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Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee?

Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray …

Indian stock market hits record high

<b>India's main stock index, the Sensex, has hit a record high, propelled by an increased inflow of foreign capital.</b>

Food Stamp Cuts Spell More Bad News For Shoppers and Retailers

The reduction in food stamp allocations that takes effect today could have a big impact on<p>2013 Holiday sales.<p>An estimated 48 million Americans are on the government’s supplemental nutritional assistance program (SNAP) and benefits for a family of four will be reduced by $36 a month. Benefits were …

Pinterest Appeals To Publishers With New Article Pins, Pushes To Become A Bookmarking & “Read It Later” Service

Only days after announcing the launch of ads, social networking site Pinterest is now making an appeal to publishers. The company is today rolling out an updated “article” pin type, which is designed to expand Pinterest’s reach beyond those pinning photographs or product images linking to …

The design origins of iOS 7

In my last post, I went over some of the problems I have with the new UI in iOS 7. In this post, I’m going to trace the design lineage of some of the …

LinkedIn’s Mobile Update Telegraphs Its Interest In Endorsement Data

LinkedIn has updated its iPhone app with the ability to create endorsements for your connections right from your smartphone or tablet. The move demonstrates how important LinkedIn feels that this endorsement data is to its growing trove of signals.<p>The app has also been updated to look more ‘iOS …

Wal-Mart kick starts holiday shopping online

World's largest retailer debuts 7 big deals usually saved for day after Thanksgiving.<p>NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping.<p>The world's largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally …

Banks afraid of joining $4.7 billion BlackBerry bid, says Reuters

In September a Canadian investment firm made a $4.7 billion buyout offer to BlackBerry — but banks are so skeptical about the former smartphone giant the firm is reportedly having trouble raising the funds. <i>Reuters</i> reports that Fairfax Financial Holdings has found that several large banks don't want …

VW slumps; Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover all up

Volkswagen reported today that it's October U.S. sales slumped 18% to 28,129.<p>The October results leave the brand down 4% for the year, missing the U.S. sales growth lifting the rest of the industry.<p>Looking at the bright side, VW Group of America head Jonathan Browning pointed out that the VW brand …

Apple hopes for big holiday sales of iPads

As they usually do, Apple customers queued up at stores in 42 countries around the world Friday as the company kicked off what it hopes is an "iPad Christmas" with sales of the latest model, the iPad Air.<p>But the lines were reportedly shorter and the atmosphere more muted than in September, when the …

Report: Microsoft Wants To Sell 16 Million Windows Tablets This Holiday Season

The company wants to sell 16 million Windows tablets during the season, reports Paul Thurrott at the Supersite for Windows blog, quoting unnamed sources.<p>That actually seems doable, if we're talking about the whole fourth quarter and all Windows tablet vendors. That's about how many tablets Apple …