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After 10 Years, Segway Falls Short Of High Hopes

Melissa Block and Guy Raz mark the 10th anniversary of the public unveiling of the balancing scooter called the Segway — a device that was predicted to change our world. It only did 10 percent of the volume expected and became something of a joke.
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World Starts To Worry As Chinese Economy Hiccups

After a key Chinese economic measure recently fell to its lowest level in three years, economists said the ripples might be felt in economies thousands of miles away.
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Online Gaming Company Zynga Says Target Valuation Is Around $7 Billion

Getting ready for its initial public offering later this month, Zynga set its share price at $8 to $10.
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Jobless Dip May Overstate Economic Improvement

The unemployment rate dropped unexpectedly to 8.6 percent in November, in part because hundreds of thousands of Americans stopped looking for work. But analysts said the modest increase of 120,000 jobs created last month points to an economy that's generally still limping.
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Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.6 Percent; 120,000 Jobs Added

The highly anticipated news brought a surprise: The unemployment rate had been expected to stay at 9 percent. But it fell in part because of an increase in the number of "discouraged" workers. They've given up looking for jobs.
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Maker's Mark Battles Jose Cuervo Over Bottle Wax

Maker's Mark, the Kentucky bourbon, comes in a bottle sealed using red wax. The company considers that a trademark, even though no two bottles are exactly the same. So Maker's Mark was not happy when the makers of Jose Cuervo tequila tried to sell bottles the same way.
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Merkel, Sarkozy Push For Fiscal Change In Eurozone

Time is running out for European leaders to find a way out of their debt crisis and salvage the euro as the single currency for 17 nations. As they prepare for a European Union summit next week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have presented their plans to their respective countries.
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Analysts Expect Jobless Rate To Remain Unchanged

The unemployment rate began the year at 9 percent and may end essentially unchanged. While some sectors add jobs, others lose them. Private employers are modestly adding to their payrolls, but government is cutting back. All that makes for a job market that's stuck in a rut.

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