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Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 07/04/2012

Get started: Entrepreneurs sign Declaration of Internet Freedom, IMF warns of future recession

Our daily blend of the latest news, trends and tips for the small business community.

What’s going ‘on’:

Entrepreneurs sign Declaration of Internet Freedom: A pair of technology entrepreneurs have created the “Declaration of Internet Freedom,” a movement against proposed online security laws like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA. Already this week, more than 100 people and organizations have signed the petition.

IMF warns of future U.S. recession: The International Monetary Fund published a report on Tuesday that suggests the U.S. could fall into another recession if pending tax hikes and spending cuts take effect as scheduled. The group urged elected officials to quickly raise the debt ceiling and fix the Social Security system.

Factory orders tick higher: American factories saw orders rise 0.7 percent in May, the first improvement in three months, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the Commerce Department. The median forecast of economists in a Bloomberg News survey had called for a rise of only 0.1 percent.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

The coolest young entrepreneurs: Inc. has released its annual rankings of the most promising young entrepreneurs, with this year’s installment including the founders of Pinterest, Spotify and 2tor. Check out the full list.

Helpful advice ‘on’:

How to decide which risks to take (Fast Company)

How to be your business’s own cheerleader (Forbes)

How to encourage word-of-mouth referrals (B2C)

How to approach direct mail marketing (Open Forum)

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