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Facebook goes retail: Social media giant tests 'Buy Now' feature
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Facebook last week began to test a "Buy" button that lets users instantly pay for goods and services from merchants without leaving Facebook. The move is a preliminary step toward turning the social-media giant into an online store a la Amazon. But Facebook has a significant advantage over its competition: A billion users worldwide.
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Cash America International ready to exit the payday loan business
The Dallas Morning News
A decade ago, Cash America International collected $21 million from payday loans. Last year, those fees totaled $878 million, and now include loans that are sold online, in foreign countries, and backed by car titles. Sounds like a great business — to get out of. Despite the remarkable growth, Cash America is poised to spin off most of its consumer loan operation by the end of the year. The Fort Worth, Texas, company wants to refocus on pawnshops, the old-school segment that made Cash America a high flier on Wall Street.
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Police seek 2 men who allegedly shot, robbed Roseville, Minneapolis, pawnshop
WCCO-TV
Police are searching for two men who allegedly shot an employee of a pawnshop when they opened fire at the Roseville, Minneapolis, store. Police were told multiple gun rounds had been fired and a store employee had been shot in the leg.
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Euro breakdown may hurt precious metals
Resource Investor
It was only a few months ago that the Euro Index invalidated a breakout above the very long-term resistance line, and at that time it was likely that the next big move would be to the downside. However, as long as the rising support line remained unbroken, there was still a significant possibility that the currency would move higher.
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UK pawnshop workers Tasered in face at point-blank range during 'unnecessarily violent' armed raid
The Independent
A pawnshop owner in the United Kingdom was Tasered in the face 10 times and pistol-whipped with a semi-automatic handgun during an "unnecessarily violent robbery", a court has heard, as the gang involved were jailed for a total of almost 100 years. A female shop worker was also stunned in the face with the 50,000-volt weapon, as around £60,000 worth of cash, gold and jewellery were stolen in the raid on Maxcroft Securities in Ilford last year.
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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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The 2 words Steve Jobs hated most
Entrepreneur
It's not often that we get to hear new first-hand accounts of what it was like to work at Steve Jobs' Apple. When we do get a new chance, there's always some new reveal about how he shaped the company's culture.
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Bullet pullers
AmmoLand
You just reloaded some nice looking rifle rounds. Sitting there and admiring your handiwork suddenly you get this uneasy feeling that something is wrong. Your gut tells you that maybe you put in an incorrect amount of powder. Of course you can't see the amount of powder so you have two choices. They can be taken to the range and you can hope for the best.
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Amazon Fire Phone review: Ambitious and inventive, but a version 1.0 product
Fast Company
It's 2014. The dynamics of the smartphone business seem pretty well settled. The iPhone and handsets based on Google’s Android have divvied up the market between them, leaving little room for underdog alternatives such as Windows Phone. Only a company of stratospheric ambition and audacity would arrive on the scene with a smartphone based on yet another new platform.
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Corporations 101: What you need to know about the standard business entity
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
A corporation is a legal entity owned by shareholders. The shareholders elect a board of directors who set policies for the corporation, allowing their selected officers (president, secretary, etc.) to run the corporation day-to-day. There can be as few as one shareholder who owns the corporation and elects a board consisting of one director. In this way, one person can be a corporation's sole shareholder, sole director and serve as every officer (president, vice president, secretary and treasurer).
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The difference between marketing and branding for the small business
Business 2 Community
Small Business Marketing is everything you do or say that your ideal target customer sees and hears.Now, when you have a marketing process in place this expands to – getting ideal customers, who see and hear you, to know, like, trust, contact and refer you.
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