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'Electronic stop-and-frisk' is at the fingertips of 3,000 police departments
Next City
There was an uproar on Reddit last month when GameStop, the national video-game retailer, announced a policy of fingerprinting customers who turned in used games at all of its Philadelphia locations. Those fingerprints would immediately become accessible in an online database for police to peruse and cross-reference as a deterrent to stolen-game trafficking. The new system would add fingerprint scans on top of photo identification, and critics lashed out against GameStop as if it were the NSA.
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Community remembers 1 year since triple murder at Kentucky pawnshop
The Associated Press via WDRB-TV
Family and friends held a prayer vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of three people killed inside a central Kentucky pawnshop. The vigil was held Sept. 20 in Somerset, Kentucky, to honor 35-year-old Michael Hockensmith; his wife, 38-year-old Angela Hockensmith; and 60-year-old gold broker Daniel Smith of Richmond. They were shot in a Danville pawnshop co-owned by the Hockensmiths on Sept. 20, 2013.
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Nevada pawnshop owner anticipates impact of Apple release
Nevada Business Magazine
A Las Vegas retailer is already seeing the impact of Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus release. Michael Mack, who buys and sells a variety of Apple products at Max Pawn, a luxury pawnshop in Las Vegas, said any time Apple comes out with a new product, consumers rush to buy the new product and liquidate the old product.
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Focus on: Thrift N Pawn in Georgia
Valdosta Daily Times
Since James Mendoza and his family moved to Lanier County, Georgia, eight years ago, he's seen Lanier grow, especially lately. "I saw Lakeland was growing. We started getting a McDonald’s. A Dollar General opened up. I didn't see a small store that accommodated the needs of Lakeland as far as clothing and pawning go."
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Pawnshop database may help police catch criminals
WPSD-TV
An online system in McCracken County, Kentucky, will keep track of jewelry and coin purchases at pawnshops. The ordinance requires pawnshop owners to enter seller's information into a database and wait 10 days before selling secondary jewelry or precious metals.
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The US Mint to releases Great Sand Dunes 5 ounce silver coin
Coin Week
The United States Mint is accepting orders for the 2014 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Great Sand Dunes National Park. The five ounce .999 silver coin is being issued at $154.95.
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Panasonic Lumix CM1 — A camera with a smartphone
Small Business Trends
Smartphone makers have mostly worried about creating great phones with increasingly better cameras. Panasonic has flipped that concept. Instead, the company has introduced a new product that's essentially a camera first, smartphone second – the Panasonic Lumix CM1.
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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants
The Washington Post
Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.

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Easy as 1-2-3: Ways to simplify your business
Inc.
Keeping things simple helps your team stay focused. This seems like it should be easy enough, but as billionaire investor Warren Buffett says, "There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult."

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Study: Online gun sales open market to buyers who would fail a background check
The Washington Post
Tens of thousands of guns will be sold through online portals in Washington state this year, and none of the buyers will be subject to background checks. That's because of a loophole in federal law that allows unlicensed dealers to make sales online without conducting criminal records checks on those who purchase their firearms.

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EZCorp to cut undisclosed number of jobs within 60 days
Austin Business Journal
EZCorp Inc.’s board last week approved a plan to cut an undisclosed number of jobs within 60 days, in what the company says is a move to "right-size" the business. The Austin, Texas-based company revealed that its board of directors approved specific staff reductions and other personnel actions to "right-size" the business and "align skills with needs, and refocus the organization on high-return, value-added activities," according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Everything you need to know about when and how to trust
Fast Company
Trust is not a global entity — although we talk like it is — "I just don't trust her." In actuality, trust is situation-specific. We trust someone to be able to do some task, writes Paul White, Ph.D.,a psychologist, speaker and consultant. For example, if you were to trust me to fix your car, your trust would be misplaced because I have virtually no mechanical abilities at all. However, if you believed that I could type your paper for you relatively quickly, assuming I had the time, that would be a good situation in which to trust me.
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The plan for the Pawn Stars' Pawn Plaza
Eater National
If any celebrity chefs are looking for a celebrity landlord for their next location, then look no further than the stars of the number one TV show on the History Channel. One-story high images of the Pawn Stars Rick and Corey Harrison, the Old Man and Chumlee are planned to beckon you to the newly named Pawn Plaza, a dream project created with huge portable cube structures.
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Stephen Schottenfeld's 'Bluff City Pawn' book explores Great Recession's impact on Memphis
Knoxville News Sentinel
Huddy Marr, the protagonist of Stephen Schottenfeld's debut novel, "Bluff City Pawn," knows guns — and gold, and guitars, and jewelry. He also knows that the blood bank replacing the shuttered liquor store next door to his Memphis pawnshop signals the last, irreversible step in the decline of his particular neck of a slumping city.
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