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Sony Explains Why Its PlayStation 4 Costs $1,845 In Brazil

The steep cost isn't a case of price-gouging, the company says, but a sign of Brazil's heavy taxes and fees on imported electronics. Prospective customers say it could be cheaper to fly to the U.S. to buy the game console.
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Despite Glitches, HealthCare.gov Could've Been Worse

Melissa Block talks with Rusty Foster, a writer and computer programmer, about problems with the online roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Foster wrote about the site's issues for The New Yorker.
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In Cost-Cutting Move, NOAA To Stop Printing Nautical Charts

Starting in April, the federal agency that surveys the nation's waters will offer charts only via on-demand printing, as PDFs or electronic charts.
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Coffee Coming Up, Nice And Hot ... And Prepared By A Robot

The 50-square-foot Coffee Haus from Briggo offers made-to-order espressos, cappuccinos and other specialty brews from direct-trade beans. Like any good neighborhood barista, it will even remember your favorite order.
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Amazon Raises Minimum Purchase For Free Shipping By $10

As the busy holiday shopping season looms, the giant retailer raised its minimum order size from $25 to $35. The change took effect Monday, the company says.
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European Parliament Joins List Of Those Upset With The NSA

France, Mexico and Brazil are also among the U.S. allies that have expressed their displeasure following reports of NSA spying activities in their countries.
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Katy Butler: "Knocking On Heaven's Door: The Path To A Better Way Of Death"

About 24 million Americans are helping care for aging parents. One woman's story of how her father's final years led her mother to defy the medical system and meet death on her own terms.

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Why HealthCare.gov Isn't Like A Typical E-Commerce Site

The federal government's beleaguered health care exchange site, HealthCare.gov, shares little in common with the e-commerce sites consumers use every day. On most e-commerce sites, prices are simple to find. Not so on HealthCare.gov. And that may be one of the reasons relatively few visitors to the site have actually enrolled.
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How Long Do They Really Have To Fix That Obamacare Website?

President Obama says he's pretty frustrated with the messed-up computer system for insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. If he gets it fixed by mid-November all will be well, analysts say. But further delay could mean real trouble.
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5 Questions Kathleen Sebelius Must Answer

It's not yet clear when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify before Congress. But it won't be soon enough for the Republicans who are calling for her resignation as a result of the Internet mess that is HealthCare.gov.

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