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AirTran Airways of Orlando has signed on young tennis star Melanie Oudin of Georgia, right, to endorse the airline in radio ads and on billboards. Oudin, 17, gained national fame this month as the youngest quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open since Serena Williams in 1999. Oudin also has endorsement deals with Adidas and Wilson.

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BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos, a seven-member international group of researchers, scientists and engineers, has won Netflix's three-year, $1 million contest to improve its movie recommendation system by at least 10 percent. The winning method could have implications well beyond Netflix recommendations; any business that uses people's preferences to sell products could learn from the exercise. At last count, more than 51,000 contestants from 186 countries participated in the contest.

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Facebook is closing an uncomfortable chapter in its five-year history. The social network says it will shut down Beacon, a program that tracks users' activities on other Web sites, which drew criticism since its launch in 2007. Facebook later let users turn Beacon off, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly apologized for it. Beacon never really caught on, and Facebook agreed to end it as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement.

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The U.S. government says it will go to trial against Bank of America, a week after a judge's stinging rejection of its proposed $33 million civil settlement with the bank involving bonuses at Merrill Lynch. The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday it will "vigorously pursue" its case against one of the biggest U.S. banks, which acquired Merrill in a hastily arranged deal. The agency had accused BofA of failing to disclose to shareholders that it had authorized Merrill to pay up to $5.8 billion in bonuses.

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"It was a classic Ponzi scheme."

Joseph M. Demarest Jr., FBI assistant director-in-charge, as two men - one from North Carolina and one from Texas - were charged with scamming $80 million from victims by convincing them they were investing in automated teller machines that were never purchased

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$3.9 B

Amount Dell is paying for the technology services company Perot Systems, which was founded by former presidential candidate Ross Perot

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Conference Board's index of leading indicators rose 0.6 percent in August, its fifth straight monthly gain ...Miami home builder Lennar reports a wider loss in fiscal third quarter ...AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, to issue $500 million worth of stock and debt to raise cash

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