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Favorite Social Media Tools For 2011

New websites make it easier for people to share not just thoughts, but things like music, photos, favorite recipes and magazine clips. Linda Wertheimer talks to Sree Sreenivasan, digital media professor and dean of student affairs at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, about notable social media tools that cropped up in 2011.
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Saudi Prince Buys Stake In Twitter

Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is investing $300 million in Twitter. The man Time magazine calls the "Arabian Warren Buffett" says he looks to invest in, "promising, high-growth businesses with a global impact," like Twitter. Prince Alwaleed has been ranked the richest Arab.
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Fight Over Extending Payroll Tax Cut Flares Up Again

House Republicans are rejecting a bipartisan compromise approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Saturday. The deal would have extended the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits through February.
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Top Gadgets And 'Best Innovations' Of The Year

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" better than 3-D goggles. Or perhaps an inflatable wetsuit for big-wave surfing. Those are two of the top gadgets of the year, according to Popular Science magazine's "100 Best Innovations" issue. To tell us a little more about some of those innovations, Editor-In-Chief Mark Jannot joins host Scott Simon.
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SEC: Mortgage Execs Took Pains To Hide Risky Loans

In fraud charges filed Friday, the agency accused six former top executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac of lying about the number of subprime loans on their books. The SEC said the executives knew what was happening and even encouraged the deception.
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Zynga Has Disappointing Initial Public Offering

In its first day of trading, the stock lost 5 percent, but the social gaming company still raised $1 billion, making it the biggest tech IPO since Google in 2004.
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Amid A Blizzard Of Discounts, 'The Thrill Of The Hunt'

Consumers are clawing through coupons and prowling the "deal blogs" in search of the ultimate discount. For retailers, though, technology can make the last full shopping weekend before Christmas a bit bloody.
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Report Links Victoria's Secret With Child Labor

Melissa Block speaks with Bloomberg reporter Cam Simpson about his article on Victoria's Secret — and child labor violations under the fair and organic trade banner.

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