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Dollars will be a significant part of the U.S. arsenal in the ramped-up battle against the Taliban. Money will also be widely distributed as development aid. Steve Henn reports on the many uses of cold, hard cash in the battle for hearts and minds.
Some publishers, most notably Rupert Murdoch, have complained that Google is taking advantage of their sites by offering their paid content for free. Now Google has decided to play nice -- sort of. Alisa Roth reports.
Just as when it lowered prices on books and DVD's, Wal-Mart's decision to cut video game prices by $10 has led to a big drop in the stock prices of competing retailers. With that much power, can Wal-Mart cause deflation? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Kai Ryssdal reviews listener comments about paying with cash instead of plastic, interest-rate swaps, the "slow media" movement, a proposed tax on cosmetic surgery, and more.
Even though a lot of people are spending less this year, the holidays will go on and gifts will be bought. So retailers and charities are teaming up to make shopping itself a gift that gives more than once. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.