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Foreign ambassadors celebrate Tet with hopes for a prosperous 2015

Foreign ambassadors celebrate Tet with hopes for a prosperous 2015 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Osius was involved in an ancient festival on Wednesday to honour the Kitchen God (Tao Quan) before he leaves for his annual trip to report to the Jade Emperor in Heaven on the goings on in the family over the past year. The ambassador also prayed for luck for his family and for Vietnamese people. "Several years ago, my Vietnamese teacher helped me learn about this beautiful tradition of releasing carp," he said. "Nineteen years ago, I was teaching English to a group of Vietnamese students. They offered me a beautiful branch of peach blossom. They also taught me and my family about the traditions of Tet," he said. This year, to celebrate new year, Osius's family cooked banh chung (glutinous rice cake) in his house. "I know that cooking banh chung is a big event in Vietnamese family during Tet. Banh chung is the symbol for the relation between the sky, the Earth and the people," he said. Several other ambassadors are also deeply impressed by the joyful ambience of Tet - the crowded and bustling streets and beautiful traditions.
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Most anticipated Tet event kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City

Most anticipated Tet event kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The popular annual street festival has a lot of flowers, and goats
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A beginner's guide to Vietnamese Tet: Time to eat, pray, love, and eat

A beginner's guide to Vietnamese Tet: Time to eat, pray, love, and eat | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Fun fact: Vietnamese don't say we are "celebrating Tet". For us it's "eating Tet".
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Monday By the Numbers: $3,000 wedding cakes, $30,000 ceremonies and more from Valentine’s Day

Monday By the Numbers: $3,000 wedding cakes, $30,000 ceremonies and more from Valentine’s Day | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
It’s all about the romance, to a point. As The Beatles once said, “All You Need Is Love.” But they also said, “Money (That’s What I Want).” Nonetheless, enjoy this lovely data.
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Israeli startup's unique cybercrime solution

Israeli startup's unique cybercrime solution | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Venture capital firms pour $18 million into a new Tel Aviv based cybersecurity foundry called Team8. Part founder, part accelerator, and part VC, can this unique approach to building cyber security solutions work?
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Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade

Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A surge in digital entertainment jobs from new online shows on Amazon , YouTube and other new-media outlets has helped drive employment in Hollywood to the highest level in a decade.
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Some ATMs: Here's a $20 for your loyalty

Some ATMs: Here's a $20 for your loyalty | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
When Wells Fargo customers open up their profile at one of the bank's automated teller machines this week, they'll find a new option.
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Anonymous targets ISIS social media, recruitment drives in #OpISIS campaign | ZDNet

Anonymous targets ISIS social media, recruitment drives in #OpISIS campaign | ZDNet | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The hacktivist collective has targeted and taken down hundreds of social media accounts belonging to the extremist group ISIS.
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AirAsia flight QZ8501: Total number of bodies pulled from crash rises to 100

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Total number of bodies pulled from crash rises to 100 | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The total number of victims retrieved from December’s AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash has risen to 100, after crews discovered seven more bodies, including one believed to be the pilot or co-pilot.
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Strong dollar vexes mid-sized U.S. exporters, local demand helps

Strong dollar vexes mid-sized U.S. exporters, local demand helps | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (Reuters) - First thing every morning Bill Hickey turns on the TV to see where the U.S. dollar is trading in the hope it has lost value against the euro and other currencies.And there it is, staring
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If you think your TV is spying...it probably is

If you think your TV is spying...it probably is | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Samsung's Smart TV comes with an added feature: Voice recognition that can capture your words and sell information to a 3rd party.
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9 tips to follow to keep your digital sanity

9 tips to follow to keep your digital sanity | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The world is very different than it was 10 years ago. Facebook was an infant, smartphones were nonexistent and the World Wide Web was nascent.
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Next generation of Vietnamese Americans lead Tet Parade in OC

Next generation of Vietnamese Americans lead Tet Parade in OC | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A younger generation of Vietnamese Americans will take the lead on a long standing tradition in Little Saigon — the Tet Parade.
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Monarch butterfly endangered, Monsanto product zaps 900 million

Monarch butterfly endangered, Monsanto product zaps 900 million | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a press release on Monday that details a tragedy many are unaware of: the monarch butterfly has been nearly wiped out. A major reason this is happening? A product from Monsanto called Roundup.
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Police are collecting millions of photos of you in your car

Police are collecting millions of photos of you in your car | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Agencies like the DEA are using them for photos that have nothing to do with your license plate.
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How much we'll spend on Valentine's Day

How much we'll spend on Valentine's Day | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is coming, and here's what people plan to spend.
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History of Valentine’s Day - Valentine’s Day - HISTORY.com

History of Valentine’s Day - Valentine’s Day - HISTORY.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England.

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Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade

Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A surge in digital entertainment jobs from new online shows on Amazon , YouTube and other new-media outlets has helped drive employment in Hollywood to the highest level in a decade.
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​Pentagon dropped over $500,000 on Viagra last year

​Pentagon dropped over $500,000 on Viagra last year | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The US Department of Defense (DoD) spent $504,816 on the popular erectile dysfunction drug in 2014, according to government contracts cited by the Washington Free Beacon.
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Chinese billionaire executed for 'mafia-style' gang

Chinese billionaire executed for 'mafia-style' gang | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Chinese authorities have executed Liu Han, a former mining tycoon once worth more than $6 billion.
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ISIS head on the run, 'frightened' for his life, Jordan says

ISIS head on the run, 'frightened' for his life, Jordan says | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The head of ISIS is "frightened" for his life after 7,000 jihadists were slaughtered in airstrikes this weekend, Jordanian officials crowed. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was on the run...
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Merkel and Obama meet as arming Ukraine debated - CNN.com

Merkel and Obama meet as arming Ukraine debated - CNN.com | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
As the deadly violence in Ukraine ramps up, so does the international scramble to find a solution.
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First Take: Handwriting on the wall for gay marriage

First Take: Handwriting on the wall for gay marriage | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it's leaving little doubt which way it's leaning.
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Moscow & Cairo to drop USD, use national currencies in bilateral trade – Putin

Moscow & Cairo to drop USD, use national currencies in bilateral trade – Putin | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Russia and Egypt might soon exclude the US dollar and use their national currencies in the settlement of accounts in bilateral trade, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview to Egyptian media ahead of his Monday visit to the country.
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