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Amazon Scraps TV Show Focus Groups

Amazon asked subscribers of its video-streaming service to do the jobs usually left to focus groups and executives. The company released 14 pilot TV shows, then looked at customer reviews and view counts. Amazon announced five pilots have been approved for a full season.
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New Data Confirm The Economy Isn't Growing As Fast As Hoped

Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.
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Examining China's Investment Record In U.S. Companies

How many Chinese companies have already bought U.S. businesses? David Greene talks to Dexter Roberts, Beijing bureau chief for Bloomberg Businessweek, about Chinese investment in the U.S.
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Will Chinese Firm Bring Home The Bacon With Smithfield Deal?

It isn't clear yet whether U.S. regulators will approve the takeover of the iconic American company by China's Shuanghui International. There are concerns that Shuanghui could ratchet up production to feed the growing demand for meat in China.
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GMO Wheat Found In Oregon Field. How Did It Get There?

An Oregon farmer discovered the genetically engineered wheat growing in his field about a month ago. Nobody knows how it got there, how widely it has spread, or whether it has been in fields harvested for food. GMO wheat is not approved for sale in the U.S.
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How A Trip To Costco Can Work As An Investment Strategy

As part of his investing adventure, NPR's Uri Berliner tries his hand at bulk buying. The idea: Stock up on goods now that you know you'll need later. It's a hedge against inflation. But figuring out what to buy and how much isn't so easy.
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Smithfield Deal Highlights China's Reliance On U.S. Farmers

A Chinese food company is buying Virginia-based Smithfield Foods in a deal valued at $4.7 billion. It's being called the largest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese buyer, but the deal will likely face close scrutiny.

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