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Italian Law Pits Older Workers Against Younger Ones

Italy's technocrat prime minister is facing his toughest challenge yet — pushing through a labor overhaul. Italy's labor laws all but guarantee life tenure for older workers but can condemn younger Italians to temporary jobs. The last two attempts to change the law ended with murders.
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Look Out! There Are Robots All Around

Marketplace correspondent David Brancaccio wanted to see if it was possible drive across the country without interacting with a human being — just machines. He discovered how technological advances — from factory robots to self-checkout machines — are changing the future of U.S. jobs.
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Yahoo Cuts 2,000 Employees

The layoffs at Yahoo Wednesday reduce its staff by about 14 percent, part of a turnaround by new CEO Scott Thompson. He's the third CEO at the Internet firm in four years. Thompson is aiming Yahoo toward better analysis of users' personal data to boost advertising revenue, and toward improving Yahoo for mobile devices.
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Private Hiring Signals Another Strong Jobs Report

Jobs at U.S. businesses increased by 209,000 in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the payroll processing firm ADP. That's in line with expectations for the monthly jobs report due out Friday.
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Facebook Fires Back In Patent Dispute With Yahoo

The social networking site says Yahoo products, including the photo-sharing site Flicker, are infringing on 10 of its patents. Facebook's legal action is a counter-claim to a suit filed by Yahoo last month, which also claims 10 patent infringements. The pending court battle is a distraction for Facebook as it prepares to go public — a move that could see the company valued at up to $100 billion.
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Williams-Sonoma Launches Agrarian Collection

The New York Times reports that Williams-Sonoma, the maker of cooking pots and appliances, now wants to get you out of the kitchen and into the backyard. The Agrarian Collection includes everything you need to grow your own food.
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Nokia Aims For Comeback With New Phone

Nokia was once the most valuable company in Europe, a pioneer in mobile phone technology. But Nokia has been left behind by competitors in the smartphone market. Now the Finnish company is betting its future on a new phone that uses a Microsoft operating system.

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