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    the generation of people who care for their parents as well as support their own children

    You may be among the 20 million people caught in what's called the 'Sandwich Generation'. That's the growing number of people taking care of their children and aging parents at the same time.

    Submitted on 18/05/2010

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when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

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a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

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