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Al Gore's Current TV Sold To Al Jazeera

The acquisition gives Al Jazeera, which is financed by the Qatari government, access to an American TV audience. The new channel, Al Jazeera America, will be based in New York. Current TV was founded in 2004 by former Vice President Al Gore.
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Moody's Warns About Nation's Debt Burden

The credit-ratings agency Moody's said this weeks' deficit reduction deal did not produce "meaningful improvement" to the issue at hand. That issue: the debt burden and economic output. Moody's warned that if improvements were not made, the agency could downgrade the U.S. credit rating.
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What Is A Good Unemployment Number, Really?

On Friday, new unemployment numbers will be released for December. In last month's report, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent, a four-year low. For a preview of the labor market prospects for the new year, Steve Inskeep talks to Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight, an international consulting firm.
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Al-Jazeera Buys Current TV

The acquisition gives Al-Jazeera, which is financed by the Qatari government, access to an American TV audience. The new channel, Al-Jazeera America, will be based in New York.
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Avis And Zipcar Partnership Could Reshape Rental Business

Avis, the car rental giant, is buying Zipcar for $500 million. Zipcar pioneered car sharing, a term that implied a membership and rentals as short as an hour. Zipcar grew fast for years, but that trajectory slowed in recent years and it became a takeover target.
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Some Frustrated After Congress Kicks The Can On Debt Ceiling, Spending Cuts

Throughout the fiscal cliff drama, business leaders pressed Washington for a deal. But the limited nature of the bill that passed is unlikely to make many business leaders happy.
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Tech Idea List: 5 Nerds To Watch In 2013

In Silicon Valley and around the world there are thousands of folks toiling away on new technologies, convinced that the thing they are building will transform the way we live. NPR's Steve Henn introduces us to five techies whose research and work he'll be keeping a close eye on in the coming year.

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