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Facebook CEO's Internet Crusade Hopes To Bring Billions Online

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has teamed up with other tech giants to pursue the goal of providing Internet service to five billion people in the developing world. The group, called Internet.org, says data can be used more efficiently and participating partners can work cooperatively to make access to the web affordable in emerging economies. Zuckerberg makes the case on his Facebook page for how a global Internet infrastructure can be created. But the document doesn't have tangible commitments from Facebook or other participating companies.
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India And Other BRIC Economies Now Facing Headwinds

India is struggling — but it's not the only developing nation that's having economic troubles. Brazil, China and Russia are all slowing down. But the U.S., which struggled after the Great Recession, is showing some positive signs.
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Forget Cronuts: London's 'Townies' Take On Hybrid-Dessert Craze

While New Yorkers line up for the cronut, a croissant-doughnut cross, in London, a tartlet-brownie mashup called the townie is now the rage. Social media is helping to drive these hybrid-food fads, industry watchers say, but how they ultimately impact the bottom line depends on whether purveyors can be more than one-trick ponies.
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Sales Of Existing Homes Rose 6.5 Percent In July

The increase pushed sales of previously owned homes to their highest level since November 2009. The data from the National Association of Realtors are another sign that the housing sector has bounced back.
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Tech Giants Launch Internet.org, A Global Plan To Widen Access

Citing the billions of people worldwide who can't access the Internet, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders launched an ambitious project to narrow the digital divide Wednesday. The plan focuses on widening Internet access via mobile phones.
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Lowes Reports Earnings On The Heels Of Home Depot

Home Depot says it has had "one of the best quarters in its recent history." It credits the recovery in the housing market. Main rival Lowes also benefited from the housing recovery, and strong demand for home refurbishings.
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Book News: Barnes & Noble Founder Pulls Plug On Buyback Plan

Also: James Patterson on bad books; remembering Elmore Leonard; the woman who inspired "Terry, the Mexican girl" in On the Road dies.
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U.S. Retailers Vow To Upgrade Bangladesh's Safety Standards

A group of 20 companies, meeting in Chicago Tuesday, announced steps to implement a safety plan for factories in Bangladesh. The companies, including Wal-Mart, Costco and Gap, formed the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, which promises to have fire and building safety standards in place by mid-September.
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Al Jazeera Offers Americans An Alternative For News

The cable news channel Al Jazeera America launched on Tuesday, and is now available in more than 40 million households. But there are many people inside the industry skeptical that its promise of thoughtful and serious news coverage can convince Americans to tune in.
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Colorado Gold Mine Bucks Closing Trend

Colorado's largest gold mine is expanding despite a 20 percent decline in gold prices this year. The precipitous fall in gold has forced many miners to shutter higher cost operations around the globe.

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