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In a tough year for toys, Mattel has played a good game

Toy analysts say Mattel's core brands and its progress in high-tech toys have helped it do better than some other toymakers.
Posted In: Mattel, toys, Barbie

Historically black colleges struggle to compete

A federal court in Maryland ruled this week that the state had failed fully to desegregate its public higher education system.
Posted In: historically black colleges, HBCUs, Morgan State University

Iraq: Who watched the watchers?

The office established as the temporary oversight agency for Iraq reconstruction will cease operations.
Posted In: Iraq, afghanistan, government waste

$1,000 per share will get a bunch of nights at a Priceline hotel

At $1,000 per share, Priceline's stock is expensive -- so why hasn't the company split its share price?
Posted In: split stock, Priceline flights

Why the media -- and people -- love lists

The Forbes 400 is out. Media organizations spend a lot of time and money on building and promoting lists because they're easy to promote and can help sell a lot of ads.
Posted In: lists, Economy, business, media, Forbes

Empty Labor Day car lots mean stronger economy

Car makers should get a nice bump from the long holiday weekend, and all those Labor Day sales you saw advertised.
Posted In: cars, auto sales, holiday shopping

The drive-in movie theater isn't dead. Not yet at least.

There are only about 300 drive-in theaters left in the U.S., and the shift to digital projection may eliminate most of the survivors.
Posted In: drive-in movies, Honda, movie theaters

Who's watching the students? The watchers

A school district in Southern California has revealed that it is paying a company to track its students online.
Posted In: schools, Facebook, social networking

Nebraska Apple store is actually a classroom

It’s the first student-run Apple Store for aspiring marketers, accountants, and entrepreneurs.
Posted In: Apple Store, apple, Retail

Big-time brands start swinging on Vine

Airbnb is the latest company to experiment with Vine.
Posted In: Vine, Twitter, instagram

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