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For an Alternative to the Ariba Supplier Network, Don't Overlook Ketera

Some potential good in "crowdsourcing."
Can Crowd-Sourcing Spur Aerospace Ideas? -- Looking outside of the industry for ideas could help companies stay innovative even as they struggle to recruit, develop and retain expertise in the face of shrinking research budgets and growing gaps between next-generation programs.

How can you resist.
Wal-Mart Says 'Try This On': Free Shipping -- Starting Thursday, Wal-Mart Stores plans to offer free shipping on its Web site, with no minimum purchase, on almost 60,000 gift items, including many toys and electronics. The offer will run through Dec. 20, when Wal-Mart said it might consider other free-shipping deals.

Questioning Kaplan.
Scrutiny Takes Toll on For-Profit College Company -- Over the last few months, Kaplan and other for-profit education companies have come under intense scrutiny from Congress, amid growing concerns that the industry leaves too many students mired in debt, and with credentials that provide little help in finding jobs.

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