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Facebook loses some friends

Jun 13, 2011
According to new data from the site Inside Facebook, the number of people using the social media site during May fell in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Norway and Russia.

Bean sprouts take the blame for E. coli scare

Jun 10, 2011
German health authorities have confirmed that sprouts from an organic farm in Germany are the source of the E. coli outbreak that has killed 31 people.
Posted In: Health

Payment by phone is the standard in East Africa

Jun 10, 2011
Telecommunication companies across the globe are preparing to role out plans to allow payments by mobile phones. But the technology already insists in Uganda -- where limited access to traditional banking has paved the way for mobile monetary transactions.

Japan struggles with clean-up

Jun 10, 2011
Three months after the big earthquake and tsunami, one of the big problems the country faces is what to do with all the debris. In the quake-stricken zone, there is 100 years worth of garbage to clean up.

EU to hold emergency summit to discuss E. coli outbreak

Jun 7, 2011
Health officials throughout Europe continue to hunt for the origin of the deadly E. coli outbreak after early tests failed to identify German bean spouts as the source.
Posted In: Health

IMF approves $3 billion loan for Egypt

Jun 6, 2011
The International Monetary Fund has agreed to help Egypt pay down its deficit in the wake of the pro-democracy movement -- but the new government will also use the money to boost social spending.
Posted In: Banks

OPEC meeting to discuss unrest in Libya

Jun 3, 2011
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet next week to discuss high oil prices and concerns over future global demand, as well as production cuts in Libya and the continuing turmoil in North Africa.

Natural disasters cause Australia's economy to shrink

Jun 1, 2011
Australia's economy was hit by the biggest fall in 20 years in the first quarter, shrinking by 1.2 percent, after extreme weather struck at home and abroad.

Without nuclear, where will Germany get its power?

May 31, 2011
Following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, many countries reconsidered their stance on the safety of nuclear energy. Today, Germany announced plans plans to abandon nuclear energy altogether in the next 11 years. But without nuclear technology, will Germany be able to produce green energy?
Posted In: Environment

Candidate for IMF top job begins 'charm offensive'

May 30, 2011
The French Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, is in Brazil today in an effort to win support for her bid to head up the International Monetary Fund
Posted In: Banks


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Marketplace host Lizzie O'Leary's weekly blog on the world of business and economics.