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RIM To Unveil BlackBerry Makeover

There was a time only a few years ago, when the BlackBerry was the undisputed champion of the smartphone market, a title now held by Apple's iPhone or the Samsung Galaxy. Renee Montagne talks to Bloomberg News technology commentator Rich Jaroslovsky about the new BlackBerry model that comes out Wednesday.
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Apple Trademarks Its Interior Store Design

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office recently granted Apple's request to protect pretty much every single thing you see in its stores. This includes "a clear glass storefront surrounded by a paneled facade" and "an oblong table with stools set below video screens flush mounted on the back wall."
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Fourth-Quarter Reports: Boeing Profits Up, Amazon Down

Despite the groundings of its 787 because of battery trouble, the aerospace company plans to deliver dozens more Dreamliners this year. The cyberspace retailer, meanwhile, reported a big drop in profits.
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Competition, High Bills Hurt Cable Companies

It's called cord-cutting when people give up their cable TV subscriptions because they feel they get enough to watch over the air and the Internet. Cord-cutting is a big fear for cable TV companies. But there's something new for them to worry about: Young people who never get cable subscriptions in the first place.
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Profit-Sharing Checks Replace Autoworkers Raises

Ford Motor Company will soon hand out record profit-sharing checks to its hourly employees. At General Motors, profit-sharing checks are expected to be pretty fat, too. Profit sharing appears to have permanently replaced the expectation of a guaranteed hourly wage increase at Detroit's Big Three.
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192,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls This Month, Report Signals

The latest ADP National Employment Report seems to show a modest uptick in employment growth as 2013 began. But it comes after a surprisingly downbeat report about how the economy was doing as it ended 2012.
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Economy Shrank At 0.1 Percent Annual Rate In Fourth Quarter

The economy had not contracted in any quarter since the spring of 2009. Among the reasons why there wasn't growth in the last three months of 2012: steep cuts in defense spending.

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