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Here's why Amazon Prime can afford to raise prices

In terms of scale, speed, and streaming extras there is no comparable offering<p>Yesterday morning Amazon emailed it customers to let them know that its Prime delivery service, after more than nine years, was getting its first price hike, from $79 a year to $99. In some ways it seemed like a risky …

On Pi Day, check out pie chart showing most low-wage jobs are held by women - Capitol Report - MarketWatch

It’s March 14. That’s 3/14. So it’s Pi Day. Remember from high school that π ≈ 3.14? Of course you do.<p>In honor of this momentous occasion, the …

Why Home Security Providers Should Feel Insecure In The Smart Home Era

When you look for areas ripe for disruption in the smart home era, home security monitoring is near the top of the list.<p>While long-time security providers like ADT have done well over the past few decades catering to the roughly 1 in 5 US households that pay for monitored home security services, …

Obama hampers for-profit colleges

The Obama administration on Friday took an aggressive step to crack down on for-profit career training colleges, proposing a regulatory regimen that could shut down hundreds of degree programs — enrolling a million students in fields ranging from accounting to air-conditioning repair — for failing …

Why Disney Doesn't Micromanage, It Overmanages

"People can feel perfection." -- Walt Disney used those words to explain to legendary Imagineer John Hench the importance of paying extraordinary attention to detail and exceeding Guests' expectations<p>"People can feel perfection."<p>Walt Disney used those words to explain to legendary Imagineer John …

Walt Disney Company

Crimea: Economic fallout of a 'yes' vote

Preliminary results showed the Ukrainian region of Crimea voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to join Russia, a move that could tip Europe back into a Cold War with its powerful eastern neighbor.<p>The West has called the vote illegal, saying Russian military activity in Crimea violates Ukraine's …

Richard Branson's top 10 tips for success

<b>Richard Branson left school at the age of 16 and set up Student Magazine with one of his friends. He went on to start Virgin Records in the 1970s and is the founder of the Virgin Group. In the 1980s he formed Virgin Atlantic airline and the 1990s saw the arrival of Virgin Mobile and Virgin …

Making the case that Africa needs drones more than roads

Could African countries with poor road infrastructure leapfrog right from donkeys to drones? They can and should, according to the man behind the Flying Donkey Challenge. The competition will support the development of drones that can be used to carry goods to market and deliver medication to …

Africa

Is this steel credit card worth $495?

In order to attract more big spenders, credit-card companies are scrapping the plastic for fancy cards made of titanium, aluminum and steel. But with …

Personal Finance

You’re getting a raise in May — sort of

When spring arrives, many Americans might feel like they got a pay raise. That’s because the cold weather and a storm of other factors jacked up …

Natural Gas

Time To Buy China?

Late last year, <i>Asia Confidential</i> made a seemingly outrageous call: that junior gold miners would likely prove the great contrarian trade of 2014. At the time, these stocks were the most hated assets on the planet. By a distance. But valuations were at more than decade lows. And many companies were …

Lawsuit will test GM immunity for pre-2009 deaths

The tragic deaths of two teenage girls from Wisconsin in a 2006 crash in a Chevrolet Cobalt left their families reeling, but they felt they had no legal recourse against General Motors.<p>Now the 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in which they died is the subject of a highly publicized recall more than seven …