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New York City Empire State Building in Mother Teresa debate

The Empire State Building in New York City is one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in the city of millions. Recently, though, the owners of the Empire State Building have faced questions – and a possible City Council resolution – after they refused to participate in a tribute to Mother Teresa. In a

AIG Has “Excellent Chance” to Repay Bailout Money

Will it be enough to restore confidence? Of all the companies the United States government has bailed out during this recession, few have drawn as intense a degree of the public’s ire as American International Group, the company that is commonly known as AIG. Their indiscriminate use of the credit default swap seemingly didn’t include
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Amazon Black Friday 2010 ads | Save even more this season!

You don’t have to wait until Black Friday 2010 to take advantage of some of the sweetest deals this holiday season. Skip the long lines and head to today and save bundles on the items you’ve been saving for all year long. Keep in mind that many of the Amazon Black Friday 2010 items
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Google Editions to debut read anywhere e-books

By the end of 2010, e-book lovers will have a new reason to be happy: Google Editions. Google wanted to have its ebook retailing operations ready by summer 2010, but technical and legal barriers stood in the way, reports the Wall Street Journal. Now the road is clear, and Google appears ready to give
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Bloom Energy offers 10-year contract for cheap power off the grid

Bloom Energy is a California company that has developed a fuel cell called the Bloom Box. The Bloom Box supplies clean energy off the grid, but has been too expensive for widespread use. To solve that problem, Bloom Energy has created the Bloom Electrons program to eliminate the Bloom Box’s upfront costs. The Bloom Electrons
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Sites offering peer-to-peer personal loans keep growing

Peer-to-peer lending sites are starting to come into their own. Peer-to-peer lending, a form of crowdsourcing where qualified loan borrowers can solicit personal loans from investors, has been growing as flagship sites like LendingClub and Prosper have been rapidly expanding. Peer-to-peer lender Prosper makes big haul from investors, one of the largest peer-to-peer lending

Pandora files for $100 million IPO

Pandora is an online music service that claims about half of the online radio market. Pandora Media Inc., has filed its initial prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is the first step toward a Pandora IPO expected to raise about $100 million. Pandora IPO filing The initial filing with the Securities and Exchange

Google Apps Marketplace : More programs, less hassle

With the launch of the Google Apps Marketplace, Google has fired yet another shot across the bow of other office programs. If you are like most office workers, every morning you sign into and open up a wide variety of email programs, calendar applications, company chat programs, intranet sites, and task-specific productivity tools.That is a
Google seems to be having no problem deciding what to do with its money.

Gizmo5 Gives Google More Voice | Is Google on a Spree?

Another big purchase for Google Four days after Google announced it is acquiring AdMob, a mobile advertising service, for $750 million, Google announced it will acquire Gizmo5, a voice-over-IP service. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t have to talk to a loan company in order to buy out other businesses. Google announced yesterday
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Dollar General to open 625 new stores, create 6,000 jobs

New jobs during a recession are always good news, and the Goodlettsville, Tenn., company Dollar General Corp. has plans to expand. According to a company press release, Dollar General plans to open 625 new convenience stores across the company’s 35-state operating area, plus three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. It is estimated that
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KFC New Sandwich | Double Down, Weight Watchers

Don’t be a chicken… admit it looks good When it comes to food, who doesn’t want a taste explosion in their mouth? Good food is one of life’s great pleasures. However, the definition of good food varies wildly from one person to the next. The KFC new sandwich called the “Double Down” may be tasty
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Loss of refund loans causes mounting losses at H&R Block

Tax preparation giant H&R Block has just filed for another quarterly loss, despite it being the busiest quarter of the year. Though tax return season is when tax preparers make the bulk of their income, the loss of the refund anticipation loan product has cost Block dearly. The loan against tax refunds is facing extinction
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Federal Minimum Wage and U.S. Labor Laws

Federal minimum wage 2009 Since July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour. That means in every state in the United States, employers must pay workers at least $7.25 per hour. In Washington, D.C., it means employers must pay $8.25 per hour because the law there dictates they must pay $1
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AdMob Joins the Club | AdMob Now Belongs to Google

Google buys AdMob for big bucks It appears as though the release of the Motorola Droid may have done it: Google plans to invest heavily in mobile advertising. It will plunk down $750 million to acquire AdMob, “the world’s largest mobile advertising marketplace,” according to the AdMob web site. The $750 million price tag makes
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Children’s Place Agrees to Settle Class-Action Lawsuit for $12 Million

Children’s Place fends off trial Children’s Place kids clothing retailer has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against the company. Reuters reports that the lawsuit accused “its officers of misrepresenting facts about operations that caused the company’s stock to artificially inflate.” Though the company has agreed to pay the $12 million, it
An example of one of the units involved in the Walmart heater recall.

Walmart electric heater recall affects 2.2 million units

Cold winter winds have sent many people scrambling indoors for the holidays, where the warmth of humming electric heaters make Jack Frost a distant memory. Unfortunately, electric space heaters are not infallible, as more than 2 million Walmart customers have discovered. According to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission press release, a Walmart heater recall
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Dunkin Donuts Free Iced Coffee Day 2010 | Not so fast

For years, fans of Dunkin Donuts have looked forward to free iced coffee, and many were excited about Dunkin Donuts Free Iced Coffee Day 2010. It was a surprise, then, when the Dunkin Donuts Free Iced Coffee Day 2010 Facebook page lit up with complaints. At about $1.95 for a small, a Dunkin Donuts iced