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[snip] Are chain retailers leaving money on the table? Kimbriell Kelly writes in the Chicago Reporter that "among neighborhoods with median household earnings between $40,000 and $50,000 per capita, white areas have 47 percent more major retailers than black areas."

[snip] "The Internet already is made of one quintillion transistors, a trillion links, a million emails per second, 20 exabytes of memory," writes Stewart Brand, summarizing a talk by Kevin Kelly, at edge.org. "It is approaching the level of the human brain and is doubling every year, while the brain is not. It is all becoming effectively one machine. And we are the machine."

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