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Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril
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Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court's agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother's antique furniture to your iPhone 4. At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products. More
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Upcoming Supreme Court case may prevent you from selling your own property (PolicyMic)
Resale law case at Supreme Court could radically change commerce (Catholic Online)

BBB alert: Online payday loan scheme draws hundreds of complaints nationwide
St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hundreds of consumers across the nation say they have been victimized by an online payday loan scheme involving at least seven businesses, all claiming the same Las Vegas address, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. In every case, the complainants told the BBB that the businesses used electronic checks to take $30 from their accounts. Some consumers said the companies told them the charges were payday loan application fees, even though the consumers maintain they never formally applied for loans. Other consumers said they have no idea where the businesses got their banking information or how they were able to access their accounts. More

Cash America buying 34 new stores in US
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Less than two weeks after announcing plans to slash its operations in Mexico, Cash America is adding new pawnshops in the U.S. The Fort Worth, Texas, company said that it has signed two deals for 34 locations, in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky and Arizona, for $68 million to $72 million. More

eBay changed commerce, and now it's doing it again with mobile
The Next Web    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The way that we purchase consumer goods has definitely changed since the days of going to a store and paying cash for it. No longer are people driving hours to a store, finding that what they wanted no longer exists, and leaving unsettled because the item isn’t available anywhere else nearby. Then nearly 10 years ago, a company came on the scene to help change the way we view shopping. That company was eBay. More

Google launches credit-card program for small businesses
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Last month, the Internet giant launched its "Google for Entrepreneurs" campaign, a site marketing Google technology to small businesses. Now, it's offering credit cards to small businesses — but the plastic can only be used toward AdWords, Google's search-engine fueled advertising technology. More

Cook County, Ill., mulling violence tax on guns and ammunition
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Drawing the ire of the gun lobby, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is eyeing a violence tax on guns and ammunition sold in the city and suburbs. Such a tax alone wouldn't close a $115 million budget gap in 2013, but it could at least funnel money into the Illinois county's $3 billion operation — where roughly two-thirds of the budget pays for both the county's public health clinics and two hospitals along with the criminal justice system that includes the courts and jail. More

Pawn store law stalls in Albany, NY
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The third try will have to be the charm for the beleaguered Albany County, N.Y., pawnshop law, which was sent back to the drawing board by Chairman Shawn Morse after it appeared before the County Legislature for the second time in four months. More

Two-thirds of small businesses believe mobility = competitive edge
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Many small businesses equate improved efficiency with devices such as a smartphones and notebooks. That's why almost half are using them despite inadequate management policies, finds a new CDW survey. More

A&E's 'Pawn Stars' heads to the UK
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"Pawn Stars" has finalized its first foreign format deal via an agreement reached between A&E Networks and A&E Networks U.K. The two have essentially greenlit a British version of the History Channel 's top-rated nonfiction series, and Leftfield Pictures, the American producer, will do the honors in Britain as well. More

5 ways to put customers first
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When small-business owner Beth Davidson wants to thank customers for their patronage, the owner of Dragonfly Shops & Gardens believes in as public an acknowledgment as possible. To do so, she often uses social media. Savvy business owners know that thanking customers is good business, and when the acknowledgments are also clever and innovative, even better, says Prudential Realtor Kathy McCarthy, who owns her own business and spends a great deal of time devising imaginative ways to recognize her clients. More

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