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Small talk: Walmart.com takes cash, 'Ciri' is in your TV

Apr 27, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Paying for cash at Walmart.com, when you accidentally fire your entire company, and an Apple knock-off TV has Ciri in it.
Posted In: Walmart, apple tv, job

Small talk: A backlit Nook, worst jobs, growing chairs

Apr 13, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: A Nook e-reader that won't disturb others, a list of the best, worst and most stressful jobs in the U.S., and an artist is growing chairs.
Posted In: Nook, Barnes & Noble, worst jobs, chairs

Small talk: Bacon coffin, Beatles Wheelchair, Siri sued

Mar 30, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: a bacon-y coffin, what The Beatles have to do with wheelchairs, and is Siri worried about getting sued?
Posted In: bacon, The Beatles, siri

Small talk: Pink lights, games with cats, Google ads

Mar 16, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: using pink lights to deter criminals, an interspecies iPad game you can play with your cat, Google replacing ringtones with ads.
Posted In: Pink, Crime, cats, iPad, Google, ads

Small talk: Quiet flying, NYC taxi lights, exam answers

Mar 2, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Virgin's Upper Class Dream Suite, New York taxis get new lights, and funny exam questions.
Posted In: Virgin Atlantic, New York City, taxis, exams

Small talk: New car smell, Girl Scout cookies

Feb 17, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Girl Scouts get high-tech, that new car smell is toxic and getting to Ecuador if you're a retiree.
Posted In: Girl Scouts, new car, Ecuador, Retirement

Small talk: Church of Copyism, fake wine, BA's oops

Jan 20, 2012
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: A church that believes in the power of file sharing, pinot noir that's not pinot noir, and British Airways causes "undue concern."

Best of 'Small Talk' in 2011

Dec 30, 2011
A showcase of the most amusing under-the-radar business stories of 2011.

Small talk: Burger King, counting pigeons and product placement

Dec 23, 2011
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: Burger King loses its crown, pigeons may be able to do math and the shows with the most product placement.

Small talk: Cuddle class, an Occupy Wall Street class, when Virginia starts classes

Dec 9, 2011
The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: It's all about class. Air New Zealand has a cuddle class, NYU offers an Occupy Wall Street Class, and why classes in Virginia don't start until after Labor Day.

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Special correspondent David Brancaccio and the Economy 4.0 team cover the economy of the future — and how to make it work better for more people. In the wake of the recent crisis, we investigate how the financial regulatory system is (or isn't) being reformed, how that will affect you and how we measure progress. Follow us on Twitter.