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Alex Wagner

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Steve Jobs Leaves Apple: Employees Ask 'What Would Steve Do?'

(115) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 7:00 PM

The announcement Wednesday evening that Steve Jobs would be stepping down as CEO of Apple is certain to define an era in the company's history, namely: Steve/After Steve. It is not the first time Jobs has left the company -- he exited in 1985 before returning...

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Will Starbucks CEO's Pledge To Cut Off Washington Work?

(274) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 4:35 PM

To be successful in a bid to starve Washington of dollars, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will likely have to expand his campaign to boycott campaign contributions beyond fellow CEOs.

On Aug. 12, Schultz made a high-profile challenge: cut off all campaign donations until the political class starts...

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Business, Immigration Groups Push White House On Skilled Worker Visa Reform

(469) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 10:23 AM

The White House has been dragging its feet on implementing basic administrative reforms that would ameliorate the country's broken immigration system, according to a coalition of organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Council on International Personnel, Immigration Works and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On Wednesday,...

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Google Buys Motorola: The Patent Wars Ramp Up

(33) Comments | Posted August 15, 2011 | 6:43 PM

Google's purchase of smartphone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion on Monday marks the latest salvo in the software industry's raging patent war -- a pitched battle that threatens to have far-reaching consequences for American innovation.

In buying the hardware company, Google made clear its desire...

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Apple Vs. Exxon: The Battle For America's Most Valuable Company Isn't Over Yet

(203) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 4:40 PM

As Apple overtook Exxon Mobil this week as the most valuable company in the U.S., tech analysts were crowing about the striking turnaround of a company that was thought to be on its last legs in the late-1990s.

"It's one of the great growth stories that I've...

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Tech Stock Crash: End Of The Bubble?

(161) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 4:25 PM

As the stock market continued a sharp slide on Monday, technology companies found themselves hammered particularly hard, with the Dow Jones U.S. Tech Index ending the day down 5.8 percent. For entrepreneurs and investors alike, the drop begged the question: Is this the beginning of the end of

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White House Pushes Skilled Worker Visas

(163) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 3:51 PM

In a bid to spur job creation and promote startups, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has announced new efforts to attract foreign talent to American shores.

Specifically, the administration is promoting two kinds of visas -- known as the H-1B and the...

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Can The Auto Industry Lead The Jobs Recovery?

(218) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 2:43 PM

As the country continues to face high unemployment and slow economic growth, a new report suggests that America's best hope for job creation may lie with the auto industry.

Sixty-two percent of auto executives polled in a new report by audit tax and advisory firm KPMG said...

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Kloudco's Hank Williams: A Bubble Survivor Returns to the Valley

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 1:42 PM

Despite the fact that he has no relation to the country legend, Hank Williams was on some level destined for the music industry. Williams, an engineer-turned-entrepreneur, has no honky-tonk bona fides to speak of, but in the late 1990s, he created an online music service called ClickRadio.

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Obama Losing Support Over Jobs Record Among Liberal And Black Voters

(1924) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 3:17 PM

Amidst new research showing historic disparity in wealth between whites and minorities, President Obama is facing plummeting approval over his jobs agenda among core supporters, including liberal Democrats and African-Americans.

As evidence of growing dissatisfaction regarding the president's handling of the economic crisis, a new

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Obama Administration Pushes Forward On Innovation Throughout Agencies

(154) Comments | Posted July 18, 2011 | 4:22 PM

Underscoring the raging debate over the size and scope of federal government is a broad national perception that the country's government is bloated, wasteful and bureaucratic. But as budget hawks and juiced-up conservatives charge forward with this narrative, several federal agencies have embarked on a...

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Science And Tech Workers: Better Employed, Better Paid

(334) Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 4:45 PM

As a firestorm of debate rages in Congress over economic stability, the Department of Commerce released a report on Wednesday asserting that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play "a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy."


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Netflix Price Hike: Trading Short Term Outrage for Long Term Benefit?

(619) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 1:39 PM

With the announcement on Tuesday that Netflix would raise its subscription prices -- separating its DVD and streaming services into two separate plans, each priced at $7.99 per month and increasing its combo package by a whopping 60 percent -- Netflix customers took to...

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Venture Capital Raises $2.7 Billion In Second Quarter, But Funders Drop By 23 Percent

(20) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 3:10 PM

A joint report released Monday by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson-Reuters showed that national venture capital firms raised $2.7 billion dollars in the second quarter of 2011, a 28 percent increase from the same time last year. Though the increase seemed to be a positive...

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As National Employment Stalls, Job Market Booms In Silicon Valley

(244) Comments | Posted July 8, 2011 | 1:30 PM

As the bleak June jobs report released Friday continues to settle, a ray of sunlight is peeking out from sunny California. Thanks to a flood of venture capital and angel investor dollars, employment rates in certain sectors of Silicon Valley have seen a dramatic increase in...

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The Newspaper Is Dead, Long Live The Newspaper

(13) Comments | Posted July 6, 2011 | 1:00 AM

As the global news media shifts from pulp to digital, cries of "Stop the press!" seem destined to fade into golden, halcyon twilight. But Newspaper Club, a three year-old London startup, offers a glimpse into a future where paper and presses might just have a place after all.

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Green Energy Bank: A Win for Us, A Loss for the US?

(10) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 4:33 PM

In late May, The City broke with some 350 years of protocol and announced the establishment of the Green Investment Bank, the first ever public bank in the UK. With an initial £3 billion, GIB will invest in clean energy technology, with the goal of lessening the...

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Obama Pushes High Tech Partnership to Fix Manufacturing Woes

(294) Comments | Posted June 24, 2011 | 2:21 PM

Joking that "one of my responsibilities as commander-in-chief is to keep an eye on robots," President Obama on Friday announced a new public-private sector partnership that will be tasked with driving "a renaissance of American manufacturing."

In a speech at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.,...

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Larry Summers To Sit On Square Board Of Directors

(129) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 6:16 PM

NEW YORK -- Former Treasury Secretary and former Director of the White House National Economic Council Lawrence Summers will be taking a position on the board of Square, a San Francisco-based company that offers individuals and businesses a way to accept payments on their mobile phones.

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Stocks Of Socialized Countries Have Outperformed U.S. Since Reagan Era

(1467) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 2:45 PM

American traders aren't likely to take kindly to the suggestion that big government might be good for the stock market. But data from a paper on the job- and income-growth of top earners shows that stock prices in some socialized countries, relative to themselves and adjusted for...

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