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A building permit sign hangs on a fence in Des Plaines, Illinois. Years after the recession, the home-building industry is finally starting to look up.

For homebuilders, things are looking up...just a bit

Oct 16, 2014
People are starting to buy homes again but challenges like tight credit remain.
Posted In: housing crisis, housing market, home buying, construction

HBO is cutting the cord. Will cable survive?

Oct 15, 2014
Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson says cable's days may be numbered
Posted In: HBO, cable TV, television
Mason Plumlee (C) of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to losing the ball against the Boston Celtics during their NBA game March 21, 2014. The two teams will play again this Sunday, only this time, the experimental pre-game will be four minutes shorter than usual.

The NBA's experiment: offering fans a shorter game

Oct 15, 2014
The NBA experiments with a shorter game this Sunday. But does it mean less is more for basketball?
Posted In: Sports, NBA, basketball

Black Friday to start two hours earlier at Macy's

Oct 14, 2014
Yes, I know it's not even Halloween yet. Don't get me started.
Posted In: Macy's, Black Friday, holiday shopping
 A cable car passes by a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco. P Morgan, Citigroup and Wells Fargo reported earnings Tuesday that show how the "American bank" has changed since the financial crisis.

Behind big banks profits, a sea change

Oct 14, 2014
Has 'the American Bank' has changed since the financial crisis?
Posted In: Wells Fargo, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, earnings report, bank bailout

The numbers for October 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014
Cupcakes, the cost of digital projectors and more numbers we're watching today.
Posted In: Ebola, cupcakes, movie theaters, YouTube

Google expands delivery service

Oct 14, 2014
New front in the battle for online customers: same-day delivery.
Posted In: Google, Amazon
 Yera Dominguez uses a credit card reader to charge a credit card from a customer for payment at Lorenzo's Italian Market in Miami, Florida.

Banks seek profits in credit cards

Oct 14, 2014
Many analysts are looking for profits in a traditionally dull place: credit cards.
Posted In: Banks, Credit card, CARD Act
Washington Cemetary

How do cemeteries make money?

Oct 13, 2014
Or perhaps the better question: What do they do when they run out of space?
Posted In: death, user-generated content, cemeteries, Burial
A girl watches a video on youtube on a computer in Chisseaux near Tours, central France.

The Internet is not big enough for political ads

Oct 13, 2014
Whoever said 'there’s plenty of room for everyone on the Internet' was wrong.
Posted In: YouTube, Political ads, online advertising, election spending

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