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• The Chicago Tribune reports that despite some evidence of economic improvement, “more than 43 million people are getting food stamps, according to the federal government's figures.  Compare that to about 33 million in 2009.”

Media Daily News reports that Coinstar is considering video game rentals from its Redbox kiosks, which now number some 30,000 nationwide. The company also said that it plans to launch an online streaming service later this year that will complement the kiosk business and compete more effectively with Netflix.
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