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Barcode-scanning cell phones are common in parts of Asia, but now they're expected to make it to Europe and the U.S. within a year as major phone companies work to come up with a universal barcode standard.
Prices for flat panel TVs and high-definition DVD players keep coming down but consumers still aren't biting. Seems they're satisfied with their current picture — at least enough to wait and see whether Blu-ray or HD-DVD wins out.
Even as the housing market continues its slide, depleted university budgets and an upward trend in student enrollment have built a profitable little investment pocket in some college towns.
Some in Congress want to pass legislation that would give shareholders a non-binding voice in executive compensation, but critics say Joe Shareholder isn't really qualified to weigh in.
The European Union is considering new criminal penalties for counterfeiting and intellectual piracy that could mean four years in jail and fines of up to $360,000 for some violations.
Consumer groups are advocating to keep electric utilities under government control. They point to higher rates and energy shortages in states that have deregulated power.
El Salvador's President Tony Saca is a strong ally of the Bush administration, but now he's trying to make friends with top Democrats and it has everything to do with immigration.