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A Portion of the Proceeds?

A Portion of the Proceeds?

A Portion of the Proceeds?

Have you ever wondered what it means when a company claims that a "portion of the proceeds" from a particular product go to a cause like breast cancer research or the World Wildlife Federation? It turns out that in some cases, the companies making these pledges have no preexisting agreements with the charities they're promoting, and there is very rarely much transparency as to the amount of money donated with each purchase.

December 14, 2007

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Wal-Mart's Christmas Ornaments Are Made by Children

Wal-Mart's Christmas Ornaments Are Made by Children

The National Labor Committee dropped a 60-page bombshell on Target and Wal-Mart yesterday, uncovering labor abuses at a factory in China's Guangzhou province that produces Christmas ornaments for the retailers. The NLC's report details numerous violations including the employment of children as young as 12, working 10, 12 and 15-hour days, seven days a week, for less than China's minimum wage.

December 13, 2007

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How Philips is Winning the Lighting Wars

How Philips is Winning the Lighting Wars

In the 1990s, Toyota decided that the best way to beat Detroit wasn't to build the bigger SUV, but to build the most fuel efficient car. Oil prices hovering around $100 a barrel have proven the wisdom of that Toyota's approach. A similar but less talked about eco-business victory is Philips' slaying of the mighty General Electric to become the United State's largest lighting supplier.

December 13, 2007

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Honda Unveils New Breed of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Honda Unveils New Breed of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

A commercial fully hydrogen car is hitting the pollution-fogged highways of southern California in 2008. At the Los Angeles Auto Show Honda just unveiled its FCX Clarity, an “advanced fuel cell” car that gets about 68 mpg, accelerates cheetah-like, is as silent as a church, emits only water out the tailpipe, looks cool outside and in, and handles as well as a sports car. If you live in southern California you can lease one for $600 a month for three years.

December 13, 2007

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Ask.com Lets You Keep Your Searches Private

Ask.com Lets You Keep Your Searches Private

The battle over internet privacy has been around as long as the web itself, and while it's probably true that there never will be such a thing as true anonymity on the internet, privacy advocates believe that the less information that's collected about you, the better. Whether or not you have anything to hide, do you really want companies like Google and Yahoo! to be able to sell information about your browsing habits to advertisers without your knowledge or approval?

December 12, 2007

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