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Need cash, but don't want to lose your bitcoins? Pawn them
Wired
John Light knows a special kind of regret that's familiar to many others who got in early on bitcoin, the world's most popular digital currency. Last year, Light moved to San Francisco to join the bitcoin revolution, and by this past March, the former online community manager didn't have enough dollars to pay his rent, but he have a lot of bitcoins. He ended up covering his monthly rent by selling some of his digital stash, but he quickly wished he hadn't. A month later, the bitcoins he sold for $30 each were worth more than $250. Today, a bitcoin goes for close to $900.
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Measuring sparkle
Rapaport Magazine
The more symmetrically perfect the diamond cut, the more dazzling the display of light and sparkle. “Essentially what happens within a diamond comes from the relation between the light source, the observer and movement,” says Peter Yantzer, executive director of the American Gem Society Laboratories. "You see areas of the diamonds that are illuminated or that go dark." Thousands of "virtual" facets can be seen because the diamond acts as a compound mirror.
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Manatee, Fla., pawnshop ripped off by fraud artist
Bradenton Herald
A Manatee County, Fla., pawnshop has been ripped off by a jewelry fraud artist. Officials with America's Super Pawn say they paid out $550 for what they thought was a 10-karat gold chain with charms, but which turned out to be worthless metal, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office report.
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Q & A with owner of Tony's Pawn Shop in Georgia
The Telegraph
Question: Just what is a pawnshop? A store? What?
Answer: It’s a business you can come in and get a loan on your items of value or can sell or trade your items of value, says owner Tony Castro And of course you can come in and buy the items for sale.

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Kansas City, Mo., area taking the lead in the online lending industry
Kansas City Star (opinion)
At least six federal agencies have embarked on a much-needed crackdown on Internet short-term lending, a burgeoning industry rife with abusive tactics.

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Gold prices rise on concern about Washington budget stalemate
Los Angeles Times
Gold prices rose for the first time in four trading sessions on mounting concern that U.S. budget negotiations will collapse and lead to a government shutdown.

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What the self-employed need to know about Obamacare
Entrepreneur
Sole proprietorships are among the millions of individuals expected to buy health insurance through the state-based marketplaces which will start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

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Read 'The Respect Effect' to build leadership and profitability
Small Business Trends
Aretha Franklin was a woman before her time. It’s no wonder R-E-S-P-E-C-T was a hit. Our brains can’t get enough of it. There truly are thousands of books on the subject of employee engagement. But what sets The Respect Effect apart from the rest is its focus on the brain and how both respectful and disrespectful behaviors impact our brain chemistry and therefore our behavior and performance.
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Another strong quarter for Smith & Wesson
CNN
The gun control debate on Capitol Hill has come and gone, but the firearm business is still booming. Smith & Wesson shares surged 6 percent in after-hours trading following another strong quarterly earnings report from the gun maker, which said its handgun sales had grown 27 percent versus a year prior.
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Why is Microsoft scared of Chromebooks?
The Verge
"It's pretty much a brick," says Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison as he rejects a Samsung Chromebook brought in by an actor playing a customer. Microsoft really doesn’t want you buying this thing. But why? Just how big of a threat are Chromebooks, Google's oft-ridiculed Web-only laptops, to Microsoft's core business?
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Pawnshop bandit caught on camera
WSVN-TV
Police are hoping newly released surveillance video will help them catch a subject caught on camera robbing a South Florida business. The footage captured the subject struggling with a store clerk at a Value Pawn and Jewelry Store in Lauderdale Lakes.
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3 most important words to say to employees after they screw up
Inc.
Sooner or later, someone on your team is going to screw up. Hopefully the stakes will be low when it happens. Either way, be prepared to say three words that may not come so easily, at least not right away: I forgive you.
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8 exercises for strengthening your business writing
By Joe Latta
Writing skills are essential for today's business professionals. Don't believe me? Consider this: A study from data services provider SunGard found that 90 percent of business communications are now via electronic text. That's right, whether you're an accountant, architect, advisor or administrator, writing is a key part of your job. How much time did you spend last month writing emails, reports, proposals or marketing materials — and how much time did people spend reading them? Yep, it's a lot. Here are eight easy exercises for strengthening your writing muscle. Try them. Your readers will appreciate it.
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