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‘Like’ A Brand Online And Lose The Right To Sue

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Interactions between consumers and businesses online are starting to have an impact on the legal system.

Invading Crimea Has Harmed Russia’s Economy

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The invasion of Crimea may have cost Russia a lot more than it expected: MOSCOW — Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine’s east — and potentially add to Moscow’s economic burden. Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea […]

An Airline Fee That’s Actually Reasonable

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We should expect to pay more for the least undesirable seats.

Egypt On The Brink Of Economic Chaos?

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Could economic chaos bring Egyptians back out into the streets?

What’s So Great About A “Cashless Economy?”

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Electronic payments are convenient but sometimes there’s nothing better than money in your pocket.

Affordable Care Act Making Health Insurance Less Affordable

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The law of unintended consequences strikes again.

Internet Bug “Heartbleed” Leaves Millions Of Passwords Exposed

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A new security bug could leave millions of people with their passwords exposed: SAN FRANCISCO — An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery. The breakdown […]

Brendan Eich Had To Go

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In an ideal world, we would be more tolerant of leaders who held controversial positions. We don’t live in that world.

Because Of ObamaCare, Uninsured People Won’t Be Able To Buy Health Insurance Until November

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Once again the Affordable Care Act meets the Law Of Unintended Consequences

Another “Meh” Jobs Report

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March’s Jobs Report was about as uplifting as the numbers in the past.

Mozilla CEO Resigns In Wake Of Controversy Over Gay Marriage Stance

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The CEO of Mozilla resigned today amid controversy over his position on same-sex marriage. The triumph of “political correctness,” or just the will of the marketplace?

Six Of America’s Ten Richest Counties In D.C. Area

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Once again, the National Capitol Region is topping the list of America’s richest counties: WASHINGTON — The D.C. area is rich with history. Or just rich. Six of the 10 wealthiest counties in the U.S. are in the D.C. metro area, according to Forbes. Fall Church City, Va., ranked No. 1 on the 2014 list […]

The 0.001 Percent

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The “99 percent vs. the 1 percent” debate obscures the real income inequality picture.

Harder to Get Job at Walmart Than Admitted to Ivy League School?

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.Wonkblog’s “Wal-Mart has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard” is rightly drawing some eye-rolling.

Fixing Income Equality is Easy (Unless You Actually Want to Fix It)

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It’s simple: We just have to define the problem and then solve it.

Starbucks To Expand Alcohol Sales

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You may soon be able to get beer or wine along with your caffeine from your local Starbucks: Starbucks will expand its evening alcohol and light bites menu, which includes bacon-wrapped dates and Malbec wine, to thousands of stores, Chief Operating Officer Troy Alstead said in a phone interview. The rollout will take several years, […]

Colorado Businesses Sell $14,000,000 Worth Of Marijuana In First Month Of Legalization

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In just the first month after the sale of marijuana became legal in Colorado, businesses raked in a lot of cash: During the first month of recreational marijuana sales, Colorado’s licensed dispensaries generated a total of more than $14 million, putting about $2 million of tax revenue into state coffers in the process. The state […]

February Jobs Report Better Than Expected, Still Nothing To Write Home About

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After two months in which the monthly jobs report fell far below expectations, analysts weren’t expecting very much out of February’s numbers before they came out this morning. In addition to the fact that it’s the shortest month of the year, it also happened to be a month in which large segments of the country […]

Canadian Regulators: Canadian Porn Isn’t Canadian Enough

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The agency that appears to be Canada’s equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission is apparently concerned that Canadian erotica channels are not broadcasting enough Canadian porn: For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from […]

Has Government Worker Pay Been Shrinking?

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Eric Katz of Government Executive points to “The Incredible Shrinking Pay Raise in One Chart.”

Pentagon Defies Congress with Budget Request

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Poking the eye of the institution that passes your budget is a bold choice.

The End of Work?

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What if the jobless recovery is but the beginning of a trend?

Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Reject Unionization

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A big setback for the UAW.

Smartphone Sales Beat Sales Of Regular Cell Phones In 2013

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For some time now, we’ve seen signs that sales of smartphones were beginning to dominate the cell phone market not just in the United States but throughout the world. In a new report, it would appear that we finally reached that point in 2013: Watching the sales of smartphones and feature phones in recent years […]

Google Passes Exxon As 2nd Most Valuable Company In The U.S.

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At least based on market value, Google has now passed Exxon Mobil as the nation’s second most valuable company: Google passed Exxon Mobil on Friday to become the second largest company in the United States by market value. The search engine giant has a market capitalization of almost $395 billion, compared to a market value […]

Another Mediocre Jobs Report

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The Jobs Report for January once again leaves much to be desired.

RadioShack To Close 500 Stores, America Surprised To Learn RadioShack Still Exists

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Can you still buy batteries there, though?

CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

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CVS makes a business decision that is earning it kudos for the most part.

Middle Class Shopping Less at Lousy Stores, Eating Less at Lousy Restaurants

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Demand for mid-range goods and services seems to be on the decline.

The Best Super Bowl Commercial Ever

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Apple’s “1984″ Super Bowl commercial ran only once, but it remains in a class by itself.

FAA Says No To Beer Delivery Drone

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The Federal Aviation Administration is shooting down one brewery’s idea to deliver beer by drone: Lakemaid Beer is brewed in Stevens Point, Wis., and distributed to several states in the region. But it was a very local delivery that put the company out of favor with the Federal Aviation Administration. The Minnesota-based company is receiving […]

Amazon as Non-Profit

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Does it matter if companies make a profit?

Women Make 77 Cents For Every Dollar Men Earn? Only If You Rely On Misleading Data

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A commonly cited statistic in support of the “equal pay” argument does not stand up to scrutiny.

Initial Fourth Quarter GDP Report Sends Mixed Signals

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Some good news, but also plenty of reason to worry about the future.

Jeff Bezos Making His Mark At The Washington Post

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It’s been several months now since the surprising sale of The Washington Post to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and it appears that we’re just now beginning to see the impact that his ownership will have on the paper: The Washington Post has significantly increased its budget and plans to make dozens of newsroom hires under its […]

Does International Aid Work? Who Knows?

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Two experts debate the topic, demonstrating how little we really know.

Do What You Hate?

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The advice “Do what you love. Love what you do” is not without pitfalls.

December Jobs Report Comes In Way Off Estimates, 300,000+ Leave Labor Force

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A surprisingly disappointing jobs report for December.

Seven Years Ago Today, The iPhone Changed The World

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Seven years ago, Steve Jobs showed us that we could literally hold the world in the palm of our hand.

Poll: Majority Support For Extending Unemployment Benefits

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A new poll indicates majority support for the idea of extending unemployment benefits: Washington (CNN) - As a push to extend unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed faces an uncertain future in Congress, a new national poll indicates majority support for a three-month extension. According to a Quinnipiac University survey, 58% of registered voters nationwide say they […]

Republicans Ready To Deal On Unemployment Benefits Extension?

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There are some signs that there may be room to strike a deal on the extension of unemployment benefits, but it’s likely to require some drama on Capitol Hill before it happens.

Another Vast Majority Opposes Idea Of Washington Redskins Changing Their Name

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A new poll shows that the vast majority of Americans oppose the idea of the Washington Redskins changing their team name: Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say the Washington Redskins do not need to change their name, according to a new poll. A full 90 percent of Republicans surveyed by Public Policy […]

Three NFL Cities May Be Impacted By NFL Blackout Rule This Weekend

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One of the dumbest rules in sports may mean that people in three cities can’t see their teams play this weekend.

Packers Playoff Game Blacked Out In Green Bay?

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As of this moment, there seems to be a possibility that Sunday’s playoff game against San Francisco could be blacked out in Green Bay: GREEN BAY — The prospect of the Green Bay Packers not selling out a home playoff game seems unthinkable. Yet as of late Wednesday afternoon, there were around 7,500 tickets remaining for […]

How Far Can You Get From New York In One Day’s Travel?

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At The Atlantic Cities, Daniel Yanofsky takes a look at one measure of how transportation has progressed in the past 214 years: Before directions provided by Google Maps, the interstate highway system, cars, the transcontinental railroad, and the Erie Canal, a traveler in New York City could expect to spend a whole day and night traveling over […]

Cheese, Is There Anything It Can’t Do? In Wisconsin, Apparently Not

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Wisconsin, which already considers cheese to be a big part of its economy, is now using the stuff to help deal with winter snow and ice: MILWAUKEE — In a state whose license plates advertise it as America’s Dairyland, where lawmakers once honored the bacterium in Monterey Jack as the state’s official microbe and where […]

Federal Government: Electric Cars Will Account For Only 1 Out Of 100 Cars In 2040

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The era of the electric car isn’t likely to arrive for a long time, if ever.

Florida Will Soon Pass New York In Population

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The Sunbelt continues to dominate.

Gold! What’s it Good for When the “Economy Goes Full-on Mad Max?”

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Via The Atlantic:  Why Gold Would Be Useless in an Economic Apocalypse when an economy goes full-on Mad Max and we’re all reduced to bartering, the survivors are going to be more interested in useful goods than in a soft metal useful mostly for ornamental purposes. Part of gold’s value as a commodity is derived […]

Consumers As Much To Blame For Late Deliveries As Amazon, FedEx, Or UPS

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Consumers share some of the blame for the late delivery problems that last minute shoppers experienced this Christmas season.

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