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  • Stocks quiet, but gain for second straight day

    The Dow inched up 21.04 points to close at 12418 on a quiet day for the markets

  • Will Apple block the new Steve Jobs action figure?

    A Chinese company is promoting a Steve Jobs action figure but past directives by Apple to shut down similar products suggests it is unlikely the Steve Jobs action figure will make it to US stores.

  • Research in Motion stock hits 8-year low. BlackBerry users leaving.

    Research in Motion stock falls after company delays arrival of new phones next year. But the real problem for Research in Motion stock: Loyal BlackBerry users are jumping to other smartphones.
    12/17/2011 11:03 am

  • Chapter & Verse Is Slate's Amazon-defending blogger really a 'moron'?

    12/16/2011 10:11 am

  • 5 best websites for turning junk into cash

    Houses have an almost magical ability to accumulate junk, and everyone seems to have stuff they don’t really want and won’t ever use. Instead of letting that box of unused electronics or your great aunt’s porcelain cat collection turn you into an unwilling hoarder, why not sell it off and make some extra cash? You can try doing it yourself (check out 13 Tips for a Super Yard Sale) or take your stuff to a local consignment shop (although you’re going to pay a large commission fee – at least 40 percent of the sale price, according to MSN). Like everything else these days, online is where’s happening. But if you want to earn top dollar, make sure you target the right market:
    12/11/2011 08:00 am

  • Holiday shopping online: How to avoid the '12 cyber scams of Christmas'

    With more Americans turning to the Internet for more of their holiday shopping needs, good cybersecurity is vital to avoid a raft of scams – from promises of "free iPads" to "holiday screensavers" that install malware on your computer. To shop safely, it's wise to avoid what might be called the "12 cyber scams of Christmas." They include:
    11/28/2011 05:19 pm

  • The New Economy The economics of gratitude

    Market transactions only measure a portion of the true economy. Here are ways to extend our resources without additional spending.
    11/24/2011 08:00 am

  • Best buys, worst buys on Black Friday 2011

    Black Friday 2011 guide: You'll find great deals on second-tier electronics, apparel, and more, but wait a week for the best buys on all but the most popular toys. Avoid jewelry on Black Friday 2011.
    11/18/2011 09:57 am

  • The Simple Dollar Retirement planning: A target fund for your 403(b)?

    Retirement planning could benefit with a tax-deferred and Roth IRA invested in a target fund. Retirement planning question is No. 8 in the reader mailbag. 
    11/17/2011 10:30 pm

  • Tax VOX A fix on the horizon for the online sales tax mess

    The new measure  would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes on all purchases, as long as the states first agree to simplify their sales tax rules. Remarkably, the idea has broad support in the business community and may actually pass.
    11/17/2011 04:00 pm

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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