Marketplace for Thursday, November 21, 2013

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Target is the latest low-price retailer to lower expectations because consumers aren’t spending freely. The problem appears to be lower-income consumers, worried about jobs, food and gas. Also on the show: Many would say that the unveiling of Obamacare has been one of the worst product launches in history. Now comes the do-over: New branding (Only refer to it as the ACA -- not Obamacare). And finally, United Airlines and Delta are tweaking their frequent flier mileage plans. American and US Airways will to, following their merger. The changes will devalue miles earned by frequent fliers, potentially alienating customers.

Using a cell phone while trapped on a plane (yes, seriously)

This week's sign that the apocalypse is upon us.
Posted In: fcc, airplanes, phones

Box office points to a good year for black filmmakers

"It's a good year for black films" is something we hear every couple of years. Grantland's Wesley Morris says this time, it's different.
Posted In: film, tyler perry

United MileagePlus changes: Frequent flier inflation

Airlines tweak their frequent flier programs to devalue miles, potentially alienating customers.
Posted In: frequent fliers, AA Advantage, Delta SkyMiles

Comcast CEO: "We reinvent ourselves every couple years"

Turning a 50-year-old cable provider into an internet and content company.
Posted In: Comcast, customer service, CEOs

White House changes course on the word 'Obamacare'

Many would say that the unveiling of Obamacare has been one of the worst product launches in history.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA, rebranding

When Target, Walmart are too expensive

Target is the latest low-price retailer to lower expectations because consumers aren't spending freely.
Posted In: Target Black Friday, Walmart Black Friday

What is a commodity, anyway?

Investors who are worried about inflation have been pouring money into commodities like gold, silver and wheat. But what is a commodity, anyway? And why are they considered a good investment for inflation hawks?
Posted In: commodities, investment, apples

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