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Ford goes where the vodka is, and Fiat is sad.
Ford agrees Russia joint venture -- Ford Motor has agreed a joint venture to produce and sell cars in Russia with local producer Sollers, which has walked away from talks with Italy's Fiat. The memorandum of understanding on the joint venture, signed on Friday, will provide a big boost to the US carmaker's business in Russia as the country's car market revives.

SPACE LASER. SPACE LASER!!!!
Europe's Earthcare space laser mission gets go ahead -- Europe is to press ahead with its Earthcare space laser mission, despite a 30% rise in its probable final cost. The satellite will study the role clouds and atmospheric particles play in a changing climate. But the difficulty in finding a workable design for the spacecraft's lidar instrument means its total budget will now top 590m euros (£500m). In OTHER laser news (I'm really excited about lasers today), 'Anti-laser' built for first time.

WOSB.
From Neckties to Nuclear Waste: The U.S. Government Is Open for Business -- This month it got a little easier to add to your client list the country's biggest spender: the US Government. The Small Business Administration announced its Women-Owned Small Business Procurement Programs (WOSB) which provides greater access to contracts with 83 industries by allowing procurement officers to set aside contracts for women-owned and economically disadvantaged women-owned businesses (EDWOSB). Federal statute already mandates government contracts over $3000 and under $100,000 be set aside for small businesses, with an additional 5% procurement targeted for women-owned small businesses, but results have never met the mark.

Book printing 🙁
Book supply chain braces for impact as Borders and Angus & Robertson call in administrators
-- The collapse of Borders and Angus & Robertson is sure to take its toll on the Australian book printing industry though it is too soon to assess the damage, major industry figures have said.

- Sheena Moore

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