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Go Google go!
Google wins injunction in government purchasing case -- The US Department of the Interior had planned to begin a project to migrate around 80,000 employees to a new email system. This was part of a contract worth around $49 million (£32 million) which was scheduled to be awarded towards the end of January. Court documents show the department expected to base the system on technology from Microsoft. However, internet company Google has now won a preliminary injunction from the United States Court of Federal Claims to halt the procurement process, pending further investigation.

Sleeping on the job.
For House Members Looking to Save Money, a Day at the Office Never Ends -- Mr. Clarke is one of as many as a dozen freshman House members who plan to bunk in their offices when Congress is in session. Though no one has hard numbers, anecdotal evidence suggests that at least 40 to 50 House members, both new and old, will be sleeping at work.

India: the one to watch?
India's Year -- Most Asian eyes will remain on China as 2011 begins, not just because of Hu Jintao's looming state visit to Washington but also in light of Beijing's continual efforts to balance the huge nation's rapid growth and avoid internal troubles. As the year goes on, however, and if China overall slows but does not stutter, then regional attention should roam. Indonesia's rise is gaining more notice and Japan's funk more worry. But it is India that may prove the interesting tale of the next 12 months.

Four Loko, other drinks turned into ethanol -- Truckloads of Four Loko and other alcohol-laced energy drinks are being recycled into ethanol and other products after federal authorities told manufacturers the beverages were dangerous and caused users to become "wide-awake drunk."

- Sheena Moore

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