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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Creates a Stir in L.A.

Is “Dumb Starbucks” performance art, a marketing ploy or something else entirely? Residents of Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood were left to ponder a question with no immediate answers this weekend as a new coffee shop opened that resembled a typical Starbucks in every way, but with the word “Dumb” in front of the outlet’s name.

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Buffett Bails, Yahoo Left at the Court In $1 Billion ‘March Madness’ Contest

Last year, Yahoo Inc. drew up plans to offer $1 billion for predicting the winner of every March Madness game. Then, a nearly identical offer emerged, backed by Warren Buffett. Now comes a lawsuit, opening a window into the obscure business of such prizes, and the insurance companies that make them possible.

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Barbie is Top Model on SI Swimsuit Issue

After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs. To prove it? The doll, which is made by Mattel, is flaunting her frame in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit’s 50th anniversary issue

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Ryan Seacrest to Launch Clothing Line

When it comes to fashion, Mr. Seacrest is best known for wearing suits or tuxedos when hosting Fox’s “American Idol,” E!’s red-carpet specials tied to award shows, and ABC’s New Year’s Eve show. For now, the collection is dominated by tailored clothing and accessories: suits, tuxedos, dress shirts, ties, belts, and tie bars, which are enjoying a renewed popularity that some makers credit to Mr. Seacrest’s penchant for wearing them. Prices will range from $45 for belts to $550 for a suit.

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Feds Seize $21.6M in Fake Super Bowl Merchandise

Federal authorities and the NFL say they have seized $21.6 million worth of fake Super Bowl jerseys, hats and other items in a counterfeit goods crackdown.

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Pure Michigan Trademark Suit is Settled

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has dropped a trademark infringement lawsuit after a Lapeer County Realtor agreed to stop using the state’s popular “Pure Michigan” tourism slogan in his real estate company name.

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Chobani Loses U.K. “Greek Yogurt” Fight

A British court has ruled that Chobani, the company leading the burgeoning Greek yogurt market in the U.S., cannot label its products “Greek” in the U.K. because they are made in America.

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Sell Bikes? There’s a Web Domain for That

Seven Web domains will be released next week, including .bike, .clothing and .singles. The new domains are expected to draw interest mainly from entrepreneurs and small-business owners seeking Web addresses that more closely relate to the products and services they sell than the Web addresses that are currently available to them.

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Brands That Won in the Super Bowl Ad War

A team of 1980s-era entertainment personalities helped make struggling electronics-retailer RadioShack Corp. one of the big winners in the Super Bowl advertising contest Sunday night, along with Chrysler Group and Anheuser-Busch.

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Mattel Takes a Hit as Barbie Sales Slump

Mattel Inc., the world’s largest toy maker by sales, suffered a dismal holiday season with fourth-quarter sales down 10% in North America on poor results for its Barbie dolls and Fisher-Price toys.

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