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Treasury yields fall | Dollar weakens
Big week of losses for Asian stocks
Amazon to buy video software company
Kocherlakota opposes 2015 fed-fund rate hike
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Money flows back to stock funds as investors tiptoe in
Money flows back to stock funds


Obscure trading strategy draws Wall Street’s ire

G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets
G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets

Chinese Navy ships enter U.S. territory

Watch China’s 90-minute parade in 60 seconds
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China markets close for war anniversary

Donald Trump stumbles during interview on foreign policy
Trump stumbles in interview on foreign policy

Family grief may hold Biden back from White House run
Family grief may hold Biden back from 2016 run

My father wanted to divide his estate, but my sister took it all
My sister took all of my father’s estate


Labor Day traffic will be the worst since 2008


Oops — Rick Perry says broken clock right once a day

Hey Twitter, is Jack Dorsey going to be CEO?

Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you
Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you

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

Is the emerging markets bull back again?

Six actors who were almost cast as James Bond

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

Gates: How we can avoid worst of climate change

Facebook is most successful app, beating out Google, Apple
This is the most successful app ever


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

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

Does this survey confirm our worst fears about the sexes?
Does this confirm our worst fears about the sexes?

Blame Marissa Mayer for maternity-leave shrink

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

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/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,559 -95 2.05%
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/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 3,160 -6 0.20%
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/quotes/zigman/1652085/delayed 25,202 -563 2.18%
Singapore
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Euro
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Yen
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Pound
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U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.13 -0.03 1.55%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.68 -0.04 6.07%
Italy 10yr
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Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.07 -0.03 1.54%
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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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Avg. APR Last Week 6 Months
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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%
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Bad Credit 22.73% 22.73% 22.48%
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Friendships are increasingly breaking up among Facebook’s 800 million members.

The percentage of people who “unfriend” other Facebook members rose from 56% in 2009 to 63% in 2011, according to a new Pew Research study. Women seem to be second-guessing their online relationships the most: some 67% say they deleted people versus 58% of men. Likewise, young adults are more active “unfrienders” when compared with older users: 71% of those between 18 and 29 deleted people versus 63% of those aged 30 to 49. (A Facebook spokeswoman says it introduced privacy measures in recent months so users could restrict rather than unfriend others.) Language expert Alan M. Perlman says it’s more than just friends who over-stay their welcome due to excessive self-revelation or bland status updates like, “I just ate breakfast” or, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.”

During Facebook’s early days, many users competed to add the most friends. Since then they’ve become choosier about their online relationships, experts say. While the first couple phases of Facebook were about hooking up with new friends and self-promotion or revelation, the latest phase is about being more selective. Indeed, Adam Hanft, CEO of marketing firm Hanft Projects, says it’s become hip to unfriend people. “Imagine the implications of the old measure of coolness — the number of friends — is supplanted by a new metric, the number of unfriendings you’ve done,” he says.

Members are also more concerned about privacy and people they barely know. Two people meet in a bar and an hour later they’re often Facebook friends, experts say. “Facebook users are reading about privacy issues on Google and Facebook all over the media,” Hanft says. Also, despite unauthorized experiments with Facebook and Google+ identity cards, experts say it’s difficult to keep conman from creating a phony Facebook persona. He says one clue might be that the person in question has no family listed; that said, even fake Friends and family can be manufactured on Facebook, too.

Some social networkers are also managing their “personal brand,” which means unfriending those who cast them in an unflattering light, go on late-night Facebook rampages with colorful language or extreme political views, says Derrick Daye, managing partner at LA-based consultancy The Blake Project. He says too many disagreeable posts by acquaintances will also put off “real friends” from sharing online. Marketing consultant Tom Siebert is one such unfriender. “I’m most likely to delete some nut job from my past who thinks the president isn’t an American citizen and likes to pick fights with my comments,” he says. Siebert says it’s one of the perils of having a virtual afterlife of those high school days.

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need to know
When do markets close for Labor Day?
Netflix's stock heads for sixth straight loss
BlackBerry shares up 4% after deal news
44 million tried Apple Music in its first month
Alibaba shares to be used for $2 bln loan
Europe set for weekly loss | FTSE 100 drops
Oil prices down ahead of key U.S. jobs report
Treasury yields fall | Dollar weakens
Big week of losses for Asian stocks
Amazon to buy video software company
Kocherlakota opposes 2015 fed-fund rate hike
AstraZeneca: FDA OKs long-term Brilinta use


Money flows back to stock funds as investors tiptoe in
Money flows back to stock funds


Obscure trading strategy draws Wall Street’s ire

G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets
G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets

Chinese Navy ships enter U.S. territory

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

Donald Trump stumbles during interview on foreign policy
Trump stumbles in interview on foreign policy

Family grief may hold Biden back from White House run
Family grief may hold Biden back from 2016 run

My father wanted to divide his estate, but my sister took it all
My sister took all of my father’s estate


Labor Day traffic will be the worst since 2008


Oops — Rick Perry says broken clock right once a day

Hey Twitter, is Jack Dorsey going to be CEO?

Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you
Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you

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

Is the emerging markets bull back again?

Six actors who were almost cast as James Bond

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

Gates: How we can avoid worst of climate change

Facebook is most successful app, beating out Google, Apple
This is the most successful app ever


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

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

Does this survey confirm our worst fears about the sexes?
Does this confirm our worst fears about the sexes?

Blame Marissa Mayer for maternity-leave shrink

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

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Decliners
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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 2,307 -16 0.69%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,122 -2 0.19%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 46.58 -0.17 0.36%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 6,097 -97 1.57%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 10,120 -198 1.92%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,559 -95 2.05%
FTSE MIB
/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 21,621 -557 2.51%
IBEX 35
/quotes/zigman/2759620/delayed 9,854 -188 1.87%
Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 356 -7 1.84%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,687 -26 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 25,202 -563 2.18%
Singapore
/quotes/zigman/1709939/delayed 2,864 -43 1.47%
Euro
/quotes/zigman/16008136/realtime/sampled 1.11 +0.00 0.16%
Yen
/quotes/zigman/16008150/realtime/sampled 119.23 -0.84 0.70%
Pound
/quotes/zigman/16008140/realtime/sampled 1.52 0.00 0.13%
Australia$
/quotes/zigman/16008115/realtime/sampled 0.70 0.00 0.40%
DXY Index
/quotes/zigman/1652083/delayed 96.25 -0.15 0.16%
WSJ $ Idx
/quotes/zigman/41508961/realtime 88.75 -0.07 0.07%
U.S. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866666/realtime 2.13 -0.03 1.47%
German 10y
/quotes/zigman/15866409/realtime 0.68 -0.04 5.96%
Italy 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866497/realtime 1.89 -0.03 1.59%
Spain 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866444/realtime 2.07 -0.03 1.54%
U.K. 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866328/realtime 1.73 -0.07 3.78%
Japan 10yr
/quotes/zigman/15866525/realtime 0.37 -0.03 6.87%
Crude Oil
/quotes/zigman/2331095/delayed 47 0 0.36%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/662444/delayed 1,122 -2 0.19%
Corn
/quotes/zigman/7599553/delayed 362 0 0.00%
DJIA F
/quotes/zigman/38649152/delayed 16,201 -147 0.90%
S&P F
/quotes/zigman/30356461/delayed 1,931 -16 0.80%
Silver
/quotes/zigman/3134148/delayed 15 0 0.25%

Quotes

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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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