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USA Pawn and Jewelry opens larger Jackson, Mississippi, store
The Clarion-Ledger
USA Pawn and Jewelry will remain a fixture along I-55 in Jackson, Mississippi, but it's now doing so in a new, larger building. The location, one of three the company has in the city, opened where the Thai House restaurant once operated. … The larger space will allow more room for merchandise, including something Fulton hasn’t been able to sell at his Jackson stores in roughly a decade — hunting rifles and ammunition, which he says are in high demand at his stores.
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The reign of payday lenders may soon be over
Yahoo Finance
After decades of operating as wardens of modern-day debtors' prisons, the reign of payday lenders may soon be over. Since the spring, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been working on a set of rules that could for the first time impose nationwide regulations on the payday lending industry as a whole.
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GameStop streamlines trade-in pricing policy
Retailing today
GameStop plans to offer customers more for their pre-owned video games with a new, streamlined trade-in program that will launch nationwide Aug. 18. The program will feature four price-points depending on whether a customer chooses cash or in-store credit for their items and whether they are a PowerUp Rewards Pro member.
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Pawn startups see continued growth, even as economy improves
FOX Business
Pawning off your valuables may seem like an option of last resort when times get tough. But even as the economy improves, high-end pawn startups say business is better than ever. The U.K.-based startup Borro, which has had a location in New York City since 2012, announced it is opening a new office in Beverly Hills, California. Borro offers loans for items valued at up to $2 million.
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Why surveillance companies hate the iPhone
The Washington Post
The secrets of one of the world's most prominent surveillance companies, Gamma Group, spilled onto the Internet, courtesy of an anonymous leaker who appears to have gained access to sensitive corporate documents. And while they provide illuminating details about the capabilities of Gamma's many spy tools, perhaps the most surprising revelation is about something the company struggles to do: It can't easily hack into your typical iPhone.
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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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EZCORP announces new senior executive team
Globe Newswire via Nasdaq
EZCORP, Inc., a leading provider of instant cash solutions for consumers, announced its new senior executive management team, with the addition of Stuart I. Grimshaw as Executive Chairman, the repositioning of Lachlan P. Given as executive vice chairman and the appointment of Mark E. Kuchenrither as president and chief executive officer.
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Samsung unveils Galaxy Alpha with a new design approach
PC World
Samsung is hoping to breathe new life into its phone lineup with a new design scheme that breaks away from the plastic, unsophisticated feel common among the company's smartphones. After many leaks and rumors Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha Wednesday, calling it a "new design approach" for the company's smartphones.
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H&T welcomes Chinese pawnbrokers to UK
Professional Jeweller
H&T Pawnbrokers welcomed 20 peers from Hunan province, China, to its headquarters in Sutton in a bid to bridge the cultural divide between the two pawnbroking markets.
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7 proven ways to genuinely connect with your employees
Inc.
What kind of difference would it make for your company to get every one of your employees excited about solving problems, making recommendations, expressing their new ideas, and taking care of your customers?
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