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Best of the Blogs, Consumer: New Google Search Function Smarter Than Ever


Plus, McDonald's success in rebuilding its image.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful business and financial commentary for consumers from around the Web every Wednesday.
"The Google (GOOG) Search of the future is here. Now. Today. The long-talked-about sematic web - Google prefers 'Knowledge Graph' - is rolling out across all Google Search tools, and our most fundamental online task may never be the same again. Starting today, a vast portion of Google Search results will work with you to intuit what you really meant by that search entry. "
CNBC: Consumer Nation
"Worries about fuel prices are trumping concerns about unemployment for US retailers, according to a BDO USA study. Unemployment had been a larger retailer concern since 2009. n the study, BDO looked at the most recent 10-k filings from the 100 largest public retailers in the US. The study found that 99 of the retailers cited general economic conditions as a potential risk to their business." (Also read Oil to Retailers: Pay Attention.)
The Consumerist
"Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs' words came back to haunt the electronics company today. Its attempt to have a judge dismiss charges of e-book price-fixing were refused, in part because of things Jobs said during his time with Apple. Apple, along with the owners of MacMillan and Penguin, still face charges from the Justice Dept. that they conspired to institute so called 'agency pricing,' in which the publisher - rather than the seller - determines the final retail price of an e-book." (For related content, see Amazon Is Tracking E-Book Passages Highlighted by Kindle Users.)
Stanford University School of Medecine: Scope
"Here's some nutritional news that anyone who relies on cans of Coke (K) or Pepsi (PEP) to get through the day may want to pay attention to. In an animal study, UCLA investigators found that binging on soda and sugary treats for as little as six weeks appears to impair the brain's ability to learn and remember information. And, interestingly, the damage may be minimized by adding omega-3 fatty acids to one's diet." (Also read High-Fructose Corn Syrup Can Make You Both Fat and Stupid.)
New York Times: The 6th Floor
Tom Spiel acquired his first McDonald's (MCD) franchise in 1966: store No. 855, in Riverside, Calif. Since his wife, Candace, pushed to remodel it a couple years ago, their restaurant has become, as Keith O'Brien wrote in last weekend's magazine, the epitome of how McDonald's has been rebuilding its image - by making customers feel better about eating at McDonald's."

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