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Power Balance, which sells silicone and neoprene wristbands adorned with a hologram sticker, was forced to admit that their product does not in fact improve the wearer's balance, strength or flexibility.

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Power Balance Australia was forced to concede that its product was no more effective than wearing a rubber band around one's wrist, and to offer refunds to customers by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

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While it is unclear why an athlete would believe that a silicone wristband with a hologram sticker would affect performance, the $30 Power Balance wristbands have been worn by athletes from David Beckham to Ian Poulter.


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The introduction of +1 and the FTC charges highlight two of Google's biggest challenges: heightened competition from Facebook, and near-constant criticism from privacy advocates and policymakers over its practices.

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Of particular concern to Google is the fact that many people now turn to Facebook with search queries, like seeking the best place to go on vacation, because they trust the advice of friends more than that of an anonymous search engine.

With +1, which began rolling out to users Wednesday, Google wants to personalize search results.

In an interview about the new tool, Matt Cutts, a principal search engineer at Google, took great pains to emphasize that the company had learned from the privacy outcry after it introduced Buzz, which let Gmail users share status updates, photos and videos.

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Allied warplanes are now attacking regime forces in built-up areas in the rebel strongholds of Misrata and Ajdabiya, but fighting is continuing on the ground.

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In a briefing that stuck carefully to the official script, US Rear Admiral Gerard Hueber would not explain what the coalition would do next if Mr Gaddafi's forces could not be beaten from air.

"Can you achieve your mission of 1973 UN Security Council resolution without ground forces?" a reporter asked.

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“I think it’s very interesting conceptually,” said Greg Sterling, an analyst with Sterling Market Intelligence. “As for the execution let’s call it limited or nascent.”
By entering into a search alliance, Yahoo and Microsoft had hoped to better challenge Google and cuts costs. They succeeded in cutting costs, but Yahoo also found its share of Internet searches eroding. Google still holds a wide lead in search with 65.4 percent of all queries. Yahoo has slipped to 16.1 percent from around 20 percent two years ago, according to comScore.com. Much of that loss was picked up by Microsoft, which now has a 13 percent share.
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Matrixx did not disclose the reports and in 2003, the company said it was “poised for growth” and had “very strong momentum” though, by the plaintiffs’ calculations, Zicam accounted for about 70 percent of its sales.
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His grandfather, Del Peterson, said the operation was a miracle.
When Wiens recovers, he will not look like he once did, nor will he look like the donor, but “probably somewhere in the middle,” Pomahac said. The

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The Cleveland Clinic performed the nation’s first near-total face transplant in 2008.
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According to various reports, Gadhafi's compound was badly damaged, but it was not immediately known how many people were injured or killed.
A United Nations-backed no-fly zone enforced by the U.S. British and French aircraft is being enforced from Tripoli to Benghazi and the top third of the country. Spain, Belgium, Denmark, and Qatar have also joined the coalition.
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American F-16s and AV-8 Harrier jets patrolled overhead, dropping bombs on pro-Gadhafi forces who were still continuing their offensive on rebel strongholds in eastern Libya, a Pentagon official said. About 10 miles south of Benghazi, 15 U.S. aircraft along with French and British fighters struck at Libyan mechanized forces advancing on Benghazi. Gortney said the strikes had killed dozens of Libyan troops.
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That, essentially, was the NFL Players Association's stance on two vital issues Wednesday as the deadline for a new labor deal approaches. The owners' willingness to reduce the amount of extra money they want up front—from $1 billion to $800 million—isn't a sufficient drop. And the financial data the league is willing to reveal isn't what the union seeks.
Both sides spoke much more openly about money matters Wednesday than they have since they entered mediation Feb. 18. The twice-extended deadline for expiration of the collective bargaining agreement is at the end of Friday.
Under the old CBA, owners received an immediate $1 billion for operating expenses before splitting remaining revenues with players. Owners initially sought to double that, and while they have lowered the up-front figure they want, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith tied that to the full financial transparency he's sought for nearly two years in what is a $9 billion business.
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NFL lead negotiator Jeff Pash said the union has received unprecedented financial data, including some information the league doesn't give to its clubs.
"No one is asking anyone to write any checks, I think we've been quite clear on that," Pash said. "It is a fact that the players association in the course of these negotiations has received more and more detailed financial information than it has ever had before. Has it gotten everything it wants? Evidently not. Have we offered to provide more? Absolutely.
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In a letter dated May 18, 2009—a copy of which was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press—Smith asked Goodell to "provide audited financial statements concerning the operations of the 32 clubs and the league."
Smith attached a list of 10 categories of information he sought, including:
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In the letter, Smith noted the owners' push to expand the regular season from 16 games to 18 as one reason "this information is critical in understanding the fair 'cost/compensation' model for players and teams."
Pash didn't reveal any specifics of the league's offer of financial information. But a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP that the NFL offered to turn over five years of league-wide profitability data to the union.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because mediator George Cohen told participants not to publicly discuss details.
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As far back as 2009, Smith told Goodell: "As you know, the NFLPA does not have access to a wide range of information that is directly relevant to the contention that the current CBA fails to address the owners' concerns."
"For example," the letter said, "the NFL and the teams do not provide the NFLPA with their audited financial statements detailing the profit (loss) information for the teams. We also lack the information to discern the profits (losses) per regular season games, the profit per team per playoff game and other fixed financial non-player costs."
The CBA dates to 2006, but owners exercised an opt-out clause in 2008. The deal was set to expire last week, before two extensions pushed the cutoff to the end of Friday.
Goodell was joined by three members of the owners' 10-person labor committee: Art Rooney II of the Pittsburgh Steelers, John Mara of the New York Giants, and Clark Hunt of the Kansas City Chiefs. More owners are expected to attend on Thursday.
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Wednesday's move seemed to be reminder to the league of two important points—the possibility of legal action if no new CBA is reached, and the union's insistence on transparency.
The NFLPA said in its filing that the NFL hasn't explained why material should be sealed and that the league hasn't cooperated with the union's attempt to propose limited redactions to protect third-party information only.
"The NFL cannot be permitted to comment publicly about these proceedings and then turn around to embrace a cloak of confidentiality that thwarts the public's right to know," union lawyers wrote.
The league said it would respond to the filing.