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    Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT) has won a $735.5 million contract to maintain and operate several U.S. military secure communications satellites, the Pentagon said in its digest of major contracts on Thursday. The sole-source contract runs through Nov. 30, 2015, and covers sustainment work on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency, Milstar and Defense Satellite Communications System satellites, it said.

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    U.S. Senate Democrats from the Northeast, where the Amtrak rail service is considered essential, vowed on Thursday, in the wake of a deadly train crash, to fight Republican budget cuts for the passenger line, while acknowledging more funding would be hard to win.

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    U.S. Senate Democrats from the Northeast, where the Amtrak rail service is considered essential, vowed on Thursday, in the wake of a deadly train crash, to fight Republican budget cuts for the passenger line, while acknowledging more funding would be hard to win.

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    BlackBerry Ltd.' s stock rallied 2.2% in after-hours trade Thursday, after the smartphone maker said it has authorized the repurchase of up to 12 million shares. That would represent about 2.6% of the public float outstanding. At Thursday's closing price of $10.27, the repurchase program would be valued at $123.24 million.

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    Welcome to Main Street Morning, The Washington Post’s daily collection of news affecting entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses with a special focus on policy and government.Here’s what’s affecting my small business my clients and other entrepreneurs today.WashingtonPresident Obama warns that climate change presents an “immediate risk” to national security.A proposed bill would stop tax debtors from leaving the country.Citizens Bank’s largest shareholder gets hit with an enormous fine by the government.The ElectionsElection 2016: Small business industry reps want loans, taxes and regulations on the agenda.Hillary Clinton talks to small-business owners in Iowa, and then gives reporters a turn.Robert Reich says that small-business Republicans are fed up with their party.The EconomyA new small business survey shows a more optimistic picture than other measures.Study says 40% of the unemployed have stopped looking for work.For Caterpillar (CAT), this is what the “second great depression” looks like.12 of the worst economic predictions ever made by highly intelligent people.The Federal Reserve’s minutes show that interest rates are unlikely to rise in June, but a strategist predicts that the Fed will raise rates this year.PeopleThese small business owners are feeling burned by a $15 minimum.Would you be liable if an employee were hurt or harassed at company picnic?ManagementA new survey finds companies increasingly concerned about cyber risks, global conflict and political instability.How business owners can plan for retirement while barely staying on top of invoicing.Health insurance plans are getting crummier, and these charts prove it.The 15 most profitable industries according to financial analysts at Sageworks.EntrepreneursThis high school entrepreneur is “baking a difference” in people’s lives.These are five myths (and one really big truth) about being an entrepreneur.Happiness Boxed is a young entrepreneur’s creative venture for passion and profit.How a career in technology prepared one social entrepreneur to shake up the mental health sector.RetailResearch identifies new shoppers who are transforming retail.Here’s why some mobile store registers aren’t as popular with merchants as people think.RestaurantsNYC food carts get solar panels.A LeBron James-backed pizza company opens in San Francisco.Sales and MarketingFive affordable ways to market your business.FinanceWhy a business owner mindset is critical for sustained success when investing in dividend stocks.How the world has changed for small business lending.This company raised $40 million to take its marketplace payment platform global.Some interesting advice from an entrepreneur who got more than $5 million in crowdfunding commitments.Sales and MarketingNext messaging gimmick: Avatars that act out your texts.Start-upsA 13-year-old’s school supply start-up needs help adding more schools.TechnologyIntroducing a Wi-Fi only smart phone.A small business study shows that nothing happened after last month’s “mobilegeddon.”The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s new robotics program aims to harness the power of individuals and small businesses.Human resources software services provider Zenefits software services is now targeting small businesses beyond the HR office. FinanceIndiegogo and an accelerator for emerging hardware startups form a partnership on hardware crowdfunding. OnlineYelp upgrades its business owner app.Spotify adds videos and podcasts to its services.Online piracy is a multi-million dollar business.Google fixes a bug that has been affecting Windows phone apps’ ad revenue for weeks.Research firm Gartner (IT) doubles its estimate of Amazon’s cloud dominance.Google apologizes for a racist slur on Google MapsSocial MediaToo many people are checking Facebook (FB) and taking selfies while driving, according to a new survey.Small business owners are flocking to Facebook (FB), but the return on investment still falls short, a study finds.Around the CountryUptown Houston business owners plan to fight new bus lanes.A South Carolina business owner is honored for helping disabled veterans.An entrepreneur makes a big impact on Pittsburgh’s food scene.Around the WorldWhat Britain’s business community thinks about Britain’s referendum on EU membershipChinese investors pouring billions into U.S. business.Gene Marks owns the Marks Group  a Bala Cynwyd  Pa.  consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Follow Gene Marks and On Small Business on Twitter.News we should know about? Email us here.




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    Shares of Qihoo 360 Technology (QIHU) were gaining 3% to $55.22 Thursday after the Chinese Internet security software company announced a new partnership with Chinese real estate developer Huayuan Group. Under the new partnership, Qihoo 360 (QIHU) will design and provide home security systems and smart home management systems for Huayuan real estate developments.

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     As PayPal prepares to separate from its parent company eBay (EBAY), it is heavily prioritizing mobile as it works to reimagine commerce. PayPal on Thursday laid out plans for its future as an independent company at an event in San Francisco it called the Commerce Rewired Event.

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    BlackBerry still means business. The company has been making wireless messaging/email-centric devices for more than two decades, and though it has recently lost nearly all of its market share to Google (GOOG) and Apple, BlackBerry is still producing a solid platform and worthy devices to help power users take care of business.

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    Revelations about government snooping in recent years proved some of the most paranoid privacy advocates right. So, it's perhaps no surprise that Americans in general are more worried about their privacy than ever.But those fears don't necessarily mean that people are the taking technical steps needed to actually keep their communications private.[2013 is the year that proved your ‘paranoid’ friend right]Some 93 percent of adults said that being in control of who can get information about them is important, according to a Pew Research study published Wednesday. And 90 percent said controlling what information is collected about them is important.But few Americans -- less than one in 10 -- said they have a lot of control over that actual process. And they have very little confidence that data collected about them by third parties will be kept private:None of that means people are going to just stop sharing their secrets: More than 90 percent of respondents to the Pew survey, said it was important to be able to share confidential matters with the people they trust.But despite Americans' apparent Big Brother fears and desire for private ways to communicate, most aren't using digital tools that could actually help keep their secrets, well, secret. Over 90 percent said they had not made changes to their Internet or cell phone usage to avoid being tracked. Only 10 percent said they have encrypted their phone calls, text messages, or e-mail. And even fewer, nine percent, had used something like a proxy server, a virtual private network, or Tor to browse the Web anonymously.[The FCC warns Internet providers they’re on the hook now for user privacy]This matters because encrypting your communications is basically the single most important thing you can do to keep them truly private. If done correctly, it can protect you from the prying eyes of governments, hackers and big corporations.Just ask Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who helped reveal details about the government's spying capabilities. "Encryption works," he said during a 2013 online chat hosted by the Guardian. "Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on."But a Pew survey released earlier this year might help explain why Americans seem wary of it: Nearly half of the respondents said it was acceptable for the government to monitor Americans if they "used encryption software to hide files." So, Americans might be worried about trying to do things that could be perceived as suspicious.That perception would be a bit over the top, since encryption is the digital tool we rely on to make what people do online secure. In many cases, it's baked into the services most Americans use every day -- like online banking or e-mail systems.However, end-to-end encryption -- in which only the sender and recipient of communications can access the contents of things like e-mail messages -- often requires extra steps that can create a technical barrier for many users. Presumably, this is what Pew was referring to when it asked if people used encryption for calls, text messages and e-mails.But there is hope on the horizon: Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) are working on browser plugins that could simplify the end-to-end encryption process for e-mail -- and apps like Signal, TextSecure and RedPhone are making it easier than ever to protect the privacy of text messages and phone calls.Read more about privacy:Millennials are a little confused when it comes to privacyWhatsApp, most popular instant-messaging platform, to encrypt data for millionsIt’s nearly two years after Snowden and privacy advocates are divided on how to fix NSA spyingOpinion: Privacy is following chivalry to the grave. Here’s why that’s a good thing.




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    It was while traveling in Thailand after graduating from college that Duane Dunston became aware of modern-day slavery, through local press reports of families selling their children and women forced into sex work. "The issue of human trafficking really stuck with me when I got back to the United States," said Dunston, who embarked on a career in computing after a degree in sociology.