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Features by Sally Herships

Valentine’s Day aside, roses resist inflation

Rose prices haven’t risen for years, thanks to low-cost growers abroad and discount flowers at retailers. But Valentines Day is a different story.
Posted In: Valentine's Day, flowers

Where to buy roses: Anywhere but the U.S.

Roses sold in the U.S. mostly come from abroad. In fact, any roses you may have been lucky enough to receive today, or kind enough to give, probably came from South America.
Posted In: valentines

Apple to respond to lawsuit over dividends

Apple is to respond to a lawsuit claiming it should distribute more cash to shareholders. CEO Tim Cook calls the suit a “silly sideshow.”
Posted In: apple, stocks, Tech, shareholders

American, US Airways may marry out of need

American is emerging from bankruptcy. US Airways needs a big brother. Will the latest deal to create the biggest airline happen this time?
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, US Airways, American Airlines

The postman will only ring five times a week

The U.S. Postal Service plans to drop Saturday deliveries, except for packages. But don’t expect the 237-year-old service to disappear.
Posted In: U.S. Postal Service, post office

As mobiles apps about, wither video games?

Despite the gaming rage, sales of video games are down. Is that because of fatigue or the onslaught of mobile devices and their casual games?
Posted In: video games, mobile apps, gaming

Captcha-22: When online security hurts sales

Ticketmaster is ditching those hard-to-read letters and numbers, called captchas, that users must decipher to make a purchase. It's switching to images, which are easier, faster and more secure.
Posted In: captchas, ticketmaster

U.S. economy shrinks for first time since 2009

GDP shrank 0.1 percent last quarter. Private investment rose, but government spending fell. That bodes ill if automatic budget cuts can’t be avoided.
Posted In: GDP, Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

OpenTable buys food photo app

OpenTable, one of the biggest online restaurant reservation sites, will pay $10 million for Foodspotting and its hordes of amateur photographers.
Posted In: OpenTable, foodspotting, Food, Mergers and Acquisitions, photography, website

Twitter offers new challenge: 6-second videos

Twitter disproved skeptics of the 140-character tweet. Will it be able to turn a profit from six-second videos? Its new service, Vine, will try.
Posted In: Vine, Twitter

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