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The show aired to intense interest: More than 20 million people watched Discovery's YouTube trailer for the special, in which naturalist Paul Rosolie said, "We're going to get me inside of a snake."
Video games have become a ubiquitous, billion-dollar industry, but all of the Playstations, Xboxes and Wiis can be traced back to the work of Robert Baer and his "Brown Box." He died Saturday.
A new State Department program would allow U.S.-based Latino parents to bring over children left in home countries. More than 57,000 children made the trip across the U.S.-Mexican border this year.
Environmentalists, union members and consumer advocates demonstrated against trade negotiators Monday. In an interesting political twist, many Tea Party Republicans agree with the liberal activists.
The new book The Professor and the President looks back at how Democratic Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan pushed the Nixon White House to embrace a relatively liberal plan.
The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is expected to form an unprecedented, NATO-inspired joint military command. The growing strength of ISIS and Iran's influence has made cooperation more urgent.
Global olive oil production is down. Italian groves have been especially hard hit by a disease that killed 1 million trees. Audie Cornish speaks with Curtis Cord, publisher of the Olive Oil Times.
McDonald's is not loving its financial numbers. The fast-food chain reported that same-store sales in the U.S. tumbled 4.6 percent in November compared to a year ago, continuing a downward trend.
Several states, including those led by Republicans, aren't waiting for Congress to shore up the federal highway trust fund and help pay for repairing worn out infrastructure.
321,000 jobs were added in November, with jobs in retail, health care, manufacturing, and professional and business services growing. Unemployment held steady at 5.8 percent.
Another significant change was the increase in hourly earnings for ordinary workers — at .4 percent, wage growth exceeded the anticipated increase by double. The U.S. has struggled with wage stagnation and the jobless rate, and this most recent report cast a sunny outlook for the future of both.
How have you been impacted by changes in the job market? Have you felt some of the benefits to a lower unemployment and rising wages? Tell us more about your experiences in the comments or @MarketplaceWKND.
Attorney General Eric Holder says he hopes state and local police will adopt the new guidelines for federal law enforcers.
If you’ve been to a Starbucks lately, you might’ve used your smartphone or noticed other customers using theirs to pay for their lattes.
Now Starbucks is taking another technological step forward by rolling out a fleet of Powermat wireless phone chargers in its stores.
They may help curb arguments with power-outlet hoarders, but the chargers serve a larger purpose – to burnish the Starbucks brand. The company's adoption of new technology is just as important to its image as the quality of its coffee beans, says Jonah Berger, a University of Pennsylvania marketing professor and author of the 2013 book “Contagious: Why Things Catch On.”
“Starbucks is an older brand, you know, it's not the new kid on the block,” Berger says, “So, seeming like they're technology-forward, like they know what's going on ... will move [them] from [looking like] sort of a fuddy-duddy company to somebody that's on the cutting edge.”
But this strategy comes with risks, Berger says. If customers don't like the chargers, the technology could come off as gimmicky.
All sorts of restaurants are looking to technology to appeal to younger customers
“McDonald’s, the Coffee Bean, Madison Square Garden also use the Powermat. Starbucks is not the only one out there,” says Betsy Sigman, a Georgetown University business professor.
When done right, Sigman says, access to new technology gives customers another reason to go to the restaurant and spend more.
Starbucks wants to do more than sell more coffee to young people, Berger says. It also wants to influence the way technology is adopted.
If Starbucks can become "the market-maker" for this technology – and Berger notes that it's a big "if" – the company could become a bigger player in the tech industry.