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Why Amazon Loses Money On Every Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is a book store, a movie theater and a record shop. And Amazon's the one selling the books, movies and music.
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In Frankfurt, Former Trader Prepared For The Wurst

A Frankfurt stock trader who lost his job in the 2008 recession is working again in the city's financial district — running a successful business selling sausages to his former colleagues. Thomas Brausse says getting the pink slip enabled him to try out an idea he'd been thinking about for years.
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After Banks' Mistakes, Homeowners Pick Up Pieces

One family submitted necessary paperwork for a loan modification to Bank of America but was told it wouldn't qualify — until a letter arrived recently that admitted the bank had made a mistake. Regulators are now trying to address the problem on a large scale.
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New York May Become Newest Bike-Sharing Mecca

New Yorkers spent part of this fall pedaling demo versions of a new bike that may become as common as the city's yellow cabs. The city has chosen an Oregon company to set up a fleet of 10,000 rental bikes.
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Local Food Is No Small Potatoes: Farmers Rake In Almost $5 Billion

More than half of the $5 billion in local food sales came not from farmers' markets but from restaurants and grocery stores, according to a government report. Those points of sale have attracted bigger farmers who might not bother with direct-to-consumer sales.
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Company Towns, After The Company Leaves Town

Huntsville, Alabama is known to many as "Rocket City." Nearly half of the city's jobs are connected to space and defense funding. Now, with NASA and the Pentagon facing significant cuts, Huntsville faces an uncertain future. Newton, Iowa, went through similar straits when Maytag left town in 2007.
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Kindle Fire Shipments Begin A Day Early

If you've been waiting anxiously for the tablet you pre-ordered from Amazon.com, it may already be headed your way.

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