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Egypt's government is in turmoil, putting its economy at even further risk. Obamacare implementation is delayed, and employers may take advantage by exploring how to drop health care coverage. And why Freakonomics thinks McDonald's is a global economic indicator of…

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Twitter translating Egyptian tweets

Jul 3, 2013
Earlier this week, Twitter quietly launched a translation service.

Tracking my package: A whole new meaning

Jul 3, 2013
All police have to do is ask, and the post office will tell them what kind of mail you've been receiving.

Tesla asks: What's the point of car dealers?

Jul 3, 2013
Tesla wants to cut out the middleman and sell directly to consumers. But most states require car makers to sell through a dealer.

Egypt's Suez Canal isn't oil industry prize

Jul 3, 2013
As Egypt grapples with political unrest, many economic analysts are worried about the price of oil. But Egypt's Suez Canal isn't as important as you'd think.
An Egyptian woman takes a photo a container ship as it sails through the Suez Canal.
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Obamacare delay: Will employers drop health care?

Jul 3, 2013
Now that the Obama administration has delayed the health care madate, some analysts expect employers to consider dropping coverage for their workers.

Fireproofing your home in the wilderness

Jul 3, 2013
Hundreds of homes have already been lost to wildfires this summer. There are ways to make these houses less likely to burn, but fire mitigation is a hard sell to homeowners.

Freakonomics: Can the McDouble save humanity?

Jul 3, 2013
An argument for why the McDonald's burger is the "cheapest, most nutritious, and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history."

In China, a replica of Manhattan loses its luster

Jul 3, 2013
The port city of Tianjin has taken on billions of dollars of debt building a city that looks exactly like Manhattan. It hopes to become one of the financial centers of the world. But China's economy is slowing down, and…

Portugal's political crisis rooted in economics

Jul 3, 2013
Resignations by Portugal’s finance minister and foreign minister sent European markets tumbling.

Egypt’s government is in turmoil, putting its economy at even further risk. Obamacare implementation is delayed, and employers may take advantage by exploring how to drop health care coverage. And why Freakonomics thinks McDonald’s is a global economic indicator of hope.

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