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Up until now, LinkedIn was blocking posts from its members in China that were deemed sensitive by China’s government—For example, posts about the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, or about Tibetan independence. Censored content was not only blocked inside of China, but removed from LinkedIn's site worldwide. In an email to Marketplace, LinkedIn Director of Communications Hani Durzy wrote the company has officially changed its policy so that sensitive content will still be censored inside China, but not on its site outside China. China social media expert Jeremy Goldkorn says LinkedIn isn’t the first Western company that has bent over backwards to please China’s government in return for access to its market. “It’s a very difficult environment to navigate, because the lines shift. So today, you might be in a space where you feel comfortable and you feel like you’ve gone out of your way to please the government, but it still might not work," says Goldkorn. Bloomberg’s a good example. Late last year, the news site killed a story that exposed corruption among China’s leadership. Despite the kowtow to China’s government, Bloomberg’s site in China remains blocked.  

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The sunscreen you used over the summer is about 15 years out of date.   That's because the FDA hasn’t approved applications for new sunscreen ingredients since the late 1990s.   The applications are mired in complex regulations that ironically were supposed to simplify FDA approval of ingredients that have been used safely in other countries. “It’s just ridiculous,” says Scott Faber, vice president for government affairs for the Environmental Working Group. “Consumers in Canada, the EU, Australia, are able to use sunscreens that are much more effective at blocking out both UVA and UVB rays." Sunscreen makers have joined dermatologists in a coalition called PASS, or Public Access to Sunscreens. The coalition says manufacturers want access to the very latest ingredients. “It would allow product developers to innovate and use new technologies and new science," says Michael Werner, chief lobbyist for PASS.  While the FDA declined an interview, it did issue a statement saying that it "has prioritized reviewing the safety and effectiveness of additional sunscreen ingredients as quickly as possible given the agency’s resources."   Graphic by Shea Huffman/Marketplace

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One day, there may be universal pre-school everywhere in the U.S., but the scenario where every four-year-old is in school remains a long way off. In the meantime, some of the gap is filled by a fleet of women, working out of their own homes, providing childcare and preschool services. They tend to only make news when something awful happens to a child. Yet in many neighborhoods, these workers are the glue that holds a community together. Take Vernessa Easly. She has run a home-based childcare for 19 years out of her Long Beach, California home. Her day starts around 5:45 AM as she prepares breakfast for her early arrivals. The first child is dropped off at 6:00 AM. Vernessa’s husband, Earle, quit his job at the local school district some years ago and joined her in running the business, which they call "Little Tykes." They employ one full-time and one part-time teacher, and they serve up to 24 kids a day. Easly’s proud of her blended curriculum that incorporates all the things little ones need; from singing, literacy and pre-science lessons, to healthy meals and lots of outdoor play. Home childcare providers like Easly tend to do it all these days, as families rely on them for more than just childcare. Single mom, Kinta Cox, has sent her daughters to Easly since they were toddlers. Easly has attended parent-teacher meetings when Cox could not get off from work, and she has even driven the girls home when Cox had car issues—all at no-extra charge. “She’s taken my kids to the doctor during emergencies,” Cox says. “She is there for me.” Easly will often keep Cox’s daughters well into the evening if she is running late at work or stuck in traffic. Easly also feeds the girls a hot breakfast and dinner, lessening Cox’s food costs. Yet providers like Easly are not making much more than the low-income families they serve. Easly estimates she and her husband brought in a maximum of $40,000 combined last year. A 2012 Health and Human Services study found that the average home childcare provider nationwide worked 54 hours a week and earned just $22,000. William Yu of UCLA’s Anderson Forecast studies the economy of early childhood education. He says preschool teachers tend to only make a little more than daycare providers. Last year, according to Yu, the average early childhood teacher in California made $30,000. Yu compares this to a profession in California that demands similar entry qualifications yet pays much more money—prison guards. “If you look at prison guards, they are making $72,000,” he says. Yu says it’s all good and well to have bipartisan support for expanding preschool access. Yet, he asks, if you were thinking about your future career, doesn’t it make much more bottom-line sense to become a prison guard? Almost 14 hours after the day began, around 7:30 PM, there are still a couple of kids waiting to be picked up. Easly’s husband keeps them busy with a coloring project—she’s still bustling about in the kitchen prepping the food for the next day.

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What percentage of public school parents oppose using student test results to evaluate teachers?

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About 9,000 U.S. taxpayers have each accumulated at least $5 million in individual retirement accounts, said the Government Accountability Office, raising questions about some investors’ tax-advantaged returns. Zimmerman Edelson Partner Robert Zimmerman and Bloomberg’s Peter Cook also discuss tax inversions on “Street Smart.” Source: Bloomberg, Sept. 16 2014

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The Fed and the Media David R. Kotok September 18, 2014   We know the Fed meeting results; the coverage has been exhaustive. Note that the new “dots” analysis of the median dot now points to an expected 1.375% Fed Funds target rate by the end of 2015. (See Craig Torres’ report on the FOMC.)...Read More

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Worries that China's economy may be slowing further intensified on Thursday as data showed home prices fell for the fourth straight month, adding to expectations that Beijing will need to do more to stimulate activity.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

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The Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is growing moderately, and the inflation is below its goalThe stock markets in the United States gained after the Federal Reserve stated that it would maintain interest rates low for a “considerable time” following the end of its bond-buying program. In a telephone interview with Bloomberg, Eric Davidson,… The post Market News: Adobe Systems, FedEx Corporation, Lennar Corporation appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Book Review: The Intelligent Option Investor via Investing.com Just when I thought there wasn’t room for another book on options for the beginning to intermediate retail trader/investor, along came a text to prove me wrong–Erik Kobayashi-Solomon’s The Intelligent Option Investor: Applying Value Investing to the World of Options (McGraw-Hill, 2015). It’s not just that the… The post Book Review: The Intelligent Option Investor appeared first on ValueWalk.

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David Rolfe discusses his position on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) versus Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL), and his Alibaba strategy. H/T Dataroma The post David Rolfe Discusses His Position On Apple Versus Google, And His Alibaba Strategy appeared first on ValueWalk.

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Wells Fargo & Co. Chief Executive Officer John Stumpf talked about the role of financial services in the real economy and Warren Buffett’s diet at a National Press Club luncheon on September 17, 2014. Wells Fargo is the U.S. top home lender and also world’s largest bank by market value. Although BBG and Eikon do… The post John Stumpf Talks About Warren Buffett’s Diet At National Press Club [VIDEO And TRANSCRIPT] appeared first on ValueWalk.

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Scots began voting in an independence referendum on Thursday that will decide the fate of the United Kingdom, after opinion polls showed hundreds of thousands of them were still agonizing over whether to stay with the 307-year union or back secession.

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Tesla needs a hockey stick ramp in China deliveries to meet its Q4 guidance of 13,000 unitsTesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) estimates to deliver 7,800 Model S units during the current quarter. Third-quarter deliveries would be lower than most analysts expected, primarily because of the retooling and reconfiguration at Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s Fremont factory, which led… The post Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Heavily Dependent On China appeared first on ValueWalk.

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What: Ftox Business Nework (FBN) presents Special Report: Scotland’s Vote for Independence anchored by Neil Cavuto live Thursday, September 18th from 5:00 AM/ET to 9:00 AM/ET. Cavuto will interview top business leaders and politicians to discuss the impact the monumental referendum vote will have on the global economy. In addition, FBN’s Ashley Webster providing live… The post FBN Presents Special Report: Scotland’s Vote For Independence appeared first on ValueWalk.

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EDINBURGH (Reuters) - People in Scotland began voting on Thursday in a referendum on whether the country should become independent or stay part of the United Kingdom.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian and Chinese soldiers faced off on a Himalayan plateau on Thursday, dampening the bonhomie around a rare visit by China's President Xi Jingping to New Delhi and a reminder of problems underlying growing commercial ties.

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It's not often I agree with the IMF on anything, but this time I do. The Global Recovery is Precarious, says International Monetary Fund. The International Monetary Fund has warned that the global recovery is on precarious footing, as rising geopolitical tensions and the prospect of tighter monetary policy in the US risk dampening the outlook for global growth.In a document prepared ahead of this week’s G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Australia, the IMF said

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - G20 host Australia is leading a push to draw a line under the global financial crisis, urging the group of top economies to swiftly finalize regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the crash and focus on measures to revive sputtering global growth.

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David Nadel Bullish on Japanese Small-Caps by Royce Funds While the macroeconomic picture in Japan is unsettling for many investors, we are finding what we think are inexpensive high-quality businesses across many industries. Royce International Smaller-Companies Fund Portfolio Manager and Director of International Research David Nadel talks about how he is positioning his portfolio and… The post David Nadel Bullish on Japanese Small-Caps appeared first on ValueWalk.

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