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Why are some companies working to ban "reply all" emails?

Many firms consider it a threat as well as a time-wasting nuisance when their employees regularly hit the "reply all" command, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. The worry that confidential data or precious intellectual property will be e-blasted to everyone in the company has led some firms to buy software that makes it harder to send the oops-prone missives.

Why would anyone spend more than $4 million on a Christmas tree?

The tree's creators insist that, at a price of 350 million yen ($4.2 million), the nearly 8 foot, pure gold tree is a bargain. Housed at the Ginza Tanaka jewelry store in Tokyo, the tree is decorated with gold ribbons and 50 cutouts of Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell and Cinderella. A 10-inch version of the tree is available for only $243,000.

What does Canada have against holiday sales?

Black Friday in the U.S. is such a popular shopping day that it attracts bargain hunters from north of the border. The Canadian dollar is comparable to the U.S. dollar in value, the prices in the U.S. are generally lower, and the sales make a cross-border trip very appealing -- even more so since the Canadian government raised the amount that could be brought back duty-free from 50 to 200 Canadian dollars. The impact on Canada's economy is substantial. The after-Thanksgiving sales kick off a shopping season in which Canadian customers will spend some 5 billion Canadian dollars in the U.S.

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