Elance-ODesk Merger, Great Train Robber, Ron Burgundy Scotch: Dec. 19

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Freelance marketplaces Elance and ODesk are merging. Combined, the two companies have 8 million freelancers and $750 million in yearly bookings, according to Michael Carney. [PandoDaily]

April Todd-Malmlov, the head of Minnesota’s health exchange, resigned amid controversy over an ill-timed vacation to Costa Rica, write Elizabeth Stawicki and Catherine Richert. [Kaiser Health News]

Ray Hennessy writes about the fabulously entrepreneurial life of the recently deceased Ronnie Biggs, who helped pull off Britain’s Great Train Robbery. [Entrepreneur]

Jennifer’s Gift Shop in San Jose and Gateway Newsstands in Atlanta sold winning tickets for the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot. [Chicago Tribune]

Ed Caan says his company, Riviera Imports, has sold 72,000 bottles of Great Odin’s Raven, a Scotch whisky brand inspired by the first Anchorman movie (video). [Fox Business]

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