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Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:21am

In its endless quest to get goods to customers fast, Amazon has hired squads of speedy robots. In warehouses where human "pickers" walked miles a day, machines now zip shelves of goods back and forth.

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Charities Kick Off Holiday Season With Giving Tuesday

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 4:03am

We preview Giving Tuesday, the annual online campaign to raise money for charities, and examine the overall outlook for charitable giving this year.

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German Government May Say 'Nein' To Work Emails After Six

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 2:35am

In a country that strives to protect work-life balance, there are calls to ban employers from sending work email after business hours. Some big companies already observe it.

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Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 4:04pm

Some criminals hide payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers. But that isn't the end of the story: Those stolen numbers are just the start of a highly profitable operation.

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Black Friday Sales Down At Stores, Surge Online

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 8:56am

More shopping on Thanksgiving Day diluted the Black Friday numbers somewhat, according to a ShopperTrak survey. A separate survey by IBM showed a nearly 10 percent increase in online sales.

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In Dubai, Shoppers Hit The Malls For 'White Friday'

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Many in the international city of Dubai celebrated Thanksgiving and then went shopping. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to correspondent Deborah Amos about the new tradition in the city of shopping malls.

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Podcasts Rise In Popularity, Funded By Advertisers And Listeners

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Millions are downloading and listening to podcasts. It's the source of original material and growing ad revenue. Apple's iTunes has 1 billion subscribers, and advertisers are seeing dollar signs.

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Black Friday Gun Sales Soar, Straining Background Checks

Sun, 11/30/2014 - 7:06am

Gun buyers are taking advantage of killer deals, with sales doubling this weekend. The FBI's Kimberly Del Greco tells NPR's Rachel Martin that means processing three background checks per second.

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Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 4:49pm

In the last six years, vinyl sales have tripled. Manufacturers are now having a hard time keeping up with demand.

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Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 3:57pm

Between 1981 and 2012, 1 million extra twins were born in the U.S. One economist says all of those twins could be hurting the economy — but another expert points out some perks of twinhood.

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The Market For Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 2:00pm

Smartphones that don't scrimp on performance but sell for less than $200 off contract are gaining traction. And the low end is quickly becoming one of the most innovative spaces in mobile tech.

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Foreign Dollars Fuel A New Condo Boom In Miami

Sat, 11/29/2014 - 8:59am

After the bust of the Great Recession, construction cranes once again tower over Miami. The transformation masks a difficult reality: This flashy city also remains one of the nation's poorest.

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Despite Cold Weather And Protesters, Shoppers Seek Black Friday Sales

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:51pm

Shoppers flocked to the malls on Thanksgiving, but the rush didn't impede Black Friday sales. Protesters are also trying to put a mark on this day, but their actions haven't taken a bite out of sales.

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A Closer Look At EU Parliament's Vote To Break Up Google

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 3:51pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with GigaOM senior writer, David Meyer, about the European Union's complicated relationship with Google and efforts to break it up.

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America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 10:46am

The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon.

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Shoppers Expected Out In Force On Black Friday

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 4:07am

It's the day hard-core shoppers have been waiting for: Black Friday. Some even got a head start at the mall, shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

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Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 4:07am

Renee Montagne talks to art sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton about how the habits of the 1 percent reverberate across the art world. She is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts.

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Retailers First Used The Term Door-Buster Sales Decades Ago

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 4:07am

It may be surprising to learn that door-buster sales are not a recent phenomenon. Crowds turned out for deeply discounted items more than 100 years ago.

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AFL-CIO Supports Black Friday Strikes Against Walmart

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 2:55am

Since 2012, Our Walmart, an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving. The group wants workers to get more full-time jobs and make a living wage of $15 an hour.

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OPEC Declines Action As World Oil Prices Hit Record Lows

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 3:18pm

OPEC oil producers met Thursday to discuss falling world oil prices — something big producer Saudi Arabia seeks to preserve in order to compete with U.S. oil production. But other OPEC countries want to get prices back up because their governments need the money.

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