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Do Democrats Make Better Neighbors?

Possibly, though not if you need a kidney, or your plants watered while you’re away<p>The arc of history has not always been kind to Mount Pleasant. Tucked into Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., the neighborhood was originally constructed as a stately suburb to the areas surrounding the White …

Google 'spins invisible web' with user data, Dutch watchdog says

Google's practice of combining user data from its different services without user consent violates Dutch data protection law, the country's privacy watchdog said Thursday.<p>A 2012 overhaul of Google's privacy policy gave the company the right to "combine personal information" across multiple …

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The U.S. now has over 83 million broadband subscribers

Slowly and surely, the U.S. is inching towards the 100 million broadband subscriber milestone. Latest figures compiled by Leichtman Research Group, a …

Brace for the end of the share buyback binge

Like a rich uncle, corporate America has been buying the affections of investors, by way of a simple financial manoeuvre: the share buyback.<p>Ever since the market began to recover in 2009, companies flush with profits have poured their cash reserves into buying back their own stock.<p>But critics …

Speculators pay attention to bitcoin virtual money

The price of bitcoin surpassed $1,000 on the Mt.Gox online exchange Wednesday, fueled by speculators snapping up the virtual currency as it gains wider acceptance.<p>Bitcoins, which exist as software and aren't regulated by any country or banking authority, surged to a record $1,073, up more than …

Black Friday traffic fails to impress as shoppers move online

The kickoff to the holiday shopping season started in earnest on Black Friday as shoppers lined up early at Toys "R" Us, Target and other stores for deep discounts – another signal that consumers are bargain hunting.<p>While customer response to Black Friday discounting in Canadian stores appeared …