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Coconut water is the latest trend from the beverage industry, hitting store shelves all over the world and roping in consumers through fruity flavors and touted health benefits.

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Sony has been facing deep losses in televisions and is struggling to come out of it. In a move to reduce its huge losses, Sony has decided to sell of its entire stake in an LCD manufacturing joint venture with Samsung Electronics for US$934 million (1.08 trillion won).

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Gate Tower building, a 16 storey office building in Fukushima is no less than a wonder. And what makes it notable is a highway …

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It is the final week for stock market in 2011 and analysts are expecting a quiet time in the market. Most market players, traders …

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After six years of efforts and cost over $1.24 million to build, Oasis of the seas is the world’s most expensive and largest ship. Oasis of the sea is the most expensive ship in history and it is wider, taller, and longer than the largest ocean liner ever built.

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2.1 million. That's how many people work at Walmart. It is the largest retailer in the world, and the largest private employer in the world. Called “associates” by Walmart, the sheer number of employees is just one of the many statistics that illustrate the monstrosity that is Walmart. In this month's ‘Numberliciously Good’, Industry Leaders pays homage to the retailer that has probably provided a lot of our holiday presents and decor this season.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner gave up to the rising pressure from President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats for extending the payroll-tax cut.  Boehner …

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With the new year just over a week away, it’s time for industry leaders to think about how to make 2012 better than 2011. One of the ways for industry leaders to do that is to take a look at what’s poised to be big in the new year, and to point the company in that direction. A new year comes with new ideas, new innovations, and new consumer trends. Here are four that industry leaders need to pay attention to in 2012:

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A small plane, Socata TBM-700, crashed on a busy New Jersey highway killing two managing directors of Greenhill & Co. The investment banker from New York, his wife and two children and one of his business partners were aboard when the plane crashed on a major highway in suburban New Jersey yesterday.

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The most recent urge by Washington, to extend the payroll-tax cut, seems difficult to be accepted by Fannie Mae and Freddie Macs’ regulator and a few others. The firms’ regulator believes that the payroll-tax cut extension will further complicate the possibility of fixing the failed mortgage finance companies.

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AT&T has dropped its plan to acquire, Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. Wireless unit, T-Mobile, surrendering to federal regulators’ growing conflict regarding the matter. The $39 billion bid heaved issues that it would lift prices, trim down innovation and give customers fewer choices.

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iPhones and iPads have been the most popular among the new generations. And when it is Christmas, it is the biggest day of the year for app sales. Hundreds of thousands of people will open their Christmas gift – the new iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. And soon after this, the downloading of games and other applications for them will start in abundance.

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The besieged private carrier, Kingfisher Airlines, owned by liquor industry leader Vijay Mallya, is in a financial chaos struggling to pay back its Rs 6,000 crore loans. Kingfisher Airlines is facing a tough time. It has turned penniless and stranded 15 aircrafts following the incapability of paying its maintenance and overhauling expenses.

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It’s natural to be nervous when speaking in front of a group of people — and that nervousness can increase exponentially if there is a lot riding on your presentation. I have been speaking in front of audiences for many years, and I still get nervous prior to my speeches or presentations.

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Zynga has made a stand in virtual games like FarmVille, CityVille, mafia wars, and many more. The billion-dollar entry will be the second largest IPO offering since Google went public in 2004. The IPO has yet been topped only by online bargain service Groupon, which saw ups and downs in its stock prices after went public last month.

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China plans to impose additional duties on U.S. auto imports. China’s commerce ministry believes that vehicles were being dumped in the Chinese market, substantially hampering China’s domestic market. Shen Danyang, Ministry of Commerce spokesman, believes that this move is fair and based on the law.

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The world’s largest logistics specialist, DHL, is now working on standardizing its warehouse management system globally. In order to make use of supply chain management technology in all its facilities, DHL has fixed a deal with US software firm RedPrairie Corporation.

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MF Global CEO, Jon Corzine’s game plan on European Bonds highly failed pushing the firm to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. About $1.2 billion of MF Global’s customer money was unaccounted for when the company collapsed of which $ 175 Miliion of customer account went missing.

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The evidence comes from sources within Apple's supply chain, who say that OEM production of the iPad 2 will remain high at 14-15 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011, but will decline to 4-5 million units in the first quarter of 2012, paving the way for the launch of the new iPads. Production volume will be in the 9.5-9.8 million unit range during the first quarter of 2012 for the iPad 3, which will begin in January.

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The wind power sector is growing rapidly in many mid-western states. Clean Line Energy has taken advantage of this quickly expanding energy sector. The Kansas Corporation Commission has unanimously approved the renewable energy-focused transmission company, Clean Line Energy’s proposal to conduct business as a public utility. This has marked Clean Line’s step forward in the Grain Belt Express.

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China Petrochemical giant Sinopec and Australian Pacific Liquefied Natural Gas project are in talks for the acquisition deal. Sinopec has settled to increase its stake in Australian Pacific LNG project to 25 percent. This will reduce the ownership of the joint developers, Origin Energy and ConocoPhillips, to 37.5 per cent each.

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