Bits: Daily Report: At Apple, U.S. Jobs That Go Beyond Manufacturing

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Apple makes one product domestically: the Mac Pro, in Austin, Tex. But in addition to the manufacturing jobs that it has created, Apple employs 6,000 at its own Austin campus.

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Britain gives new fiber broadband providers $500 million fund boost

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LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will provide 400 million pounds ($500 million) of funding to spur the building of more fiber-to-the-home broadband connections, the “gold standard” of speed in excess of 1 gigabyte per second only available now to 2 percent of premises.

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Global Health: Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone

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Calling their project “Shazam for Mosquitoes,” Stanford students showed that common mobile phones could distinguish the hums of beating wings, which could prove useful in fighting diseases.

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Wal-Mart will offer Cyber Monday deals starting Black Friday

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will start offering online deals reserved for Cyber Monday two days in advance this year, joining a growing list of U.S. retailers who offer web promotions over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Reese Witherspoon, AT&T venture, form media company aimed at women

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(Reuters) – Otter Media, the joint venture between AT&T Inc and The Chernin Group, has partnered with Reese Witherspoon to form a new multimedia company, Hello Sunshine, aimed at telling female-driven stories.

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Wealth Matters: Treasury Wants to End Tax Deal for Some Family-Owned Businesses

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This provision has been abused by aggressive tax planners and lawyers who used it for family limited partnerships, sometimes as high as 40 percent.

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Facebook to expand in UK in latest vote of confidence after Brexit

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LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook said it would expand its UK presence by 50 percent in 2017, joining U.S. technology peer Google in boosting investment in Britain despite the uncertainty sparked by the vote to leave the European Union.

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Uber taps the big fat Indian wedding season

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For its latest trick in India, Uber is tapping the country’s large and integral wedding industry. 

The taxi aggregator today announced a wedding-related service in India. Dubbed UberWEDDINGS, the service is a “cash-less” mobility solution, offering attendants with the option of booking a cab using pre-generated promo codes. 

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“So whether it is about hopping between markets, finding the perfect outfit, or getting guests to the venue, Uber will make it happen in a pre decided budget, at a push of a button. All our users need to focus on is the wedding,” Prabhjeet Singh, General Manager Delhi & NCR, Uber India said. Read more…

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Wal-Mart will offer Cyber Monday deals starting Black Friday

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc will start offering online deals reserved for Cyber Monday two days in advance this year, joining a growing list of U.S. retailers who offer web promotions over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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Microsoft Spends Big to Build a Computer Out of Science Fiction

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The computer giant says it’s ready to start planning a prototype quantum computer, a superpowerful device that relies on subatomic particles instead of transistors.

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How Apple Empowers, and Employs, the American Working Class

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The tech giant probably won’t bring all production to the United States, as Donald Trump has suggested, but it provides diverse opportunities for thousands of Americans, along with a ladder to climb.

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