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California governor signs AB 391: Statewide digital database
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California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law AB 391, a bill authored by Dr. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, that will create a statewide partnership to build an online reporting system allowing law enforcement, pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers to work together to follow items sold or used as collateral. The California Pawnbrokers Association, in cooperation with various state and local law enforcement agencies, acknowledges the legislative accomplishment of assemblyman Pan for working to make AB 391 law. More



The secret to success: Feedback
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Everyone talks about how to be a success and learn from failure. The truth is you can count those events on one or two hands and you don't always know if you've had a success or failure until long after the fact. Feedback, however, comes far more frequently than success-failure events, so it can be a far more useful gauge, if you're open to it. And you should be. The problem is, most people aren't. More

Pawns in the reality TV
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Gold and silver and jewel-encrusted, the rings glimmer under a locked glass case. There's also a figurine of a bride and groom, like you’d see atop a wedding cake. You could see the dream beginning here — the moment when the happy couple picks out the ring that will symbolize their love and their commitment to one another. More

10 tips and tricks for Google Calendar and Gmail
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From remote calendar access to auto-declining appointments, here are 10 tips and tricks that will keep you focused, organized and productive. More

What entrepreneurs can learn about team training from NASA's mission to Mars
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With the success of the Mars Curiosity rover, NASA is shooting for the stars, with the goal of setting foot on Mars by the mid-2030s. To accomplish this feat, the astronauts will face long hours, high stakes, close quarters and little leeway for inefficiency or error — many of the same challenges that startups and small businesses encounter. To help your team become more efficient and effective, focus on developing these four skills that Mars-bound astronauts will be expected to master. More

Want to be more creative? Pull a prank at the office
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When's the last time you giggled at the office? Modern workplaces can be grim places, each employee staring intently at his computer as the screen bathes his face in an anemic glow. It's time we lightened up this leaden atmosphere. Many highly creative organizations encourage a culture of jokes and pranks, and the rest of us could benefit from a bit of the gleefully enterprising spirit that animates such hijinks. More

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Platinum touches 3-1/2 month high on South Africa tension
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Platinum rose to its highest since early May and was set for its biggest one-week gain in 10 months after signs of spreading unrest in top producer South Africa ignited concern among investors over supply, while gold gained for a sixth day. An outbreak of violence at a mine of Lonmin that left 44 dead and dozens injured last week, paralysing production at the world's third-largest producer, has highlighted the reliance of the platinum market on South African supply. More

Managing your moods for more effective leadership
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Clearly, we cannot completely separate the emotional and rational aspects of ourselves. Basically, the human brain is designed to serve us as social creatures. The way we see and how we feel about ourselves and the world around us are inextricably linked to the views and emotions of others. Given the fact that many people spend more of their waking time with colleagues than they do with their families, it is important that leaders understand how they can positively or negatively influence the mindsets, emotions and moods of those around them. More

Businesses scramble for share of 'Pawn Stars' fame
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Tourists have long lined up outside downtown's Gold & Silver Pawn Shop to spend hours sweltering in the summer heat for a chance to appear on the History Channel hit "Pawn Stars." Now businesses affiliated with the show want their own slice of fame. "Pawn Stars" has spawned a cottage industry of small Las Vegas businesses owned by experts who appear on the show to appraise artifacts. More

Facebook Promoted Posts allow your updates to reach users outside your network
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Facebook recently announced that it is testing a new advertising feature that would extend the reach of Facebook pages for brands. The new Promoted Posts feature would allow brands that run Facebook pages to post their content to the news feeds of users who aren't fans of their page. More

9 ways great companies organize their teams for success
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Businesses exist for one simple reason: To solve a big problem. At the core of every great product or service is an unfulfilled need that reaches a big enough market. But it's not enough to have a great idea that solves a big problem; behind each successful company stands a flexible team that can efficiently turn a vision into a growing business. Here are nine tips that will help you organize your team for success. More
 
 
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