How "Jerry Seinfeld" changed comedy forever

The most influential comedian in the world might just be "Jerry Seinfeld," the fictional comedian portrayed by real-life comedian Jerry Seinfeld on his TV show, writes Jesse David Fox. By following "Seinfeld" offstage, the show turned comedy into something more visceral, revealing and personal than it had been before. "The irony to all of this is Seinfeld's actual stand-up comedy is not particularly influential anymore," Fox writes.

Study: Graduation may be the best defense against student-loan defaults
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Earning a college degree may be the best way to mitigate the financial impact of student loans, a new study finds. The study found that even while college dropouts may have lower overall debt, their tendency to default on loans is greater than those who graduate with higher debt.

JPMorgan Chase revamps prepaid, checking policies

JPMorgan Chase will offer users of its Chase Liquid prepaid card access to services such as online bill payment and person-to-person payment, according to a letter sent to Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general. The bank also has revised its criteria for new checking accounts, eliminating penalties for applicants who frequently made overdrafts if the overdraft activity didn't happen within the past two years. Schneiderman said the changes "will help expand access to low-cost financial services."

Wegmans on track to open 1st urban store in Boston

Wegmans said it is committed to opening its first urban location in Boston's Fenway neighborhood by 2018, anchoring a $500 million mixed-use development project that will also include additional retail space, apartments, offices and parking. The city's Redevelopment Authority approved 75,000 square feet of grocery space for the new Wegmans location.

Businesses seek ACA changes

Business groups are likely to intensify lobbying for changes to certain Affordable Care Act provisions, such as the excise tax on more expensive insurance plans and the requirements for midsize employers dictating what health plans must cover.

Netflix to offer video on demand in India

Netflix will be entering India's rapidly growing market for video on demand next year with a service that includes popular Indian series. The mobile audience in India is in the hundreds of millions, offering fertile ground for VOD, but one hindrance in the near term will be slow connection speeds, Rebecca Hawkes writes.

Survey: Mobile shoppers go to Amazon first
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Smartphone users go to Google most often when they're in search of information, but 45% turn first to Amazon when shopping on their mobile devices, according to a survey by Mizuho Securities. Shopping is eighth on the list of activities people are doing on their smartphones -- texting, e-mailing and searching are the top three, the survey found.

LG's hexagon battery aims to improve smartwatch life
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A hexagonal battery developed through LG's Free Form Battery program could boost battery life in future smartwatches by up to four hours, the company claims. "We are going to take the top position in the small-battery field in 2018," said Kwon Young Soo, president of LG Chem's battery business department.

FDA faces lawsuit related to Gilead's hepatitis C treatments

The Treatment Action Group and Yale University's Global Health Justice Partnership filed a lawsuit against the FDA to speed up the disclosure of the clinical research information that backed up the approval of Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C drugs Sovaldi and Harvoni. In a complaint submitted to a federal court in New Haven, Conn., the groups said doctors and patients need more data to make decisions about using the drugs, which are costly and not always covered by insurance. The groups asked Gilead for the information and were ignored, and they were told by the FDA that a decision on whether to disclose the data could take up to two years.

Sprint wants to put subs "All-in" for $80 a month
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Sprint issued a flurry of new marketing options Monday, including an $80 unlimited monthly "All-in" package that includes a $20 fee to lease a phone such as the iPhone 6. The carrier also announced the "Best Buy One Family Plan," which offers two lines of unlimited service for $100 a month. Separately, Sprint announced it is now offering its "Direct 2 You" smartphone home delivery service in four major cities: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Denver, Colo.

Book highlights beauty of concrete structures

The shape-making ability of concrete, along with its delicacy, "grunt" and feel are some of the topics explored in "Concrete Buildings" by Philip Jodidio, a two-volume set that explores the power of concrete construction around the world. This article takes a look at the book and some of the stunning concrete structures designed by engineers and architects.

Vestas signs turbine-supply deal in Finland

Vestas has won a contract to supply the Nik-karinkaarto wind farm in Finland with a total capacity of 33 megawatts, according to the developer. The deal includes delivery, installation and a service and maintenance agreement. The project is expected to begin producing power in 2016.

Kan. university launches UAV degree program

Kansas State University Salina announced it is adding a new bachelor in engineering technology degree with an emphasis on unmanned aerial vehicles. The major will focus on the design and implementation of UAV systems. The school will also offer two minors focused on flying and managing UAVs.

Praise, criticism for departing Caesars CEO

Outgoing Caesars Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman received plenty of praise as well as criticism during his tenure. Loveman has been known to write personal notes to the families of top executives, extolling the virtues of his employees or thanking families for their support of key team members. However, some people, such as Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo, have said Loveman provided "absentee supervision."