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Jury Clears Silicon Valley Firm in Sex Bias Suit
A jury cleared venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins of gender discrimination in lawsuit by former employee Ellen Pao following a trial that has put a harsh light on the skewed demographics in Silicon Valley.
AP News - Jury rejects woman's bias claims against Silicon Valley firm  New York Recorder
In losing gender bias trial, Pao's lawyers denied millions in fees  Economic Times
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Dow Chemical Announces Merger with Olin to Create New Chlorine Industry ...
dow A merger between Dow Chemical Co. and Olin Corp. was announced on Friday, potentially creating a new industry leader in the chlorine sector.
Dow Chemical Sells Most of Chlorine Business to Olin  Modern Readers
Dow chemical is merging its chlorine business with Olin for $5 billion  The Silver Ink
BlackBerry announces lowest quarterly sales in 8 years
BlackBerry posted its lowest quarterly sales in more than eight years on Friday, as the Canadian smartphone maker struggled to find new revenue sources to offset dwindling sales of its handsets.
BlackBerry sees part of software growth coming from acquisitions  Reuters
BlackBerry's Chen Says Sales Are Bottoming Out in Turnaround  Bloomberg
US Economy Slows as Profits Fall in the Business Sector
US Economy The numbers from the last quarter in 2014 are in and after tax profits from the business sector were down by 1.6%. This is a sharp decrease from the previous quarter that saw after tax profits increase 4.7%.
Economy in US grew at 2.2 percent rate in fourth quarter  The Silver Ink
Economy in steady, but poky expansion  Chicago Daily News
As expected the Head of the FED will Increase Interest Rates this Year
FED As expected yesterday the chairperson of the US Federal Reserve Bank announces that interest rates will begin moving upwards before the end of the year.
Federal Reserve plans to hike rates slowly  Columbus Dispatch
Yellen: Rate hike may be warranted later this year  Hindu Business Line
Intel is said to be in talks to acquire chip maker Altera
That decline comes on top of heavy losses in Intel's mobile division. The group reported an operating loss of $4.21 billion for 2014.
Analysts: Prospective Intel-Altera deal could be a 'win-win'  Chicago Daily News
Intel in Talks to Buy Altera, Shares Surge: Report  NDTV
Is change an ingredient in Heinz-Kraft merger?
The surprise wedding announcement Wednesday between the Kraft and Heinz food giants - one brand famous for its cheesiness, the other for its way with a tomato - means that two of the most familiar names on American supermarket shelves will soon be ...
The victory of ketchup and 3G shows the victory of taste  The Market Business
Kraft Deal Boosts Buffett  Barron's
Americans Begin to Shake Off Winter Blues on Wage Prospects
(Bloomberg) -- Consumer confidence fell less than forecast in March, capping the best quarter since 2004 as the labor market stayed strong and gasoline prices leveled off.
Consumer sentiment slips in March on bad weather  Kansas City Star
Low gas prices help push consumer optimism to decade high, survey finds  Los Angeles Times
Local, state unemployment down
Eric Key shakes hands with a representative from Primerica at the Killeen Daily Herald Job Fair on Wednesday. Buy this photo. Buy Texas Deals - Jan 2014 KDH Digital Services.
Vt. unemployment rate hits 8-year low  Barre Montpelier Times Argus
Area Unemployment Rate Falls
Apple boss Tim Cook 'to donate millions' to charity
The chief executive of Apple, Tim Cook, has announced he is donating most of his wealth to charity before he dies. The head of the world's most profitable company is worth over $800m (�537m).
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he will give away his wealth  New York Daily News
Apple chief Cook to give his wealth away: Fortune  Hindu Business Line