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Latest TV Technoloy: Ultra-High Definition TV.

Television manufacturers have come up with what they hope is the next big thing that will lure people into buying new TVs. Steve Inskeep talks to Bloomberg News technology commentator Rich Jaroslovsky about what TV makers are showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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Rubles For Minutes, Not Mochas, At Russian Cafe Chain

At most cafes, a customer buys a drink or food and stays as long as it takes to consume it. But a Russian entrepreneur is experimenting with ways to change that: At his Clockface Cafes, money buys time, and everything else — from drinks to snacks to art supplies and event space — is free.
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New Mortgage Rules Would Limit Risky Lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new rules that are scheduled to be released Thursday come at a time when regulators and banks are trying to find a middle ground between overly lax and overly tight lending standards. The rules will go into effect next January.
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The North Dakota Town Where A One-Bedroom Apartment Rents For $2,100 A Month

The strange troubles of a small town where an oil boom has driven unemployment below 1 percent.
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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Announces Her Resignation

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis is resigning, opening up one more slot in President Obama's second-term administration. Solis was the first Hispanic woman to head a Cabinet-level agency in the U.S. government.
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Attacks On U.S. Banks' Websites Seen As Work Of Iran

Sophisticated hacking attacks on U.S. banks in recent months have distinctive qualities that are leading investigators to believe another nation may be behind the assault. The likely suspect is Iran, which security experts believe may be trying to even the score for American hacking of its nuclear program.
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Kickstarter Pledges Topped $320 Million In 2012; Site Names Year's Top Projects

Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded entrepreneurs with online investors, funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says more than 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million.

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