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How Much Does Your Name Affect Where You Work?

Names define us, but do they determine our life choices? The idea that our names can influence those decisions is what psychologists call "implicit egotism." To test the concept, a recent study looked at how our names might affect where we choose to work. And what did the researchers find...?

Holiday Hiring Takes a Hit, Despite a Brighter Economy

Retailers and shipping companies are adding fewer new jobs than they did a year ago. One reason for the low number is that employers began shopping for seasonal workers earlier than usual, boosting hiring in October. If retail sales hold up, December could see more hiring.

Carlos Slim Open to Energy Investments Outside Mexico

Carlos Slim, ranked by Forbes as the world%u2019s richest man, said he is open to the possibility of investing in new energy projects outside Mexico. Slim, 70, said that he would consider opportunities in the power sector, Reuters reported.

3M May Spend $2 Billion on Acquisitions This Year

Office supply maker 3M Co (MMM) may double its planned spending on acquisitions to $2 billion this year as it aims to boost its oversea operations. "We told Wall Street that we would spend probably a billion dollars or north of that," CEO George Buckley told Reuters. "It could be double that number by the time the year is out."

Philips Names Van Houten New CEO as of April 2011

Royal Philips Electronics (PHG) named Frans van Houten as its new CEO, effective April 2011. Van Houten, 50, will replace Gerard Kleisterlee, Bloomberg News reported. Van Houten was a member of the Philips management board until 2006, and led the spinoff of the company%u2019s semiconductor business.

Hershey Is Finally Ready to Bid for Cadbury

After weeks of sitting on the sidelines while Cadbury played cat-and-mouse with Kraft Foods, Hershey is finally ready to make a bid for the U.K.-based chocolate maker. Sources close to the Hershey board say that the company will bid $17.9 billion for Cadbury.