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Amazon introduces Social Shopping Features

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(Best Syndication News) -, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced a new feature for customers called Friends & Family Gifting. Customers will be able stay on top of dates such as birthdays, anniversaries, and other special days. The new social feature will help the customer by sending them reminders. Additionally, the feature will let the shopper keep a list of gift ideas for everyone on their list.

Friends & Family Gifting will also let the customer share their gift lists by email, on Facebook, through Twitter, and on Pinterest. To help remember an upcoming special day, customers can opt into having emails sent to remind them.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Loans higher at SunTrust and KeyBank

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage rates trended higher today as money continued to flow into equities (see the mortgage rate charts below). Bank of America and U.S. Bank lowered their rates, however KeyBank, SunTrust, and JPMorgan Chase raised them.


Investors are losing confidence that an agreement will be reached to avoid the fiscal cliff. Democrats are calling for an increase in taxes and Republicans call for specific spending cuts. If the fiscal cliff is not averted there will be automatic tax increases and major spending cuts.

KODAK collaborates with On Demand Books

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(Best Syndication News) - Eastman Kodak Company announced in September, a new collaboration with On Demand Books and ReaderLink. The partnership will have in-store On Demand Books’ Espresso Book Machine deployed at retail locations that have the KODAK Picture Kiosks. The combination of services will offer consumers a full-service digital-to-print media. With the partnership, consumers will be able to get photo books and custom/local self-published titles, educational supplements, and more at retail locations.

Current Mortgage Rates Today – Bank of America raises rates while U.S. Bank lowers them

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(Best Syndication News) Mortgage interest rates were generally lower today while some banks and secondary lenders bucked the trend (see the mortgage rate charts below). JPMorgan Chase, SunTrust, and U.S. Bank lowered their rates while Bank of America raised their rate.


Stocks closed higher after spending most of the day in positive territory Monday. Investors anticipate continued monetary action by the Federal Reserve next quarter despite the outcome of the fiscal cliff negotiations. House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama met at the Whitehouse on Sunday to discuss the looming crisis.

Beyonce hired for marketing ad campaign for Pepsi

(Best Syndication News) - PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) announced a new partnership with Beyoncé. Beyoncé had promoted Pepsi products in 2002 and now the GRAMMY Award winning performer will be returning as their spokesperson. The new partnership will have the singer appearing in print and out-of-home advertisements. She will be part of the marketing materials found on store shelves and store displays and the singer will even will have her image displayed on cans of Pepsi.

The collaboration between Beyoncé and Pepsi will involve the establishment of a Creative Development Fund. This fund will be set aside for the co-creation of original and pertinent consumer content.

Beyoncé will have her image displayed on Pepsi cans or bottles, and she will also be working with the company on the design of all marketing materials involved in their partnership.

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