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Empire Loan pawnshop chain launches mobile app to find its 'competitive edge'
Boston Business Journal
Empire Loan, a Boston-based chain of pawnshops around New England, has developed a mobile app that allows users to upload photos of items such as paintings, jewelry and instruments, to discover whether they're valuable. The app, which launched in the Apple App Store in late April, is the latest way Empire Loan is leveraging technology as a way to differentiate itself in the pawn shop industry, said CEO Michael Goldstein.
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Man who rammed car into Missouri pawnshop faces prison sentence of 15 years or more
KY3-TV
A federal jury convicted a man from Lebanon, Missouri, for illegally possessing a firearm and attempting to acquire a firearm. James Jacoby, 31, is guilty of both counts of a federal indictment handed up on May 8, 2013, that charges him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and with making false statements in an attempt to acquire a firearm.
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ITV blasted over purchase of 'Pawn Stars' producer
Variety
The guild staged a protest at ITV's Manhattan, New York, offices with an AFL-CIO executive and New York City Councilmember Corey Johnson delivering letters urging the British-owned corporation to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the WGA East. A WGA East spokesman said a delegation of about 40 protesters participated. ITV did not respond to request for comment.
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EZCorp investigated by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Austin Business Journal
Austin, Texas-based payday lender and pawnshop chain EZCorp Inc. disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has received a civil investigative demand from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The action by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, taken in February, is part of an investigation into the actions of payday lenders designed to determine if they "have engaged in or are engaging in unlawful acts and practices in connection with the advertising, marketing, offering, provision, servicing or collection of loans in violation of U.S. federal consumer financial protection laws," according to the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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MIT nanocrystals can use your iPhone to ID fake money and drugs
Fast Company
Most of us know the Secret Service as the black-suited organization employed to protect the President. But in reality, the service was created toward the end of the Civil War, before Lincoln was assassinated, to crack down on counterfeit currency. Because up to a third of all money at the time was counterfeit.

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Should you disclose that a diamond's a trade-in?
JCK magazine
We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of jewelry, is pre-owned?

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Woman tracks stolen cellphone to Richmond Heights, Ohio, mall machine
The Plain Dealer
Police are looking for a man who picked up a woman's cellphone and sold it at a kiosk at Richmond Town Square mall in Richmond Heights, Ohio. Darrell Allen, 21, of Mayfield Heights, Ohio, faces a charge of first-degree misdemeanor receiving stolen property, police reports say. A warrant is issued for his arrest.
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Hot ice: The tortuous tale of the pear-shaped diamond
The New York Times
The thought struck Steven Zaretsky during a party two years ago, when he looked over at his wife and the 7.35-carat, pear-shaped diamond hanging on a thin chain around her neck. It had been a gift from her father to her mother, and later, to her. What was it insured for? When was the last time it had been certified and appraised?
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19 words that will make people like you more
Inc.
First impressions can lead to lasting impressions. So to improve, a lot of people will tell you to dress better, read more (so you'll have interesting things to talk about), and ensure that your online presence is respectable (because many people will check you out online before meeting in person).
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$20, 000 reward offered to solve smash-and-grab firearms theft
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A $20,000 reward is being offered to find the person responsible for burglarizing a northeast Georgia pawn shop and making off with firearms. Investigators believe that a church van stolen from Atlanta was used in a smash-and-grab burglary at Gene's Pawn Shop in Cornelia early April 25.
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Rewards offered for leads in pawn shopgun theft
The Associated Press via Chattanooga Times Free Press
Federal agents and a trade group for the gun industry are offering $20,000 in rewards in hopes of solving the theft of firearms from a pawnshop in the northeast Georgia town of Cornelia. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said in a statement that the theft happened during the early morning hours on April 25 at Gene's Pawn Shop.
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The big picture in precious metals
Gold Seek
We’ve been focusing in on the shorter term charts for the precious metal complex for some time now which is important but we also need to keep a very close eye on the bigger picture as that over rides the shorter term charts. You really have to know the big picture and then work your way back to the shorter term time frames that help confirm what the long terms are saying.
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How to use technology for its highest and best use
Business 2 Community
For many of us, a standard calculator was our first introduction to technology. Therefore, it's understandable why we still use technology predominantly for the purpose of automating mundane tasks such as mathematical functions, when we can be accomplishing so much more.
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