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Walmart pulls out??
Wal-Mart May End Massmart Bid If Supply Terms Forced -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, may abandon efforts to buy control of Massmart Holdings Ltd. if South Africa forces local procurement conditions on the retailers, the companies said.

Wait, what?
Panera Bread lets diners 'pay what you can' -- Most patrons, it finds, drop the entire retail cost, or more, into the voluntary donation box, in essence subsidizing a meal for somewhat who can't pay the full amount. Panera says about 60 percent leave the suggested amount; 20 percent leave more; and 20 percent leave less. The largest single payment so far? One person paid $500 for a meal.

I know I contribute to this.
Netflix Now The Largest Single Source of Internet Traffic In North America -- Netflix video streaming is now the single largest source of peak downstream Internet traffic in the U.S., according to a new report by Sandvine. The streaming video service now accounts for 29.7 percent of peak downstream traffic, up from 21 percent last fall.

Break on through to the other side.
Section of flooding Mississippi River re-opens to ships -- The authorities halted barge traffic at the port in Natchez, Mississippi, earlier on Tuesday, warning ship wakes could increase pressure on the levees.

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