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15th October 1980: Jackie Chan, martial arts expert, in Britain to publicize his film the "Big Brawl."

A Jackie Chan movie just changed the solar industry

Nov 28, 2014
The material in blu-ray discs make solar panels more efficient.
Posted In: solar, Jackie Chan, solar panels, blu-ray
Cranberries are harvested at Weston Cranberry Farm in Carver, Massachusetts.

The government is literally buying tons of cranberries

Nov 26, 2014
34,000 tons, to be exact. Happy Thanksgiving.
Posted In: cranberry, surplus, department of agriculture
A JetBlue aircraft prepares to land at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. in May 2014.

Flight school: JetBlue to offer educational videos

Nov 25, 2014
By the end of the year, the airline plans to provide you with an eggheaded excuse to avoid talking to the passenger next to you.
Posted In: JetBlue, Online classes, airplace, flying, Education
Recording artist Jay-Z, makes an announcement on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles for the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival.

Clydesdales go missing from Budweiser's holiday ads

Nov 24, 2014
The brewing company is partnering with Jay-Z to try to appeal to younger costumers.
Posted In: Budweiser, Jay-Z, holiday, commercials, clydesdale
Everybody needs to cuddle.

Professional cuddlers for hire in Portland

Nov 21, 2014
$60 will buy you an hour of platonic cuddling at a new business, Cuddle Up to Me.
Posted In: cuddling shop, odd jobs, Portland
Netflix streams on a laptop and cellphone. The vide- streaming service is responsible for 35 percent of bandwidth usage in North America, according to a recent study.

Netflix is king of bandwidth in North America

Nov 20, 2014
The latest in "how-many-caveats-can-fit-in-one-statistic" news.
Posted In: netflix, bandwidth, video streaming, hulu, Amazon
According to Bloomberg, you probably haven't eaten these in a while.

You know what's not selling like hotcakes? Hotcakes

Nov 19, 2014
Someone make Jack Johnson write another song, quick!
Posted In: hot cakes, pancakes, breakfast sales, kale
Emil Michael, senior vice president of business for Uber Technologies Inc.

Uber's data makes a creepy point about the company

Nov 18, 2014
A 2012 blog post from Uber's data team tracked post-one-night-stand rides.
Posted In: Uber, walk of shame, consumer data

Snapchat partners with Square to present ... Snapcash

Nov 17, 2014
The Snapcash app will allow users to send money to friends. What could possibly go wrong?
Posted In: Snapchat, snapcash, mobile payments
Bill Gross, co-chief investment officer of Pacific Investment Management Co., PIMCO.

Pimco co-founder got a $290 million bonus last year

Nov 14, 2014
His life is so different from ours.
Posted In: bill gross, PIMCO, bonuses, Wall Street bonuses

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.