Despite a strong housing market this year, experts say the recent economic drama has contributed to less stability in real estate. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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People wait to visit with volunteer counselors at Insure Central Texas in Austin on Oct. 1. Eric Gay/The Associated Press hide caption

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Suffixes like .org, .net and .com are the most common on the Internet today. But the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which governs Web names, plans to add some 1,400 more, some ending in Arabic or Chinese characters. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The scene in a Wal-Mart store in Alexandria, Va. Cities are a key growth area for retailers since suburbs are already saturated with big-box stores. AP hide caption

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Mortgage interest rates have spiked recently, causing unease among potential homebuyers. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, in 2011, appears before a Senate committee looking into the Postal Service's economic troubles. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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