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WhatsApp back online in Brazil after temporarily block
Technology
Published in 18-12-2015
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On Thursday afternoon, state judge Xavier de Souza overruled the lower court, saying in a statement that "in light of constitutional principles, it doesn't seem reasonable that millions of users are affected because of the inaction of the corporation" to hand over information to the court. "[...] today, Brazil has been an ally in creating an open Internet," he added. Technology companies of ...>>
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Study: Rising lake temperatures may worsen algae blooms
Technology
Published in 18-12-2015
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(AP) A new report says temperatures in the world's lakes are rising more than in the oceans or the atmosphere which could worsen problems such as algae blooms and oxygen-deprived dead zones where fish can't survive. The study predicts warming will increase algae blooms in lakes by 20 percent over the next century.
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Exec who jacked up price of a lifesaving drug is arrested
Technology
Published in 18-12-2015
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NEW YORK (AP) A boyish-looking entrepreneur who became the new face of corporate greed when he jacked up the price of a lifesaving drug fiftyfold was led away in handcuffs by the FBI on unrelated fraud charges Thursday in a scene that left more than a few Americans positively gleeful. Martin Shkreli, a 32-year-old former hedge fund manager and relentless self-promoter who has called himself "the ...>>
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Texas ACA enrollment tops last year as deadline extended
Business
Published in 18-12-2015
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By the end of last week, more than 474,000 Texans had enrolled in a health plan through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange, already topping the number enrolled last year by the Dec. 15 deadline for first-of-the-year coverage, according to statistics released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. [...] this year's last-minute was so significant HHS offici ...>>
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Investor buys north Houston medical office portfolio
Business
Published in 18-12-2015
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The buildings were purchased at below-market occupancy and rental rates, and the investors plan to increase their value through a phased renovation program. Spring Valley Medical Plaza consists of a six-story medical office building and surgery center with 68,000 square feet at 9234 Katy Freeway near Blalock.

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Perks improved for United's highest fliers
Business
Published in 18-12-2015
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United Airlines is making it easier for first- and business-class fliers to reach premier status, which gives travelers benefits such as priority boarding, free checked bags, seat upgrades and bonus award miles. For comparison, first- and business-class fliers in 2015 (both full-fare and discounted tickets) have earned a 50 percent bonus, or 1,500 premier qualifying miles on a 1,000-mile flight.
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U.S. and Cuba will establish scheduled flights
Business
Published in 18-12-2015
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The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to establish scheduled commercial flights between the two countries, a year after President Barack Obama began easing relations with the country. Tourism still isn't permitted, but Houston-based airline consultant Pete Garcia expects that will follow the commercial flight agreement. He also said the state's business opportunities and large population make ...>>

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Texas loses jobs in August but Houston jobless rate dips
Economy
Published in 18-12-2015
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The state-wide rate, however, is adjusted for seasonal employment shifts such as school schedules and typical hiring patterns around major holidays. Despite gains in hospitality and leisure - a large category that includes bars and restaurants - professional services and construction, the Texas economy lost 13,700 jobs in August.

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IMF warns of global economic dive
Economy
Published in 18-12-2015
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The International Monetary Fund this week warned the world that grim times could lie ahead.

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AT&T cuts from Houston call center
Economy
Published in 18-12-2015
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Layoffs at the 3900 Dacoma credit and collections office will be finalized by Nov. 21, the letter said, adding that affected employees could be hired elsewhere in the company, leave with severance or voluntarily retire.
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Houston economy still contracting, survey says
Economy
Published in 18-12-2015
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A slight improvement in sales and production among Houston area businesses provided a small lift to the overall local economy last month but not enough to propel it toward expansion. The Houston Purchasing Managers Index, which predicts likely shifts in production three to four months in advance, showed Monday that economic activity in Houston's service and manufacturing sectors remains slu ...>>
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Greater Houston Partnership taps social media to reach young professionals
Economy
Published in 18-12-2015
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The Greater Houston Partnership will launch a new site Thursday to aid its efforts in recruiting and attracting young professionals to the Houston area. Late last year, a task force found that Houston produces two jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, the STEM areas, for every one student who graduates from a local college or university.
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Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork: ‘If we’re not ready this week, then we’ll never be ready’
Sports
Published in 18-12-2015
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As the elder statesman of the Texans' defense and accustomed to winning from his days with the New England Patriots, veteran nose tackle Vince Wilfork has endured a long first season in Houston.
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Tal Smith on the ‘bandbox’ effect of a Minute Maid without the Hill
Sports
Published in 18-12-2015
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Tal Smith was at the winter meetings as part of a Hall of Fame committee. The former Astros president has another year to see his eponymous hill in center field at Minute Maid Park, assuming the Astros next winter follow through on plans they had this offseason to raise the hill and use the space differently. At this point, another year of Tal’s Hill doesn’t mean much to Smith, who knows the H ...>>
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Chelsea Clinton seeks to inspire young people to change the world
Energy
Published in 11-12-2015
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Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and current presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, has a deal with Penguin Young Readers for It's Your World: The book aims to inspire young people to "change the world" and will cover issues including poverty and gender equality, according to Penguin. According to Viking, Streisand will reflect on her childhood, her car ...>>
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