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Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

With much fanfare earlier this month Apple launched its mobile wallet — Apple Pay. Now CVS and Rite Aid have disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores.

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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 1:23pm

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Witches, Vampires And Pirates: 5 Years Of America's Most Popular Costumes

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:59am

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, zombies are climbing the costume charts. The undead have risen from the 13th most popular costume up to No. 4 in just five years.

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Chiquita Fruit Company Is Bought By Two Brazilian Firms

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:29am

The Charlotte-based company traces its roots to the 1870s, when American entrepreneurs brought bananas to U.S. consumers from the Caribbean.

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Love Is Saying 'Sari': The Quest To Save A South Asian Tradition

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Commentator Sandip Roy says the traditional sari has been falling out of fashion in the new India, but designers are turning to pop art prints and other changes to boost its appeal.

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Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 1:45pm

The music streaming company is making a play for artists' goodwill, announcing a new service that gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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EU Stress Test Finds 25 Banks Need To Shore Up Reserves

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 8:21am

The total shortfall was measured at €24.6 billion, or around $31.2 billion. Officials say that some banks have already made up the shortfall that's based on a snapshot of data taken last December.

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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:58pm

Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.

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Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:40am

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:36am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 4:35am

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:58pm

The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:48am

Entrepreneur Lisa Price started Carol's Daughter to create natural hair and skin products for black women. Now that L'Oreal owns the brand, can it maintain the loyalty of African-American customers?

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:48am

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 4:02am

In a question-and-answer session in China, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed that he's conversant in Mandarin — but far from perfect. He doesn't quite have his tone down.

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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco price-fixing system.

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Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:24pm

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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For U.S. Queen Of Alligator-Skin Goods, Business Is Booming

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:27pm

Christy Redd's Georgia company moves 25,000 skins a year, with some made into handbags sold for tens of thousands of dollars. But activists say the ways the gators are grown and slaughtered are awful.

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Cigarette Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking In The Workplace

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:22pm

Reynolds American, the country's second-largest cigarette maker, and its subsidiaries are implementing a no-smoking policy in the workplace starting in January 2015.

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