Subscription-based business models are nothing new. But right now, e-commerce subscriptions are exploding. And in some cases, companies that make a unique pitch about their product line can win customers away from large retailers like Amazon.
A typically slow Labor Day weekend ended a summer that failed to live up to Hollywood's expectations. The number of movie tickets sold this summer was about 533 million, down 4 percent from 2011 and the lowest since an industry analyst began compiling summer figures 20 years ago.
In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
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