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The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle that “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction? Later: Sears is closing its store in downtown Chicago, and we take this occasion to consider what Sears and its competitor, Montgomery Ward, were to consumers in the late 1800s: Amazon. And finally: Butterfinger's newest peanut butter-stuffed candy looks - or rather, tastes - familiar. Why would they try to challenge the icon of their industry? We break down this "better" Reese's.

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Hey, what a great idea! Chocolate peanut butter cups!

Jan 22, 2014
Why on earth would Butterfinger bring out a new product that takes on Reese's?

Happy 5th anniversary, bull market?

Jan 22, 2014
The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction?
The Wall Street bronze Bull looks out to an empty Broadway in Lower Manhattan, N.Y.
STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images

Sears, Roebuck: The 19th Century's Amazon

Jan 22, 2014
Sears is closing its store in downtown Chicago. We take this occasion to consider what Sears was to consumers in the late 1800s: Amazon.

Did Google punish Expedia for pulling a Rap Genius move?

Jan 22, 2014
Expedia's travel website has been sent to the back of the line in Google's search results.

Lena Dunham, Vogue, and the end of Photoshop?

Jan 22, 2014
Could the social media outrage over Lena Dunhams' retouched Vogue photo-shoot spark the end of Photoshop?

Is 'art' a dirty word at Sundance?

Jan 22, 2014
Grantland's Wesley Morris says studio execs looking to buy flicks are expecting more these days

Chinese workers fight Wal-Mart for better wages

Jan 22, 2014
Wal-Mart’s been in hot water lately with the National Labor Relations Board. But Wal-Mart’s labor problems don’t stop there. Wal-Mart employees in China are filing lawsuits against the company for similar problems.

The Chinese Internet's detour to... Wyoming?

Jan 22, 2014
Seventy-five percent of Chinese Internet traffic took a day trip to Cheyenne, Wyo.

The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle that “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction? Later: Sears is closing its store in downtown Chicago, and we take this occasion to consider what Sears and its competitor, Montgomery Ward, were to consumers in the late 1800s: Amazon. And finally: Butterfinger’s newest peanut butter-stuffed candy looks – or rather, tastes – familiar. Why would they try to challenge the icon of their industry? We break down this “better” Reese’s.

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