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Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Amazon.com as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.

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Nadine Gordimer passed away this week at age 90, after a lifetime of achievement in writing and anti-apartheid activism. Radu Sigheti/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Picasso's The Blue Room, painted in 1901, hung in the Phillips Collection for decades. AP hide caption

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A U.S. soldier walks the halls of an American military base set up in one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces in Tikrit, 2003. Ivan Sekretarev/AP hide caption

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On June 6, 1944, U.S. assault troops landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy. What might be different today if they had been turned back? Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

David Abbott brought his signature brand of crisp, catchy copy-writing to ads for The Economist magazine and Volvo. Abbott passed away this month at age 75.

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Navy Lt. Edward O'Hare, for whom Chicago's O'Hare Airport is named, sits in the cockpit of the plane in which he shot down six Japanese heavy bombers in WWII. Associated Press hide caption

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If Match.com and MLB's new collaboration works out, more couples could be rounding first base on the kiss cam. Jeff Roberson/AP hide caption

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Love Your Profile, Take Me Out To The Ball Game?

Major League Baseball and Match.com have a new joint venture to connect fans looking for romance. But can they make lovers out of those with a passion for baseball?

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If you've flown, you've very likely also thumbed through the SkyMall catalog stuffed in the seat pocket. The catalog's captive audience is reported to be nearly 20 million readers. iStockphoto hide caption

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Want A Tour Of The American Psyche? Flip Through SkyMall

That catalog stuffed in the seat pocket during your flight is one of America's best-read publications. What does that say about us?

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"Tie" has a limp, but seems conspicuously spirited and friendly after her race down the Metro-North Hudson Line. Meredith Daniels/New York MTA via AP hide caption

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Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts

Rush hour took on new meaning this week when a dog jumped in front of a commuter train and began to run.

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