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LegiStorm is a sweet website that does wonders for government transparency. How? By making it easy to find congressional staffers’ salaries, bonuses, and other financial information. More from the Washington Post:
All this stuff is public information, mind you. But it used to be a pain to find: Hike up to Capitol Hill, descend into the [...]
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Gold, formerly a losing proposition, is experiencing a revival as investors scurry to inflation-proof their assets. A smaller industry lurks in the shadow of bullion and maple leaf coins. It is the edible gold industry, which invests only in appetite and opulence. Here are 10 ways that people eat their gold:
1. Gold Brick Chicken

Long Island’s [...]
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How do you come up with a great business idea? And, how do you grow that business in a slow economy? We interviewed Morris Tabush, owner of Bill4Time, to get the answers to those questions.



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The Group of 20, or G-20, is a coalition made up of the countries that make up 85% of the world economy. In light of the ongoing crisis, this year’s G-20 conference is especially important. It could result in globally coordinated bailout action, new power for the IMF, and new global regulations.
However, if personal [...]
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Google released its annual April Fool’s gag today, called GMail Autopilot. It’s an intelligent email autoresponder that answers email just the way you would, by mimicking your behavior using cutting-edge “CADIE” technology. Here’s what the company wrote on the GMail site:

Email will never be a thing of the past, but actually reading and writing messages [...]
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Not able to make it to this year's Search Engine Strategies conference in New York? No worries. Janet's got you covered with this synopsis of Guy Kawasaki's keynote presentation on Twitter.



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Setton Farms, the second-largest producer of pistachios in the country (according to its website), is recalling roughly 1 million pounds of the nuts because they may be contaminated with salmonella. From CBS:
The recalls began last Friday when the Georgia Nut Company recalled its Kraft Back to Nature Nantucket Blend trail mix after some samples [...]
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Let me ask you a quick question: What demographic comes up with the best April Fool’s pranks? College students? Internet pranksters? Independently funded joke-lovers?
You might be surprised to find that companies–including media outlets–comes up with some of the most creative and believable pranks of all. Here’s a list of the 10 most hilarious April [...]
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Phantom Alert is a new GPS software application that tells users where red light traffic cameras, speed traps, and DUI checkpoints. For $9.99/month, Phantom Alert will make your GPS beep every time a speed regulation threat is near.
According to Rebecca Burn-Callander at RealBusiness,

The revenue model is solid. Users have to stay plugged into Phantom [...]
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Fiat’s coolest creation
Reading about Obama’s Chrysler/Fiat restructuring mandate made me wonder: What’s in it for Fiat? Quite a bit, it turns out (from ANSA):
Fiat in January signed a preliminary non-binding agreement with the struggling American carmaker (Chrysler) to create a global partnership in the production and distribution of
automobiles and other motor vehicles. The non-cash accord [...]