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A ‘Tetris’ Movie Is in the Works (Exclusive)

blogs.wsj.com — A film adaptation of the classic '80s video game "Tetris" will be falling into theaters sometime in the near future. Threshold Entertainment has teamed up with the Tetris Company to develop a live-action film based on the game. While no directors or cast are attached to the film yet, there is a story in place.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @mims: working alongside smart colleagues who break news like this is the reason I came to @wsj blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014…

Sep 30, 2014

Ditto RT @mims: working alongside smart colleagues who break news like this is the reason I came to @wsj blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @mims: working alongside smart colleagues who break news like this is the reason I came to @wsj blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2014…

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Wildlife Numbers Drop by Half Since 1970, Report Says

online.wsj.com — LONDON-Earth lost half its wildlife in the past four decades, according to the most comprehensive study on animal populations to date, a far larger decline than has been previously reported. The latest analysis was done by scientists at the wildlife group WWF, the Zoological Society of London and other organizations.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @leHotz: Going. Going. Gone? Wildlife numbers drop by half since 1970, report says on.wsj.com/ZnS1Ry via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

Jeez. @davidluhnow In #LatinAmerica pop. of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians + fish fell 83% since 1970 WWF says on.wsj.com/ZnS1Ry

Sep 30, 2014

In #LatinAmerica populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish fell 83% since 1970 WWF says on.wsj.com/ZnS1Ry via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

RT @leHotz: Going. Going. Gone? Wildlife numbers drop by half since 1970, report says on.wsj.com/ZnS1Ry via @WSJ

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Student Leader's Arrest Galvanizes Hong Kong Protesters

online.wsj.com — HONG KONG-The arrest and nearly two-day detention of a 17-year-old student leader last weekend has become a rallying cry among the tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who have brought parts of this city to a virtual standstill. "Release the students! Students are innocent!"
Sep 30, 2014

The leader of the Hong Kong protests is a 17 year old. @stegersaurus on Joshua Wong: on.wsj.com/1mLfvdz

Sep 30, 2014

If you're focused on the HK protests, you have to read this story about the student leader of the movement on.wsj.com/1mLfvdz

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EBay to Spin Off PayPal Business

online.wsj.com — EBay Inc. said it plans to separate its PayPal business into a separate publicly traded company next year, a victory for activist investor Carl Icahn, who had been pushing for such a change. EBay said Tuesday that it expects to complete a tax-free spinoff of PayPal during the second half of next year.
Sep 30, 2014

At June retreat to the Ritz in Calif.'s Half Moon Bay, eBay decided to move toward a split. on.wsj.com/1rzJiox pic.twitter.com/jYPr3Va45i

Sep 30, 2014

RT @WSJ: Breaking: EBay said it plans to separate its PayPal business into a separate publicly traded company next year. on.wsj.com/ZnqsI5

Sep 30, 2014

RT @WSJ: After eBay announced decision to spin off PayPal, $EBAY shares rose 7% in recent trading. on.wsj.com/1rCEboU pic.twitter.com/CA9BBlpoUz

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U.S. Oil Exports Hit 57-Year High in July

online.wsj.com — NEW YORK-U.S. oil exports hit a 57-year high in July, according to federal data. The surge in exports underscores the country's growth as an oil producer, even as its crude shipments remain mostly restricted to Canada. U.S. shipments of crude oil averaged 401,000 barrels a day in July, up from 396,000 barrels a day the prior month and...
Sep 30, 2014

RT @Reddy: U.S. oil exports hit a 57-year high in July. U.S. oil production hit a 28-year high. on.wsj.com/1vu3T0e

Sep 30, 2014

RT @Reddy: U.S. oil exports hit a 57-year high in July. U.S. oil production hit a 28-year high. on.wsj.com/1vu3T0e

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. oil exports hit a 57-year high in July. U.S. oil production hit a 28-year high. on.wsj.com/1vu3T0e

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5 Reasons New Houses Are Still Getting Bigger

blogs.wsj.com — According to data from both the NAHB and Trulia, Americans usually want bigger houses-17% more space than they have. "As incomes go up, people are able to consume more housing, more entertainment, more tech and everything else," according to Jed Kolko, Trulia's chief economist.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @mims: Size of American homes is growing, because only wealthy people can afford homes anymore. blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/0…

Sep 30, 2014

Size of American homes is growing, because only wealthy people can afford homes anymore. blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/0…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @WSJnumbers: Median house size is up on average about 25 sq ft per year over last decade. 5 reasons why on.wsj.com/1pusSd8 pic.twitter.com/kevyrNEynz

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Germs at the Office Are Often Found on Keyboards and at Coffee Stations

online.wsj.com — It's almost that time of year when you ever-so-slowly inch away from the person with the hacking cough and infectious sneeze. Turns out it's pretty hard to avoid the germs of your co-workers, even the ones you don't know personally.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @rubinafillion: A virus can spread from the front door of an office to half the employees within 4 hours. on.wsj.com/1rD8oEc pic.twitter.com/scGlmpJ5BF

Sep 30, 2014

RT @rubinafillion: A virus can spread from the front door of an office to half the employees within 4 hours. on.wsj.com/1rD8oEc pic.twitter.com/scGlmpJ5BF

Sep 30, 2014

RT @rubinafillion: A virus can spread from the front door of an office to half the employees within 4 hours. on.wsj.com/1rD8oEc pic.twitter.com/scGlmpJ5BF

Sep 30, 2014

A virus can spread from the front door of an office to half the employees within 4 hours. on.wsj.com/1rD8oEc pic.twitter.com/scGlmpJ5BF

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Are Workplace Personality Tests Fair?

online.wsj.com — Workers who apply online at RadioShack Corp. must say if they agree with the statement: "Over the course of the day, I can experience many mood changes." Lowe's Cos. asks job seekers if they "believe that others have good intentions." A test at McDonald's Corp.
Sep 30, 2014

Agree/disagree: "You are always cheerful", "You have no big worries." Are workplace personality tests fair? on.wsj.com/1u7pDP6 via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

RT @rddysum: Fascinating story: Are workplace personality tests fair? on.wsj.com/1u7pDP6 via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

Companies grading people on their personality might also be discriminating against them @laurenweberWSJ online.wsj.com/articles/are-w…

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GE Sign Begins to be Removed

blogs.wsj.com — Workers are dismantling the familiar GE logo from atop 30 Rockefeller Plaza Tuesday. By late Tuesday morning, only parts of two letters were still visible on the Midtown structure. As The Wall Street Journal reported in June, Comcast, the new owner of NBCUniversal, sought approval from the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission to replace the logo atop one of the city's most iconic skyscrapers.

Central Casting - WSJ.com

graphics.wsj.com — The main characters in the tussle over Hong Kong democracy
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How Apple’s Tax Structure Works

blogs.wsj.com — The European Union's allegation that tax deals granted to Apple Inc. in Ireland amount to illegal state aid gives a new window into how big companies use border-skipping structures that sidestep most corporate income tax, particularly in Europe. Take a consumer who walks into the Apple Store in Munich to buy an unlocked iPhone.

The eBay-PayPal Split: Who Has What Job?

blogs.wsj.com — eBay said Tuesday that it plans to spin off its PayPal business into a separate publicly traded company next year. Activist investor Carl Icahn earlier this year had pressed such a move, which eBay long resisted. "eBay and PayPal, we believe, are stronger together than they would be apart," Chief Executive John Donahoe said in March.

Venezuela's Currency Hits New Low

online.wsj.com — CARACAS-Venezuela has hit a new, dubious milestone in its slow-motion economic decline: Its largest banknote, the 100-bolívar bill, is worth just one U.S. dollar, at least on the country's black market. On Monday, the bolívar held at 100.68 per dollar, unchanged from Friday when it breached the 100 level for the first time, according to DolarToday.com, a significant decline from just 17 per dollar at the start of 2013.
Sep 30, 2014

A Big Mac in Venezuela costs either $2 or $33, depending on what exchange rate you use online.wsj.com/articles/venez…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @lesliejosephs: #Venezuela hits a dubious milestone in its economic decline as currency hits a new low: 100 bolívar bill=1USD on.wsj.com/1rxgw83

Sep 30, 2014

RT @carletonenglish: Somehow, Venezuela is simultaneously one of the cheapest & most expensive countries in the world: http://t.co/uAu0ODIi…

Sep 30, 2014

Venezuelan bolo falls to 1 cent as inflation soars. Big Mac costs $2.16 in dollars, but $32.53 at best exchange rate. online.wsj.com/articles/venez…

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Vol. 27, No. 9: Chaos

blogs.wsj.com — What a great word chaos used to be-used well in literature, used for hilarious effect in "Get Smart" (for evildoers KAOS). But this deadline-inserted favorite is certainly being overworked. The dictionary definition is "complete disorder and confusion," akin to bedlam. (We'll let the physics definition pass, since we're no Einsteins.)
Sep 30, 2014

That time WSJ reporters and editors got chastised for making too many Prince references. on.wsj.com/YHMmoB via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

"Van Halen will re-form for a concert. If they 'reform for a concert' that is a whole other story" blogs.wsj.com/styleandsubsta… I love S&S...

Sep 30, 2014

We counted 14 "Party Like It's 1999"-inspired headlines in the paper over the years. No longer funky. on.wsj.com/YHMmoB via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

RT @BillPowerWSJ: Does the media overuse "chaos"? The latest WSJ copy-editing bulletin. on.wsj.com/YHMmoB via @WSJ

Sep 30, 2014

Does the media overuse "chaos"? The latest WSJ copy-editing bulletin. on.wsj.com/YHMmoB via @WSJ

Does the Open Payments Database ‘Distort’ What Docs Get For Research?

blogs.wsj.com — A group of academics from Johns Hopkins University says the CMS Open Payments database creates a 'distorted' image of the money that doctors may receive from drug and device makers, because payments for research do not sufficiently break out the value of medicines that companies provide.
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