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Google May Pay Fine To Settle FTC Charges

Google is reportedly set to pay a $22.5 million settlement. The fine would resolve charges Google snuck past Apple's privacy settings for users of Apple's browser. According to The Wall Street Journal, this would be the highest fine ever imposed on a single company by the Federal Trade Commission. Google has not admitted to any wrongdoing.
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Patriot Coal Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Demand for coal is at its lowest point in more than two decades. That's in part because of milder winters and a shift to cheaper natural gas. Coal companies are also facing tough new rule proposals from the Environmental Protection Agency for building new coal-fired power plants. Shares for most coal producers have taken a big hit because of these factors and the slow global economy.
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Bush Tax Cuts: The New Middle-Class Norm

Much of the political focus when discussing the Bush-era tax cuts is on the wealthy, but they're not the only ones who would be affected if the tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year.
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Judge: Samsung's Galaxy Tab Not As 'Cool' As iPad

Samsung won a patent battle against Apple in a British courtroom Monday. Judge Colin Birss ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablet just isn't cool enough to be mistaken for an Apple iPad.
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For Manufacturing Jobs, Workers Brush Up On Math

Today's manufacturing work requires a strong grasp of fractions, decimals and basic trigonometry — skills that many job applicants often lack. So colleges and nonprofits are stepping in to fill the skills gap with programs that combine manufacturing training with basic math and reading.

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