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E-book Price-Fixing ?

How much will your next e-book cost? How much SHOULD it cost? US and European officials are investigating whether Apple and major publishing companies illegally colluded to raise e-book prices and keep them high...

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Good News On The Jobs Front, Except From Yahoo

One widely watched report estimates that employers added 209,000 jobs to payrolls last month. But Yahoo announced 2,000 layoffs — about 14 percent of its workforce.
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A Rare Mix Created Silicon Valley's Startup Culture

Silicon Valley has become a powerful economic engine, driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs. But in simpler times, the area was known as the Valley of the Hearts Delight. And it took years to assemble the mix of talent, money and gumption to create America's startup hub.
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Virginia Assembly Targets Weekend Deadline For Budget

Legislators in Virginia have targeted this weekend as a deadline to reconcile the House and Senate versions of a state budget passed in the Commonwealth, with conferees reporting manageable differences.

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City Rents Rise As Buyers Wait Out Housing Bust

The housing sector turmoil scared a lot of people away from buying homes. Now, many people who can afford to buy are renting, sending rental prices soaring. In places such as New York City, they're near record highs.
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Home Buyers Still Face Mortgage Barriers

The housing market is still operating at very depressed levels, despite low interest rates and lots of pent-up demand. But many buyers seeking a mortgage find that the hoops are being held very high. It's tough to jump through them all. From the credit score review to the appraisal process, each step is an ordeal for the potential buyer.
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Wis. School Districts Saved After Bad Real Estate Deal

Before the financial crisis, five school districts in Wisconsin borrowed $200 million and invested in some very complicated financial instruments tied to real estate. They quickly became worthless. The school districts sued, claiming they were misled about the risk they were taking.
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A Buyer's Market: The Balance Of Power In Retail

Shopping apps and retail websites give consumers the power to compare prices, read reviews and shop on the go. Stephanie Clifford, business reporter at The New York Times and market researcher Paco Underhill discuss how many brick-and-mortar stores are altering pricing strategies.

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