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Will Hampton Roads get a bite of Apple?

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Deep in the job opportunities area of the Apple Computer Inc. Web site lurks a little tidbit that would make local Mac lovers cheer.A search of jobs at Apple retail stores by state lists “Norfolk-McArthur-VA” among six locations named in Virginia. If the listing means a new store is coming to MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk, it would be the first Apple retail outlet in Hampton Roads.Yet before any Apple addicts get too excited, they should know that neither the company’s nor the . . .

Online advertisers dangle ''free'' to reel in customers

By Carolyn ShapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
Most of us have heard the adages “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “You can’t get something for nothing.” The Internet would have us believe otherwise. “Congratulations. You’ve won four free movie tickets!”“Free Sony Vaio A130 Notebook.”“Get a $500 Target gift card with free shipping and no commitments.”The validity of these giveaways depends on the definition of “free.” In most cases, the gift cards, iPods, designer handbags and other free stuff come with strings attached.The offers . . .

Sure, it's a sales pitch. But do you get the freebie?

By Carolyn ShapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
The e-mail promised a free $100 Sephora gift card, and I wanted to see if it really was free. My goal was to make little or no financial commitment and still get the free goods from the trendy cosmetics store. That wasn’t easy.The pitch from Exclusive Gift Cards started with a simple request for my e-mail address and led to a whirlwind of marketing pitches. At first, I could click “no” and bypass most offers.Then I came to the page that directed me to complete any one offer to get my free gift. . . .

A business known for more than shoes turns 20

By NANCY YOUNGThe Virginian-Pilot
Spend 10 minutes in Running Etc. and you hear the stories. The reasons for running.People come in ready to tell a shoe size, maybe a color they like, and end up telling how they’re just starting out but want to work up to running 3 miles so they can be healthier. What’s the best way to do that?Or, they’re already runners, have been so for years, but have been laid low by an injury that’s keeping them from what they love. How can they get back out there? Because they really, really, really need . . .

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