Google's Project M&M, 'Blurred Lines' Lesson, Virtual Locksmith: Sept. 3

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How does giving employees free food affect productivity? Google studied the question last year after managers worried that workers were eating too much candy, writes Cecilia Kang. [Washington Post]

Most of the small business jobs lost in recent years can be attributed to construction companies that struggled when the housing bubble burst, writes Sam Ro, citing research from Goldman Sachs. [Business Insider]

Consumer spending was down in July, writes Michelle Jamrisko. Some economists are expecting a big rebound. [Bloomberg News]

Stephen Kay says entrepreneurs can learn a lesson about borrowing ideas from the legal dispute over Robin Thicke’s hit song Blurred Lines. [Entrepreneur]

Greg Marsh explains how his smartphone app, KeyMe, can keep you from getting locked out of your house (video). [Fox Business]

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