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Xiaomi announces a major sales boost.

  The Chinese smartphone maker sold 34.7 million handsets in the first half of 2015, up 33% from a year earlier. The high-spec, low-cost handsets have faced a challenge from Apple at home, but its recent international expansion is expected to help Xiaomi maintain growth.
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Facebook follows in YouTube’s footsteps.

  The social network said it will share revenue from ads sold alongside videos posted to its website, and offered companies including the NBA and Fox Sports initial deals. The offer replicates the model that made YouTube so successful, by offering 55% of revenue to the content owner, and keeping 45%.
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The US investigated airlines for potential collusion.

  The Department of Justice is investigating whether airlines shared information about expansion to maintain higher prices. From 2010 to 2014, domestic flight capacity remained flat, despite healthy economic growth.
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Ukraine made progress in bailout talks.

  Finance minister Natalie Jaresko agreed to private discussions with the country’s creditors, following two months of public quarreling. Ukraine has $19 billion of debt, which it threatened to stop servicing unless creditors agreed to a write down.
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Standing desks and contraception are the new American workplace benefits.

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There are shockingly few impact craters on the surface of the Earth.

  The planet has 126 of them, which pales in comparison to other bodies in our solar system.
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Eye color could be linked to alcohol dependence.

  People with blue eyes may be particularly vulnerable.

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