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In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big

This year, one lucky little company's professionally produced commercial will air during the Super Bowl's third quarter — all free — thanks to a contest held by the software firm Intuit. The four finalists include an organic egg farm and a natural compost supplier. For Intuit, it's a smart way to drum up more business.
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Trouble In Emerging Markets Causes Stocks To Take A Tumble

Stocks turned sharply lower on Friday. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indices continued to tumble for the second straight day. The drop is part of a global selloff, as investors focus on the growing financial turmoil in the developing world.
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Dow Loses 318 Points, The Most In One Day Since June

The index joined the rout that hit European and Asian markets on fears that the global economy is slowing.
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Tech Week That Was: The Mac Turns 30, More NSA Rumblings

In technology news this week: Apple's iconic baby celebrated a big birthday, the debate over Edward Snowden and NSA data collection continued to simmer, and the Target data breach prompted more talk about credit card security.
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Supreme Court Considers Public Sector Unions

We explore how a Supreme Court case could affect the future of unions.

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As Windows XP Fades Away, Will Its Users Stick With Microsoft?

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in April. But the company faces a challenge as it herds its users away from the 12-year-old operating system: With so many computing options on the market, customers leaving XP behind might end up turning their backs to Microsoft, too.
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Giving And Receiving Feedback At Work

Annual performance reviews at work can inspire equal measures of dread and renewed dedication to the job. We consider best practices for giving and receiving feedback in the workplace.

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Drowning In Debt, Bike Sharing's Bixi Files For Bankruptcy

Montreal-based Bixi, which came up with the bike sharing systems offered in many American cities, has filed for bankruptcy. Renee Montagne talks with Andy Riga of the Montreal Gazette about where things went wrong for Bixi, and the future prospects of its operations in North America.
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MIT Housing Survey Focuses On 70 Metro Areas

A new report from the MIT Center for Real Estate forecasts home prices in 60 U.S. cities. Whether housing prices are going up or down depends on where you live.
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Wal-Mart Creates Fund To Spur U.S. Manufacturing

The $10 million fund will supply grants to projects aimed at creating new processes and jobs in the sector. The fund will be launched in March, and Wal-Mart will fund the grants for five years.

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