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Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

Just before Christmas, Amazon infuriated booksellers with an app that allowed customers to check out prices in brick-and-mortar stores and then get a discount if they bought from Amazon instead. Now publishers and booksellers are looking for new ways to compete with the Goliath of online retailers.
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Foreclosure Robo-Signing Deal Worries N.Y. Official

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman joined with other state attorneys general last year who were suing five large mortgage servicers. But he was disturbed by the shape of the agreement, and says banks wanted broad protection from lawsuits over other mortgage practices. So he started his own investigation.
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Farmers Arm Themselves Against Pecan Thieves

A high price for pecans this season has led to a spike in pecan theft. New Mexico farmer Greg Daviet totes a gun and hires security guards this time of year to deter thieves from stepping foot in his orchards.
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Barbie In Iran: A Western Plot?

Police have closed down dozens of toy shops for selling Barbie dolls in Iran, part of a decades-long crackdown against "manifestations of Western culture." Host Scott Simon looks at what's being called a "cultural Trojan horse."
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5 Questions, Answers About The Megaupload Case

The arrests in New Zealand of four people wanted by the U.S. for alleged online piracy raise a number of questions. NPR asks two experts for answers.
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Megaupload Is Trying To Go Back Online Even As Execs Sit In Jail

Accused of copyright infringement and conspiracy, the file-sharing site's founder and three others are being held in a New Zealand jail. Meanwhile, the site has one webpage up and running.
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The Secret Document That Transformed China

In 1978, the farmers in a small Chinese village signed a secret contract. They thought it might get them executed. Instead, it wound up transforming China's economy.
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Sustainable Seafood Swims To A Big-Box Store Near You

Buying sustainable seafood used to require a trip to a fancy fishmonger. But no more. Big-box stores like Target, Walmart, and Costco are switching to sustainably harvested fish in a big way.

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