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Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:03am

An initiative launched with Maria Shriver's input is raising questions over how the hotel company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:37am

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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Coca-Cola Revives Surge, A Citrus-Flavored Soda

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:16am

Introduced as a competitor to Pepsi's Mountain Dew, Surge was discontinued in 2003 due to poor sales. It maintained an outspoken, cult-like following

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Hachette Authors Take Their Case To Amazon's Board Of Directors

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:16am

The authors want Amazon's board to intercede in the dispute between the publisher and the online retailer over the price of e-books. Amazon continues to impede sales of Hachette books.

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With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:03am

A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors to not only garnish wages, but take from a debtor's bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.

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With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:43am

Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift a ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis. But those worried about the possibility of higher gas prices and climate change want to keep the ban in place.

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Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:41am

Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.

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GM Ignition-Switch Defect Now Linked To 19 Deaths

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 2:40am

A special compensation fund for victims of the faulty ignition switch has issued its first report, which makes clear GM will pay claims for more than the 13 deaths it says were linked to the defect.

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With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:40pm

Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the company behind the hit building-block video game Minecraft that is played by millions. But it might have gained a lot more than just a popular franchise.

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With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:19pm

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

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Minecraft Purchase Gives Microsoft New Foothold

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:19pm

Microsoft announced on Monday that it will pay $2.5 billion for the Swedish software company Mojang AB, developer of the popular Minecraft franchise.

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When Consumer Debts Go Unpaid, Paychecks Can Take A Big Hit

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting money taken from their paychecks for not paying their debts. And in most states, the law allows a quarter of wages to be withheld.

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App Provides A New Way To Make A Tough Decision

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

If you are contemplating an agonizing choice, try Cloverpop. It's an app that asks you a series of questions about the decision you're trying to make, and assigns a value to each response.

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Netflix Expands Into France

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

But the welcome so far has not been a warm one for the video-streaming giant. Media outlets in France are complaining that the California-based company will erode French culture.

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Apple's U2 Album Promotion Backfires

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

U2 and Apple teamed up for what Apple's CEO called, "the largest album release of all time." They released U2's album, Songs of Innocence, for free to everyone with an iTunes account.

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Competition Highlights Importance Of Fall TV Season

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52am

Network TV's fall season formally starts next week, when most networks unveil their new shows, and Nielsen starts counting ratings for the season. Which shows will succeed and which will fail?

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Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:35am

The country requires photos of decaying teeth and gruesome hospital scenes on every pack. Philip Morris sees this as a violation of a trade agreement and is suing Uruguay for $25 million.

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How Should The Media Handle Beheading Videos?

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 4:08pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with the Poynter Institute's Kelly McBride about the ethical issues raised by media organizations showing the killings of hostages by Islamic Militants.

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Heineken Owners Reportedly Rebuff SABMiller's Purchase Offer

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 1:47pm

In a move seen as a way to fight off Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer SABMiller reportedly offered to buy Heineken. The family that controls Heineken rejected the idea, Bloomberg News says.

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'Your Call Is Important ... ' Which Is Why You Hear Music

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 6:48am

We've all been put on hold. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to journalist Tom Vanderbilt, who says that music on the other end of the phone line helps keep customers sane while they wait.

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