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AOL Sale The Latest Shot In Tech Patent War

AOL is selling a trove of patents to Microsoft for about $1.1 billion. The announcement sent AOL's share price soaring. A shareholder group 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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Cause Marketing and Ethical Branding

Whether it's saving yogurt lids to beat breast cancer or buying a particular brand of diapers to help vaccinate poor children, we are increasingly encouraged to do good by going shopping. Diane and her guests explore the world of consumer marketing and philanthropy.

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Facebook Is Buying Instagram

The social networking site is paying a reported $1 billion in stock and cash for the photo-sharing app.
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Fresh Air Remembers Mike Wallace Of '60 Minutes'

The CBS News correspondent who became famous for his two-fisted interview style and hard-hitting interviews with politicians, celebrities and newsmakers died Saturday. He was 93. Fresh Air remembers Wallace with excerpts from a 2005 interview.
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Sony Reportedly Cutting 10,000 Jobs

The one-time leader in entertainment technology has fallen behind rivals like Apple and Samsung, losing money for four straight years. But Sony's new CEO is trying to turn it around. According to Japanese news reports and the Wall Street Journal, that involves eliminating 10,000 jobs worldwide — about 6 percent of its overall workforce.
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'Painter Of Light' Thomas Kinkade Dies At 54

The artist was known for scenes of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning light. Kinkade repeatedly claimed to be the most collected living artist.
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AT&T, Union Extend Contract Negotiations

The contract extension has prevented a mass walkout by some 40,000 unionized workers. The deadline for a new contract was Sunday. AT&T is seeking concessions from its workers — including cuts in pension contributions, and an increase in health care premiums. The union is calling these concessions "unrealistic."

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