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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

On the Business Beat, our focus is on an airfare sale, Google Plus and Metro Atlanta's best home mortgage rates.

An airfare sale begins Tuesday from discounter AirTran, which will go until the end of the month.

You have until Aug. 1 to buy the 10-day advance purchase tickets and you can use them through Nov. 16.

The best deals are for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Watch for Delta to match on this one and check out all the fares before you buy anytyhing.

Tickets are non-refundable, so look for flights in the early morning and late evening for the best availability.

A major competitor to Facebook makes a huge jump.

Google+ has hit 10 million users in just 2 weeks.

That's only a sliver of Facebooks total 750 million total, but considering it's only 2 weeks old, Google says it's quite spectacular.

One reason the number is not higher is Google is still testing the system, and it's not yet widely open to the public.

Google says its search results with friend's comments are averaging 2.3 billion hits every day.

And while the economy and employment struggle, Google is adding staff. The Internet search company says it's upped its headcount by some 9 percent or 2,500 employees and has added more than $900 million in improvements to its system.

Lastly, a look at this week's best Metro Atlanta home mortgage rates.

The best 30-year fixed rate is set at 4.375 percent and no points, while in the shorter term the best 15 rate is fixed at 3.625 percent and no points.

Be sure to go for a loan with no discount or origination points. Each of those will cost you 1 percent of your loan.

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