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Will robots take over the workforce? 4 predictions from experts

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OKCupid's experiment is lazy, unethical and a creative failure

By letting their engineers experiment on users, OKCupid and Facebook showed an astounding lack of imagination.

Why ex-employees make great hires

These so-called "boomerang" employees already know how your company runs, which puts them far ahead of new hires.

Why summer Fridays are good for business

Want to boost morale? Flexible working hours, at least during the summer, could help.

Why did the man behind Windows jump ship, and who’s left to steer?

What does Steven Sinofsky's abrupt departure from Microsoft mean for Windows … and the way the company will compete with Apple and Google?

Google Free Zone brings the Internet to feature phones for free

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How Apple's victory over Samsung will affect you

Digital Trends goes over the many ways Apple's $1 billion victory over Samsung could hurt Android users, and a few ways it could help.

Why do McDonald's burgers look different from their advertisements?

McDonald's Director of Marketing tackles a popular fan question by taking you behind the scenes of an advertisement photoshoot.

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  • Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

    Music site SoundCloud to start paying artists

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:14:40 GMT
    SoundCloud says it will start paying artists and record firms whose music is played on the popular streaming site.More >>
    SoundCloud said Thursday that it will start paying artists and record companies whose music is played on the popular streaming site, a move that will bring it in line with competitors such as YouTube and Spotify.More >>
  • Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

    Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:14:12 GMT
    Family Dollar is rebuffing Dollar General's takeover bid, citing antitrust issues. The discounter's board remains supportive of its existing deal with Dollar Tree.More >>
    By MICHELLE CHAPMAN AP Business Writer Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators. Family...More >>
  • Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high

    Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high

    Thursday, August 21 2014 2:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 18:03:57 GMT
    Asian stocks got a slight boost from Wednesday from positive U.S. economic figures that reinforced expectations of eventual Fed rate hikes and a stronger dollar, while European markets drifted lower.More >>
    U.S. stocks were on pace for a fourth straight day of gains Thursday, putting the Standard & Poor's 500 index on track to beat its record high close set last month. Investors were encouraged by a report that the...More >>
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