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Pawnshop employee perishes in USA Pawn fire
in Greensboro, NC

News & Record
Richard Pera Mao, 25, has been identified by authorities as the body found in the April 7 fire at USA Pawn in Greensboro, N.C., 25, according to a news release. Preliminary findings from the medical examiner indicate that Mao's cause of death was consistent with exposure to a building fire, the release from Greensboro police states.
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California Department of Justice working on statewide electronic reporting system for pawnshops
KERO-TV
It could soon be easier for law enforcement across California to track stolen items at pawnshops. The California Department of Justice is creating a statewide electronic database and will require pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers to report electronically to the state.
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30 states allow handgun open carry without licenses, so should Texas
Ammoland
OpenCarry.org is proud to announce joining Open Carry Texas in urging the Texas legislature to legalize unlicensed open carry of properly holstered handguns. "After all, 45 states allow open carry of handguns," states John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, adding that "30 states require no license to open carry handguns on foot." Meanwhile, Tennessee is about to join them, as its Senate just voted to legalize unlicensed open carry this month.
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Windows XP users, it's time to upgrade. Here's how
NPR
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement. An estimated quarter of PC users are still running XP, despite Microsoft's notices that this day would come. Part of the reason many users haven't migrated is Microsoft's uneven record of improving its operating systems as new ones roll out.
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4 secrets to successful customer engagement
CMS Wire
Engaged customers are generally better brand advocates. They are more loyal and spend more on that brand. In a report, Gartner researchers stress that it is important to understand the foundation of customer engagement.

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Gold near 6-week low; headed for first monthly decline this year
Reuters
Gold was trading near a six-week low, and was headed for its first monthly decline this year on growing optimism about the U.S. economy and weak physical demand in Asia. Gold has lost nearly $100 an ounce in the last 10 trading sessions, moving further away from a six month high hit mid-March.

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Wearable technology appeals to jewelry consumers
RAPAPORT
Consumers are increasingly interested in wearable technology that can be attached to their existing jewelry, as well as new styles that come with technology, according to a recent study by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council.

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Certified polished diamond prices rise in March
Diamonds.net
Diamond markets were positive in March after the Hong Kong show demonstrated steady Chinese demand for commercial-quality diamonds. The recent Basel shows signaled robust demand for top-quality large diamonds, fancy colored diamonds and fine-cut fancy shape diamonds.
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10 incredible new watches to add to your collection
Business Insider
Another week of luxury eye candy has concluded in Basel, Switzerland. Baselworld, the enormous springtime watch and jewelry trade show, attracted thousands of visitors to ogle and buy the latest generation of luxury accessories. Ariel Adams, founder and editor of aBlogtoWatch — a website that covers all things timepieces — shared his top picks from the show, focusing on "buyability" over impressive or novel watches.
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Interview: Joey Esposito opens up on comic book Pawn Shop
Comicosity
Digital readers, today is your lucky day. The first chapter of Joey Esposito & Sean Von Gorman’s Pawn Shop is available on comiXology, and it is a fantastic read. Esposito was kind enough to give us the dirt on Pawn Shop, where the series came from, what readers can expect from the first chapter, and much more!

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Online scrapbooking platform Pinterest allows businesses to connect with consumers who are constantly consuming content, sharing content and engaging through the power of images. With more than 70 million users, Pinterest has become a valuable social network for many businesses looking to drive sales or connect with potential customers.
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New Hampshire town looks to keep stolen goods out of pawnshops
The Salem News
Selectmen in Seabrook, N.H., are considering stringent changes to rules governing pawnshops and secondhand dealers in an effort to ensure that the establishments don't play a role in receiving or selling stolen merchandise.
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