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Game Developer Zynga Posts Losing Quarter

The biggest game developer for Facebook is out with its first earnings report and it's not a winning number. Zynga posted a loss of more than $430 million for its fourth quarter. This is the first time the company's come out with earnings since it went public in December.
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Congress May Skip Payroll Tax Showdown This Time

Congress appears to have avoided another fight over the payroll tax reduction that has been pumping billions of dollars back into the economy. There may even be a deal ahead on jobless benefits and payments to Medicare doctors. Those issues had Congress in knots back in December.
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The Ad Council: 70 Years Of Good Advice

Since its creation during World War II, the Ad Council has launched one iconic public service announcement after the next — from the "Rosie the Riveter" campaign, which encouraged women to join the work force, to Smokey Bear's lessons about preventing wildfires.
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McDonald's Teams Up With Humane Society To Phase Out Pig Crates

The animal rights organization, a longtime critic of factory farming practices, has collaborated with McDonald's to require pork suppliers to figure out how to phase out crates that confine pregnant sows.
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In France, Drivers Face Gas Prices Of $8 A Gallon

Prices for gasoline are hitting record highs in France, where a gallon now costs more than $8 in some areas. Here in the U.S., analysts are predicting high gas prices for American drivers this summer — more than $4 in many areas, from a current average of $3.52.
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From MIT To A Bakery: The Story Of The Sweet Lobby

Winnette McIntosh Ambrose and her brother Timothy recently won an episode of the Food Network's Cupcake Wars. They left chemical engineering to concoct treats at The Sweet Lobby boutique bakery in Washington, D.C.
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Boeing Closes $22.4 Billion Deal With Lion Air

When your products sell for more than $80 million, selling one of them is a big deal. Selling hundreds of them in one deal means they're probably feeling pretty good over at Boeing right now. The company has finalized a deal to sell 230 jets to Lion Air of Indonesia, with a list price of $22.4 billion.
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Can Congress Ever Restore Payroll Taxes To Their Usual Levels?

What was once considered a normal rate will now be considered a tax hike. Reverting to the status quo is now politically dicey. That could affect Social Security's financing over the long haul.

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