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Will robots take over the workforce? 4 predictions from experts

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OKCupid's experiment is lazy, unethical and a creative failure

By letting their engineers experiment on users, OKCupid and Facebook showed an astounding lack of imagination.
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Why ex-employees make great hires

These so-called "boomerang" employees already know how your company runs, which puts them far ahead of new hires. More>>

Why summer Fridays are good for business

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Why did the man behind Windows jump ship, and who’s left to steer?

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Google Free Zone brings the Internet to feature phones for free

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How Apple's victory over Samsung will affect you

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Why do McDonald's burgers look different from their advertisements?

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  • Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA

    Justice Dept. announces $17B settlement with BofA

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:54 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:54:58 GMT
    Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide Financial has cost it tens of billions of dollars over the past six years. An expected $17 billion settlement with the Justice Departm ent will increase that toll, but...
    The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
  • Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

    Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:53:59 GMT
    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.
  • Stocks open higher; S&P 500 heading for a record

    Stocks open higher; S&P 500 heading for a record

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:44:07 GMT
    U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high.
    U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high.
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