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  • In this Sept. 19, 2013 file photo, a Wal-mart representative demonstrates the now-discontinued Scan & Go mobile application on a smartphone at a Wal-mart store in San Jose, Calif.

    Rather than perfecting a program before rolling it out—as most retailers do—Wal-Mart is doing more testing and refining as they go along.

  • The companies increasing spending on upgrading equipment and facilities are actually investors’ favorites, USA Today reports.

  • Authors against Amazon

    Best-selling author and advice columnist Carol Weston, weighs in on the dispute between Amazon and book publisher Hachette. Over 900 authors have signed an open letter protesting Amazon's tactics in the e-book pricing battle.

  • Cramer: Amazon invincible

    CNBC's David Faber and Jim Cramer discuss the details of the standoff between Amazon and Disney. Cramer says Amazon is just too powerful to get hurt in the dispute.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York.

    U.S. stocks pared gains in light volume trading on Monday as investors looked for signs of easing in geopolitical tensions.

  • James Patterson: If I were Jeff Bezos ...

    James Patterson is the first author to ever achieve ten million e-book sales. He discusses what publishers and Amazon can do to save books and be more efficient.

  • Amazon's e-commerce strategy

    Amazon is reportedly stopping pre-orders for Disney movies over a contract dispute. Jon Steinberg, Daily Mail North America CEO, and the "Squawk Alley" team discuss the tactic.

  • Yahoo needs people to use its search engine so badly it's willing to reward them for doing so—the company is now running search for Swagbucks.

  • Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Consumers are suddenly unable to place advance orders to buy DVDs or Blu-ray discs of films from Walt Disney Studios.

  • Some attempt to add an additional level of security to critical financial accounts. Sadly, not many companies are able to do it.

  • Amazon's reputation on the line?

    The "Squawk Alley" crew, and Kara Swisher, Re/code co-executive editor, discuss the move by a group of 900 writers who signed an open letter condemning Amazon over its dispute with publisher Hachette.

  • Spotify has re-advertised a job this week that sparked speculation the firm could be preparing to go public when it was first posted.

  • As the silicon chip nears its theoretical limit of productivity, semiconductor companies are in an R&D arms race to drive chip innovation.

  • Cramer's anointed companies

    A group of 900 authors including James Patterson and Stephen King have signed an open letter condemning Amazon over the blocking of book sales. CNBC's Carl Quintanilla and Jim Cramer discuss the companies, like Amazon, that are blessed with a seemingly never ending spending leash.

  • Google goes after Amazon's book biz

    Google is teaming up with Barnes & Noble. Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray senior research analyst, and Ben Parr, DominateFund co-founder, discuss Google's play to take a piece of Amazon's book business.

  • A live market monitor is viewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

    Some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • Nook signage in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York.

    Google and Barnes & Noble are joining forces to tackle Amazon, zeroing in on a service that Amazon has long dominated: fast, cheap delivery of books.

  • An employee uses a touch screen to display information about Home Box Office Inc.'s GO streaming service at a PCCW Ltd. store in Hong Kong, May 5, 2014.

    Thanks to Rupert Murdoch's recent overture, Time Warner shares have traded more on drama than fundamentals. That may be about to change.

  • U.S. stock index futures traded down on Wednesday, as European shares fell sharply on rising concerns about Russia and Ukraine.