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Highest earners’ tax rates rose sharply in 2013, data shows.

Lockheed wins more than a $1 billion contract for C-130J aircraft.

Microsoft to alert users to suspected government snooping

Uber has now served one billion customers.

Security officials around world are on New Year’s Eve alert.

Record flooding hits U.S. Midwest, threatens South.

Facebook’s controversial free basics program shuts down in Egypt.

Chinese president Xi Jinping will be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Toys ‘R’ Us’s flagship store in Times Square closes.

Debian founder and Docker employee Ian Murdock has died at 42.

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Nautic comes back strong with Fund VIII.

Cinven may close sixth fund sooner than expected.

Greater maturity comes to corporate venture capital.

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