...
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    "Equipment" and Software Companies See Economic Growth

    "Equipment" and Software Companies See Economic Growth
    WASHINGTON - Businesses are finally willing to spend more money on equipment, a healthy sign for the economic recovery. For the first time in nearly two years, companies ponied up more money for a category called "equipment and software" in the third quarter of the year. It isn't a huge growth rate - just 1.1 percent, according to the government's ...
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    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks

    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks
    The federal government should help finance the expansion of U.S. health coverage by taxing products, such as sugary soft drinks, that contribute to obesity and other chronic health conditions. Pro or Con? Pro: Add the Tax. Delete the Pounds By Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities A tax on high-sugar soft drinks would help pay for health-care reform that ...
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    Surge in Innovation Leads to Intense Search Engine Battles

    Surge in Innovation Leads to Intense Search Engine Battles
    It's a global battle whose foot soldiers will be engineering teams working inside a few square miles of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, with billions of dollars in advertising at stake. Almost a decade after Google became a household name, Microsoft's launch of its Bing search engine, followed by Microsoft and Yahoo's deal to collaborate on search, could give the world's ...
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    Resources for Working Dads

    Resources for Working Dads
    Dads, you're not alone. That's the message from scores of blogs, Web sites, support groups and other resources aimed at helping fathers cope with the stresses of balancing parenting and careers. Fathers often feel lonely, isolated and lacking in resources to help them sort through the many issues they face when trying to juggle a son's plea to hear Goodnight Moon ...
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    Economists Explain the Stimulus

    Economists Explain the Stimulus
    Two economists--one for and one against the stimulus--sound off on why small businesses are getting a bad deal. Often, economists can only agree to disagree, and on the subject of the economic stimulus, they are particularly divided. In fact, a few weeks before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law, 200 leading economists lent their signatures ...
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    Hardest-hit Areas Recovering Slowly

    Hardest-hit Areas Recovering Slowly
    The economic recovery is proceeding unevenly in its early stages, with areas hurt most by the housing slump still lagging behind other regions, according to The Associated Press' monthly analysis of economic stress in more than 3,100 U.S. counties. Counties in the Southeast, the industrial Midwest and the Southwest are still struggling and have made the least improvement, the analysis of ...
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    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive

    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive
    A secretary has filed a $60 million sexual harassment suit that threatens to take the stuffing out of a famed teddy bear maker. Margarete Steiff GmbH, the German company credited with creating the teddy bear, and CEO Martin Frechen are being sued by a single mom who says there was nothing cuddly about the overheated antics of her former boss. Jane ...
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    Bill Gates Unplugged: New Website Will Be Former MS CEO's Public Forum

    Bill Gates Unplugged: New Website Will Be Former MS CEO's Public Forum
    SEATTLE - When Bill Gates was at Microsoft's helm, his internal memos set the company's course for such radical shifts as the rise of the Internet. Now, Gates is making his musings public on a new Web site called The Gates Notes. There, the head of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has started posting his opinion on topics from the ...
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    Best Buy Embraces Digital Video Delivery

    Best Buy Embraces Digital Video Delivery
    SAN FRANCISCO - Best Buy Co. is trying to nudge consumers away from its stores' DVD aisles by making it easier for them to rent and buy movies over high-speed Internet connections. The largest U.S. retailer of consumer electronics is setting up its digital delivery service in partnership with CinemaNow, which has deals with the major movie studios. The software ...
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    Madoff: Had 'too much credibility' with SEC

    Madoff: Had 'too much credibility' with SEC
    WASHINGTON - As Bernard Madoff sat in jail a few months after pleading guilty to fraud, he sounded faintly boastful. The only problem with officials at the Securities and Exchange Commission's Washington headquarters, he said, is that he had "too much credibility with them and they dismissed" the idea that he was scheming people out of billions of dollars. A document ...
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    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection

    Under Investigation AT&T Blames Apple for Google Voice Rejection
    AT&T has no qualms about blaming partner Apple for app rejections Under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T has passed the blame for the Google Voice application rejection on to partner Apple. According to AT&T's spokesperson, "AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it." The ...
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    Tax relief for small Madoff investors eyed

    Tax relief for small Madoff investors eyed
    WASHINGTON - Tax relief for thousands of small, indirect investors in Bernard Madoff's swindle and other fraudulent schemes appears close to Senate adoption as part of a broader bill to extend unemployment benefits. An amendment by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., puts the indirect Madoff investors - who channeled their money through "feeder funds" run by middlemen - on the same tax ...
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    Google CEO Eric Schmidt Leaves Apple Board of Directors

    Google CEO Eric Schmidt Leaves Apple Board of Directors
    It was only a matter of time, but Google's Eric Schmidt has finally stepped down from his position on Apple's Board of Directors. Apple CEO Steve Jobs released a statement on Apple's press site describing the matter: Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful. Unfortunately, as ...
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    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood

    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood
    With all the doom-and-gloom talk of our financial situation, staying upbeat can be tougher than ever. Simple strategies, however, can be used to take your mind off your budget and focused on the positive. We checked in with everyday Janes (and one Nathan) to get their tips and tactics on keeping your smile in the face of budgetary stress. “I’ve ...
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    Facebook Finds a Friend in Google Rivalry

    Facebook Finds a Friend in Google Rivalry
    After failing to acquire Twitter last fall, Facebook went shopping for what may be the next best thing. On Aug. 10, Facebook said it had acquired FriendFeed, the Mountain View (Calif.) social aggregation service founded by Google (GOOG) alumni Bret Taylor and Jim Norris in 2008. The deal, which The Wall Street Journal reported to be valued at nearly $50 million ...
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    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery

    3 Strong Economic Reports Lift Hopes for Recovery
    Hopes for the fledgling economic recovery got a boost Monday from better-than-expected news on manufacturing, construction and contracts to buy homes. U.S. manufacturing activity grew in October at the fastest pace in more than three years, according to a private group's measure. It was driven by government spending, businesses' need to rebuild their inventories and higher demand from overseas. The Commerce ...
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    Windows 7 Retail Box Sales Up 234% Against Vista

    Windows 7 Retail Box Sales Up 234% Against Vista
    While Apple seems to be content with "going negative" when it comes to commercials touting its computing products, Microsoft has taken a different route with Windows 7. Apple has focused more on bashing Windows 7 (and the faults of its predecessors) rather than focus on the main strengths of the OS X platform. Microsoft, on the other hand, has created positive ...
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