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Read The Seeds: Braille On Hamburger Buns

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 17 (UPI) — A restaurant chain in South Africa is offering blind customers a chance to read the seeds on their hamburger buns, a YouTube video announces. The video shows sesame seeds being placed on a hamburger bun before it is baked. The sesame seeds unusual gesture? They spell out words […]

Prediction: Magazine, TV Ads On Way Out

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 15 (UPI) — Traditional advertising for products — magazine ads and 30-second television commercials — may go the way of the rotary phone, a U.S. researcher predicts. Seethu Seetharaman of Washington University in St. Louis said so-called crowdsourcing, viral Internet campaigns, product placements and guerrilla promotions will dominate the marketing and advertising […]

Hackers Hit Zappos.com

HENDERSON, Nev., Jan. 16 (UPI) — A cyberattack forced online U.S. shoe and apparel retailer Zappos.com to notify its 24 million customers about the serious security breach. In a notice to company employees posted on its Web site Sunday night, Zappos.com Chief Executive Officer Tony Hsieh said customers would need to create new passwords to […]

Millennials, A Dilemma For Automakers

DETROIT, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Young adults are pushing U.S. automakers to think very differently about how to make and sell an automobile to a tech-savvy audience, experts said. As 18-24-year-olds — the group known as millennials — enter the workforce they present a new dilemma to automakers, The Detroit News reported Monday. This is […]

In Britain, A Day For Feeling Blue

LONDON, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Britain tipped its hat to the blues Monday, declaring it the gloomiest day of the year amidst a still-sour economy. Call it Ebeneezer Scrooge’s birthday or maybe Eeyore’s. The third Monday in January is called Blue Monday, because the weather is often dismal, holiday parties are over and everyone who […]

Irish Billionaire Bankrupt, Court Says

DUBLIN, Ireland, Jan. 16 (UPI) — Sean Quinn, once considered Ireland’s wealthiest man, was declared bankrupt in a Dublin court Monday. The 64-year-old businessman who headed the Quinn Group and whose personal wealth Forbes magazine had estimated at $6 billion four years ago, had judgments of more than 2 billion Euros ($2.52 billion) against him, […]

Fed Scripts Show Housing Under The Radar

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Detailed transcripts of U.S. Federal Reserve meeting minutes released five years after the fact show only minor concern over the housing bubble in 2006. In the first months of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s tenure as the head of the central bank, two Fed officials, Gov. Susan Bies and Vice Chairwoman […]

Mexican Immigrants Sending More Money Home

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) — The amount of money sent home by Mexican immigrants in the United States was up 8 percent last year after a three-year drop, analysts say. Western Union Co. and other money transfer businesses report 2011 was a good year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Western Union said revenue from […]

Raymond James To Buy Morgan Keegan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 12 (UPI) — Florida financial firm Raymond James Financial said Thursday it would purchase Morgan Keegan & Co. based in Memphis, Tenn., for $930 million. The deal with parent company Regions Financial includes related Morgan Keegan affiliates, Raymond James said in a statement. “While our preference is generally organic growth, we […]

2011 Retail Sales Up 7.7 Percent Over 2010

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Retail sales jumped 7.7 percent in 2011 over 2010, with auto sales up 9.9 percent and gasoline sales up 17.7 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau said Thursday. Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices rose to $400.6 billion on December sales that were […]

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