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Talking Dolls May Spread Children's Secrets, Privacy Groups Allege

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Internet-connected toys pose privacy risks to children, and their parents often aren’t aware, according to advocacy groups for children and consumers.

EU Clears $26 Billion Microsoft-LinkedIn Deal

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The European Union approved Microsoft’s $26 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, after the software giant agreed to safeguards to assuage antitrust concerns.

Lego Restructures With Eye to Expansion

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Lego said it would reorganize its business structure, creating a new division and putting Chief Executive Jørgen Vig Knudstorp in charge of it.

U.S. Productivity Rose at 3.1% Rate in Third Quarter

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The cost of labor in the U.S. grew more quickly than previously thought in the spring and summer, the latest sign that Americans’ wages are picking up.

U.S. Trade Deficit Widened Sharply in October

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The U.S. trade deficit widened sharply in October as exports weakened following a summer surge, and imports jumped, setting up a likely drag on overall economic growth in the final months of 2016.

For Cash-Strapped Workers, 'Insurance on Insurance'

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As many workers struggle to pay rising health-care expenses, more employers are helping to cover out-of-pocket costs, and the insurance industry is offering a variety of supplemental or so-called gap policies.

Aging Population, Stagnant Productivity Challenge Donald Trump's Growth Plan

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President-elect Donald Trump and his emerging team are confident their proposed tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks will spark a dramatic upswing in economic growth. Two forces will make that tough: an aging population and stagnant productivity.

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