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Reversing Course, Starbucks Says It Will Raise Coffee Prices
Starbucks

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.
Kate Taylor
In Starbucks' Grand Plan for Employee Education, Who's Paying for What?
Education

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.
Nina Zipkin
Massachusetts Hikes Minimum Wage to $11
Minimum Wage

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.
Laura Entis
U.S. Deals Harsh, But Not Fatal, Blow Against Washington Redskins
Patents

U.S. Deals Harsh, But Not Fatal, Blow Against Washington Redskins

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

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."
Laura Entis
Dr. Oz Gets Grilled for Endorsing 'Miracle' Weight-Loss Products
Advertising

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
Customer Relationship Management

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.
Geoff Weiss
Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor
Snapchat

Facebook Launches Slingshot, Its Snapchat Competitor

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

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.
Laura Entis
FCC Chairman Derided as 'Dingo' Backs Idea That Bites Broadband Industry
Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Derided as 'Dingo' Backs Idea That Bites Broadband Industry

Chairman Tom Wheeler endorsed using the commission's regulatory authority to override state laws hobbling communities that want to build public broadband networks.
Peter Page
On-Demand Grocery Startup Instacart Raises $44 Million From Big-Name Investors
Sharing Economy

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.
Laura Entis
Starbucks Will Fund Online College Degrees for Thousands of Employees
Education

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.
Geoff Weiss
Reports of Declining Entrepreneurship Are Not What They Seem
Entrepreneurship

Reports of Declining Entrepreneurship Are Not What They Seem

Entrepreneurship is alive and thriving but ill-conceived startups that attracted investors in headier times, not so much.
Robert Wallace
Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash
Acquisitions

Priceline Snaps Up OpenTable for $2.6 Billion in Cash

The acquisition, expected to close later this year, represents the online travel company;s initial foray into the dining industry.
Geoff Weiss