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So Long, 20th Century: Columbia House Files Chapter 11

Ex-mail-order giant just couldn't compete with digital music, streaming

(Newser) - Nearly everyone with a penny and a PO box who came of age in the final part of the 20th century built up their CD—or gasp, cassette tape—collections with the help of mail-order giant Columbia House. But what the Verge calls the "Spotify of the '80s"... More »

As Cobblers Vanish, Shoe Repair Steps Online

As shoe repair industry shrinks, shops go online for remote customers

(Newser) - The shoe repair industry has shrunk drastically in the past decades, and what cobblers remain have taken to the Internet for customers. More than a million pairs are sold in the US each year, but there are only 7,000 repair businesses left, down from 120,000 80 years ago.... More »

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