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The Internet Is Rotting

Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. The internet—how we both communicate with one another and together preserve the intellectual products of human civilization—fits Clarke’s...

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Amazon Sellers Paying to Game the System

For the millions of third-party sellers on Amazon’s marketplace, maintaining a successful business is a constant battle to rank high in search results, collect positive product reviews, and keep up with Amazon when it releases its own branded versions of sellers’ most...

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Retail Drops by Most Since 2009

Retail sales plummeted by the most in nine years in December, an unexpected drop that has fueled concerns about an economy driven by consumer spending.  The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales sank 1.2% last month to $505.8 billion, marking the...

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