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COMPANIES IN MARCH advertised the most jobs since September 2008, a sign that hiring is likely to remain healthy in the months ahead. Job openings rose by 99,000 to 3.1 million in March, the Labor Department said Wednesday, much higher than the 2.1 million job openings posted in July 2009, a month after the recession ended. But there were 4.3 unemployed people, on average, competing for each available job in March, much higher than the 2-1 ratio that economists consider healthy.

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TOYOTA'S QUARTERLY PROFIT crumpled more than 75 percent after the March earthquake and tsunami wiped out parts suppliers in northeastern Japan, severely disrupting car production. Toyota's quarterly profit slid to $314 million from $1.39 billion a year earlier. Toyota said efforts to fix production, including using other plants and finding replacement parts, were going better than initially expected, with car manufacturing expected to gradually pick up in Japan and abroad next month to 70 percent of pre-disaster levels.

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U.S. COMPANIES in March sold the most goods and services overseas in nearly two decades, but a big jump in oil prices pushed America's trade deficit up 6 percent to $48.2 billion, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That's the highest level since June 2010. Exports increased to $172.7 billion, the most on records dating to 1992.

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FACEBOOK APPS may have inadvertently leaked the personal data of millions of Facebook users to third parties such as advertisers, according to Web security firm Symantec. Among the information that could have been accessed is data from user profiles, pictures and Facebook chats between users. A Facebook spokeswoman said the company has updated its application programming interface to remove the weaknesses in its platform that Symantec discovered.

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"Microsoft really wanted this."

MATT MCCORMICK, Bahl & Gaynor money manager, referring to the software giant's $8.5 billion purchase of Skype, whose owners refused to entertain offers of less than $7 billion, according to people with knowledge of the talks

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$500M

AMOUNT GOOGLE is setting aside for a potential settlement of a U.S. antitrust investigation into its advertising business

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THE BOTTOM LINE: AIG and federal government offering to sell to public 300 million AIG shares valued at $9 billion ... Macy's first-quarter profit soared to $131 million from $23 million ... Third-quarter profit for Cisco, largest maker of computer networking gear, fell 18 percent to $1.8 billion

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