Afternoon Coffee: Tata Nano coming to US; Sunland, Inc. nut recall; Amazon to buy TI's mobile chip?

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$3,000 Tata Nano coming to U.S. --
A pocket-sized car for pocket change? It could soon be a reality for American drivers, but they'll still need pretty big pockets. The chairman of Indian automaker Tata has announced that he plans to bring the $3,000 Nano micro car to the United States within three years, according to Automotive News. Ratan Tata told the news outlet that the 10-foot-long car four-door is being redesigned for sales in the U.S. and Europe...

Double-check your peanut stash
Salmonella recall expands to raw, roasted peanuts --
Raw and roasted peanuts made by Sunland, Inc. are now being included in an ongoing nationwide recall of peanut and other nut products over potential salmonella contamination that has affected many popular brands. Sunland announced on Friday that both in-shell and shelled raw and roasted peanuts within their current shelf life should not be eaten and the products should be disposed of immediately or returned for a refund...

The next step for Amazon?
Amazon to buy TI's mobile chip business? Skeptics call 'BS' -- is in advanced negotiations to buy the mobile chip business of Texas Instruments, according to Israeli newspaper Calcalist, which would put the online retail giant on the path to becoming a manufacturer of smartphone and tablet processors. Shares of Dallas-based TI (TXN) rose nearly 3% following the report, while shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined slightly. Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is currently powered by a TI processing chip, and the company has been rumored to be developing a smartphone...

From Ben & Jerry's to... a money-stamping mobile?
Ben Cohen's Crazy Money-Marking Contraption --Ben Cohen, the first half of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, wanted to take on the man. So he enlisted the San Francisco maker community, and built a noisy, carnivalesque, vaudeville-style device, full of bright-colored wood and plastic and metal, to drive around the country and stamp slogans on money. More specifically, Cohen wanted to run a publicity campaign against the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that allows corporations to contribute unreservedly to political campaigns, though not to candidates or parties...

Microsoft reveals Xbox Music
Microsoft Unveils Xbox Music, Its New Streaming Music Service --
Microsoft is aiming another shot at the digital music industry with the launch of Xbox Music this month. Microsoft will roll out the new music streaming service to many customers on Tuesday as part of an update to the Xbox gaming console, and then the company will release it as a built-in feature on Windows 8 PCs and tablets starting on Oct. 26...

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