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Best Buy's website is trying to take on Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:42

Best Buy announces its first quarter earnings Thursday. 

The retailer has struggled to compete online against companies like Amazon and, which matters more as more people shop online.

The University of Washington's Jake Thornock said traditional retailers like Best Buy are trying to take back what they’ve lost from e-tail companies.

“What we’re seeing at a higher level is unfettered competition in the retail space,” he said.

“There was this sort of fragmented perception that consumers would always go towards an online only company if they wanted to make an online purchase.”

But Ravi Bapna, who teaches information systems at the University of Minnesota, said it’s tough to compete against a digitally sophisticated company like Amazon.

“Best Buy being a traditional company, I don’t think it has that sort of mindset or that sort of infrastructure digitally to be at that level of sophistication right now,” he said.

Book News: Sam Greenlee, Author Of 'The Spook Who Sat By The Door,' Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:33

Also: Philip Roth schedules another interview; Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography.

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Caption Challenge: Puzzled primate

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:28
It's the Caption Challenge. Oh yes it is.

Man Utd 'need six' to challenge

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:24
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wants the club to sign Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos to boost their title hopes.

Facebook announces listening feature

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
Facebook is to release a new feature on its mobile app that will listen to and identify your music and TV shows before publishing them in a status update.

Police bid to seize terrorist's home

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:22
A court hearing begins to decide if police can seize the family home of a man convicted of terrorism offences.

Anger over eBay hack delays

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:19
A day after a major security breach, online marketplace eBay is facing questions over how it has dealt with the incident.

Adrian Newey commits to Red Bull

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:19
Red Bull's chief designer Adrian Newey announces that he will stay with the world champions "for the foreseeable future".

Attack On Street Market In Northwest China Kills 31

NPR News - Thu, 2014-05-22 03:06

Bombs and cars were used in the attack at the outdoor market early Thursday. A witness says, "The air was full of the smell of gunpowder and the sound of sobbing." More than 90 people were injured.

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Syria 'breaks Aleppo prison siege'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:50
Syrian forces have broken a year-long rebel siege of a prison in the northern city of Aleppo, reports say.

AUDIO: To A&E or not to A&E?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:24
Dr Clifford Mann and Professor Keith Willett debate new estimates of the number of A&E patients that could be treated in the community

AUDIO: Critics 'cruel' over singer's appearance

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:16
Opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanaw reacts to criticism of Glyndebourne singer Tara Erraught's debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.

Jailed ex-marine loses murder appeal

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:15
An ex-Royal Marine jailed for life for murdering an Afghan insurgent loses his appeal but has his minimum term cut to eight years.

10 big miscalculations

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:11
France's rail fiasco and 10 other serious miscalculations

VIDEO: 'Sorry, your parents do not exist'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:09
A feminist writer campaigns to get mothers' names on wedding certificates.

'Substantial phase' in McCann search

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 02:00
Police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance say "a substantial phase of operational activity" will begin within weeks.

Plastic £5 note 'first for GB'

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 01:55
The first plastic banknotes in Great Britain will be in use next year when two million £5 notes are issued by Clydesdale Bank branches.

Woman dies from burns injuries

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 01:52
A 49-year old woman dies two days after suffering burn injuries at a house in Lisburn.

A&E: Are we asking the right question?

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 01:52
Are we asking the right questions on A&E?

Plans for T20 at Olympic Stadium

BBC - Thu, 2014-05-22 01:45
Essex say a deal has been agreed "in principle" to play T20 cricket with Kent and Middlesex at the Olympic Stadium from 2016.
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