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Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well under way, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer. With millions of listenersContinue Reading “Apple Wants a Lead Role in Streaming Music”

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Week’s Winners and Losers: Apple Ticks On, Disney Ticks Off

There were plenty of winners and losers this week, with the leading consumer tech company finally catching up to hot demand for a new product and a family entertainment behemoth coming under fire for replacing employees with cheaper foreign immigrants on work visas. Apple (AAPL) — Winner Production of Apple Watch devices is finally startingContinue Reading “Week’s Winners and Losers: Apple Ticks On, Disney Ticks Off”

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3 Steps to Get Your Financial Life on Track

As most everyone understands in theory, it is smart to be prepared for anything in life — whether it occurs personally, financially or professionally. The unexpected happens to people just like you and me every day. But for many, good financial preparation, including establishing and maintaining solid financial habits or retirement readiness, isn’t as easyContinue Reading “3 Steps to Get Your Financial Life on Track”

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Why Your Local Bank Branch May Soon Disappear

NEW YORK — Bank branches are disappearing from the financial services landscape, but will they go away entirely? With a 40 percent decline in U.S. bank branches since 1991 and a projected continuing decline of 25 percent by 2018, according to banking industry business intelligence firm FMSI, it’s a fair question to ask. In aContinue Reading “Why Your Local Bank Branch May Soon Disappear”

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25 Companies That Are Revolutionizing Retail

The way people shop is changing every day. Thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and innovations in delivery and data, the retail landscape is evolving like never before. From an established e-commerce giant deploying drones to an inventive pizza chain, here are 25 companies that are revolutionizing the industry. 1. Zulily Applies T.J. Maxx ModelContinue Reading “25 Companies That Are Revolutionizing Retail”

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Is Amazon Handmade the Death Knell for Etsy?

Etsy executives celebrate the company’s IPO with employees and guests last month at the Nasdaq MarketSite. There’s a new arts and crafts marketplace hitting cyberspace, and the company behind it is going to attract plenty of attention. The Wall Street Journal reportsthat Amazon.com (AMZN) has been actively reaching out to the artisans who make EtsyContinue Reading “Is Amazon Handmade the Death Knell for Etsy?”

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Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery for Prime Members

CHICAGO — Amazon.com (AMZN) said Thursday it will offer limited free same-day delivery under its Prime shipping service as retailers try to outdo each other on delivery deals, and expanded the service to San Diego and the Tampa Bay Area. Amazon offers same-day delivery to Prime members for $5.99 a order and non-members for $8.99,Continue Reading “Amazon to Offer Free Same-Day Delivery for Prime Members”

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Is Your Rental Car Company Spying on You and Your Driving?

  Rental car giant Hertz has admitted it has cameras installed in about 1 in 8 of its cars in the United States. But those cameras — built into Hertz’s NeverLost dashboard assistant that offers routing help and local city guides — have never been turned on, Hertz has said, loudly and repeatedly. NeverLost 6Continue Reading “Is Your Rental Car Company Spying on You and Your Driving?”