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According to consumer research firm reach advisors, women between the ages of 22 and 30 without children had bigger paychecks in 2008 than their male counterparts. That was true in 47 of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. Wages averaged eight percent higher, but it varied from city to city. Of those cities, Atlanta was the best for women, with them making 121 percent of what men did. Researchers say education and the fact that wages for young, single men are on the decline played a role in the shift.

Amazon's looking at offering a new subscription service that would deliver TV shows and movies over the internet. The online retailer has been in negotiations with several major media companies, including NBC Universal. You could see the content on either a web browser or on internet-capable TV sets. It's a move that would compete with such companies as Netflix and Google as they seek to broaden their influence in the digital delivery marketplace. No word however on when this could happen.

And there's a new bicycle built just for youngsters that some say will help them learn to ride without training wheels. They're called Balance Bikes and they don't have pedals either. Youngsters move the bikes by sitting on them and walking flat footed. The thought is for them to pedal later. Kids as young as one are using the bikes to learn to ride.

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