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Home Prices Tick Up, Housing Market Recovery May Be Strengthening

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices showed gains in nearly all major cities during April. While prices are still down from their boom-time highs, a recovery may be building.
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Orbitz Shows Mac Users Pricier Hotel Options: Big Deal Or No Brainer?

The travel site noticed that Mac users seem more likely to spend more on hotel rooms. So, it's experimenting with showing them costlier options than Windows users see. Is that smart business or unfair in some way?
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Fancy Names Can Fool Wine Geeks Into Paying More For A Bottle

Wine research suggests that people who think they know about wine are excited about hard to pronounce names — so excited, in fact, that they're willing to pay more. Plus, they think it tastes better, too.
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What's A Taxi Ride Worth? You Set The Price

Eric Hagen has gone from Wall Street to the streets of Burlington, Vt., and his one-man taxi service is accruing a flock of faithful customers. His Recession Ride Taxi puts riders in charge of deciding a fair fare.
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The Making Of Meat-Eating America

Thanks to American wealth and ingenuity, we're a nation of meat eaters. But that's not the whole story. Over the years, we've made access to land near cities affordable to farmers, and created a cheap market for beef and chicken.
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Orbitz Shows Mac Users More Expensive Options

Visitors to the online travel agency Orbitz see different results depending on what kind of computer they're using, according to The Wall Street Journal. Users of Apple computers are seeing more expensive options than those who search for hotels using a PC.
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Microsoft Snaps Up Yammer For $1.2 Billion

The business move is the software company's attempt to get a social network in its portfolio. Yammer is like Facebook but for business settings. It allows employees to see what colleagues in the same company are doing.

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