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Chinese New Year no guarantee for galloping gold price
Forbes
What should gold investors expect from the Chinese New Year at the end of this month? First, expect lots of press coverage of housewives buying gold hand over fist to mark the start of the year of the horse. Expect to learn that China is (drum-roll please) the world's No.1 consumer, but not why (thank the 2013 collapse of Indian imports due to government rules). The lunar New Year marks an auspicious time to buy gold, you'll be told. It also marks a retail frenzy, pictures from Shanghai and Shenzen shopping malls will show.
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Apple is paying back $32.5 million to parents of kids on app-buying sprees
Bloomberg
Apple Inc. said it would refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a U.S. Federal Trade Commission complaint that it billed for mobile application purchases made by children without their parents' consent.
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New Jersey Assembly passes bill allowing pawnbrokers to charge higher interest rates
The Star-Ledger
It could soon be more expensive to pawn your items for a quick loan. By a vote of 69 -6 with 2 abstentions, the New Jersey state Assembly gave final legislative approval to a bill that would allow pawnbrokers to charge higher interest rates.
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2 sought in violent armed robbery at Pembroke Park, Fla., pawnshop
Sun-Sentinel
Broward Sheriff's detectives released a violent video that showed one man stealing an estimated $217,000 in jewelry and cash from a Pembroke Park pawnshop in Florida, while a second man served as a lookout. Several surveillance cameras recorded the armed robbery.
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Harlem, NY, cops vs. iGrinches: Police in upper Manhattan, NY, trying to stop stores from selling stolen iPhones, iPads
New York Daily News
Harlem, N.Y., cops are flooding pawn shops and electronics stores, trying to slice the re-sale of stolen iPhones, iPads and other popular Apple gadgets, store owners and police sources said.

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Cash America closes on Georgia PawnMart locations
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Cash America International Inc. closed its deal to buy 31 PawnMart Inc. stores in Georgia and three in North Carolina for $61 million.

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Pawnshop nation
The Atlantic
Junk, clutter, crap, stuff — the rising tide, the rising gorge. Atop the unfixable air conditioner sits the box of unreadable books; somewhere nearby, dustily, sits your collection of plastic forks, and the unanswered letter from your uncle in prison. Are you going to do something about it? No. Never. Not a chance.

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Apple off to strong start with China Mobile
USA Today
Apple's co-operation with China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier, is showing early signs of success. China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua told Chinese media and the Wall Street Journal that "multi-millions" of iPhones have already been ordered by customers ahead of the official launch of the smartphone on its network. He also said that co-operation between China Mobile and Apple will go beyond handsets.
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Smart watches and fitness bands — Here's why the wrist will be the next frontier for computers
Business Insider
Analysts have been too quick to write off the smart watch market after the negative reception for Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch device. We still agree with Apple CEO Tim Cook when he said in May 2013, "I think the wrist is interesting."
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3 ways to network your way to genuine relationships
Inc.
Feel like you're collecting names, not building meaningful relationships? Then chances are your networking strategy needs an overhaul. Here are three strategies for concentrating on quality rather than quantity, which is ultimately how you'll land that new client or gig.
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Gun sales soaring, more women buying weapon
KLAS-TV via WWLP-TV
In the wake of recent gun violence, weapon sales are soaring. Manufacturers say gun enthusiasts are racing to buy firearms because they are concerned legislation could soon restrict their right to carry. Right now, thousands of buyers are in Las Vegas for one of the country's largest gun shows.
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Brazil minerals sells 1st parcel of polished diamonds
Rapaport
Brazil Minerals Inc. sold its first parcel of polished diamonds to a U.S.-based investor group for future delivery, according to a company statement that did not provide a sales total. The junior miner produces diamonds and gold from its Duas Barras licensed area in Minas Gerais in Brazil, but had only been offering rough diamonds and gold for sale to local buyers prior to this milestone.
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How bad moves on social media could damage your credit score
DailyFinance
Dramatically quitting your job via viral video might seem appealing after your boss starts screaming at you — again— but for the sake of your credit score, it's probably not a good idea. According to a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, lending companies and Fair Isaac (FICO) might soon start using social media data to help determine your credit score.
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