Wpisy oznaczone tagiem "Billion" (34)  

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U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a $2.3 billion tax credit on Friday to boost jobs by promoting clean energy, as new data showed the country's unemployment rate remained stuck in the double digits.

Link: news.cnet.com/8301-11128_3-10431552-54.html?tag=digg

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The Chinese government is being sued for $2.2 billion (£1.4 billion) for allegedly copying a computer program designed by an American firm.

Link: www.telegraph.co.uk/(…)China-hit-with-2.2-billion-s…

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The federal government said Wednesday that it will take majority control of troubled auto lender GMAC and provide an additional $3.8 billion in aid to the company, which has been unable to raise from private investors the money it needs to staunch its losses.

Link: www.washingtonpost.com/(…)AR2009123002049.html…

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The software engineer was just being mischievous when he ordered an old CD-ROM on Amazon that carried a clearly erroneous price tag of $2,904,980,000. Yet his order was accepted and frivolity ensued before it eventually was cancelled.  Yesterday he got a call from Amazon telling him that changes are afoot … and that he may end up holding a record.

Link: www.networkworld.com/community/node/49571

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Looking at YouTube's most viewed videos of all time today reveals an odd intruder. A four minute music video named "Twista ft. Do Or Die-do you" tops the list with 79,441,058,538 views. The number is obviously fake, but YouTube positions it at the top of the list, which will give the video a lot of (unwarranted) attention.

Link: mashable.com/2010/01/06/youtube-video-79-billion

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Bournes Pond, like many of the Cape's saltwater bays, is choking to death. Nitrogen, largely from septic systems, fuels explosive growth in algae, which create "death zones" with little or no oxygen. Hundreds of bushels of shellfish can die in a single day and those living near know the unbearable stench as rafts of algae rot on shore.

Link: www.capecodonline.com/(…)article…

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Thanks to astronomic word-of-mouth, inflated 3-D ticket prices, and consecutive holiday weekends that began on a Friday, Avatar continued its seemingly...

Link: hollywoodinsider.ew.com/(…)box-office-avatar-soars-…

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - GMAC Financial Services is close to getting about $3.5 billion in added aid from the U.S. government (your tax dollars), on top of the $12.5 billion already received since December 2008...

Link: www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BT06O20091230?rpc=64

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Washington (CNN) -- The Senate has started the final day of deliberations on passage of a sweeping $871 billion health care bill. A vote is expected shortly after 7 a.m. ET.The Senate health care bill cleared a third and final procedural hurdle Wednesday as Democrats successfully limited remaining debate time on the $871 billion measure.

Link: www.cnn.com/(…)index.html…

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate approved a $636 billion military spending bill on Saturday that funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also includes money to extend jobless aid and Medicare payment rates for two months.

Link: www.washingtonpost.com/(…)AR2009121900796.html…

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Weaning humanity from its fossil fuel habit will take decades, and it will take decades more for global warming to stop. But one simple measure could slow

Link: www.wired.com/(…)black-carbon-control…

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Cclimate guru Al Gore warned UN climate talks today that record melting of Polar and Himalayan ice could deprive more than a billion people of access to clean water.

Link: www.dailytelegraph.com.au/(…)story-e6frev00-1225810…

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Exxon Mobil said Monday that it has agreed to buy XTO Energy, a natural gas producer, for $31 billion in stock and the assumption of $10 billion in debt, in one of the biggest energy mergers of recent years.......................

Link: dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/(…)exxonmobil-to-buy-xto…

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Claims by the MPAA that illegal downloads are killing the industry and causing billions in losses are once again being shredded. In 2009, the leading Hollywood studios made more films and generated more revenue than ever before, and for the first time in history the domestic box office grosses will surpass $10 billion.

Link: torrentfreak.com/damned-pirates-hollywood-sets-1…

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Bank of America funded the repayment through a combination of cash on hand and the sale of $19.29 billion of securities that would convert into common stock. The stock increase is subject to shareholder approval. Repayment frees the bank from government restrictions that have hampered its search for a new CEO, including pay limitations.

Link: www.npr.org/(…)story.php…

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This is the deepest image yet of the Universe in near-infrared light. The faintest and reddest objects in the image are likely the oldest galaxies ever identified, having formed between only 600–900 million years after the Big Bang. The image shows thousands of galaxies, some more than 12 billion years old.

Link: www.dailygalaxy.com/(…)our-earliest-picture-of-the-…

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Between $50 million and $60 billion may be owed to musicians and artists in Canada, but not from your run-of-the-mill file sharers. The Canadian recording industry itself is being accused of massive copyright infringement, and the list of miffed artists just keeps getting longer.  Go Canada!

Link: arstechnica.com/(…)artists-lawsuit-major-record-lab…

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While the major record labels were dragging file-sharers and BitTorrent sites to court for copyright infringement, they were themselves being sued by a conglomerate of artists for exactly the same offenses. Warner, Sony BMG, EMI and Universal face up to $60 billion in damages for pirating a massive 300,000 tracks.

Link: torrentfreak.com/record-labels-face-60-billion-d…

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The buzziest billion-dollar brand of the week is also the most-embattled brand of the week. You saw this coming: It's Tiger Woods.

Link: adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=140872

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Microsoft makes its home in Redmond, Washington. It has 40,224 employees and 79 physical sites here. Since 1997, Microsoft has dodged $782 million in taxes by recording its software licensing revenue in Nevada. If this practice is proven to be illegal, the company could owe as much as $1.24 billion with interest and penalties.

Link: microsofttaxdodge.com/(…)about-microsofts-nevada-ta…

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Blockbuster sales of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have helped push the Call of Duty franchise past the $3 billion mark.

Link: features.csmonitor.com/(…)call-of-duty-series-sales…

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