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Features by Shannon Mullen

Is Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' just a big data mine?

Samsung came up with what seemed like a cool promotion: give away a million copies of Jay-Z’s new album. But how it handled the giveaway got it the wrong kind of publicity.
Posted In: Jay-Z, samsung, Magna Carta Holy Grail

Tech companies look to stay ahead of hackers

Intellectual property accounts for about 35 percent of U.S. GDP. But hackers, many of them in foreign countries, are working harder than ever to steal it.
Posted In: intellectual property, hacking, cybersecurity

Headed for your fish and chips: The lowly dogfish

Cod fishermen off Massachusetts catch few cod these days. Their allowed limits have been slashed because cod are fished out. What does take their hooks is dogfish -- lots of dogfish.
Posted In: fish, Massachusetts, dogfish, cod

Why Pandora bought a radio station in South Dakota

The music-streaming company Pandora has bought a small radio station in South Dakota. Owning a radio station could allow Pandora to pay smaller royalties that apply to... radio stations.
Posted In: radio, pandora, South Dakota

The growth of government contractors in surveillance

The use of government contractors involved in surveillance work has grown tremendously since 9/11. How big is this business?
Posted In: contractors, surveillance, nsa, PRISM

The ROI on that degree you just got

Librarians and marriage counselors need more than three times as long to pay off college loans than lawyers, or those in advertising/marketing careers.
Posted In: college degree, higher education, student loan, student loan debt

Target wants to take a bite out of the organic market

As big-box stores like Target and Walmart compete for grocery sales, new offerings -- like organic produce -- are one way to up the ante.
Posted In: Target, Wal-Mart, food and drink, organic

Want to buy a fixer-upper? Head to the Rust Belt

RealtyTrac has released its list of the top cities for fixer-upper houses. At the top of the list: Detroit and other Rust Belt cities.
Posted In: houses, buying a home, housing market

Zynga employees wait for their next turn

Social media gaming company Zynga laid off around 500 employees, but recruiters are already on the prowl. What's the afterlife of a Zynga employee?
Posted In: zynga, Silicon Valley, games, social media

Oil tax cuts spur fight in Alaska

Alaskans are worried that a cut to oil taxes could ruin the state budget. BP credits the tax break for spurring new investments in the North Slope oil field.
Posted In: big oil, Oil, Alaska, BP

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