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Buyer’s Guide: How to Get, or Avoid, Microsoft Windows 8

Redmond based Microsoft Corp. is releasing a new version of its Windows operating system, one designed to make desktop and laptop computers work more like tablets. There will be several ways to get it — or avoid it.



Starbucks to Allow ‘Digital Tipping’

The Seattle-based coffee company says a digital tip function will be added to its mobile payment application starting next summer. A similar option will also be available on Square, a new payment app that Starbucks customers will be able to use starting in November.


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Ditch That Purse: College Students Create Bra With Built-In Storage Pocket

A small start-up business in Seattle is growing in leaps and bounds, due in large part to the unique and specific nature of its product – the JoeyBra, a brassiere with a built-in storage pocket that allows women to carry valuables without need for a purse.


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Phone Directories Make Opt-Out Option

Don’t care for those big, bulky yellow pages on your doorstep? An agreement between a group of lawmakers and publishers of yellow pages directories will make it easier to let people know they can opt out of receiving the phone books.