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Health Insurance Costs Rise, Bill Gates Pushes Education, Wal-Mart Launches a Women-Owned Line: March 8


Over the objections of California insurance regulators, Aetna (AET) and Blue Shield of California are going ahead with plans to raise health insurance rates an average of 11 percent on individuals and small business policyholders, writes Chad Terhune. [Los Angeles Times]

Speaking at SXSW, Bill Gates says the time is right for entrepreneurs to get into the business of education, Eric Markowitz reports. [Inc.]

Have an idea for a smartphone app, but lack the technical expertise to develop the idea? Entrepreneurs can turn to online app-building sites or take a crash-course in coding, write Emily Maltby and Angus Loten. [Wall Street Journal]

Wal-Mart (WMT) is launching a line of products from small, women-owned businesses, according to Jessica Wohl. [Reuters]

After hosting the Mobile World Congress, Barcelona wants to be a technology center year-round, Manuel Baigorri reports. [Bloomberg's Tech Blog]

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Clark is a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek covering small business and entrepreneurship.

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Companies Mentioned

  • AET
    (Aetna Inc)
    • $78.77 USD
    • -0.58
    • -0.74%
  • WMT
    (Wal-Mart Stores Inc)
    • $75.73 USD
    • 0.18
    • 0.24%
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