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Google creating near-perfect translator

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

CNET: The company's Android product head says Google has prototypes of a device that will one day erase language barriers.

 

Human trafficking criminals go high-tech

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Guardian: Investigators are having to learn new techniques to keep up with criminals that are increasingly using the internet for human trafficking.

 

Apple faces lawsuit over mandatory bag checks

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CNET: After allegedly being made to stand in line for "required but uncompensated security checks," former retail store employees sue the iPhone-maker for dozens of hours of unpaid wages.

 

Pope may be open to gay priests

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WSJ: Pontiff's comments suggest greater acceptance of homosexuality among clerics.

 

Netflix doesn't affect how much TV people watch

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Monday, July 29, 2013

CNET: Netflix's new content isn't making a difference in how much television people watch on the 28 main networks, a new study shows.

 

The death of the salesman

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Monday, July 29, 2013

TheAtlantic: Technology threatens retail sector jobs.

 

'Cluster boxes' to replace mail boxes

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Monday, July 29, 2013

CNN.com: The sight of the mail carrier strolling up to the front door to drop off that day's letters may soon be a thing of the past.

 

Apple named 'brand of the year'

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Friday, July 26, 2013

PCMag: The company is still the top technology brand, based on the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, released Friday.

 

Pepsi no longer to call Naked Juices 'natural'

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Friday, July 26, 2013

AP: PepsiCo Inc. says it will no longer label its Naked juices as being “all natural,” after a lawsuit complained that the drinks contain ingredients that don’t fit that bill.

 

Scientists implant fake memories into mice

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

BBC News: Mice were fooled into confusing a pleasant environment with an unpleasant one by a team of scientists that inserted false memories into the mice brains.

 

Dolphin escapes captivity; reunites with its pod

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Treehugger: A dolphin in South Korea escaped captivity after four years of performing tricks, and found members of her original pod.

 

Luxury cruise fails health inspection

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Thursday, July 25, 2013
CNN: A surprise inspection by the Centers for Disease Control has resulted in a failing grade for one of the plushest cruise ships afloat.
 

Paula Deen allegedly asked black staffers to dress like Aunt Jemima

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Wrap: A New York Times story Thursday claims the former Food Network star asked black employees to dress like Aunt Jemima.

 
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Speeding up science

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The medical research enterprise wastes tens of billions of dollars a year on irrelevant studies. It’s time to fix it.


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Green eyeshades in the ivory tower

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The rapidly rising cost of higher education has left even the smartest researchers and the wonkiest of wonks wondering what’s happening and where’s all that money going. More and more, prospective students—and their families—are asking: Is college worth the cost?


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The 2014 List: The Top 33 Small Companies to Work, For in Oregon

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Banishing oil burners reaps benefits for schools

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Three years ago, PPS set out to begin to convert the 1930s-era boilers from diesel/bunker fuel to cleaner-burning natural gas. Oregon’s largest school district has realized impressive carbon dioxide emissions reductions, setting an example for public and private institutions.


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The solution to youth unemployment

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Because they have little chance of working for someone else, today’s teens need to be entrepreneurs. But, first, we must teach our teens that entrepreneurship starts small.


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Small business sales go big

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Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.

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Eking out a living

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It may be obvious, but most farmers don’t make a lot of money. According to preliminary data from the 2012 Agriculture Census, 52% of America’s 2.1 million principal farm-operators don’t call farming their primary occupation. Farm cooperatives may offer a solution.


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