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Oil
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DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,138 -180 1.74%
CAC 40
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/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 17,792 -390 2.15%
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/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 20,841 -94 0.45%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,196 -569 2.21%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,864 -43 1.47%
Euro
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Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 119.07 -1.00 0.83%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.52 0.00 0.07%
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U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.13 -0.03 1.22%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.69 -0.03 4.25%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.91 -0.01 0.67%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.08 -0.02 1.08%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.75 -0.05 2.72%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.37 -0.03 6.87%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46 0 0.58%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,125 0 0.00%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 361 -1 0.21%
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GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 606.25 -8.09 -1.32%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.94 0.09 0.57%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.79 0.04 0.08%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.84 -0.03 -0.22%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.04 0.22 0.67%
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Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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Is it already too late for Facebook competitors? Google+, the Internet behemoth’s second foray into social networking, is even less popular than MySpace, according to new data. Analysts say that’s partly because Google made some key mistakes in building their social networking site, but it’s also a sign of how difficult it is to compete with Facebook these days.

Internet users spend an average of about three minutes a month on Google+, according to comScore data — less than half of the eight minutes they spend on MySpace, and barely a blip next to the 405 minutes they spend on Facebook. Since Facebook users built up their networks and social histories over a period of years, “you have to offer them something meaningfully different and useful to get their attention,” says Nate Elliott, the principal analyst for interactive marketing at Forrester Research. “And Google+ hasn’t done that. There aren’t any meaningful new features. Google+ is Facebook in black,” Elliott says.

In fact, experts say one of the key features of Google+ actually limits its ability to build the kind of powerful network that Facebook now enjoys. Facebook estimates it takes about 100 friends to create the kind of “network effect” that makes its service valuable. But Google has made “circles,” a feature that limits that network effect, a defining part of Google+. “They’ve encouraged people to make sure that none of their posts actually go out to their entire network,” Elliott says.

To be sure, Google says its network isn’t intended just as competition for Facebook, says Andrew Lipsman, an industry analyst with comScore. For example, they’re also using the social network as a way to serve up more relevant search results. “More engagement is better than less, but it’s very legitimate to ask if that’s the most important thing to determine if Google+ is a success,” Lipsman says. A spokeswoman for Google says that Google+ “is much more than a destination site,” and that the company thinks of the service as “a deepening of its relationship to billions of existing users” of its other services.

But Facebook has become dominant enough that it’ll be very difficult for any company to create a successful competitor, Lipsman says. “We’ve seen that when you have two general social networks, they can coexist for a while, but eventually one of them tends to win out,” he says. Here in the U.S., Facebook and MySpace were both popular for a couple of years, but Facebook eventually won that battle, and similar patterns tend to play out internationally, he says.

Still, sites that fill a sufficiently different niche can succeed, experts say. In fact, Facebook’s success actually makes it easier for targeted social networks to grow, says Lipsman. Take Pinterest: This relatively new network has grown very rapidly, and users spend about 100 minutes a month on the site. Its focus on sharing aspirational, visual content makes it different enough that it offers users a compelling reason to join, but it’s also taking advantage of the fact that Facebook changed the way people behave on the internet, he says. “If something like Pinterest had come up 5 years ago there’s a good chance it wouldn’t have caught fire like it has now,” he says. “A lot of people learned how to share on Facebook.”

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need to know
FTSE 100 veers toward weekly loss
Nikkei falls to its lowest level since February
Chinese Navy ships enter U.S. territory
Amazon to buy video software company
When do markets close for Labor Day?
Kocherlakota opposes 2015 fed-fund rate hike
German manufacturing orders fall
AstraZeneca: FDA OKs long-term Brilinta use
Market turmoil caused by obscure strategy?

 
Germany at fault in Europe’s refugee crisis
Immigration to Germany at highest since 1992
Chaos in Budapest as migrants rush trains
Father of drowned Syrian boy describes voyage

Oops — Rick Perry says broken clock right once a day

Six actors who were almost cast as James Bond

Sizeable outflow from China adds to fears
China tightens controls to keep money at home

 
Obscure trading strategy draws Wall Street’s ire

Dovish Draghi signals ECB willing to do more QE
Why Draghi's comments sent the euro lower
Draghi’s opening statement from ECB presser
ECB leaves interest rates at record lows


Gates: How we can avoid worst of climate change

43% of U.S. homes are at high risk of natural disaster

What it’s like to play tennis with a ‘smart’ racket

Watch China’s    90-minute parade in 60 seconds
See photos of China's massive military parade
China markets close for war anniversary

Blame Marissa Mayer for maternity-leave shrink

Ad war over oil exports heats up as vote nears

These are the college majors that are dying

They tangled with student debt all summer
College help for low-income families

Investment risk has changed, so this must change too
Volatility is driving foreign buyers to Treasurys

The search for 1,000 angels to help women startups

Why the U.K. Hugo Chavez will be good for its economy

Why India is worth a look if you’re cooling on China

Apple’s biggest challenge: Topping the iPhone 6
Apple set to join content contest
What to expect from the Apple event on Sept. 9
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109.73MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 113.10M
Unchanged
224
Decliners
2653
Advancers
3709
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
  • 1 Day
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Month
  • 3 Months
  • 6 Months
  • 1 Year
  • 2 Years
Dow
/quotes/zigman/627449/realtime 16,375 +23 0.14%
Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,733 -16 0.35%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,951 +2 0.12%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,310 -13 0.56%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,125 0 0.00%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46.48 -0.27 0.58%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,093 -101 1.62%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,138 -180 1.74%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,573 -81 1.74%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,799 -378 1.71%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 9,883 -159 1.58%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 356 -6 1.70%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,687 -25 0.94%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 17,792 -390 2.15%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 20,841 -94 0.45%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
Sensex
/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,195 -570 2.21%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,864 -43 1.47%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.11 +0.00 0.17%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 119.08 -0.99 0.83%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.52 0.00 0.07%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 0.00 0.48%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 96.18 -0.22 0.23%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.72 -0.09 0.11%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.13 -0.03 1.22%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.69 -0.03 4.25%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.91 -0.01 0.67%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.08 -0.02 1.08%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.75 -0.05 2.72%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.37 -0.03 6.87%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46 0 0.58%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,125 0 0.00%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 361 -1 0.21%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,186 -162 0.99%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,928 -18 0.92%
Silver
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FB /quotes/zigman/9962609/composite 88.15 -1.74 -1.94%
AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 110.37 -1.97 -1.75%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 606.25 -8.09 -1.32%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.94 0.09 0.57%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.79 0.04 0.08%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.84 -0.03 -0.22%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.04 0.22 0.67%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 32.41 0.21 0.65%
GE /quotes/zigman/227468/composite 24.51 -0.06 -0.24%
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Low Interest 11.62% 11.62% 11.53%
Business 12.85% 12.85% 12.85%
Student 13.14% 13.14% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.12% 14.12% 14.00%
Airline 15.10% 15.10% 15.15%
Reward 15.14% 15.14% 14.99%
Cash Back 15.27% 15.27% 15.26%
Instant Approval 18.00% 18.00% 17.93%
Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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