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Federal Court To Weigh Graphic Cigarette Labels

A federal appeals court considers Tuesday how far the government can go in forcing a business — in this case cigarette makers — to warn consumers about its product. The FDA wants large, graphic warning labels on cigarettes to scare smokers, but tobacco companies say that violates their right to free speech.
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Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation

It's very difficult to make matzo in accordance with kosher law. That means fewer competitors for the matzo giants.
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Like The Instagram-Facebook Deal? Depends On Your Filter

Facebook's decision to acquire Instagram for $1 billion set off strong reactions among Instagram users Monday, when the deal was announced. And if any of the photo-sharing service's fans were in love with the deal, they seemed to be keeping pretty quiet about it.
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The Key To Keeping Lice At Bay? A Lot Of Hot Air

When kids are infested with head lice, a certain amount of panic — even desperation — can spread through a household. Parasite expert Dale Clayton knows that nightmare all too well, but now he also has a solution — using hot air to dry lice out and kill them and their eggs.
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What Makes Gas Prices Continue To Rise?

Why does a gallon of gas at the pump cost an average of $3.93? Why might it soon hit $4? Robert Siegel asks Robin West, the chairman of PFC Energy, an energy consulting firm.
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Hacking For Sale: Lucrative Deals For Security Firms

Security firms like Vupen are selling hacking techniques to the highest bidder — typically government agencies — for six-figure price tags. Audie Cornish talks to Forbes reporter Andy Greenberg about the market for security vulnerabilities and who's buying them.
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AOL Sale The Latest Shot In Tech Patent War

AOL is selling a trove of patents to Microsoft for about $1.1 billion. The announcement sent AOL's share price soaring. A shareholder group had been complaining that the struggling company hadn't acted to realize the value of its patents. Many tech companies have been moving aggressively to assemble large patent portfolios as they battle over intellectual property.
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Cause Marketing and Ethical Branding

Whether it's saving yogurt lids to beat breast cancer or buying a particular brand of diapers to help vaccinate poor children, we are increasingly encouraged to do good by going shopping. Diane and her guests explore the world of consumer marketing and philanthropy.

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