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Small business programs get help from Congress
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After years of stalled negotiations, Congress has finally reached a deal that would give long-term reauthorization to two popular programs that make it easier for small businesses to win federal contracts. The U.S. House and Senate have agreed on the terms of an amendment that would reauthorize the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for six years. Under the agreement, the percentage of funds that is dedicated to small firms through the programs would also be bumped up. More

Coffee, Tea & Water

7 surprising health facts about coffee
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Whether you like yours hot, iced, black or with sugar, one thing's for sure: Coffee serves up plenty of health benefits. Not only can a cup of Joe help ward off depression, but it has even been linked with a decreased rate of skin cancer and increased fertility. Read on to learn about the unexpected heath benefits of coffee, plus other brew-related facts. More

Coffee market braces for record espresso-bean jolt
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Record robusta harvests in Vietnam and Brazil and potentially the biggest jump in Indonesian output in 16 years are boosting supplies of the coffee used in instant drinks and espressos as slowing economic growth threatens demand. More

Teens buy fewer sugary drinks when calorie signs posted
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A study published recently in the American Journal of Public Health found that teens from lower-income neighborhoods in Baltimore bought fewer sodas, energy drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages when calorie information was posted on signs in convenience stores. More

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The basics of tea
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These days tea is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. In fact, according to the Tea Association of the USA, Americans consumed more than 65 billion servings of tea. About 80 percent of it was black teas such as Earl Grey, Lipton Black and English Breakfast blends; 19 percent of it consisted of various green teas; and the rest were oolong, white and other teas. More

Bottled water from Phillipines on US shelves soon
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If plans push through, bottled water made in the Cebu Province of the Phillipines could soon be sold in the U.S. James Abilla, the man behind St. James premium drinking water, told reporters there are plans to export the brand to the U.S. sometime next year. Unlike regular bottled water, Abilla explained that his product will be sold as gourmet water, along the likes of Evian and San Pellegrino. More

Business / Industry

Touchscreen vending machine can remember your face, your drink
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Glimpsing the future of soda machines, Technabob relays some interesting footage of this ambitious joint project between the Sanden Corporation, Intel and Okaya Electronics. It currently doesn't have a name, but this concept design vending machine uses a massive see-through touchscreen and some nifty camera work to actually interact with random passerby. Most impressively, a camera mounted on the top of the machine can use facial recognition software to determine your age and gender, recommending a drink in the process. More

Vending machine accepts light bulbs, batteries
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You've heard of reverse vending machines that reward recyclers for depositing bottles and cans. But what about light bulbs and batteries? reVend Recycling Ltd., a U.K.-based reverse vending machine manufacturer, is launching a unique line of recycling machines for the collection of domestic batteries and light bulbs — including incandescents, CFLs and LEDs. More

Small business strategies: Using cell phones to make sales
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How long has it been since you used your cell phone to find a business? To make a reservation at a restaurant? Not long. Most of us use mobile devices to shop. But are you using any mobile marketing for your small business, to capture all those customers on their phones? More

Corporate Social Responsibility

Coca-Cola to develop latest version of green bottle material
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Coca-Cola is developing a new version of its plant-based bottling material as part of an ongoing scheme to appeal to environmentally conscious customers. The current packaging was introduced in 2009 and was used in more than 2.5 billion plastic bottles last year, which is about 3 percent of its global volume. More


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