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President Obama is asking Americans to speak out about the fiscal cliff and middle class tax cuts by using the hashtag #My2k on Twitter -- but how much influence can a hashtag have? In the wake of news that Jeff…

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Google users get 'Scroogled' in Microsoft's new ads

Nov 28, 2012
Microsoft's Bing is doing all it can to gain market share from Google.

Tolkien's estate battles over 'Hobbit' rights

Nov 28, 2012
The issue isn't "Hobbit" action figures and merchandise, but intangible uses like a Hobbit ringtone.

Warehouse 'permatemps' push Walmart accountability

Nov 28, 2012
Protests put Walmart in the public eye, and legal strategy targets Walmart as industry giant.

Conference switches lucrative for college teams

Nov 28, 2012
University of Louisville shifts to the ACC, the latest conference shift in college sports.

Free-conomics: Economists go pro bono

Nov 28, 2012
Economists are a notoriously self-interested bunch. But one British outfit is giving away its services.

Obama tries a hashtag to avoid the fiscal cliff

Nov 28, 2012
The Obama administration is using #My2K to raise awareness about middle-class tax increases.

British government wants booze price hike

Nov 28, 2012
Faced with the costs of alcoholism and alcohol-related crime, Britain's government wants to introduce a mandatory minimum price for alcohol. Cheap drink is believed to cost the country billions of dollars each year.

Left, right or center: Time for CNN to rethink its brand

Nov 28, 2012
On the verge of hiring former NBC head honcho Jeff Zucker, cable news expert Gabriel Sherman thinks it's time for CNN to do a branding exercise.

President Obama is asking Americans to speak out about the fiscal cliff and middle class tax cuts by using the hashtag #My2k on Twitter — but how much influence can a hashtag have? In the wake of news that Jeff Zucker could soon lead CNN, we dissect how the news channel has been doing. Britain’s government has set a minimum price for alcohol to help combat excessive drinking. Freakonomics Radio’s Stephen Dubner talks about pro bono economics. And in the last part of our series on Walmart and labor, a look at how organized labor is trying to hold marquee retailers responsible for the low-wage workers who move their goods.

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