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U.S. Coal Exports Soar To 1991 Heights

America's reliance on coal to produce electricity has declined by more than 20 percent in recent years — but it is exporting coal at a rate not seen in 20 years, according to the AP. Much of the new surge in coal exports comes from Japan and South Korea.
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State Approves Bill To Ban Employers From Seeking Facebook Login Info

The practice of employers asking job applicants for their account login information for Facebook and other social media sites is meeting its backlash, as Maryland is poised to be among the first states to ban the practice, reports The Baltimore Sun.
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Carriers, FCC Join In Bid To Curb Cellphone Thefts

Companies have agreed to create a national database for stolen or missing phones, which would then be deactivated. It's hoped that will make them less tempting.
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Machine Evens Sushi-Making Playing Field

Japanese company Suzumo introduced what it calls a sushi robot at a food expo in Tokyo last week. The cutting-edge sushi-making machine is about 10 times quicker than the most productive sushi chef. No word yet on the price for the counter-top device which weighs about 20 pounds.
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Microsoft To Buy Patents From AOL For $1.1 Billion

A shareholder group of AOL had been complaining that the struggling company hadn't acted to realize the value of its patents. Many tech companies have been moving aggressively to assemble large patent portfolios as they battle over intellectual property.
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For $1.1 Billion, Facebook Snaps Up Instagram

Success for the popular photo-sharing app Instagram has been sudden and dramatic. Founded in 2010 by two Stanford University graduates, it now has 27 million users.
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'Do Not Track' Web Browser Option Gains Steam

Government regulators in the U.S. and Europe are putting pressure on the online advertising industry to adopt a new Web browser option called "do not track." The option is designed to offer users more privacy from the websites they visit — but there's still no consensus on precisely how much privacy the feature should provide.

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