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Drones Are Put on a Leash

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The commercial promise of drones has been limited by their short battery lives and propensity for flying off. Now some companies believe they have a solution: tie the drones to the ground with tethers hundreds of feet long.

Virtual Reality Isn't Just About Games

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Virtual reality is going to be much bigger, much more compelling, and much less trivial than what its earliest adopters have so far envisioned, says Keywords columnist Christopher Mims.

For New York Times, a Gamble on Giveaways

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The New York Times has been experimenting with making its content available free across a multitude of platforms. It wants to boost its Web and mobile audience to help ad sales—but without undermining a steadily growing digital subscription business.

Coal Miner Alpha to Seek Chapter 11

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Alpha Natural Resources is expected to file for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early Monday to cut its more than $3 billion debt load.

Prison No Barrier for South Korean Tycoon

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Chey Tae-won will tighten his grip on South Korea’s third-largest conglomerate while serving a prison sentence, underscoring the power a small circle of families exert on the corporate landscape.

Imports of Digital Goods Face Test

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Law Journal: The clash over protecting a free-flowing Internet while also fighting online piracy has shifted to an unlikely and largely unknown setting: a legal battle about teeth-alignment devices at a federal trade body.

Uniqlo Aims for Bigger China Gains

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Japanese apparel chain Uniqlo is aiming to get a further boost in China from a new deal with Disney.

EPA's New Emissions Rule to Alter Energy Landscape

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The EPA’s new rules on carbon emissions from power plants will alter the way Americans make and consume electricity, accelerating a dramatic shift to cleaner fuels, renewable energy and consumer choice.

Aid's Role in Rising Tuition Gains Credence

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More economists, joined most recently by a team from the New York Fed, believe the federal government’s loose standards for student loans are fueling a vicious cycle of higher college tuition prices, similar to what some say happened with the housing bubble.

Verizon Contract Talks to Continue

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Verizon missed its midnight deadline to secure a deal with more than 37,000 union employees, but the unions said employees will keep working.

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