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Costco comes to...the mall?

Costco Targets Mall Space to Expand Its Reach -- Costco Wholesale Corp. is taking on the role of mall anchor, moving into spaces once occupied by department stores that for decades reigned as the retail centers' big draws. The largest U.S. wholesale-style retailer plans to speed up steps that will in essence put its minimall type stores into shopping centers, its co-founder and chairman, Jeff Brotman, said.

China's "eBay" goes global.

China's eBay Buying Up a Global Supply Chain -- Alibaba.com, a China-based e-commerce company with over 53 million users, is buying Auctiva, which makes tools for small businesses selling on the Internet, as part of a plan to build what its chief executive termed "a global supply chain" for small merchants.

How good are the feds at food regulation?

Egg Recall Exposes Flaws in Nation's Food Safety System -- some consumer advocates say the huge egg recall highlights a broader and continuing problem at the heart of the nation's largest food recalls: a highly complicated and often dysfunctional food safety system. Whether the problems are traced to tainted peanuts, lettuce, tomatoes or frozen hamburger patties, consumer groups say federal oversight too often falls short.

Digital meltdown.

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime -- Technology makes the tiniest windows of time entertaining, and potentially productive. But scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.

Sheena Moore

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