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How To Market Your Products To Either Gender (Even If You’re An Idiot)

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As anyone knows, the differences between men and women are genetically hardwired into our very nature. This is why girls like pink, and boys like blue- because our cavewomen ancestors recognised pink as the colour of berries for when they’re ...

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Preparing Your Product for Launch Day

Preparing for a product launch can be stressful… There’s just so many things you can do. You know that you should get some affiliates on board, create an email list, build a following, prepare some launch day promotions, and so ...

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Making Money From Something You Love

They say (I’m not sure who precisely) that if you can earn money doing something that you love, then you will ‘never work a day in your life’. And while this isn’t strictly true (it’s still possible to work hard) ...

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Tools for Successful iPhone App Creation

A thriving business is one that grows and adapts to an ever-changing world. With that in mind, most established businesses have some type of presence on the web. At a minimum, that presence includes information about the business and how ...

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Five Business Tips The Apprentice Taught Us

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by tEdits The BBC television series “The Apprentice” offers an interesting and entertaining insight into the business world as contestants compete to go into business with Sir Alan Sugar. Whether they are developing a new product, selling on a market stall ...

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How To Price Your Product For Maximum Profit

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This is a question that each new business owner grapples with. For those without an official marketing education, the answer seems simple: calculate how much the material costs, how many work hours where required to manufacture the product, add advertisement, ...

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The Four Rules of Prospect Marketing

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Every prospect-marketer relationship building process has four stages and if you handle these four stages intelligently then you can definitely achieve success. These four stages are: Stage #1 – Initially, your target audience and your prospects do not know who ...

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How is the Government Supporting UK Technology Businesses

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The government appears to be heavily committed to helping technology businesses, particularly start-ups, grow and thrive, and is putting real money into doing so. They have brought in a range of different types of financial support aimed to helping technology ...

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A History of Guinness’ Advertising: Through the Decades

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via Wikipedia Guinness’ advertising campaigns are almost as iconic as the drink itself. For years they have brought consumers striking, clever and amusing adverts which are as memorable as your first taste of the Irish stout. Until the 1930’s Guinness ...

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Most Profitable Items to Sell on eBay

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While eBay’s biggest profiteers are unlikely to ever reveal the secrets of their most lucrative sales, a bit of time, effort and trial and error can help uncover a number of items that are sure to reap a reasonable profit. ...

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Comparison of the two Giants – Linux vs. Windows

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Even if you’re a dedicated Windows user you have probably at least heard of Linux, and it may be possible you even know a few people who swear by Linux. It wouldn’t be unreasonable for you to often wonder whether ...

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Psychology Applied to Sales

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In today’s highly competitive business world finding an edge can make the difference between success and failure. All businesses rely on sales to survive, which is why companies across the world spend millions each year trying to improve the effectiveness ...

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Starting Out In Business – The Basics

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Dickens’ phrase “the best of times and the worst of times” is one of those descriptions that can find its place in every generation.  Today, for many employees it’s beginning to feel like the worst of times, for those who ...

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7 Apps that Help Keep Businesses Running Smoothly

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Advances in computing technology continue to provide businesses with powerful tools that enable them to increase their productivity. Now that smartphones and tablet PCs are rapidly becoming the most important way to stay connected while mobile, developers are designing numerous ...

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Five Popular Business Apps for iPhone

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1. Flashlight The brightest light application for your iPhone, this will light up your world. We all know how essential it is to carry around a torch or a light of some kind as you may fall in a fix ...

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Top Tips for Starting Your Own eBay Business

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Within the current economic climate many are struggling to find and retain work and therefore stable income can be elusive. For this reason many are turning to new and innovative means to earn money, either as a standalone income or ...

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The Future of the Cloud

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The cloud has been with us for some time now and growth for the Software as a Service (SaaS) market is extremely positive for the future. But what trends are likely to take place with the cloud in the future? ...

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Creating a Great Mobile App for Your Business

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If you’re going to create a mobile app for your business, it needs to be great. Millions of people rely on apps on a daily basis, and you want to convince them that yours is worth their time, too. A ...

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Why Ergonomics Represents A Small Investment – But A Massive Payoff

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I had been working at the same division in a rather large company for the last 6 years. During that time I have had some laughs, some tears, have been both tremendously impressed and disappointed in some of the employees ...

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The Small Business Advantage: Personal Touch

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Not so long ago, the best way to position a sales pitch directly to households was through radio. Just years after the television industry had skyrocketed on the market, marketers jumped like feverish grasshoppers from print and radio to moving ...

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What can SEO Resellers learn from the 2009 United Incident?

We are all familiar with United Airlines’ controversy that earned them three blows from folk crooner Dave Carroll. The latter created three satirical songs about the guitar mishap they encountered while they were in the constraints of the airline company. ...

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Utilize Speaking Engagements To Get New Clients

by Justin Freid
Business development is not an easy task, especially if you do not have an army of sales reps to cold call on potential customers. Small companies and start-ups need clients to grow...

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Advantages and Disadvantages of a Small Business

by Haliyma Barrow
One of the advantages of a small business is the relatively low startup capital needed. Personal savings, small grants and loans from friends and family are usually enough to start up a small venture...

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Forming Strategic Alliances Online

by Richard A. Chapo
The internet is unique in the business world because of the common presence of what are known as strategic alliances. In fact, forming alliances with others online is often considered critical...

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Ideas for Starting a Recession Proof Business

by Haliyma Barrow
Many people are venturing out into the small business arena. If you are considering traveling along this path, then you should start a recession proof small business....

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Top 5 OsCommerce Add-ons for 2011

by Adrian S
OsCommerce e-commerce and store management software has become the gold standard for managing your online store in recent years and there are a number of add-ons that can increase both the...

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4G Mobile is Coming – But What Does that Mean for your Business?

by Alan Grainger
The UK government has announced its plans to prepare for the selling of rights for the next generation of wireless networks, heralding the start of the fourth generation mobile spectrum...

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Understanding Customers

by Nitin Aggarwal
Do you ever wonder who your customer is? I mean what are his likes and dislikes? Why must he buy from you? What do you offer which is irresistible?

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11 Ways To Ensure the Success of CRM Project

by Lyuben Georgiev
Regardless of the type of a company, good CRM practices are applicable in all economic sectors. Experts say one of the main principles to be followed is the orientation towards the client. In this sense, the company must not only reduce costs...

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Social Network Marketing on Your Mac Can Improve Your Business

by Timothy Arends
By definition, home-based businesses do not require a large workforce; in fact, they often consist of a force of one. No matter what size your workforce, however, you will need customers, and...

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Online Payment Options for Your Business

by BuyerZone
Today, most stores have websites that make it easy for their customers to purchase a wide variety of products and services. Before you can use this option, though, you have to choose online payment options that will work well for your business.

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing For Small Businesses

by Jonathan Piggins
Cloud Computing is one of the newest developments in Information Technology that is really helping those with a small business. Cloud computing is an umbrella term that groups a wide range...

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Finding the Best Web Hosting for Small Business

by Roko Nastic
Any small business hoping to establish a lucrative online presence needs to find the right web host. But how does a small business know which host is best? And what essential features are required from a web host?

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It’s Repeat Customers Who Build A Business

by Neil Jones
Businesses in the real world and online, would be inclined to believe that once a customer, always a customer. But the old time notion of loyalty to a brand, store or a website no longer holds true...

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Online Fraud Down – But Still A Concern For E-commerce

by Alex Smith
In 2011 a survey by CyberSource showed that 59% of online merchants felt online fraud to be their biggest business threat, ranking it above systems failure, viruses and theft of customer data.

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Giving Your Business a Kick Start and Keeping it on Top

by Archie June
Big things start with small ones, and this is a principle that is applied in the world of business. Where do you think all those big business started from? Take a look at their histories and you will find out that indeed, they first started as small companies and then grew on to become the big names that...

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5 Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Myths

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The ‘one size fits all’ approach is common with companies investing in CRM – and it is too often pushed by those selling CRM software – but it’s not the right way to get the best out of it. Before investing in any CRM package, there are questions to be answered.

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A Half Dozen Jobs That Your Business Should Outsource

by BuyerZone
It’s an era in which people have moved from being specialists who can handle anything well inside of the area of their concentration to being their own best resource for most tasks. Whether they are their own best resource or not is debatable in several realms.

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10 Common Mistakes Every Entrepreneur Should Avoid

by Roxanne Lane
In 2004, the Office of Advocacy reported that there were 24.7 million businesses within the US. According to the Small Business Administration, 66% of new businesses make it past the two year mark. Only 44% are still open after four years. Don’t make the errors that more than half of these entrepreneurs have made.

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Finding The Right Affiliate Opportunity

by Justin Freid
Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make extra cash, and if done correctly it can be set up to run and not consume all of your attention. But finding that niche industry to work in is the toughest spot. Here are a couple of tips to help you get off on the right foot of affiliate marketing.

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Important Features of a Good Payment Gateway

by Rachit Arora
With the growing buzz of e-commerce business in a platform of internet, a good payment gateway has become a major tool in bringing out the transactions with much ease, sending credit card information to the customers and authorizes the whole process of purchasing and selling. A good payment gateway integration allows your company to offer your customers a good experience in...

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10 Business Mistakes in Social Media

by Neil Jones
The Internet has transformed the lives of people in every sphere be it business, social interaction or communication. But no other phenomenon can keep pace with the rapid development of social media and the window of opportunity it offers to businesses. Social media started out as a social network dominated by groups of musicians and artists, college students and teenagers...

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Outsourcing Online – A Quick & Easy Way to Get Your Job Completed?

by Ray T. Lewis
Outsourcing is one of those things that you either love or hate. For many of us, outsourcing brings to mind lost jobs and dealing with English-challenged customer service representatives. For others, however, outsourcing brings to mind the ability to save time and money for their small business.

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Can A Mastermind Group Help Your Business?

by Mark Simon
Successful mastermind groups have a concentrated focus, and the group should only admit people who are concentrating on the relatable topics. The members of a mastermind group should have similar interests, but this doesn't mean that the mastermind group should exclude people that don't all participate in the same profession.

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Why Your Site Might Have A Critical Copyright Problem

by Richard A. Chapo
Mention copyright and most people immediately think of free music downloads and music companies suing teens. The truth of the matter is copyright extends far beyond just music. In truth, it is an archaic law that causes a host of problems on the web. In fact, most sites have a critical copyright problem and don’t even know it.

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3 Tips to Writing Great Entrepreneurial Blogs That Will Get You Noticed

by Actiontrumpseverything.com
These days, anyone with a computer can write a blog, but there’s a big difference between a blog and a great blog. That difference lies in many variations of how and what the author(s) do, especially when it comes to writing entrepreneurial blogs. Entrepreneurs in general are defined by what they do rather than the way they think.

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MTurk vs Utest Crowdsourcing – Which is Best?

by Leslie Handmaker
If you’ve been reading blogs, work in a large company, or are a small business owner, chances are you are at least somewhat familiar with the term ‘crowdsourcing’. If not, here are the basics. Crowdsourcing takes tasks which are typically done in-house and outsources them to an on-demand workforce.

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Is It Still Possible To Make Money Online?

by Sujan Patel
It can be quite difficult to make a living working online.  Sure, everyone has heard of people who have created web sites that they have sold for millions of dollars or iPhone applications that have been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.  Unfortunately, online fortunes are hard to come by.  But finding a niche on the internet or using your skills to earn a little extra cash in your spare time...

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Consumer Feedback Increasingly Important

by Annie Wallace
Consumer feedback can have a profound impact on your business. When consumers talk to you about their experiences, both positive and negative, you get a comprehensive understanding of the service you are providing. There are a wide variety of ways you can receive customer feedback, but knowing how to encourage it can be a more difficult task.

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Planning For Growth In 2011

by Brendan Sherton
The end of the year is rushing in as fast as ever, and with each year-end project completed comes a new blank space on the calendar. As nice as it will be to have a break over the holidays, the New Year looms with its thousands of open time slots and opportunities. How can you be sure that when 2011 finally arrives, you're ready to grow?

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Why There Isn’t An Equation for Internet Success?

by Ross Yim
Business doesn’t have a template. Being rich isn’t an equation. Or is it? I might argue that there is a clear equation to success – but the thing about the equation is that one part of the equation is dynamic – it’s chaotic. Because of this, the overarching path to success isn’t the same for all people. Some things, though, pervade throughout many different subjects.

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Virtual Assistants – What You Should Know Before Hiring Virtual Assistants Services

by Mau Carlton
When your budget does not justify adding additional help to the payroll there is another option. The virtual assistant can be available to help you on an as needed basis. They work from home and have helped many clients such as you when they are in a pinch.

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7 Tips To Write A Killer E-book

by Adam Snyder
When it comes to creating a passive income online there is nothing better than having your own killer e-book. The nice thing about e-books is you write one and you can sell it as many times as you want, so your profits are exponential.

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Online Event Software: How to Choose the Right One?

by Davis Stephenson
Hosting an event has become much easier with the advancement of technology. When you are going to organize an event it is important that you keep an accurate

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Where to start with your IT outsourcing decision?

by Yehuda Cagen
To streamline operations, save costs and create greater efficiencies, more businesses are outsourcing their IT function. According to InfoTech Research Group, median IT spending

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Top 5 Free WordPress E-Commerce Plugins

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WordPress is a widely used Content Management System (CMS), usually used as a blog publishing platform. However, since WordPress is so powerful yet versatile, you can also customize a WordPress blog into almost any type of websites including advanced e-commerce ...

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7 Tips on How to Survive the 1st Year of Managing Your Own Business

Guest Post by Heinrich Muller from The Link Building Guy | People often misjudge the difficulty of starting and managing their own business. There are some exceptions to the rule but on average the 1st year of any new business is a make-or-break period and the accompanying stress can be very difficult to handle.

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Should I Start My Own Business?

Guest Post by Matt from Advanced Lifestyle Design | This article talks about how to determine whether or not you should start your own business. In order to determine which business you should start, you should ask the following questions: ...

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The “Air-Tight” Contract Myth and the Attorneys that Propogate It

Guest Post by Anthony Rocco | Disclaimer: I AM NOT an attorney. The opinions presented in this post are exactly that; opinions. They have been formed by years of my own first-hand experiences in entrepreneurship and small business legal matters. ...

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Business News: Why Your CFO May Be An Uber Idiot! An Example of NOT “Getting It”!

Guest Post by Richard Harmer from the Brady Media Group Let me say this, we need these people. I mean, in my adult life…or any other part of my life for that matter, I have never had to balance a ...

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How I Learned Everything I Need to Know About Creating a Good “Perception” By Living In My Car

Guest Post by Richard Harmer Brady Media Group First and foremost I no longer live in my car! With that said, you are more than welcome to send money so that NEVER happens to me again! Second, I didn’t sleep ...

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Lessons from a Fortune 500 Company

It’s Not Always What You See! Sometimes it’s the HOW and What You Don’t See!! Guest Post by Richard Harmer Brady Media Group So anyway, I was in the shower and thought about something. You see earlier in the day, ...

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Why Business Owners Should Turn Business Sense into Common Sense

Guest Post by Richard Harmer Brady Media Group Over the past 7-8 years I’ve worked in marketing and brand development for myself and currently I’m a partner and Brand Strategist for Brady Media Group. It all “started” when I was ...

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The United States of Stagnation

Guest Post by Richard Harmer Brady Media Group America is being held back by RED TAPE, not creators or innovators!! We have LOTS of those! Too bad the best of the creators and inventors work for major corporations! Why? Has ...

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Facebook Usage Overtakes Google

New data from researchers at comScore Inc shows that web surfers are spending more time on Facebook and less on Google, for the first time. The data shows that people are spending about 9.9 per cent of their total web ...

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BP Increased Internet Marketing To $3 Million A Month

As part of a damage control campaign, BP upped its spending on Internet marketing from $57,000 a month to almost $3 million, buying keywords associated with the oil spill such as “oil spill,” “leak,” “top kill” and “live feed”. Google ...

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7 Common Mistakes When Trying To Make Money Online

The Internet is full of articles, videos and products that promise to show even the most basic of Internet user how to start a profitable online business. What are discussed less often are the pitfalls that so many start-ups face, ...

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5 Tips For an Amazing Cover Letter

by Mike Hlatky There are basically five main points to each cover letter written. I am going to go through each one of these points for an in depth analysis of how and where to improve your cover letter. The ...

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Building an email list was never easier

by Kat Bader Email list building was never as easy, now because of mobile advertising. Mobile or cell phone advertising is an untapped and cheap medium you can use to build a big list – fast. In just three days ...

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$250 Million Earned Since Michael Jackson’s Death

According to lawyers, in the year since his death, Michael Jackson’s estate has earned more than $250 million. They say that the money is rolling in and the debt he had built up during his lifetime was finally being paid ...

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BP chief admits he could lose his job following the oil spill

BP’s chief has admitted he might lose his job over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP, said he was under no immediate pressure to leave the company, but his future depended on ...

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BP, subcontractors: Spill is the other guy’s fault

By Steve Hargreaves The three oil companies primarily involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill blamed each other Tuesday for the accident last month that left 11 workers dead and oil still spewing into the Gulf. At a hearing ...

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Oil Rig Companies to Face Questioning

PBS Executives from the three companies tied to the Gulf Coast oil spill head to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Lawmakers from two Senate committees will question officials from BP, Halliburton and Transocean about the April 20 explosion that sunk the ...

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What Does Does Facebook-McDonalds Deal Mean?

By Rick Whiting, CRN A reported deal with fast-food giant McDonald’s could mean that Facebook is setting itself up to compete with Foursquare and other location-based social networking Web sites. Facebook is widely believed to be developing geolocation features for ...

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Exposing Corporate-financed Holocaust in Africa

By Keith Harmon Snow War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged and rebroadcast as “news”. Meanwhile, early indications out of America are that President-elect Barack Obama ...

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Civil rights complaint targets Wall Street rating firms

Moody’s and Fitch’s high ratings of subprime mortgage bonds disproportionately harmed black and Latino home buyers, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition alleges. By Kenneth R. Harney | In what is apparently the first legal action of its kind, an association ...

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US bails out Citigroup and prepares to give trillions more to banks

By Barry Grey | The government bailout of Citigroup marks a new stage in the utilization of the public treasury to rescue Wall Street banks and finance houses. The deal reached shortly before midnight Sunday places an estimated $249 billion ...

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Contractors in Iraq could face charges in earlier incidents

By Nancy A. Youssef  | WASHINGTON — Private security contractors operating in Iraq could face Iraqi prosecution for acts committed when they supposedly had immunity from Iraqi law, U.S. officials said Thursday. A new U.S.-Iraq security agreement doesn’t specifically prevent ...

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Blackwater gunboats will protect ships

By Kim Sengupta | The American security company Blackwater is planning to cash in on the rising threat of piracy on the high seas by launching a flotilla of gunboats for hire by the shipping companies.   The firm, which ...

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Ending Poverty: Moving Beyond More Aid and Fair Trade

By Davinder Kaur | As the United Nations seeks increased financial assistance from donor countries to help meet the flagging Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the inadequacy of international aid and fairer trade agreements has never been so clear. In 2007 ...

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New Blackwater Iraq Scandal: Guns, Silencers and Dog Food

By BRIAN ROSS and JASON RYAN | A federal grand jury in North Carolina is investigating allegations the controversial private security firm Blackwater illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food, ABCNews.com has ...

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Blackwater likely to be fined millions in Iraq weapons case

By Warren Strobel | The State Department is preparing to slap a multi-million dollar fine on private military contractor Blackwater USA for shipping hundreds of automatic weapons to Iraq without the necessary permits. Some of the weapons are believed to ...

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Illegal tax scheme gives $140 billion to biggest US banks

By Bill Van Auken |   An extra-legal measure quietly enacted by the Treasury Department in the shadow of the $700 billion Wall Street bailout package will hand the country’s biggest banks another $140 billion windfall, the Washington Post reported ...

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Prescription Drugs Kill 300 Percent More Americans than Illegal Drugs

By David Gutierrez | A report by the Florida Medical Examiners Commission has concluded that prescription drugs have outstripped illegal drugs as a cause of death. An analysis of 168,900 autopsies conducted in Florida in 2007 found that three times ...

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Reining in the influence industry

By David Miller | It comes as no surprise that the European Commission is relaxed about Peter Mandelson’s meetings with the aluminium magnate, Oleg Deripaska, at a time when the trade commissioner was party to discussions that would affect the business ...

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Capitalism is bankrupt

Their system creates recession, hunger and climate chaos, but they want you to pay Until A few weeks ago, supporters of free market capitalism were confident enough to proclaim that their system was the only way that the world could ...

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The “Dirty Little Secret” Of the US Bank Bailout

WSWS | In an unusually frank article published in Saturday’s New York Times, the newspaper’s economic columnist, Joe Nocera, reveals what he calls “the dirty little secret of the banking industry”–namely, that “it has no intention of using the [government bailout] ...

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Banks dictate conditions of US financial bailout

By Alex Lantier | The 936 point rise on the US stock market yesterday was the American ruling elite’s initial verdict on the extraordinarily favorable terms the government is granting to financial firms in the $700 billion bailout passed by ...

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Iraqi government fuels ‘war for oil’ theories by putting reserves up for biggest ever sale

Terry Macalister and Nicholas Watt | The biggest ever sale of oil assets will take place today, when the Iraqi government puts 40bn barrels of recoverable reserves up for offer in London. BP, Shell and ExxonMobil are all expected to ...

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No “Bailout” for the World’s Poorest

By Thalif Deen | As a spreading financial crisis threatens to deepen the economic recession in the United States, the news of an unprecedented 700-billion-dollar bailout package reverberated through the corridors of the United Nations last week as over 100 ...

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Banks race to profit from US bailout

By Barry Grey | The announcement of a virtually open-ended government bailout of Wall Street has set off a frenzied competition among the biggest banks and financial firms to grab the lion’s share of the super profits to be reaped ...

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Did The World Narrowly Avoid “Financial Armageddon” Last Week?

By Mike Adams | According to insider traders speaking to the New York Post, the global financial system was only 500 trades away from experiencing a global meltdown — “Financial Armageddon” — which was narrowly halted by a last-minute capital ...

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Treasury Seeks Authority to Buy $700 Billion Assets

By Alison Fitzgerald and John Brinsley | The Bush administration asked Congress for unchecked power to buy $700 billion in bad mortgage investments from U.S. financial companies in what would be an unprecedented government intrusion into the markets. The plan, ...

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Why weren’t managers charged in oil-sex scandal?

By Marisa Taylor | The Interior Department’s watchdog criticized the Justice Department on Thursday for declining to prosecute the managers of an oil- and gas-royalty program that’s been tainted by allegations of illicit sex, drug use and taking favors worth ...

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The Wall Street crisis and the failure of American capitalism

By Barry Grey | The end of Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch, two of the largest Wall Street investment banks, one week after the government takeover of the mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, marks a new stage ...

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Capitalism breeds wars and recession

Banks go bust, Markets in chaos – Put people before profit The collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fourth biggest investment bank in the US, has left the world reeling. Millions of people are worrying for their jobs, homes, savings and ...

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Coca-Cola to Phase Out Toxic Sodium Benzoate in the U.K.

By David Gutierrez | The Coca-Cola Company has announced that it is in the process of phasing out the use of food additive sodium benzoate in the United Kingdom, after a number of studies have linked it to a wide ...

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US government takes over mortgage giants to stave off financial meltdown

By Bill Van Auken | In the biggest government intervention in the American economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the US Treasury Department announced Sunday that it is effectively nationalizing the two mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie ...

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Judge says gov’t must produce waterboarding memos

A federal judge has ruled in New York that the government must either produce memos on waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods used by the CIA or explain why they should be kept secret. U.S. District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ...

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Corporate Whistleblowers Are Left Dangling

By JENNIFER LEVITZ | The Department of Labor, charged with enforcing the federal law protecting corporate whistleblowers at publicly traded companies, has been dismissing complaints on the technicality that workers at corporate subsidiaries aren’t covered. The government has ruled in ...

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