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Unilever's gambit reflects advertisers' role in cleaning digital 'swamp'

The consumer-goods giant has threatened to take ad spending elsewhere if social-media firms like Facebook don't do more to weed out offensive content. Is 'techno-optimism' about algorithms giving way to a more nuanced view of corporate responsibility?

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Iceland sees bitcoin 'mining' boom

Iceland's bountiful supply of renewable energy sources has made the country a magnet for bitcoin 'miners,' who require huge amounts of power to produce the cryptocurrency. 

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Global markets see-saw. But return of volatility shouldn’t be surprising.

Recent days have seen stunning declines in US and global stock indexes, followed by a big rise Tuesday. Dips don't necessarily mean a bear market is on the way, but euphoria is being tempered.

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Amid spate of Amtrak mishaps, critics point to political inertia

Railroad safety has improved, but deadly mishaps including a South Carolina crash Sunday reveal a need for further gains. Experts say rules and funding decisions in Washington are part of the challenge.

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Wages rise in at least half of US states

The four-year downward trend in unemployment is translating to rising wages as average pay increased more than 3 percent last year for half of the country.

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Investing for social impact: new signs of promise

Some bond investors aim to earn a return by putting money toward achieving a social good, such as lower recidivism rates. In the process they're upping the ante for governments to better measure progress – not just how many people a program serves.

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Behind kerfuffle over a ‘nationalized 5G network,’ real US-China concerns

Next-generation wireless technology is part of a larger economic competition in which China is pushing to leapfrog the US and other nations.

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A tempest over tipping, as Labor Department weighs rule change

Should restaurant owners and other bosses be allowed to pool worker tips? Some say it'll help spread gratuities to the back of the kitchen, others that it's a license for employers to raid the tip jar.

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BBC denies female staff claims of unequal pay

BBC is being rocked with allegations of unequal pay based on gender bias. A slow internal process has hindered review of complaints of unequal pay from 170 female staff members. Lawmakers are due to hear evidence on the issue on Wednesday.

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Trump calibrates his tone on trade, as big decisions on China loom

In Davos, President Trump told world leaders his America-first policy 'does not mean America alone.' Experts say that to address trade tensions with China, multilateral efforts will be vital.

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Wage growth, tax bonuses could help to boost struggling mid-market retailers

Rising wages and the effects of the corporate tax cut could provide a lift to middle-income earners who in turn could spend more at stores that have struggled in the Amazon age. Wages are expected to rise more than 3 percent this year.

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Trump administration emphasizes 'America First' agenda at Davos

President Trump's protectionist measures have caused concern over global trade but US officials assure international leaders at the World Economic Forum that the US will continue to work with other nations while it prioritizes American interests.

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Yes, new tariff backfires on US jobs. But it’s not end of world for solar power.

The Trump-imposed tariff on imported solar panels isn't as harsh as the industry had feared. The bigger challenge, some say, is possible cuts in government-funded energy research.

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US tariffs slapped on imported solar panels and washing machines

President Trump imposed tariffs on solar panels and washing machines to benefit American manufactures, creating a divide in US solar cell companies. Some support tariffs, but most believe the measure will cost jobs and progress for renewable energy.

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They didn't make Amazon's final cut, but these cities still hope to welcome big business

Cities that didn't make Amazon's shortlist for a second headquarters say failed bids to attract Amazon could be used as material to appeal to other businesses with planned tax breaks, land proposals, and grants.

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Why fixing US infrastructure matters: $9 per household per day

The average household would save $9.31 a day by 2025, by one estimate, if the federal government fixed deteriorating roads, public transit, and other infrastructure. But as President Trump prepares a $1 trillion package to address the need, there are big divisions over how to fund it.

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Apple to build new campus with tax break funds

Apple will construct a new campus using cash the company plans to bring back from overseas, taking advantage of a provision included in the recent overhaul of the US tax code. 

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Wal-Mart increases minimum wage to $11 an hour in wake of lower US tax bill

Following the lower United States tax bill, Wal-Mart will increase its starting salary to $11 an hour, expand family benefits, and offer a $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees.

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Need emergency cash? Payday loans aren’t your only alternative.

At a time when gig jobs or small paychecks keep many Americans on financial edge, credit unions and small banks are among those offering small loans that don’t come with sky-high fees.

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Trump’s deregulation drive is epic in scale and scope. And yet ...

The overall trend in government rulemaking remains relentlessly up – and Trump is stirring controversy by overturning environmental and consumer protections.

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