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Technology is the new retail therapy

Aug 18, 2008
Americans love technology, and the stats are proving it. Consumer electronic sales 4.8 in July, according to U.S. government estimates. The...

I deflate you kindly and anonymously

Aug 15, 2008
Web applications and sites seem to be good for a lot of things, like bringing friends together, enabling anonymous misanthropic deeds, or in the...
Posted In: alienation, Garfield, Internet, NiceCritic

Ex-Apple lawyer settles backdating case

Aug 15, 2008
Steve Jobs has taken heat in the past for Apple's backdating scandal, but now former Apple lawyer Nancy Heinen is sharing that spotlight. Heinen...

Spain eliminates wealth tax

Aug 14, 2008
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged last year to eliminate the country's wealth tax if re-elected, which brings in around 1...

Heat pump business is hot, naturally

Aug 13, 2008
Increasing energy costs have made geothermal heat pumps an attractive solution to heating buildings. The New York Times reports business is booming...
Posted In: energy, heat pumps, sustainability

iPhone coming to Best Buy

Aug 13, 2008
From the Associated Press:...
Posted In: apple, Best Buy, iPhone

Money can't buy you love, but . . .

Aug 13, 2008
It can buy you Beatles memorabilia. When once Beatles manager Brian Epstein signed a contract with the band on October 1, 1962, he became entitled...

High-speed Net service hits slowdown

Aug 12, 2008
Wired's "Epicenter" blog has an item based on reports out this week that say Americans' adoption of broadband service hit a seven-year low last...
Posted In: broadband, Internet

Hydrogen vehicles go cross-country

Aug 12, 2008
A two-week road trip from Portland, Me., to Los Angeles is underway to show the commercial viability of hydrogen-fueled vehicles....
Posted In: hydrogen, road tour

$100 billion to Iraq War contractors

Aug 12, 2008
The New York Times reports total spending on contractors since the war began could reach $100 billion this year. A congressional report due out...


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A near billion dollar company, World Finance is the largest of an often-overlooked breed of high-cost lender: installment lenders. Ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, the loans typically last anywhere from six months to three years. The industry boasts millions of customers and over 4,000 locations across at least 19 states, mostly in the south and Midwest, and touts the product as a consumer-friendly alternative to payday loans. World and its competitors gouge borrowers with unnecessary insurance products and persuade their customers to renew their loans over and over again, creating a cycle of debt that often grinds on for years.