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Amazon, The U.S. Postal Service And The Push To Expand Same-Day Delivery

Amazon will use the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday deliveries in New York and Los Angeles with plans to expand the service to other cities. How the push toward same-day delivery is transforming online shopping and the retail industry.

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Western Media In China: Living With The 'Anaconda'

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But experts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
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Are Flesh-Eating Zombies The Future Of Television?

AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.
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Amazon Offers Sunday Delivery In Selected Cities

The U.S. Postal Service is teaming up with online retail giant Amazon to deliver packages on Sundays. Residents of Los Angeles and New York can now take advantage of the additional delivery day at no extra charge. Amazon plans to expand Sunday delivery to more cities next year.
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Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers

In a pre-Christmas offensive to lower prices, the Venezuelan government has taken over a nationwide chain of electronics and appliance stores that it accuses of price gouging. That's led to huge lines outside the stores as shoppers snap up cut-rate refrigerators and computers. As Venezuela's socialist government combats surging inflation, it's warning that more takeovers are ahead.
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Greek Shop Owners Resist Opening On Sundays

The Greek government is pushing stores to open on Sundays, just like the tourist shops around the Acropolis. But mom-and-pop shops that are participating in a pilot program to open seven Sundays a year, say they lost money last weekend — the first Sunday the program was effect.
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Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda'

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party. But analysts say accusations of self-censorship go far beyond this one case. One American academic compares China's censorial authority to a "giant anaconda" — its mere presence enough to make people limit their behavior.
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Disposable Underwear Courtesy Of 3D Printer

Shopping anywhere could take a hit if 3D printing takes off. That technology allows users to print products at home. Disposable underwear is the brain-child of an Israeli couple, whose 3D technology also enables them to print items like bandages or sportswear. Currently the fabric printers run about $3 million.
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Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

It takes more than a decisive vision to solve intractable world problems, says Harvard leadership expert Ronald Heifetz. Instead, he advises his students — including budding heads-of-state — to think less like surgeons and more like psychiatrists.
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Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care

Self-employed workers are some of the people who could benefit most from insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but figuring out how much coverage will cost can be tricky. Well, we've got answers for them, and also for people wondering about what happens if they don't have any insurance at all.

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