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  • Facebook isn't dying, but it needs to evolve to survive

    Facebook must do more than invade our privacy, bombard us with ads, and make us feel sad. To stay relevant, it must address users' privacy concerns, adjust its ad strategy, and engage users in developing and emerging markets.

  • Why Obama must be in Asia

    The Obama trip to Asia fits a pattern of recent presidents trying to help a fractious region avoid conflicts by uniting around shared values. Pivotal to this US role are a regional trade pact and China's acceptance of universal values.

  • Calling a truce in class warfare

    A major book on capitalism's flaws by a French economist reignites the debate on income inequality. But why must capitalism's past be prologue if capitalism can help trim its excesses?

  • Readers Write: Don't ignore charter school successes; FDA must rule on marijuana safety

    Letters to the Editor for the April 21, 2014 weekly magazine:If change in schools is going to be more than the ritual of introducing a new set of jargon while continuing business as usual, change must be bottom-up and meet teachers' real needs.I can attest firsthand to the negatives of an insidious drug subculture. Marijuana may have benefits for certain patients. But first its safety and efficacy must be established by FDA.

  • An Internet army of truth-tellers

    Despite Russia's attempts to control the Internet and manipulate opinion, especially over events in Ukraine, the truth seeps out. Social-media activists help ensure the free flow of ideas and facts.

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  • New home sales plummet in March. Bad weather, or bad market?

    New home sales plunged an unexpected 14.5 percent in March, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commerce Department. New home sales figures can be volatile, but the surprise drop combined with other weak reports is worrying for the housing market's nascent recovery.

  • Home prices rise in February

    Home prices increased 0.63 percent in February and 6.88 percent above the level seen in February 2013.

  • Companies that overpay CEOs should pay higher taxes

    CEO pay has skyrocketed to hundreds of times that of the typical worker, which is wildly unfair but also bad for the economy. New legislation in California attempts to curb the trend by tying corporate pay to taxes.

  • Best day to buy cheap flights? It's not what you think.

    Cheap flights are easiest to find on Tuesdays, according to conventional wisdom. But according to a new report, the best time to buy cheap flights is actually later in the week, and you'll maximize savings by traveling on certain days.

  • Buffalo Bills cheerleaders: Only $105 for one season?

    Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are suing for better wages. The cheerleaders say the Buffalo Bills paid them nothing for working at NFL games, and at mandatory public appearances. Two other NFL teams faces similar law suits.

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