Bloomberg Business Report: Facebook set to make small-screen debut on Android

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by Jane King / Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Posted on April 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 4 at 7:33 AM

Things continue to look up for job seekers. "Simply Hired" says the number of openings increased more than 8 percent in March compared to February and climbed 23 percent compared to a year ago.All top 50 metro areas saw job growth across nearly all industries.

Meantime, it's a big day for Facebook. The social media company is holding an event where sources say it's likely to unveil an Android phone that features Facebook's social networking tools. It's an effort to boost mobile ad revenue, but a survey by retrovo found only 3 percent of consumers say they'd consider the phone.

Selling fast food abroad may be fattening more than the bottom line for U.S. fast food chains. Investors are looking at a report on weekly jobless claims.

And we're watching the developing situation in Mobile, Alabama, where Carnival Corp's troubled cruise liner "Triumph" broke from its moorings Wednesday while being repaired.

A plunge in energy shares weighed on stocks yesterday, sfter crude oil registered its biggest drop of the year as stockpiles climbed to the highest level in more than 2 decades.

One thing not going down though, is how much people in developing countries weigh! The "Bloomberg Waistline" index shows the average man in Mexico, Brazil and Chile is gaining weight faster than the worldwide average, as high-calorie offerings from U.S. fast food chains increase.

Men in Mexico are an average 15 pounds heavier in 2010 than in 1985 when the first U.S. fast food outlet opened there. Mexican women put on 19 pounds. McDonald's says the average customer only eats its food 2 or 3 times a month. 

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