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The United States has lost more than a quarter of its high-tech manufacturing jobs in the past 10 years. (SHINGO ITO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

United States losing high-tech jobs to Asia: The United States lost more than a quarter of its high-tech manufacturing jobs during the past decade as multinational companies based here placed a growing percentage of their research-and-development operations overseas, according to the National Science Board. During those 10 years, R&D expenditures in China and nine other Asian countries have risen to match that of the United States.

Small businesses blame DC for economic standstill: An overwhelming majority (85 percent) of small business executives believe the economy is on the wrong track and 74 percent plan to either maintain or decrease their number of employees in the coming year, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Roughly the same amount (82 percent) would rather Washington “get out of the way” rather than lend “a helping hand” (10 percent) to small businesses.

Keep an eye ‘on’:

Content creators fighting for anti-piracy protection: Protests against a pair of anti-piracy bills grabbed the nation’s attention on Wednesday, but many independent artists and online content creators are busy arguing for the type of protections outlined in the legislation. Concerns over potential censorship powers, they say, doesn’t erase the fact that the need for stronger anti-piracy legislation remains.

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