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The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Campaigns Ever
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The 10 Most Funded Kickstarter Campaigns Ever

A look at the 10 ventures that have raised the most money on the popular crowdfunding website to date.
Tinder Suspends Co-Founder Over Sexual Harassment Claims
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Tinder Suspends Co-Founder Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Whitney Wolfe, former vice president of marketing, says she was repeatedly called a whore by top Tinder execs, and that her status as a co-founder was revoked because she was female.
Twitter Testing a Feature That Lets Users Buy Items Without Leaving Twitter
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Twitter Testing a Feature That Lets Users Buy Items Without Leaving Twitter

An embedded 'Buy Now' could be Twitter’s first step towards letting merchants accept mobile payments directly through the shorthand blogging service.
Sweden's Six-Hour Workday Experiment Officially Kicks Off Tomorrow
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Sweden's Six-Hour Workday Experiment Officially Kicks Off Tomorrow

The year-long initiative seeks to determine whether reducing hours leads to increased productivity and fewer sick days.
Think College Is Expensive Now? Wait Until July 1.
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Think College Is Expensive Now? Wait Until July 1.

Interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise again.
New York's Top Court Refuses to Reinstate Ban on Large Sodas
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New York's Top Court Refuses to Reinstate Ban on Large Sodas

New York City's ban on large sugary drinks, which was blocked by lower courts, has been declared illegal by the state's Supreme Court.
Barnes & Noble to Split Into Two Separate Companies
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Barnes & Noble to Split Into Two Separate Companies

With both the Nook and retail business struggling, the bookseller is dividing the company into two public companies.
Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging California Customers
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Whole Foods Fined for Overcharging California Customers

Think Whole Foods is too expensive? The city attorneys of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and San Francisco are of a similar mind.
Etsy Snags Parisian Startup in Largest Acquisition Yet
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Etsy Snags Parisian Startup in Largest Acquisition Yet

Etsy has scooped up 'A Little Market' -- a Paris-headquartered digital marketplace that also specializes in handmade crafts -- for a reported $100 million in cash and stock.
San Francisco Puts the Brakes on a Parking App Startup
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San Francisco Puts the Brakes on a Parking App Startup

The City Attorney says that MonkeyParking – an app that allow users to pay for information about available spots – is selling the use of public parking spaces, not information.
5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian
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5 Awesomely Entrepreneurial Artifacts That Will Soon Live at the Smithsonian

From one of Henry Ford's experimental tractors to Planters' iconic Mr. Peanut mascot, a look at some of the objects in the museum's upcoming American Enterprise exhibit.
Google's First Server and a Crumpled Napkin Are About to Get Museum Treatment
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Google's First Server and a Crumpled Napkin Are About to Get Museum Treatment

The Smithsonian will launch an American Enterprise exhibit in 2015 that will run for at least the next two decades. Here's an inside look at some of the objects to be featured.
More Sleep Makes You More Honest, Study Finds
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More Sleep Makes You More Honest, Study Finds

Researchers tested the impact of fatigue on moral resolve, finding that people were more likely to lie the more tired they were.
Lululemon Founder Won't Go Down Without a Fight
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Lululemon Founder Won't Go Down Without a Fight

Chip Wilson -- the yoga-retailer's founder and ousted Chairman -- is reportedly working with Goldman Sachs to gain more influence over the company he founded back in 1998.
Oracle Inks $5.3 Billion Deal to Buy Micros Systems
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Oracle Inks $5.3 Billion Deal to Buy Micros Systems

The deal marks Oracle's biggest buy in four years, and comes just days after a disappointing fourth-quarter earnings report.
Reversing Course, Starbucks Says It Will Raise Coffee Prices
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Reversing Course, Starbucks Says It Will Raise Coffee Prices

While Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said in March that Starbucks had no plans to raise prices, the coffee chain is now hiking prices on some drinks.
In Starbucks' Grand Plan for Employee Education, Who's Paying for What?
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In Starbucks' Grand Plan for Employee Education, Who's Paying for What?

The coffee company and partner Arizona State have clarified the parameters of the new college program.
Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to $11
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Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to $11

The state's lawmakers passed legislation that will raise the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11, the highest minimum wage in the country.
U.S. Deals Harsh, But Not Fatal, Blow Against Washington Redskins
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U.S. Deals Harsh, But Not Fatal, Blow Against Washington Redskins

Patent office rules that NFL team's name is 'disparaging' to Native Americans.
On the Heels of Cutting a Third of Its Staff, Fab Buys a Finnish Furniture Company
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On the Heels of Cutting a Third of Its Staff, Fab Buys a Finnish Furniture Company

The troubled ecommerce site paid ‘tens of millions’ for an Ikea-like company that makes "Nordic interior design originals."
Dr. Oz Gets Grilled for Endorsing 'Miracle' Weight-Loss Products
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Dr. Oz Gets Grilled for Endorsing 'Miracle' Weight-Loss Products

The TV host acknowledged that his backing of these products have 'provided fodder for unscrupulous advertisers.'
Your Customers Can Now Direct Message You on Yelp
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Your Customers Can Now Direct Message You on Yelp

The new direct-messaging tool aims 'to ensure people never have to leave Yelp to find all the info their hearts’ desire,' the company said.
Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor
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Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

The new ephemeral messaging app is a familiar concept with an interesting and risky twist.
Apple Settles Over eBook Lawsuit, Avoids a Jury Trial
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Apple Settles Over eBook Lawsuit, Avoids a Jury Trial

The terms, which are undisclosed, are contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal of an antitrust ruling that it conspired with five major publishers to make eBooks more expensive.
On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors
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On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors

A cross between Peapod and Uber, Instacart allows customers to select items online from their favorite grocery stores and have them picked up and delivered by locals.
Starbucks Will Fund Online College Degrees for Thousands of Employees
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Starbucks Will Fund Online College Degrees for Thousands of Employees

College juniors and seniors who work more than 20 hours per week will be eligible to enroll in a tuition-free online program with Arizona State University.
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