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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.
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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.
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The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.
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Airbnb Anticipates Tourism Boost With Launch In Cuba

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Ted Henken, professor of Latin American studies at Baruch College, CUNY, about Airbnb's entry into Cuba.
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In Movie Piracy Case, Australian ISPs Are Ordered To Share Customers' Info

It's being called a landmark ruling in Australia, where delayed film release dates are blamed for helping create one of the highest rates of Web piracy in the world.
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A New Internet Domain: Extortion Or Free Speech?

New Web suffixes have popped up in recent years to supplement .com and .net. One of the newest — .sucks — has companies worried their reputations will take a hit, so they're buying up the addresses.
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Artists In Residence Give High-Tech Projects A Human Touch

A 3-D printing software company hands artists high-tech tools to craft human-centered projects. But it isn't the first program to pair the imaginative with the practical to inform great innovation.
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A Facebook First: Judge Allows N.Y. Woman To File For Divorce Using Site

Attempts by Ellanora Biadoo to reach her husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, were unsuccessful. But he has kept in touch exclusively via phone and Facebook.
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Should Maryland Impose Statewide Regulations On Ride-Hailing Apps?

Some lawmakers in Maryland believe now is the time for the state to tackle regulations on ride-hailing apps like Uber before jurisdictions like Montgomery County go ahead and take action of their own.

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Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. New technologies make it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.

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