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European Central Bank announces stimulus measures

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

REUTERS: The U.S. stock market rallied after hearing the news.

 

Netflix reports strong fourth quarter

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TIME: The media distributing giant enjoyed a 26 percent gain in the end of 2014.

 

Shazam eclipses $1B valuation mark

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

TELEGRAPH: Music recognizing app Shazam now valued at more than $1 billion following a $30 million funding round.

 

Elon Musk project, SpaceX, to be backed by Google

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BLOOMBERG: The search-engine giant wants to spend $1 billion to explore new ways of increasing Internet access.

 

SCOTUS declines hearing debit-card fee case

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BLOOMBERG: Retailers' bid to overturn a regulation they say unfairly hurts them was rejected by the Supreme Court.

 

Oxfam: Top 1 percent to have more wealth than rest of the world combined next year

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Monday, January 19, 2015

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The world's richest people saw their percentage of the global wealth jump to 48 percent in 2014.

 

Officials report 50,000 gallons of oil spilled in Yellowstone River

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Monday, January 19, 2015

FOX BUSINESS: A breach to a pipeline is suspected as the cause.

 

Rule change allows for American exports to Cuba

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Friday, January 16, 2015

USA TODAY: Business leaders surprised by how lenient shipment rules that go into effect today are.

 

Swiss eschewing currency cap could hurt euro

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Friday, January 16, 2015

BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK: The struggles of the currency of the European Union could compound by the Swiss' decision.

 

Price of oil settles at less than $50 per barrel

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

WALL STREET JOURNAL: Oil prices continued to trend downward on Thursday.

 

Taxpayer advocate: Don't turn to IRS for help

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

TIME: Report states the IRS is offering the least amount of customer service it has since 2001.

 

Obama aims to increase spending in budget proposal

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

BLOOMBERG: The president's budget requests should cause a fight with the now Republican-led Congress.

 

US retail sales lower than expected

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BLOOMBERG: Expectations for the economy were tempered by underwhelming December numbers for purchases.

 
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