Features By Jill Barshay

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Shoppers just weren't inspired this year

Another reason sited for lack of consumer participation in this year's holiday shopping season: no new technological innovations. Jill Barshay also reports where shoppers' recipient lists dwindled.
Posted In: Retail
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Living through the layoff and holiday

Marketing executive Christine Elbert's morning routine has changed pretty significantly since she was laid off, but she's weathering the storm and enjoying the holiday with her family. Jill Barshay has her story.
Posted In: Jobs
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Black Friday provided needed bang

The numbers for the Thanksgiving shopping weekend are in, and sales were up 17% from this time last year -- and the average consumer spent more, too. Jill Barshay explores why Black Friday wasn't so bleak.
Posted In: Internet, Retail
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Credit cards ramp up on rate hikes

Credit card companies have launched a new wave of rate and fee hikes this holiday season, including finance charges and increased late penalties. And some experts say this is only the beginning. Jill Barshay reports.
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The changing face of Coney Island

Coney Island is famous for its kitsch charm, but a looming redevelopment plan hoping to bring in hotels other mainstream commerce is threatening to change the amusement park for good. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Lehman Brothers rewards bad times

Troubled Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers is paying out 2008 bonuses this month -- even though Lehman's stock is down 65 percent since January. Jill Barshay reports the company's hoping to reverse that slide.
Posted In: Investing
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Was buying Countrywide a good idea?

Countrywide is officially part of Bank of America, but in the six months since B of A agreed to buy the mortgage company, Countrywide's losses continued to build up. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Housing, Mergers and Acquisitions
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Ruling threatens resales on eBay

A French court ordered eBay to pay millions for allowing knock-offs on its site, a decision that could have an impact on the auctioneer's business worldwide. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Science
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The power of AFL-CIO support

The AFL-CIO federation of unions is expected to put its support behind Barack Obama for president, hoping to influence key middle-class voters. Jill Barshay reports on the value of the group's endorsement.
Posted In: Jobs
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More protection for smart phones

Software firms are starting to focus on security for smart phones to help prevent loss or theft of important data. Jill Barshay reports we could start seeing cell phone viruses as soon as within six months.
Posted In: Science

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