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Marie Cusick
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Happy Friday morning!

Here's what's happening in your trail mix today:

Albany will host a TEDx conference this weekend.

Owego, N.Y.'s business district is making a speedy recovering from September's floods.

It's 11/11/11 - a day to honor our veterans ... and celebrate corduroy?

Tech

Albany is hosting its very own TEDx event this weekend, bringing together speakers to share "ideas worth spreading" about technology, entertainment and design (YNN).

Facebook is said to be closing in on a deal with the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices (Claire Cain Miller, New York Times).

High-profile failures of companies like Beacon Power and Solyndra are part of "maturing" green tech sector (Emma Jacobs, Innovation Trail).

Business

First Niagara Financial Group has agreed to sell 26 upstate HSBC branches to settle antitrust concerns with the U.S. Department of Justice (Jonathan D. Epstein, Buffalo News).

More than two months after devastating floods, 80 percent of businesses in Owego, N.Y. have managed to re-open and are gearing up for holiday shoppers (Jennifer Micale, Press & Sun Bulletin).

Three years after it began, a $155 million expansion to Syracuse's Carousel Center mall is complete (Bob Niedt, Post Standard).

Also in Syracuse, three local developers have put forth plans to redevelop the city's inner harbor (Rick Moriarty and Tim Knauss, Post Standard).

11/11/11

In honor of the vertical lines in today's date, corduroy enthusiasts are planning a fashion show and celebration in New York City (Sarah E. Needelman, Wall Street Journal).

As people around the country honor veterans, many are also hoping for some good luck (Associated Press).

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