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Facebook and Skype are working to craft a closer partnership of their communications services.

Oil giant BP will set up a new safety division that will oversee and audit the company's operations around the world in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, the company said Wednesday.

Demonstrations and strikes are taking across Europe in protest at deep public-spending cuts being introduced by debt-laden national governments.

Where in the world does an investor go to make money when 70 percent of the U.S. economy is based on American consumers, and many of them, along with Europeans, will be licking their financial wounds instead of spending through much of this decade?

The Small Business Jobs Act, signed into law Monday by President Barack Obama, is based on a simple formula: More guaranteed capital plus lower fees equals new job creation via a rise in lending from community banks.

Google's Android operating system will muscle past rivals Apple and Microsoft, dominating future devices to power everything from tablet computers and smartphones to touchscreen refrigerators, according to a poll of developers published Monday.

The recession is over. Or maybe not. Tracking the economy, and the course of the Great Recession, is more art than science. Look to these sites to sort things out, then decide for yourself.

HispanTelligence Research
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For more than two decades, the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory has served as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. A purchase of the 2009 directory provides the top 500 Hispanic-owned companies list in Excel format including: CEO names; company addresses and telephone numbers; e-mail addresses for 310 companies and Web addresses for 456 companies; and company revenue and employees numbers for 2008 and 2007.

Hispanics are now the largest ethnic minority in the United States and during the past decade, U.S. Hispanic purchasing power has rapidly increased. This report takes an in depth look at how today's Hispanic Economy is transitioning into an economic power in the U.S. Click here for the executive summary and table of contents!

The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States is expected to grow 41.8 percent in the next six years to 4.3 million, with total revenues surging 39 percent to more than $539 billion, according to new estimates by HispanTelligence. Spurred by growing entrepreneurial trends and affluence among the nation's largest minority population, the increase is expected to come at a robust rate of 8.5 and 8.7 percent, respectfully, over the next couple years.

Download a FREE copy of Hispanic-Owned Businesses - Growth Projections to 2012
Recursos Para Negocios
U.S.Hispanic-owned firms are expected to reach $539.0 billion by 2012. Download a free copy of the Hispanic-Owned Business Growth Projections at Hispanic Business Recursos Para Negocios site brought to you by Aflac.

From the current issue of Hispanic Business magazine...
100 Fastest Growing
As a group, the 100 Fastest-Growing Companies brought in a heady $10.9 billion in revenue in 2009 more than double the $4.7 billion they posted in 2005.

Growing association gives an edge to young professionals through mentorship, hands-on experience, scholarships and exposure to potential employers.





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