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Judge confirms award in heated Landmark Hotel battle (Daily Progress)
Judge Edward L. Hogshire signed the order Wednesday in Charlottesville Circuit Court, rendering the award of $4.2 million in damages, $2.2 million in attorneys’ fees and any additional fees or losses in effect. The parties have been embroiled in lawsuits and countersuits against each other since construction on the nine-story hotel halted in November 2008 and both men began making conflicting statements about its status. Earlier this year, Hogshire ordered the companies into arbitration on parts of the complaints not related to contract termination.

Dispute deepens between Tysons Corner, Virginia over land (Washington Post)
Tysons Corner developers and the Virginia government were so far apart on an agreement for the land in 2008 that the state was forced to claim the property by eminent domain to start construction in time, paying $24 million. Since then, things have worsened.

Google Is Offering Phone Calls via Gmail (NY Times)
Google entered a new business beyond Internet search on Wednesday with a service within Gmail to make phone calls over the Web to landlines or cellphones.

Special Report: Katrina — a tale of SBA failure (USA Today)
These are stories of a mismanaged bureaucracy that still hurt half a decade later: tales of applications for low-interest disaster loans that should have been approved but were not, of applications deleted from the SBA computer system for no valid reason, of impossible-to-meet deadlines manufactured to clear backlogs, and of a process so chaotic and painful that thousands simply gave up.

‘Custom’ Is Customary (WSJ)
Entrepreneurs See Rise in Demand for Made-to-Order Goods.

Young Millionares (Entrepreneur)
Here’s how four ultra-successful twentysomethings leveraged their brilliant ideas into major businesses online. And how you can, too.

Judge confirms award in heated Landmark Hotel battle (Daily Progress)
Judge Edward L. Hogshire signed the order Wednesday in Charlottesville Circuit Court, rendering the award of $4.2 million in damages, $2.2 million in attorneys’ fees and any additional fees or losses in effect. The parties have been embroiled in lawsuits and countersuits against each other since construction on the nine-story hotel halted in November 2008 and both men began making conflicting statements about its status. Earlier this year, Hogshire ordered the companies into arbitration on parts of the complaints not related to contract termination.

Dispute deepens between Tysons Corner, Virginia over land (Washington Post)
Tysons Corner developers and the Virginia government were so far apart on an agreement for the land in 2008 that the state was forced to claim the property by eminent domain to start construction in time, paying $24 million. Since then, things have worsened.

Google Is Offering Phone Calls via Gmail (NY Times)
Google entered a new business beyond Internet search on Wednesday with a service within Gmail to make phone calls over the Web to landlines or cellphones.

Special Report: Katrina — a tale of SBA failure (USA Today)
These are stories of a mismanaged bureaucracy that still hurt half a decade later: tales of applications for low-interest disaster loans that should have been approved but were not, of applications deleted from the SBA computer system for no valid reason, of impossible-to-meet deadlines manufactured to clear backlogs, and of a process so chaotic and painful that thousands simply gave up.

‘Custom’ Is Customary (WSJ)
Entrepreneurs See Rise in Demand for Made-to-Order Goods.

Young Millionares (Entrepreneur)
Here’s how four ultra-successful twentysomethings leveraged their brilliant ideas into major businesses online. And how you can, too.

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