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Features by Sally Herships

Viacom channels pulled from DirecTV

More than two dozen Viacom Inc. channels -- including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central -- were blacked out for DirecTV subscribers after the companies failed to reach an agreement on programming fees.
Posted In: tv, directv, Entertainment, viacom

Blackberry meets its shareholders

At Research in Motion's annual meeting, it was a mix of bad news and turnaround talk.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, cell phones

Largest maker of gas cans going out of business

What did in the maker of the ubiquitous red containers? A failure to heed the warning printed on them.
Posted In: Blitz USA, gas

As apartment vacancies drop, rents rise

Apartment buildings are fuller than they’ve been in a decade. Rents are at record highs. Houses are relatively cheap, but loans are elusive.
Posted In: Housing, rent vs. buy, rent

Fewer Americans saving for emergencies

A new study says almost half of Americans don't have enough saved to cover three months expenses, up slightly from a year ago.
Posted In: emergency savings, Savings

Merck under fire for marketing meds to kids

Merck's use of cartoon animals from “Madagascar 3” prompts complaint that grape-flavored Claritin allergy medicine could be confused for candy.
Posted In: marketing, claritin, merck, madagascar

Keeping up with the Henrys

Henrys -- High Earners, Not Rich Yet – account for 40 percent of U.S. consumer spending. But just when the economy needs them, Henrys are nervous.
Posted In: Henrys, spending

TV drama 'Dallas' relaunches for a new generation

The popular '80s primetime soap gets remade with the all-important ad demographic of 18- to 35-year-olds in mind. The question is no longer "Who shot JR?" but "How long will JR be on screen?"
Posted In: tv, TNT, Dallas, television

Taking control of your personal data

Your personal data gets mined every time you do a Google search or browse Amazon. But now, some start-ups are trying to let consumers take control of their data -- and get something in return.
Posted In: consumer data, data

Musicians big and small compete for summer concert sales

Madonna begins her worldwide summer tour today in Israel. Shows have already sold out around the world. But what if you're not Madonna? How do you make money on tour?
Posted In: Entertainment, concerts, Music

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