Archive for September, 2013


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Monterey County school district to ask voters to OK technology bonds Los Angeles Times Taxpayers in the Pacific Grove Unified School District will be asked in November to pay for the technology — such as tablets for students and teachers — with a…

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Vending Machine Uses Cloud Technology to Personalize Your Purchases Mashable The days of struggling to insert a crinkled dollar bill into a vending machine and watching your precious bag of Cheetos get stuck on the way down may be over, thanks to…

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Technology advances lead firms to cut support staff Pittsburgh Post Gazette In the wake of recent support-staff reductions at Duane Morris, K&L Gates and other large firms, consultants and recruiters said more such cuts are expected as firms seek…

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Definitive Technology Cube Desktop Speaker
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Definitive Technology Cube The Cube by Definitive Technology is a cube… sort of. One curved side gives the Bluetooth speaker a unique look.

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Barring some last-minute miracle, it looks like the government is going to shut down at midnight tonight.
The crux of the matter is that the House GOP is not inclined to pass a budget that doesn’t include some kind of delay or defunding to Obamacare.

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Jamelle Bouie writes for The Daily Beast that, if the Affordable Care Act had existed in 2008, Breaking Bad character Walter White “wouldn’t have had to cook meth for money.”
That’s wrong. The ACA would likely have done nothing to help Walter White.

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Not surprisingly, markets are ugly today. Pretty much everywhere.
In Japan, the Nikkei ended down over 2%.
German stocks are down over 1%. Same with Spain.
Italian stocks are down nearly 2%.
US futures are down a bit less than 1%.

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The Japanese firm Logitec (and not Logitech/Logicool) announced this week the launch of an upgraded version of its USB 3.0 and eSATA enclosure the LHR-4BR80EFU3WR tailored to attract photographers.  Announced at around 70,000 Yen the…

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In Sunday morning’s early hours, the House of Representatives passed two amendments to the Senate’s continuing resolution that make the first federal government shutdown in 17 years more likely come Tuesday.

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5 dead in fiery crash in Southern California
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BURBANK, Calif. – Five young people were killed early Saturday morning after a car spun out and burst into flames in Burbank, Calif., trapping people inside, officials said.

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NBCNews.com (blog) Report: NSA maps out a person’s social connections CBS News WASHINGTON For almost three years the National Security Agency has been tapping the data it collects to map out some Americans’ social connections, allowing the…

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Anyone working in tech or any modern workplace (or who likes good fiction) should check out the excerpt from forthcoming novel “The Circle” by Dave Eggers that appears in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine.

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Jack Dorsey, Dick Costolo, Biz Stone and Evan Williams are fairly well known names at Twitter.
But there are a lot of people working hard behind the scenes to make Twitter the multi-billion-dollar company it is today.

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The Business Insider office recently got into cold brew coffee and the simple recipe will help you make some of the best, most aromatic and caffeinated joe you’ve ever tasted. 
Never heard of cold brew coffee?

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Facebook is leading a revolution in how enterprise hardware is built.
About two and half years ago, it  launched the Open Compute Project (OCP) to create “open source” data center hardware.

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Every year there seems to be a few momentum stocks defying logic, reality while bleeding all shorts getting in the way.  This year, Tesla Motor (Nasdaq: TSLA) is one such stock which hit $188.64 on Friday, Sept.

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“Breaking Bad,” which comes to a conclusion tonight, is already considered one of the best television shows ever made.  Assuming they stick the landing, tonight will go down as the conclusion to a show that has earned its place in history.  The…

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Tonight’s “Breaking Bad” finale is expected to break viewing records, and advertisers wanted in on the eyeballs.
Ad Age reports AMC asked advertisers to spend between $300,000-$400,000 for 30-seconds of ad space during the final episode.

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Microsoft is hoping that bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1 will make users fall in love with its newest operating system.
Users told Microsoft not to kill the Start button.

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Each day we use iOS 7, we find more reasons to love it. 
Sure, it’s been a big change. But the cool tricks make up for the learning curve.
Did you know that with iOS 7 you can create customized vibration patterns and use them as ringtones?

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San Francisco Bay Area TV news crews hit by series of brazen robberies
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SAN FRANCISCOPolice have arrested two people in connection with a robbery of a KRON 4 television news crew Friday night that resulted in a shooting.

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Closing ranks: Navy brother, sister reunited after 30-year separation
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They were separated as children more than 30 years ago, but Navy Cmdr.

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BBC News Radio problems cited in deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters Fox News An investigative report into the deaths of 19 firefighters killed in June while battling a blaze in Arizona has found that problems with radio communication played a key…

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From Monday’s Daily Telegraph Do you remember dialling 1471, trying to kick your Silk Cut habit, and smarting at every encounter with smug-marrieds?

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Japanese manufacturing PMI hit 52.5, the highest reading since February 2011.
That’s up from 52.2 in August.
The rate of new order growth hit a 40-month high, and backlogs climbed at their fastest pace since April 2006.

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TERRORISM Mr Cameron said he worried about a repeat of the Kenyan mall attack in the UK, although he said there was no specific intelligence about that. “There is always a worry of that. It shows we have to keep going against Islamic fundamentalism.

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Well, it’s finally happened.
The reality of the three government crises (budget and debt ceiling in the US, governmental collapse in Italy) is hitting home.
And markets are finally feeling it.

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A thread on SportsLogos.net recently asked sports fans which team’s logo or uniform has “small details that bother you.”
Many of the answers point out strange details that most sports fans have probably never noticed.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A fire broke out on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge shutting down all westbound lanes.
Queen Anne’s County Fire officials received the call shortly after 6:00 p.m. for black smoke appearing from under the westbound area of the bridge.

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HANOVER, Md. — More than two dozen instances of underage gambling at Maryland casinos will cost casino operators tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Ask anyone and they will tell you it’s easy to get a parking ticket in D.C. — even if you leave your car for five minutes, parking enforcement officers are sure to get you.

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WASHINGTON — An aquarium that opened its doors to visitors in 1885 is closing its doors in the nation’s capital.
The National Aquarium is closing its Washington location after the last visitors leave Monday.

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PHOENIX — Davey Johnson stood in front of a tarp in the visiting manager’s office, keeping his comments brief but thoughtful.
After a few minutes, he stepped away, hugged a few people and shook a few hands before taking a seat behind the desk.

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“Breaking Bad” closed out the series tonight, and boy what an end it was! Everybody pretty much agrees it was a perfect ending. Fair warning, if you haven’t seen the finale yet, you might want to skip this post as there are massive spoilers.

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“Breaking Bad” is officially over and it appears safe to say that the majority of people are absolutely satisfied with the series’ ending. 
Really.

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That’s it. There are absolutely no more new episodes of “Breaking Bad” to watch.  Though nothing will completely fill the void in our hearts now that the finale has aired, we’ve been compiling some of the best mashups of the show to help aid in…

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China HSBC PMI came in at 50.2 in September.
This missed expectations for 51.2, and is below the Flash PMI reading of 51.2. Manufacturing barely nudged higher from a reading of 50.1 in August.

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Yaskawa Electric has developed an ankle assist walking device, to help people who’ve had a stroke to walk more easily, by encouraging a longer and more confident gait.

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FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — U.S. student Amanda Knox’s second appeals trial to determine her role in her British roommate’s murder opened Monday in the absence of the star defendant.

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Washington Post Small Jet Hits Hangar at Santa Monica Airport ABC News A small jet that took off from Idaho ran off the runway and into a storage hangar at a Southern California airport on Sunday night, causing the hangar to collapse in flames…

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BBC News Amanda Knox retrial begins Monday in Italy Fox News The retrial of American student Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend for the 2007 murder of a British student will begin Monday in Florence, the latest chapter in a lengthy and…

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ABC News Justice Department to sue North Carolina over voter law Fox News A person briefed on the department’s plans told Fox News that the suit would claim that the North Carolina statute violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and would seek…

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US police obtaining military vehicles to aid hunt for criminals
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Don’t mess with Texas has assumed a whole new meaning in Dallas.

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Apple’s next-gen tablet looks set to copy the design from the iPad Mini – that plus iPad 5 price, specs, release date, features & news inside.

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AllThingsD.com is a Web site devoted to news, analysis and opinion on technology, the Internet and media. But it is different from other sites in this space. It is a fusion of different media styles, different topics, different formats …

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After Jimmy Kimmel did a segment earlier this week mocking Kanye West’s recent BBC interview, the rapper tore apart the late night show host on Twitter Thursday night.

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“Breaking Bad” is ending its five season run this Sunday.
After we bid farewell to the greatest meth kingpin of all time, what should you watch next?

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This is what happens when your media company has exploded from 1,500 to 2,050 employees in five years — you hire some more people to manage them all.

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A series of tweets from Martha Stewart is going viral today. It’s about some troubles she had with an iPad Steve Jobs gave her.
What the heck is going on? Here’s the breakdown.

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Afghan interpreter Janis Shinwari onced saved an American soldier’s life in a firefight and faces death threats from the Taliban due to his service to the U.S. military.

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Facebook has again begun testing a mobile ad network that would use Facebook data to place ads on non-Facebook apps on their mobile phones, the company confirmed to Business Insider.

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Just because Dell, BMC Software and BlackBerry have taken themselves private doesn’t means investors will be left out of the lucrative enterprise tech market.

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“…we believe the market knows these situations usually are not resolved until sudden death overtime.”
That’s Mike O’Rourke of JonesTrading, talking about the market’s action these days.

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An Austrian artist on Thursday drew three pictures simultaneously in three European capitals thanks to two robots copying his every movement in real time in Britain and Germany.

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The adtech business is heating up in terms of IPOs and acquisitions. Half a dozen adtech companies have staged public offerings recently, with varying levels of success.

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People love Google because of the many ways it has made our lives better.
With search, it put the apparent sum of human knowledge a keystroke away.
Google Maps made driving directions and transit routes accessible and reliable.

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China is about to open up an area known as the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
As Mamta Badkar explained earlier in the month, the zone is a 29-square KM area that will allow for more liberalized financial transactions and easier foreign direct investment.

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No matter how many creative solutions we drum up to improve quality of care and service in the U.S. health system, they won’t do much good if only a few clinicians and institutions know about them and apply them.

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Robert Friedman Launches Company To Help Integrate Media With Marketing Deadline.com EXCLUSIVE: The new operation’s called Bungalow Media + Entertainment and it aims to build bridges between content creators and marketers looking for creative ways…

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Dove Marketing Execs Win Adweek Honor Adweek Steve Miles and Fernando Machado, the marketing executives behind one of the most successful viral videos of the past year—and ever, for that matter—snapped up the honor of Adweek’s Grand Brand Genius…

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5 Lessons On Influencer Marketing And Brand Transparency
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The other day, I ordered a new drink at Starbucks Starbucks. Normally, I have my go-to favorite, but for some reason I felt like a change.

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Customer and fan engagement now happens in real time. Customers expect a 24-hour response time to inquiries they post on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter. And brands from Oreos to the USTA now use …

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Hollywood Reporter Dwight Caines named president of Columbia TriStar theatrical marketing Los Angeles Times “I have had the privilege of marketing films from across our diverse family of labels in the digital world over the last nearly 10 years, so…

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Have you seen complete marketing funnels, but not been sure where to start building yours? In this post, John Doherty walks us through how to build a rudimentary full marketing funnel, from first touch to conversion, all with …

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Successful marketing is the centrifuge to business success. It’s how you maintain relationships with your customers, build your brand and make sales. Peopl.

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Iran’s ‘heroic flexibility’: Marketing ploy or strategy?
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This new term, coined by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, reflects a turning point in the Islamic Republic’s official tone.

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Dave Delaney: Rock on with these marketing tips from music gurus
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I had the good fortune of being asked to return to the Americana Music Festival last week to lead a panel on marketing for musicians.

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Professor Larry Lessig has submitted a brief to the Supreme Court in a case arguing that limiting large political contributions is Constitutional and exactly what the Framers had in mind when they used the word corruption.

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This post was co-authored by Raubi Perilli, who is an active manager for the CopyPress Community.

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8 Essential Tips to Guide Your Web Design Project written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape MarketingThursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Jay Baron – Enjoy!

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How to Leverage Mobile Technology to Gain Insights Into Your Marketplace written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape MarketingThursday is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Willie…

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Caines will report to Jeff Blake, vice-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and worldwide marketing and distribution head.

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Data-Driven Marketing Step Three: Untangle The Data Hairball Forbes As I mentioned earlier, I use “hairball” as a metaphor to describe the complicated jumble of interactions, applications, data and processes that accumulate haphazardly when…

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Why You Need A Mobile App
2013 is mobile’s year (finally). As a marketer, it’s critical to understand your audience’s mobile usage to ensure they can find you when, where and how they’re looking for your business on the device of their choice.

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Adphorus is a Facebook Ad Optimization platform that works on top of Facebook Marketing API and Social CRM, allowing you amplify your return on investment based on existing customer data.
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Guubie has launched in beta and may rock the email marketing world with a flat fee of $59 per year, piggybacking on Mandrill’s email API. I’m glad to see some low cost companies enter the fray when it comes to email marketing.

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Busting The Myth Of Parent Choice: Food Marketing And Its Impact On Kids (Part 1) Forbes It is every parent’s nightmare: going to the grocery store with your kids and listening to them whine about how they want this sugary cereal and that sweet…

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Busting The Myth Of Parent Choice: Food Marketing And Its Impact On Kids (Part 2)
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BH: There is a lot of talk and information out there now – like Michael Moss’ “Salt Sugar Fat” – about the issue of food companies marketing to kids.

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Democratic Senators Ask Red Bull, Monster to Stop Marketing to Kids
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Today on CauseTalk Radio, Megan and I talk to Ross Ellis, Founder & President of STOMP Out Bullying, on how her nonprofit is using cause marketing to raise awareness and money to beat the crap out of bullying.

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Business Insider Here’s The Best Advice From The Most Elite Facebook Marketing Specialists Business Insider Many of the SPMDs also have a deep knowledge of other areas of digital marketing, and it’s often this contextual knowledge that…

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Death and Taxes
The most disappointing thing about any mystery is that once it’s solved, all of the pieces seem less intriguing, less exciting, and in many ways, less important.

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Forget The Stereotypes, Know The Data — Marketing To Millennials
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Forget The Stereotypes, Know The Data — Marketing To Millennials. Posted: 09/25/2013 1:01 pm.

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Like many parents, I am troubled by the growing fixation with careers. We seem to be putting young people on the career treadmill at an earlier and earlier age.

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The study: Ross Levine of the Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley, and Yona Rubinstein of the London School of Economics’s Department of Management studied the traits associated with successful entrepreneurs, using…

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The innovation mindset isn’t just about product innovation.
Some organizations have focused on product innovation for so long they don’t know how to innovate in any other areas.

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How does an emergency department (ED) go from the 6th to the 99th percentile in patient satisfaction, while improving dramatically in virtually every performance and efficiency category?

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When the prototype of the modern publicly traded corporation, the Dutch East India Company, was established in 1602, its outside shareholders didn’t have a lot of say in the matter.

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Do people share what they plan to buy, or buy what they share?
That’s the question my colleagues and I had to ask after discovering that a significant number of Pinterest users go on to buy the items they have pinned.

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Ever since Leonardo Da Vinci started scribbling designs for flying machines in his notebook, aviation has attracted bold, blue-sky thinking.

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We have already established that it is not enough to have great content. You have to have enough of it to make an impact in the markets and audiences you serve. And it needs to reach your But first things first, right?

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The Wrong Obama Gives Tough Talk on Junk Food Marketing to Kids Huffington Post Last week Michelle Obama gathered 100 food industry representatives, academic experts and public health advocates for a “summit” at the White House to discuss junk food…

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An In-Depth Look Into Keurig’s College Sports Marketing Plan
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Coffee: It’s a staple on any college campus.

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Lisa Rosh, assistant professor of management at the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University, explains how to build trust through skillful self-disclosure. For more, read the article, Be Yourself, but Carefully.

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Reuters cancels its consumer-facing Web news project CNET The news wire service announced Wednesday that it decided to cancel “Reuters Next” to focus on adding more video and photography to its existing Web sites and creating more local-language…

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Why did the Fed delay tapering of bond purchases?
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News Analysis.

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Fox News has been a reliable advocate on behalf of the National Rifle Association and its mission to insure that even the most lethal types of guns are readily available to just about anyone.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Although Washington has come up shorts six straight years in the playoffs, owner Ted Leonsis still believes his Capitals are legitimate contenders to win the Stanley Cup in the 2013-14 NHL season, provided that they can make…

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