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Uber, Airbnb Under Attack In Spain As Old And New Economies Clash

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 3:55am

The taxi and hotel industries are pressuring Spain to crack down on popular "share economy" apps and websites. Airbnb was recently fined $40,000 for failing to list rentals with a local tourism board.

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IBM And Apple Team Up To Become Tech's New Odd Couple

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 6:29pm

In a deal that would have been unimaginable 20 years ago, Apple has announced a partnership with IBM. The two companies will work together on a new class of applications for iPads and iPhones.

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It's Boom Times For Pop-Up Shops As Mobile Shopping Clicks

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:56pm

One-click online shopping is changing how we shop. Stores with leases as short as a day are proliferating — meaning a storefront can be a designer clothing store one day and a test kitchen the next.

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House Votes To End Full-Fare Rule For Airline Tickets

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:16pm

The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.

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International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:13pm

Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company.

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'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are increasingly finding ways to move into e-commerce, adding buttons and acquiring startups that encourage users to buy products on their sites. Hannah Kuchler of the Financial Times discusses the moves with Audie Cornish.

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A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:09pm

The slice of retail aimed at America's most budget-conscious consumers is consolidating. Dollar Tree is buying Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, a deal encouraged by activist investors Carl Icahn and Nelson Peltz. The new company will have 13,000 stores, making it a more formidable competitor — in size, at least — to Wal-Mart.

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FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 1:18pm

A contractor for the airline failed to perform repairs properly and Southwest put some jets back into service despite their not being in compliance with federal regulations, the agency alleges.

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It May Be Summer, But For Economists, This Week Feels Like Christmas

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:37pm

Each day this week will bring new decisions and reports that could have a big impact on the nation's economy.

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In Times Of Transition, Get Practical About Your Finances

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:15am

Life transitions, from expanding families to job losses and promotions, can be financially stressful. Host Michel Martin speaks with money coaches about what to do when you are facing big changes.

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Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:26am

The deal will unite two of the United States' biggest discount stores. Dollar Tree will pay $74.50 for each share of Family Dollar and said it would run the company as a separate brand.

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The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:12am

After an ice cream sandwich from Wal-Mart was left outside on an 80-degree day and didn't melt, a Cincinnati-area mom questioned what's in it. Wal-Mart said a lot of cream.

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More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.

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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

The company's ad campaign calls on people to photograph themselves wearing only the disposable undergarments below the waist, to reduce the stigma of incontinence.

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U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Britain lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing back in 2012, but protests in opposition to fracking have slowed drilling efforts.

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Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:57am

Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.

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Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:11am

How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.

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Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:52pm

With the advent of the "sharing economy" it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a car. So why not your car bumper, too?

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