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Could A Tech Giant Build A Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not

Since the rollout of, many have wondered whether a private company could have avoided the federal site's many pitfalls. Oregon took that route, hiring Silicon Valley titan Oracle to create its state insurance exchange. But two months after its scheduled launch, the website is still not working.

Sluggish Start To Holiday Sales May Mean More Price Cuts

Shoppers spent less this weekend than they did last year, even though many stores were open on Thanksgiving. Analysts are still predicting a strong holiday shopping season, but uncertainty about the economy is making customers uneasy.

Unemployment Benefit Program Set To Expire At Year's End

More than 1 million people will immediately see their extended federal unemployment benefits cut off if Congress doesn't act by the end of December. Supporters and their Democratic allies in Congress are pushing to keep the emergency program going through 2014, but it will be a tough sell.

Amazon's Drone Has Many Asking 'What Could Go Wrong?'

The online giant says it someday may fly small packages right to customers' homes. That's got many worrying about the potential dangers. So, does this sound like a good or a bad idea?
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Why You Won't Likely See Amazon Drones In The D.C. Area Any Time Soon

The announcement of Amazon Prime Air — same-day delivery fulfilled by a fleet of drones — has generated buzz, but can the project take off in the District?


Five Cyber Monday Stories From NPR's Archives

The term Cyber Monday didn't even exist before 2005, though online shopping was still popular. Early questions about how business models would have to change have given way to a world where online shopping is almost as ubiquitous as real-world shopping.

Holiday Sales: Gloomy or Merry And Bright?

Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, Black Friday... will all the steals and deals be enough to actually boost the nation's economy? To find out, host Michel Martin speaks with Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal.

Quick Question: Is Cyber Monday Passe?

The term — as we know it today — dates back to the mid-2000s. Now, laptops and WiFi and mobile gizmos allow Americans to shop Cyber Monday-style every day.

Getting To Know Black Innovators, One Tweet At A Time

NPR's Tell Me More launches its Twitter series with African-American entrepreneurs and tech innovators who will describe a typical day in their lives.

Uninsured Fret About Getting Health Coverage By New Year's Day

The technological trials for the online health insurance exchanges have turned an enrollment period that was supposed to be a leisurely three-month stroll into a last-minute sprint for millions of Americans. People who want coverage that starts at the beginning of 2014 need to sign up no later than Dec. 23.