Features By Sean Cole

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Pretend investing can have a real upside

UpDown.com lets you play the markets risk-free. And get paid if you are among the best performing users every month.
Posted In: Investing
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PepsiCo aims to chip away at sodium content with Crystal Salt

The company that makes Lay's Potato Chips says it has developed a low-sodium chip that doesn't taste any less salty.
Posted In: Food
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Success varies for U.S. colleges in Middle East

Many American colleges have expanded their brands to the Middle East. But their record has been spotty.
Posted In: Education
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Copyrighted material staying up on YouTube

There's a lot of creative content on YouTube, some of it copyrighted. But instead of blocking that content, copyright holders increasingly prefer making money.
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A no-lose, no-cash out way to gamble

Marketplace's Sean Cole looks at a game where people use real money to place bets, even they know they'll never, ever win.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Canada considers dropping its penny

The Canadian Senate Finance Committee unveiled a report that recommended Canada get rid of its penny.
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Construction equipment hot property for thieves

You'd think the sheer size and weight of construction equipment would make it thief-proof. But heavy duty bulldozers and back hoes are commonly stolen in the U.S. and Canada. Marketplace's Sean Cole takes a look at why.
Posted In: Crime
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Going "green" can be cutting jobs

Hotels around the country are urging their customers to "make a green choice" and opt out of daily housekeeping for their rooms. But cutting back on water and electricity might also be cutting back on something else: jobs. Sean Cole reports.
Posted In: Environment, Jobs, Travel
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How much for the 12 Days of Christmas?

Thinking of gifting someone "The 12 Days of Christmas" this year? Well you better be well-off. Sean Cole investigates the true price of the song.
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When your life mirrors a reality show about debt

Your work becomes a big part of your life, to say the least. But what happens when your life starts reflecting your work -- and your work is on a reality show about people who have accumulated too much debt? Sean Cole goes behind the scenes.
Posted In: Credit Cards, Personal Finance

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