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More Awesome Than Money, a book about a social network "failure"
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More Awesome Than Money, a book about a social network “failure”

Do you remember Diaspora? You might even still be a user. Maybe you donated to its wildly successful Kickstarter. Or sadly, you remember when one of its founders committee suicide. Diaspora was (and still is) a social media network that was supposed to out-Facebook Facebook. It promised to make coding public and keep your information […]

Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24
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Must Read Money Stories Friday Oct, 24

The dominant online retail model takes a hit. Sure, sure, it’s earnings season, and every morning there’s a new quarterly report to digest, which may or may not have any impact on anyone’s lives beyond today. But the reaction to Amazon’s earnings yesterday is something worth watching. First, as the Wall Street Journal reports, it […]

Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23
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Must Read Money Stories Thursday, Oct. 23

On Wednesday, a group of major companies pledged to offer their workers discounted solar systems. The New York Times reports that Cisco Systems, 3M, Kimberly-Clark and National Geographic will extend these solar benefits to its employees. Solar Community Initiative — a Geostellar program conceived by the World Wildlife Fund — will give more than 100,000 […]

Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 22
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Must Read Money Stories Wednesday, Oct. 22

Low credit? You’ll pay more. The New York Times reports this morning that several states have recently passed laws allowing higher interest rates and fees on customers with low credit scores. The states include Missouri, Kentucky, Arizona, Indiana, Florida and North Carolina. In North Carolina, higher fees and rates were initially opposed by an unlikely […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Apple sold 39 million iPhones last quarter, shattering last year’s sales. The technology company made $8.5 billion in profit, according to the New York Times, which was 13.3 percent higher than 2013’s fourth quarter earnings. Analysts point to Apple’s skyrocketing sales of its new iPhones as one of the major reasons for its success, as […]

Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16
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Must Read Money Stories, Thursday Oct. 16

Global markets plummeted on Wednesday. Though Wall Street had a resurgence toward the end of the day, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped by 173.45 points yesterday. The dip came after a massive sell-off in Europe as the Eurozone continues to struggle. The New York Times says investors fear that governments don’t have the policy […]

Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14
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Must Read Money Stories, Tuesday, Oct. 14

  Expect Nike to use Kevin Durant’s injury to its advantage. In September, Durant signed a 10-year $275 million contract with the Portland-based company and will now miss at least part of the 2014-15 season after fracturing his foot. Injuries and career setbacks haven’t stopped Nike and other apparel companies from making millions off of […]

Why aren't teens interested in driving?
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Why aren’t teens interested in driving?

The number of teens getting their licenses at age 16 is at one of its lowest points ever. But, you’d think that the sons and daughters of the men and women who work in the auto industry would buck the trend. That’s not the case, as I found out last week. I was honored to […]

Pile of old computers
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New gadgets mean more demands for smart e-waste recycling

Last week’s news that Apple will be launching a new iPhone 6 and an iPhone watch — as well as the less-festive flash that poor Amazon has had to cut the price of its sluggish selling Fire mobile phone to 99 cents (from about $200) — conjured up visions of mountains of older models tossed […]