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Google in 2014: Expect new hardware, more retail, and a Google+ explosion

In one of the company’s fastest-paced years to date, Google churned products and moved with puma-like speed and agility to keep up with a legion of starving startups.<p>A Glass revolution<p>In March, Google started rolling out its Explorer edition Glass units. After months of anticipation, we finally got …

13 states raising pay for minimum-wage workers

State minimum wages will exceed the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour in 21 states on Jan. 1.<p>The retail-worker strikes that swept the nation in 2013 did not move Congress to raise the minimum wage, but a growing number of states are taking action.<p>The minimum wage will rise in 13 states this week, …

BlackBerry CEO outlines new strategy

<i>John Chen, the executive chair and CEO of BlackBerry Ltd., wrote the following. It appeared first on CNBC.com.</i><p>It's been easy for competitors to promote negative stories about BlackBerry, focusing on the business of the past. But I'm not focused on who BlackBerry used to be – I'm focused on what …

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Germany's Energy Goes Kaput, Threatening Economic Stability

If you want to do something big, you have to start small; and German innovation is well known around the world. Yet when it comes to energy policy, the country looks to have placed the cart before the horse. Germany has led much of Europe with ‘Energiewende’ or the renewable energy transition. …

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Congress letting 55 tax breaks expire at year end

WASHINGTON — In an almost annual ritual, Congress is letting a package of 55 popular tax breaks expire at the end of the year, creating uncertainty — …

3D Printing Stock Bubble? $10.8 Billion By 2021

3D printing and related fields in scanning, modeling have seen a phenomenal rise in 2013. There are big questions about 3D printing and if we are witnessing a stock bubble that is soon to burst. Most of these questions and forecasts focus on consumer adoption, or prototyping alone, but the big …

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More "quality" jobs seen as sign of improving economy

Recent job gains and record highs in the stock market are signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening, leading many economists to believe job growth will continue into 2014.<p>"If we could maintain a 3 percent–plus pace next year … I'm thinking so far we have in the second half of this year ... then …

Economics

Thousands apply for flight attendant jobs at Southwest

One of the most coveted jobs in the airline industry these days appears to be that of a flight attendant.<p>Southwest Airlines recently put out the call for 750 flight attendants. More than 10,000 people submitted résumés in about two hours, according to Bloomberg.<p>The Dallas-based company has not …

The Nikkei just had its best year since Nixon was in the White House

Any way you slice it, it was a tremendous year for Japanese stocks. One of the world’s best performing asset classes, the central bank’s effort to reflate the economy helped drive a 57% price gain in the Nikkei 225 this year. The stock market benchmark index ended the year today at 16,291, its …

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Gold just had its worst year since 1981

Alas, it seems like gold bugs have given up on the arrival of the long-awaited, Weimar-style hyper-inflation in US.<p>The dawning realization has sent futures prices for the precious metal down a bit more than 28% this year, to just above $1,200 per troy ounce. And that’s made it one of the worst …

Economics