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Jul 2, 2014

YouTube | VOAvideo Solar Power Makes Gains in US.

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Solar Power Makes Gains in US
Two universities in Washington, D.C., plan to soon start buying half of their electricity from solar-power farms 400 kilometers away. The schools expect the project will save millions of dollars during the next couple of decades and make the universities more attractive to environmentally-conscious students. Experts told VOA's Jim Randle the project shows how this once-exotic power source is becoming a routine part of business.

YouTube | VOAvideo - July 2, 2014: Rare Documents Commemorate Fourth of July

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July 4 is the day the American Colonies in 1776 adopted the Declaration of Independence, formally announcing their separation from Great Britain. A rare copy of the Declaration, written by hand by Thomas Jefferson, is on display in New York's main public library. Nearby at another library is one of the very few original copies of the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." VOA's Bernard Shusman reports from New York.

Bits | The Business of Technology - July 2, 2014: The Bright Side of Facebook's Social Experiments on Users.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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Afternoon Report
The Bright Side of Facebook's Social Experiments on Users |Facebook's disclosure last week that it had tinkered with about 700,000 users' news feeds as part of a psychology experiment conducted in 2012 inadvertently laid bare what too few tech firms acknowledge: that they possess vast powers to closely monitor, test and even shape our behavior, often while we're in the dark about their capabilities, Farhad Manjoo writes in his State of the Art column.

The publication of the study, which found that showing people slightly happier messages in their feeds caused them to post happier updates, and sadder messages prompted sadder updates, sparked a torrent of outrage from people who found it creepy that Facebook played with unsuspecting users' emotions. Because the study was conducted in partnership with academic researchers, it also appeared to violate long-held rules protecting people from becoming test subjects without providing informed consent. Several European privacy agencies have begun examining whether the study violated local privacy laws.

But there may be other ways to look at the Facebook study and its publication. For one thing, studying how we use social media may provide important insights into some of the deepest mysteries of human behavior.

Facebook and much of the rest of the web are thriving petri dishes of social contact, and many social science researchers believe that by analyzing our behavior online, they may be able to figure out why and how ideas spread through groups, how we form our political views and what persuades us to act on them, and even why and how people fall in love. Read more »
• As news of Facebook's experiments continues to reverberate, the social network is facing potential investigations in Europe on whether it broke local privacy laws by manipulating the emotional content of users' posts without their consent.
More From The Times
Why Computers Won't Be Replacing You Just Yet | Big data has incredible power. It also has limitations not everyone understands. (Try our Twitter quiz and see.)
The Central Bank of Brazil's headquarters in Brasília. Over six billion Boletos, a popular Brazilian payment method that can be issued online, were issued last year, the bank said.
Cybercrime Scheme Aims at Payments in Brazil |Researchers say transactions worth $3.75 billion were compromised, though it is not clear how much was stolen.
Twitter's Revolving Door Spins Again | The continuing turmoil in Twitter's executive suite, a hallmark of the company's eight-year existence, suggests that the company is struggling in the face of stiffening competition from Facebook.
Tim Draper is teaming up with Vaurum, which facilitates over-the-counter Bitcoin trading.
Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Wins Bitcoin Auction | Mr. Draper was the sole winning bidder of the nearly 30,000 Bitcoins auctioned on Friday by the United States Marshals Service, several people close to the auction said on Wednesday.
Andy Moeck, in Long Beach, Calif., pitched his start-up Moeo to a venture capital firm even though the firm declined to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Getting Legal Protection | Nondisclosure agreements have long been falling by the wayside, as celerity, rather than legal shields, is valued.
Brad Hains, standing, is director of Le Tour de Terra Cotta, a bicycle race in Ontario that has struggled to preserve its mailing list.
Canadian Antispam Law Whips Up a Storm of Last-Minute Messages | An antispam law requiring proof that a recipient has consented to be sent emails has resulted in a torrent of messages from companies, nonprofits and government agencies to everyone on their mailing lists., the website of the organization behind the World Cup, logged 30 million visitors from the United States between June 1 and 26, accounting for almost one-quarter of the global audience.
American Soccer Fans Dominate FIFA's Online Audience| Is the United States becoming a soccer nation? Interest in FIFA's online outlets in the United States is running well ahead of that in other countries.
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Amazon Defends Its Stance Against Hachette | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
A senior Amazon executive on Tuesday defended the company against criticism that it's bullying the publisher. - Ashwin Seshagiri
I'd Never Admit That to My Doctor. But a Computer? Sure. | PSMAG.COM
New research finds patients are likely to respond honestly to personal questions when talking to a virtual human. - ▵ Jenna Wortham ▵
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Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Wins Bitcoin Auction: DealBook P.M. Edition -July 2, 2014-.

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Tim Draper is teaming up with Vaurum, which facilitates over-the-counter Bitcoin trading.
Venture Capitalist Tim Draper Wins Bitcoin AuctionMr. Draper was the sole winning bidder of the nearly 30,000 Bitcoins auctioned on Friday by the United States Marshals Service, several people close to the auction said on Wednesday.
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Tyson Foods will pay $63 a share for Hillshire Brands.
Tyson Foods Reaches Formal Deal for Hillshire BrandsTyson Foods formally struck a deal to buy Hillshire Brands for $7.7 billion on Wednesday, weeks after winning a bidding war for the company, which makes Jimmy Dean sausage.
Rengan Rajaratnam and his lawyer leaving Federal District Court in Manhattan last month.
Narrowed Insider Trading Case to Go to Jury Next Week The case against Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of Raj Rajaratnam, the former billionaire hedge fund manager convicted of insider trading in 2011, is down to a single charge of conspiracy to commit insider trading.
Orange Decides Not to Pursue Deal in French Mobile MarketFrance's largest telecommunications company and Bouygues Telecom, the nation's third-largest mobile provider, had discussed partnerships or a potential merger.
E-Plus is Germany's smallest mobile operator.
European Regulators Sign Off on Telefónica's Deal for E-Plus The merger combines the third- and fourth-largest mobile phone providers in Germany and create a rival on par with T-Mobile and Vodafone, which together control more than half of the mobile telephone market in Germany.
Medtronic's current headquarters in Minneapolis.
The Fleeting Benefits of Overseas Corporate MarriagesAs more American companies seek to relocate by mergers - so-called inversions - it is more likely the law will change, Robert Cyran of Reuters Breakingviews writes. And that, he says, would swiftly invert the power of inversions.
The deal is the latest in an string of smaller acquisitions by Roche Group, based in Basel, Switzerland.
Roche to Pay Up to $1.7 Billion for Seragon Pharmaceuticals A unit of the Swiss drug maker Roche is acquiring Seragon, a privately held biotechnology firm based in San Diego, Calif., that was spun off from Aragon Pharmaceuticals last year.
Nestlé to Sell Juicy Juice Brand to Brynwood Partners The deal is the latest sale by the Swiss food giant as it reduces its brand offerings to focus on more profitable business lines. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
William R. Johnson is the former chief executive of H.J. Heinz.
Former Heinz Chief Joins Private Equity Firm Advent as Adviser William R. Johnson, formerly chief executive of H.J. Heinz, will help Advent International evaluate possible investments in the consumer packaged goods and food industries.
FinecoBank Shares Rise in Trading Debut in Italy FinecoBank, the online banking and brokerage arm of the Italian lender UniCredit, priced its offering on the low end of its expected range, and the stock rose more than 6 percent by early afternoon on Wednesday.
Destination Maternity said that Mothercare had refused to engage in discussions so far.
Destination Maternity Rebuffed Twice in Bid for British Retailer Mothercare The deal, if completed, would be the latest example of an American company seeking to reincorporate overseas to avoid higher corporate taxes in the United States.
The I.P.O. is part of ING's revamp after a government bailout in 2008.
ING Group Raises $2 Billion in I.P.O. of Insurer NN Group The ING Group raised about $2 billion in the initial public offering for the NN Group, its European and Japanese insurance and investment management arm.
U.S. Jobs Report to Be Released Early in Holiday Week Because of the Fourth of July holiday, the Labor Department will release the latest data on unemployment and job creation on Thursday. Typically, the announcement takes place on the first Friday of the month. Economists on Wall Street expect the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 6.3 percent, while estimating the economy added 215,000 jobs in June. One additional data point to watch is the labor participation rate, which has been depressed since the recession, for any sign workers are returning to the job hunt as prospects improve.
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WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing July 2, 2014.

Biggest Decliners Closing
Biggest Decliners
4:32 pm ET 07/02/2014
Molycorp (MCP)9,762,591$2.34-0.23-8.95
Hyperdynamics (HDY)649,7862.96-0.29-8.92 (COUP)402,51322.37-2.07-8.47
Marcus&Millichap (MMI)178,90623.48-2.05-8.03
voxeljet ADS (VJET)1,919,51224.05-1.85-7.14
St. Joe (JOE)1,778,66024.35-1.86-7.10
United Continental Holdings (UAL)12,830,97639.27-2.99-7.08
Delta Air Lines (DAL)28,960,59538.24-2.07-5.14
Zendesk (ZEN)193,59916.43-0.87-5.03 ADS (WBAI)271,86235.22-1.79-4.84
Veritiv (VRTV)745,40835.95-1.65-4.39
Brookfield Canada Office Properties (BOXC)2,33225.53-1.16-4.35
Baltic Trading (BALT)842,2285.97-0.27-4.33
Dover Motorsports (DVD)2,5752.70-0.12-4.26
KapStone Paper&Packaging (KS)1,523,61631.97-1.38-4.14
NRG Yield (NYLD)762,86151.74-2.23-4.13
Ducommun (DCO)97,84526.25-1.13-4.13
NorthStar Asset Management Group (NSAM)11,468,66818.41-0.79-4.11
Blackrock Municipal Target Term Trust (BTT)1,595,56419.51-0.83-4.08
WageWorks (WAGE)335,94647.08-1.91-3.90
Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES)188,13632.48-1.31-3.88
Demandware (DWRE)558,74667.53-2.70-3.84
Martin Marietta Materials (MLM)2,388,732127.06-4.94-3.74
Veeva Systems (VEEV)1,492,96625.23-0.98-3.74
Enbridge Energy Partners Cl A (EEP)1,852,99935.62-1.36-3.68
Erickson (EAC)128,465$16.00-2.65-14.21
GoPro (GPRO)29,161,40142.04-6.76-13.85
CalAmp (CAMP)6,023,68319.19-2.87-13.01
Tuniu ADS (TOUR)890,84716.52-2.12-11.37
Mazor Robotics ADS (MZOR)433,48816.41-1.71-9.44
Alder BioPharmaceuticals (ALDR)160,35518.10-1.74-8.77
Trimble Navigation (TRMB)5,282,76334.23-3.13-8.38
Penford (PENX)105,83212.62-1.13-8.22
Radius Health (RDUS)113,14315.29-1.34-8.06
Staar Surgical (STAA)969,03513.85-1.06-7.11
Lincoln Educational Services (LINC)160,5094.25-0.32-7.00
Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)618,0359.14-0.61-6.26
QuinStreet (QNST)137,7035.60-0.37-6.20
Burcon Nutrascience (BUR)2,4223.70-0.24-6.09
Proofpoint (PFPT)970,73036.78-2.38-6.08
Eagle Bulk Shipping (EGLE)1,020,5542.88-0.17-5.57
ZS Pharma (ZSPH)108,95128.44-1.60-5.33
Five Prime Therapeutics (FPRX)281,31215.09-0.83-5.21
eLong ADS (LONG)192,48220.74-1.13-5.17
Federated National Holding (FNHC)232,45524.06-1.29-5.09
Egalet (EGLT)32,02213.15-0.69-4.99 (SPRT)420,6552.67-0.14-4.98
Rocket Fuel (FUEL)651,03828.17-1.46-4.93
MakeMyTrip (MMYT)273,45732.79-1.69-4.90
Onconova Therapeutics (ONTX)218,2685.30-0.27-4.85
Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Dividend ETF (QDEM)5,897$49.53-3.98-7.43
Direxion Daily Russia Bear 3x Shares (RUSS)120,7429.98-0.63-5.94
Direxion Daily FTSE China Bear 3X Shares (YANG)54,46918.02-1.12-5.85
VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN linked to the S&P GSCI Natural Gas Index Excess Return (UGAZ)1,321,38721.53-1.26-5.53
ProShares Ultra Utilities (UPW)9,89088.70-4.00-4.31
VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN (UWTI)12,90138.13-1.57-3.95
Teucrium Natural Gas Fund (NAGS)4,38012.82-0.50-3.76
E-TRACS UBS Bloomberg CMCI Food ETN (FUD)2,30625.80-0.99-3.70
ProShares UltraShort FTSE China 25 (FXP)43,82756.33-2.14-3.66
Direxion Daily Brazil Bull 3X Shares (BRZU)49,08523.25-0.79-3.29
Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares (TMF)147,62657.99-1.90-3.17
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Natural Gas (BOIL)55,54443.28-1.40-3.14
Proshares Ultra KBW Region Banking ETF (KRU)2,56289.34-2.78-3.01
RBS Gold Trendpilot ETN (TBAR)10,57126.71-0.75-2.73
Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X Shares (LBJ)8,69522.66-0.63-2.71
iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners ETF (SLVP)13,84013.17-0.33-2.44
Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3x Shares (DUST)3,730,50416.59-0.41-2.41
ProShares Ultra Bloomberg Crude Oil (UCO)346,59938.33-0.90-2.29
ProShares Ultra VIX Short-Term Futures ETF (UVXY)5,072,66824.75-0.56-2.21
ProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treas (UBT)28,83161.84-1.30-2.06
iPath Dow Jones UBS Natural Gas SubindexTotal Return ETN (GAZ)45,2882.87-0.06-2.05
Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3x Shares (GASL)38,32254.70-1.13-2.02
Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (FUTY)146,21428.08-0.57-1.99
iShares U.S. Utilities ETF (IDU)124,116108.21-2.15-1.95
Market Vectors Treasury-Hedged High Yield Bond ETF (THHY)37,37525.69-0.51-1.95
BDCA Venture (BDCV)12,465$6.06-2.14-26.10
New Concept Energy (GBR)74,8652.89-0.48-14.24
Erickson (EAC)128,46516.00-2.65-14.21
GoPro (GPRO)29,164,93642.04-6.76-13.85
CalAmp (CAMP)6,023,68319.19-2.87-13.01
Tuniu ADS (TOUR)890,84716.52-2.12-11.37
Mazor Robotics ADS (MZOR)433,48816.41-1.71-9.44
Molycorp (MCP)9,762,5912.34-0.23-8.95
Hyperdynamics (HDY)649,7862.96-0.29-8.92
Alder BioPharmaceuticals (ALDR)160,35518.10-1.74-8.77
Corporate Resource Services (CRRS)332,0212.61-0.25-8.74 (COUP)402,51322.37-2.07-8.47
Trimble Navigation (TRMB)5,282,76334.23-3.13-8.38
Penford (PENX)105,83212.62-1.13-8.22
Radius Health (RDUS)113,14315.29-1.34-8.06
Marcus&Millichap (MMI)178,90623.48-2.05-8.03
Ohr Pharmaceutical (OHRP)820,8168.37-0.71-7.82
Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Dividend ETF (QDEM)5,89749.53-3.98-7.43
Biolase (BIOL)215,9792.06-0.16-7.21
voxeljet ADS (VJET)1,919,51224.05-1.85-7.14
Staar Surgical (STAA)969,03513.85-1.06-7.11
St. Joe (JOE)1,778,66024.35-1.86-7.10
United Continental Holdings (UAL)12,830,97639.27-2.99-7.08
Lincoln Educational Services (LINC)160,5094.25-0.32-7.00
Tecnoglass (TGLS)2,40411.51-0.78-6.35
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Includes common, closed end funds, ETFs, ETNs and REITS with prior day close of $2 a share or higher, with volume of at least 2,000.
x - stock is trading ex-dividend
Source: WSJ Market Data Group