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The Incredible Shrinking Sears

Imagine a retailer that began by specializing in just one product, then grew into a mammoth that redefined the American shopping experience. Among its innovations: No matter where you lived, it shipped your order directly to you, whether you were looking for cast-iron cookware, a mandolin, the newest technological marvel, ...

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In the Age of Trump, the Dollar No Longer Seems a Sure Thing

LONDON — It is the closest thing to a certainty in the global economy. When trouble flares and anxiety mounts, people who manage money traditionally entrust it to a seemingly indomitable refuge, the American dollar. Yet on Wednesday, in the hours after President’s Trump’s threat to unleash “fire and fury” ...

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Contentious Memo Strikes Nerve Inside Google and Out

SAN FRANCISCO — After leaving Harvard’s doctorate program in systems biology to join Google as a software engineer in 2013, James Damore joked on his Facebook page that he knew he had made the right move as he enjoyed a morning smoothie with oats. It was the type of workplace ...

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In a Corporate Concert World, an Indie Thrives in Washington

WASHINGTON — On a recent tour of the Anthem, his $ 60 million concert hall under construction, Seth Hurwitz excitedly pointed out the room’s features as they took shape. A movable stage. Angled balconies. An outside terrace with a striking waterfront vista. “This was designed for people to go and ...

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How This U.S. Tech Giant Is Backing China’s Tech Ambitions

As the Chinese government develops drones, the American technology giant Qualcomm is helping. The same goes for artificial intelligence, mobile technology and supercomputers. Qualcomm is also working to help Chinese companies like Huawei break into overseas markets in support of China’s “go global” campaign to develop big multinational brands. Qualcomm ...

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