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The Roots Of An Empire: Rupert Murdoch's Australia

News Corp., one of the world's major media powers, owns The Wall Street Journal and Fox News. In Britain, its powerful newspaper arm is at the heart of phone hacking and police bribery scandals. The driving force behind the company is its octogenarian chairman and CEO, Rupert Murdoch, whose story began in Australia.
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America's Magnet For Innovation, And Investments

It's become a Silicon Valley ritual: a passionate entrepreneur asks a venture capitalist for money, promising technological innovation — and maybe a big financial return. But the area's tradition started just five decades ago, when the only certainty about high-tech was that it would be big someday.
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Fewer Tribal Ironworkers Reaching For The Sky

Mohawks from a small reserve outside Montreal have been building this country's skyscrapers and bridges since the 1900s. But with fewer Mohawks going into the trade, the tradition may be on the wane.
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Hail, Hail! 'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC

New York City's taxis are getting a face-lift. Officials have unveiled a Nissan-designed update that, over the next 10 years, will gradually replace every one of the city's 13,000-plus cabs. Updates include more legroom and a window in the roof for gazing at skyscrapers.
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Latest Round Of Yahoo Layoffs The Most Severe

Yahoo will lay off 2,000 employees in an attempt to save money and restructure the company. Despite an enormous Web audience, Yahoo has struggled to build an identity as social media has taken off. It is currently embroiled in a big patent dispute with Facebook.
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Flying Car Glides Closer To Reality

Finally, there is a flying car for the average driver. But the real question is if the average driver ready for a flying car. Terrafugia Transition is a $279,000 car-turned-airplane. It's meant to bridge the gap between the road and the sky.
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Italian Law Pits Older Workers Against Younger Ones

Italy's technocrat prime minister is facing his toughest challenge yet — pushing through a labor overhaul. Italy's labor laws all but guarantee life tenure for older workers but can condemn younger Italians to temporary jobs. The last two attempts to change the law ended with murders.

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