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Retailers turn to mobile payments

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Big name retailers are teaming up to create Merchant Customer Exchange, a new company that will give customers the option of paying for purchases with their cellphones.

 

OSU scientists produce electricity from wastewater

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oregon State University engineers developed a new technology that makes electricity from microbes found in wastewater.

 

Portland getting first non-profit pub in U.S.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The first non-profit pub in the U.S. is opening soon in Northeast Portland. It will be called the Oregon Public House.

 

Oregon's unemployment climbs in July

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oregon's unemployment rate rose to 8.7% in July, even as the economy added a seasonally adjusted 1,800 jobs.

 

Hales proposes sales tax

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales proposed a state sales tax to support the public school system.

 

OSU building $29M residence hall

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Oregon State University officials expect to break ground next year on a $29 million residence hall.

 

Mozilla wants to open Portland office

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

California nonprofit Mozilla, makers of the Firefox web browser, wants to open a Portland office.

 
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