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Betting Site Intrade Shuts Down Under Mysterious Circumstances

The online betting market Intrade has shut down. Intrade allowed customers to wager on the outcome of events such as presidential elections. The company says all betting is on hold until it can investigate possible financial irregularities.
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In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

Chains like H&M and Forever 21 turn out new styles so quickly that they've been dubbed "fast fashion" retailers. While the stores reap big profits, many say the business model has hidden costs, like encouraging poor labor practices and churning out cheaply made products that quickly end up in landfills.
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Add Its Own Demise To Intrade's List Of Blown Calls

Under pressure from regulators because it allegedly crossed the line that separates investing from betting, the once popular site has ceased operations.
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Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Also: the best books coming out this week; Mindy Kaling is writing another memoir; and Francine Prose explores dreams in literature.
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The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive

Hardware is a hot topic this year at the Texas-based festival famous for launching startups like Twitter and Foursquare.
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Controlling Your Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand

The Leap Motion Controller senses and tracks hand motions to allow users to browse the Web, play games and open documents. It represents another step in a goal of computer scientists: to make interactions with machines feel natural and easy, and to take away the barriers between humans and computers.
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'Lean In': Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Explains What's Holding Women Back

"The blunt truth is men still run the world," says Silicon Valley executive Sheryl Sandberg — and the problem begins as early as the playground, where assertive boys are called leaders, and assertive girls are called bossy.
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Alabama Offers New Enticement To Lure Airbus

It's not unusual for states to offer up tax breaks and other incentives to lure industry. Now, Alabama is adding a new enticement for European airplane maker Airbus and its suppliers: protection from legal liability.

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