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Wal-Mart Releasing Movie Downloads Versus TiVo Adding Commercials

Both Wal-Mart and TiVo had some big news today in the area of trying to commercialize the latest advances in digital media. Wal-Mart released its movie download service with a twist: you have to buy the DVD. But for a few bucks extra, you get a download too. TiVo decided to sell advertising space at

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Why Costco & Rebates Go Together: You Keep the Rebate After Return

A friend of mine was explaining how he wasn’t impressed with a certain Canon camera he had purchased from Costco months earlier. There was a problem with the focus that he was hoping would just go away. Otherwise, it was a great camera for a great price. In fact, the original price was greatly reduced

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Amazon Now Sells Groceries

Amazon has decided that selling everything but food isn’t good enough. Thus, nonperishable food items will now be available at Amazon’s Grocery beta site (is it just me, or is “beta” rather a cliche phrase nowadays?). Check out the site here. Your favorite staples ranging from popcorn to organic granola? are available. Explained in a

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Why Advances in Technology Are So Frustrating

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) has an intriguing article explaining how “advanced-technology products often lack important virtues of their predecessors.” Cell phones crackle with static that rotary phones don’t have; printers require tedious adjusting in order to print an address on an envelope while typewriters handled it with ease; and digital cameras have seconds

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