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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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Earnings Report On Home Depot And J.C. Penney

Home Depot says it had "one of the best quarters in recent history." It credited the recovery in the housing market. Retailer J.C. Penney's quarterly revenue tumbled 12 percent.
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Math Class: Oreo's Double Stuf Doesn't Measure Up

According to Dan Anderson's math class in Queensbury, N.Y., the Double Stuf Oreo is not quite double the size of the regular chocolate and cream version of the cookie. It's actually just 1.86 the size. He said the students were surprised with the result.
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Kodak Reinvents Itself As Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.
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Young Farmers Break The Bank Before They Get To The Field

Young people are interested to get involved with both the local food movement and more conventional forms of agriculture. But many of them are finding their options limited. Ranch and farmland across the plains is going for several thousand dollars an acre, keeping many aspiring farmers out of the market.

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