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Business

Your late fees are waived: Blockbuster closes

This March 17, 2010, file photo, shows a closing Blockbuster stores in Racine, Wis. (AP Photo/Journal Times, Scott Anderson, File) by Todd Leopold (CNN) — “Be kind, please rewind,” the signs used to say in video stores, urging customers to return their rented VHS tapes spooled back to the beginning. If only Blockbuster could rewind back to the 1990s.

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Business

White replaces silver as favorite car color

2014 Mercedes Benz E Class Cabriolet by Dee Ann DurbinAP Auto Writer TROY, Mich. (AP) — Move over, silver. After more than a decade as the world’s favorite car color, silver is falling in popularity to white. PPG Industries, the leading supplier of automotive paints, says 25 percent of the vehicles it supplied in the 2013 model year were white, up 3 percent from the prior year. Silver and black tied for second, with 18 percent each.

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Business

Rdio is the best streaming music service

by Adrian Covert NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Rdio isn’t the streaming music service with the most users or features. But unless you’re a serious music nerd, Rdio is the most usable option. For vast amount of music fans, Rdio has the best design and functionality, making it CNNMoney’s Best In Tech for the streaming music category.

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Entertainment

‘Gravity’ eclipses ‘Phillips’ at box office

This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Sandra Bullock in a scene from “Gravity.” Bullock says making the lost-in-space movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron was her “best life decision” ever. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) by Derrik J. LangAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Gravity” won’t be held down. The Warner Bros. astronaut adventure directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney landed in the top spot at the box office for the second weekend in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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Entertainment

Cloudy’ sequel tops weekend box office

This film image released by Sony Pictures Animation shows characters, from left, Earl, voiced by Terry Crews, Flint, voiced by Bill Hader, and Sam, voiced by Anna Faris in a scene from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Animation) by Derrik J. LangAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2″ slurped up the box office. The animated Sony sequel featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $35 million in its debut weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was showered with $30.3 million during its opening weekend in 2009.

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Business

Tests: New iPhones less durable than iPhone 5

The iPhone 5S, left, and iPhone 5c are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in New York. The 5S offers a fingerprint sensor, a better camera and a faster processor, while the iPhone 5C is largely last year’s iPhone 5 with a plastic back and a choice of five colors. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) by Anne D’InnocenzioAP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year’s model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple’s new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren’t as durable as last year’s iPhone 5. The biggest loser, however, was Samsung’s Galaxy S4, which failed to work after being submerged in water and being dropped 5 feet off the ground, according to San Francisco-based SquareTrade.

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Business

Ticketmaster puts resale, unsold tickets in 1 spot

This Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 screen shot taken from a Ticketmaster website shows a seating chart for the Dolphins-Falcons football game on Sept. 22, 2013, on the Ticketmaster website displaying resale tickets in red and unsold tickets in blue. (AP Photo/Ticketmaster) by Ryan NakashimaAP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place — both unsold ones and those up for resale — so you can price-shop more easily.