New Business Model Puts Innovative Twist on British Coal

The proposed site for the construction of The New Crofton Co-operative Colliery (NCCC) near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, sits literally and figuratively on a watershed. Its founder, Bill Birch, stands with one booted foot either side of a boundary line only he can see; on one side, rain water flows west into shallow gravel ponds, a […]

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A Somewhat Edgy China Signals More Interest Rate Cuts

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making. Friday’s surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two years, reflects a […]

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Inflation Advancing But Economy Appears Strong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Underlying inflation pressures rose in October, even as falling gasoline prices kept overall U.S. consumer prices in check, bolstering expectations of a mid-2015 interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Other data on Thursday showed vigor in the economy, with home resales rising at their fastest pace in a year in October […]

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Facebook Narrows its Lens on the Office

Using Facebook at work is about to become a lot more socially acceptable. The tech giant is secretly building a website called Facebook at Work, unidentified sources told the Financial Times. The site will reportedly allow the workers to chat with their colleagues, make professional contacts and collaborate on documents. It aims to compete with […]

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Zuckerberg Initiates Weekly Q&A With the Public

Every week for the past seven or eight years, Facebook has had internal question-and-answer sessions in which employees can pose questions to CEO Mark Zuckerberg on topics ranging from the social media site itself to the direction of the company. On Thursday, for the first time, Facebook opened up the event to the public, holding […]

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Obamacare Case Heads to Supreme Court

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a legal challenge to a key part of the Obamacare health law that, if successful, would limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. In a one-sentence order, the court said it would decide a case brought by conservative challengers […]

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Overthrowing Amazon: How the Mighty Stumbles

Hegemony never lasts in technology. The day the first pundit calls a tech superpower a dangerous monopoly, start looking for whatever is coming to overthrow it. This seems to be where we are with mighty Amazon.com. Amazon is still growing like crazy, about 20 percent year-over-year. But it’s not growing the way it used to. […]

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Do Team Games for Employees Really Improve Productivity?

Last April, two dozen executives inside the Federal Reserve’s Philadelphia branch faced an unusual challenge. The problem did not involve risky mortgages or undercapitalized banks but foam noodles, cardboard bricks and cylinders. And the task was not to prevent the next financial crisis but to engage in what is typically preschool play: designing and constructing […]

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Apple Pay is Great, at Stores That Accept It

When Apple Pay launched Monday, my editors decided I needed to go shopping. I didn’t have to be asked twice. In fact, I felt like a teenager set loose in a mall with a parent’s credit card. Now I just needed to find some places that took my peculiar form of payment. But once I […]

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10 Firms Hiring Like Crazy in October (And They’re Mostly Midmarket)

If a career change is on your mind, we know it’s not the easiest thing in the world to find a company you can feel at home at—which is why The Muse is here to help! We’ve rounded up some great companies that are looking to hire like crazy this month. Check out the listings […]

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