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How Did Groupon Nearly Ruin a Bakery Business?

Groupon deals can be great for helping small businesses build a following, but for one bakery in the UK, offering a cut-rate deal on cupcakes nearly bankrupted the shop.

Rachel Brown’s Need a Cake bakery offered a 75 percent discount on a dozen cupcakes, bringing the $40 price down to $10. What she didn’t expect was for 8,500 people to take her up on the deal, which meant a shop that normally produces about 1,200 cupcakes per month was suddenly expected to make ten times that amount.

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How Far Will Your Company Go to Change Your Behavior on the Clock?

You probably already know about existing employee monitoring software that can capture your keystrokes or screenshots or track which websites you visit while on the clock — but a new patent idea from Microsoft would take workplace surveillance one step further with software that can actually analyze human behavior.

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Starbucks Scared Into Dropping $1.50 Bean Fee After a Massachusetts Fine

Starbucks discontinued its $1.50 surcharge for bags of beans weighing less than a pound nationwide, after the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation fined them for it.

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Cisco Survey Reveals Many Young Job Seekers Value Social Media Over Money [INFOGRAPHIC]

Shakespeare once wrote, “All that glitters is not gold,” and when it comes to young job seekers, he was spot-on.

Cisco’s recent survey of 2,800 college students and recently employed graduates found that while a competitive salary is important, many respondents said a company’s social media policy matters even more. In fact, 56 percent overall said they wouldn’t work for a company that bans social media usage.

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Wall Street Bonuses Slated to Decline in 2011

In news that will likely make all those Occupy Wall Street protestors cheer, New York compensation consulting firm Johnson Associates projects the average Wall Street bonus will decline by 20 percent to 30 percent this year.

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Bank of America Will Not Charge Monthly Fee for Debit Card Usage

In September, Bank of America announced it would soon begin charging customers a $5 monthly fee for using their debit cards, saying it was recouping losses from new laws that limited how much it could charge merchants when debit cards were swiped during transactions.

But after a firestorm of negative publicity, BofA waved the white flag of surrender and scrapped the controversial plan.

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‘Heroic’ Social Worker Tried to Save Lives in Joplin Tornado, Now Denied Workman’s Comp

A social worker in a group home for the disabled almost lost his life trying to save residents when a tornado decimated much of Joplin, Missouri this spring. Now, his company’s insurance provider is denying him workman’s compensation.

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Muslim Shuttle Drivers Suspended for Praying on the Job

Thirty-four Muslim shuttle drivers for Hertz have been suspended for praying on the job in Seattle.

Zainab Aweis is an observant Muslim who prays five times a day and says her two prayer breaks at work have never been a problem before.

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One in Five Americans to Get Second Job for the Holidays – Survey of the Day

The holidays can be expensive, and this year 21 percent of Americans plan to get a second job to help pay for all the gifts and travel costs that go with the season.

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McDonald’s Rolls Out In-Store TV Programming

While many McDonald’s customers opt for the drive-through, those who dine inside the fast-food restaurants may soon benefit from an original programming experience via the McDonald’s TV channel.

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