Marketplace for Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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It’s shaping up to be a good holiday for people looking to get a deal on consumer electronics. Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season. Rivals are expected to follow. Next, the FCC is moving toward allowing phone companies to replace their century-old land lines with internet-based phone service. Finally, our series The New Math of Health Care continues with a look at what 'value' means in the context of health.

The skeletal remains of farm life on the Plains

A photographer and sociologist pair up to document the changing landscape of a once bustling farm region
Posted In: great plains, photography

Want to know how to taper? Ask a candle maker

We don't know when the Federal Reserve will trim its bond-buying policies that boost the economy, but we do know that tapering that program will be intricate work.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, taper, tapering

Black Friday line starts more than a week early

In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, there's a guy already camped out in front of the local Best Buy.
Posted In: Black Friday, holiday shopping

Landline phone, R.I.P.?

The F.C.C. is moving toward allowing phone companies to replace their century-old landlines with internet-based phone service.
Posted In: fcc, telephone, landlines

A women's-only bank in India

India launches its first women-only public sector bank this week.
Posted In: India, Banks

Battle lines are drawn in consumer electronics price war

Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season.
Posted In: Best Buy, retailers, Black Friday, holiday shopping

Pushing patients to seek value, whatever that is

Changes in the insurance system are leading more consumers to consider what they expect in their health care and how much it is worth to them.
Posted In: health care, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, health insurance

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(Don't Let Them) Cool Off (Album Version)
Peter Bjorn And John
Telephone
Dom
Day 38
Ta-ku
Fifteen
Goldroom feat. Chela
This American Life (Instrumental) [Explicit]
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