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Burger King is working hard with its blenders crafting made-to-order smoothies with real strawberry, banana and mango pieces. It doesn’t even taste like Burger King.

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According to gaming site Kotaku, the successor to Sony’s PlayStation 3 is a code named Orbis and it has found a way to come in time for the holidays next year. The next-generation game, Orbis, won’t be play PS3 games. And, there is a rumor that with Microsoft’s follow-up to the Xbox 360, Sony is working on a way to make its next console either reject used games or possibly limit their playability unless buyers of a pre-owned game pay a fee to unlock/register the full game.

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Southeast Asia’s biggest bank, DBS Group Holdings Ltd., plans to buy PT Bank Danamon Indonesia for about $7.2 billion. If this acquisition works out, it will be the biggest takeover by a Southeast Asian lender to cater to a market growing at the fastest pace since before the 1997 Asian crisis.

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Businesses undoubtedly hands over tax money to Uncle Sam, but are you aware of where the money ultimately comes from? Well, it comes out of your pocket. It can raise the price of its product; it can pay its workers less; or it can pay the tax out of its profits.

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Big Oil is experiencing a big shift. And this makes the American giant now rank behind a Chinese upstart. For the first time, that distinction belongs to a 13-year-old Chinese company called PetroChina.

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Friday saw a slightly higher opening of U.S. stocks, the final trading day of a strong quarter, as investors hope for some positive economic reports after a disappointing stretch of data.

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Facebook has kept people waiting for months for its shares to finally go public. There are many others who have been trying to get a few shares in the secondary markets hoping for Facebook shares to pop out of the gate.

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Oclaro Inc., a supplier of optical communications and laser technology, said Monday that it will merge in an all stock deal with Opnext Inc., the optical module and components vendor. Oclaro has agreed to acquire Opnext in a $179 million deal Monday.

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A real big step was taken by the European Union Monday en route for structuring a strong financial firewall to prevent the spread of fiscal infectivity to major economies like Spain. The move came after Germany dropped its opposition to bringing the Continent’s total bailout capacity to more than 690 billion Euros.

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The ‘pink slime’ maker hung up operations at all Monday, but one plant where the beef ingredient is made; acknowledging recent public uproar, over the product has cost the company business. The director of food quality and assurance for Beef Products Inc., Craig Letch, refused to talk about financial details but said that business has taken a ‘considerable’ hit after social media exploded with worry over the ammonia-treated filler and an online petition seeking its ouster from schools drew hundreds of thousands of supporters.

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Yahoo, the internet company, appointed three members to its board of directors, preparing for a proxy fight with one of its largest shareholders. John Hayes, chief marketing officer of American Express, Peter Liguori, former chief operating officer of Discovery Communications Inc., and Thomas McInerney, the outgoing chief financial officer of InterActiveCorp are Yahoo’s nominees to the board.

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What is most astonishing part about the iPad era, is how completely Apple still controls it. The market was filled with plenty of Smartphone in 2007, when the iPhone came out and it quickly drew new competitors, most notably Android devices.

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Oil and gas prices have been going up, and the whole thing continues to take up an important piece of the spotlight. Because we know that the average gallon of gasoline is hovering around $4, it is considered that either some left-wing conspiracy must be promoting alternative energy or proofing that is enough to develop our own resources, according to the right wing claims.

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Online businesses are often swamped with things to do. They are busy setting up your WordPress website, bookkeeping, hiring freelancers, creating products, networking, etc. They have a to-do list that seems to never end.

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If you’re selling a product or service that is for a niche target audience you need to have a website that is personalized. Like Amazon sells products that appeal to all target audiences they have still managed to create a personalized website that fits every customer. This is the goal of personalization technology.

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Murray Lender, the Bagel king, helped turn his father’s small bakery in Connecticut into a national company credited for introducing bagels to many Americans. This Bagel king died at 81 on March 21 at a hospital in Miami of complications from a fall. Murray Lender’s death was confirmed by his wife, Gillie Lender.

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San Diego County and Southwest Riverside County would chiefly be at risk of blackouts in the event of a hot summer and if a continued shutdown of two nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station hang around.

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The German automaker, Volkswagen, said it has plans to generate nearly 800 new jobs at its Chattanooga plant, United States, to speed up production of the Passat. Volkswagen said that with the 200 new jobs Volkswagen plant officials said in January it would create, the factory will provide for a total of 1,000 more slots by the end of 2012 as it tries to keep up with demand for the fast-selling Passat.

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Northfield, Ill.-based Kraft Foods has declared a plan to rename its corporate identity to Mondelez International Inc. Krafts food said that ‘Mondelez’ is a newly coined word that evokes the idea of delicious world. Monde derives from the Latin word which means world, and delez is an imaginary expression of delicious.

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Starbucks is about to bump heads into the Red Bull. Yes, Starbucks is eager to dip its influential, if not omnipresent coffee mug now into the $8 billion energy drink category.

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