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A cappella group Pentatonix performs at the 82nd annual Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

Holiday music economics: New artists sing old songs

Popular artists often rehash holiday standards. But why? Consumer demand.
Posted In: christmas music, holiday music, music industry, Christmas
The skyline of Washington, D.C.

Leading indicators released for the month

Unlike lagging indicators, these give us a snapshot of the economy as it stands.
Posted In: leading indicators, lagging indicators, Economy, US economy

With a Starbucks on every corner, chain pivots

Since the mermaid has become ubiquitous, Starbucks tries to stand out by going upscale.
Posted In: gourmet coffee, coffee shops, starbucks, coffee
Antonio Weiss, newly nominated treasury undersecretary.

Treasury undersecretary wanted, must love Wall Street

Liberal Democrats aren’t happy with White House's choice, investment banker Antonio Weiss.
Posted In: treasury undersecretary, antonio weiss, Obama, Wall Street, treasury

Medical bills, bills, bills

43 million Americans have overdue medical debt on their credit reports.
Posted In: bills, medical costs, medical debt

An oversupply of oil isn't all good

Too much oil means prices fall, but also oil companies cutting back.
Posted In: BP, big oil, oil prices

'Botnets' are costing advertisers billions

Ads are linked to how many people see them, but "botnet" computer networks inflate the numbers.
Posted In: robot, hackers, advertisements

Barnes & Noble move may signal a spinoff

Bookseller bought back Microsoft's stake. But it's still unclear if company might split in two.
Posted In: Nook, ebooks, e-books
: A board outside an exchange office in central Moscow lists foreign-currency rates against the Russian ruble.

Russian ruble suffers huge one-day fall

What’s a country to do as its currency collapses? Russia basically needs to weather the storm.
Posted In: oil prices, Russia, ruble, us dollar
Starting in January, Facebook says it will crack down even harder on what it calls "overly promotional posts."

Facebook takes aim at some freebies

They're changing the rules about all those promotional posts in your feed.
Posted In: Facebook, politicians, facebook ads, Small Business

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