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Door-to-Door Mobile-Phone Sales?

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Companies like Groupon, which rely on bargain-seeking consumers to spread the word, have enjoyed rapid growth. Mobile startup Solavei aims to become the next “social business.”

Editor’s Note: In an era of slow growth, smart companies seek to appeal to penny-pinching consumers while avoiding expensive upfront costs and capital expenditures. This article is the first in a series, The Austerity Economy, that highlights innovative business models that are attuned to the zeitgeist. Send your nominees for companies we should be highlighting to: business@newsweekthedailybeast.com.The slow-motion recovery is now in its fourth year.

Shame on You, Walmart!

With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.

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TECHNOLOGY

Text In for Help

Text In for Help

How a text messaging service is getting aid to the most remote areas hit by Sandy.

INTERACTIVE

Ukraine Surrenders Without a Shot

Ukraine Surrenders Without a Shot

Confronted by unarmed pro-Russian demonstrators, Ukrainian paratroopers give up their guns, their armored vehicles, and their flag.

ROYAL MADNESS

Calm Down, He’s Just a Baby

Terrorists

Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

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Oprah: Making Celebs Cry Since ’86

New Boss Like Old Boss

NYPD Spying Is Alive and Well