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Staples isn't good enough for Hollywood. Better spend more money.
The Oscar Envelope Gets a Makeover -- The sealed envelopes used at the Academy Awards apparently come from . . . Staples. Or at least they have in previous years. This year, the Oscar envelope is getting a highbrow makeover courtesy of Marc Friedland, a Los Angeles stationery designer. Mr. Friedland's envelopes will be "hand-crafted from a high-gloss, iridescent metallic gold paper stock, with red-lacquered lining featuring the Oscar statuette hand-stamped in satin gold leaf."

IIIIII've been workin' on the supply chain...
BNSF uses Internet to prompt dialogue on nation's supply chain issues -- BNSF Railway Co. has launched a collaborative online forum designed to encourage discussion and forge a better understanding of U.S. infrastructure and supply chain issues. The Supply Chain Forum features a video outlining the benefits of a strong supply chain, how the chain works, and the challenges the nation faces to maintain and bolster its supply chain advantages.

Sick of paying your mortgage? Move to Detroit.
Detroit Will PAY You To Take One Of These 100 Abandoned Homes -- Mayor Dave Bing is trying to save Detroit by offering incentives to lure residents back to abandoned neighborhoods. One program offers $150,000 in housing renovation money and requiring only $1,000 down to police officers who are willing to relocate to the city. Another offers college graduates $2,500 to rent and $20,000 forgivable loan to buy properties.

Who they are and what they do.
America's 25 Fastest-Growing Tech Companies -- Every annual release of Forbes' 25 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in America includes a revisit of the prior year's list to see how it performed against the market. While the pace may have slowed, the stock market recovery continued. From March 12, 2010, through Feb. 2, 2011, companies on the Nasdaq 100 Technology Sector Index were up 27%; companies on the S&P 500 lagged far behind, but still registered a 13% increase. Our fast-growing techs crushed both indexes, gaining 44% overall, or 34% excluding acquisitions.

- Sheena Moore

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