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Shorting no more
After Societe Generale's stock price dropped to the lowest it's been in years, the governments of France, Belgium, Spain, and Italy banned the practice of short-selling. The ban prompted a rally in European markets, but critics say it will be short-lived until a major reform is passed. However, the ban could be a template for policies to be passed around in all stock exchanges, including the U.S. Read more at Bloomberg.
Google+ starts to play
After speculation on whether Google's
Samsung appeal for ban in Germany
Samsung will not take "no" for an answer in the continuing war of the tablets. On Aug. 25, the South Korean company will appeal an earlier decision in Germany banning the sale of its Galaxy tablet in most of the European Union. The ban came as a court injunction after Apple
The biggest motorcycle maker announced it would expand its presence in India by 25% and introduce new models. Honda
And it's up again
After hitting rock-bottom prices during the week, the stock market seems to be rising again from its ashes. Friday reflected the volatility of the whole week with a rise at the opening, a slump after disheartening consumer confidence reports, and then a move back up again. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 107 points after losing earlier morning gains. The increase was led by Walt Disney
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