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Nikkei Plunge Causes Jitters In Global Markets

Just three weeks ago, Japanese stocks were at a multi-year high — raising hopes for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to revitalize the world's third-largest economy. Since then, the market has dropped more than 20 percent.
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Net Giants Try To Quell Users' Jitters About Their Data

Tech companies that field National Security Agency data requests are currently barred from sharing those requests publicly. But Google, Microsoft and Facebook all have a financial interest in showing their users that the NSA does not enjoy unfettered access to their data.
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As Drought Turns To Flood, Farmers Get 'Weather Whiplash'

In the past three years, Midwestern farmers have seen flooding, then record-setting drought, and now flooding again. "As much as we think we have things cornered and we know what's going to be happening, you just don't know what will happen," a meteorologist says.
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Court To Monsanto: You Said You Won't Sue, So You Can't

Monsanto has said that it won't sue anyone for accidentally growing trace amounts of its patented crops. Now, that promise is legally binding, a federal appeals court says.
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Surveillance Scandal Ups Sales Of Orwell's '1984'

Sales of the George Orwell classic have risen nearly 6,000 percent since news of the NSA's secret surveillance program broke. The book was first published 64 years ago last week.
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Vodafone Announces Bid For Germany's Biggest Cable Company

Vodafone is trying to buy Kabel Deutschland. The reported offer of more than $13 billion marks a major change in strategy for Vodafone. Up until now it has focused almost entirely on the mobile phone market.

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