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YouTube is hoping to get a leg up on Netflix with the new offerings.

By MSN Money Partner May 11, 2011 4:30PM

This post comes from Kimberly Chinat partner site MainStreet.

 

Lately it seems like every notable Web company is trying to steal Netflix's thunder.

 

In yet another move to unseat Netflix from the Web's movie rental throne, YouTube is expanding its movie rental service, which was launched in January, to add about 3,000 new movie titles for rent.

 

According to a Dutch study, women who kept their names had higher average education levels and fewer children -- and worked more and had higher salaries.

By MSN Money Partner May 11, 2011 2:32PM

This post comes from Jack Hough at partner site SmartMoney.

 

SmartMoney.com on MSN MoneyForget about cash-stuffed wedding envelopes. A Dutch study suggests a way for brides to pick up an extra half million dollars by doing nothing -- specifically, by not changing their names.

 

Women who kept their maiden names were judged to be more professional than married-name doppelgangers and proved more likely to win a job, according to the research. They also attracted higher pay.

 

If the study results have real-world implications -- and more on some limitations of the research in a moment -- then as this season's brides ponder a name-change, they might consider not only their shifting sentiments but economic realities.

 

Retailers want that information for reasons that may not be apparent to you.

By Karen Datko May 11, 2011 2:22PM

Updated May 30, 2012, 2:17 p.m. ET

 

Image: Customer Giving Clerk Credit Card (© Fuse/Getty Images)Why does a store clerk ask for your ZIP code when you buy something with a credit card?

 

Here's one answer you might not like: Knowing your name and ZIP code allows a retailer to easily find your entire address so they can send you lots of junk mail and also sell your address to other marketers.


Not exactly the reason you thought, eh?

 

Rumor has baristas worried about a reduction in their drive-thru loot.

By doubleace May 11, 2011 1:38PM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

Those feisty baristas at Starbucks are all atwitter again, this time over a post on Starbucks Gossip that management has ordered everything -- including the tip jars -- removed from the outside ledge of the drive-thru windows.

 

Tips are a big deal for anyone slaving in the restaurant and coffee shop trades, but for Starbucks baristas they are a very big deal. They actually went to court in 2008 and won an $86 million award -- later reversed -- over shift supervisors sharing the help's tips.

Barista tips vary, of course, depending on location and service, but court documents in 2008 said the average was $1.71 an hour. Reportedly, $5 is possible, not bad for a $9- to $10-an-hour job. 

 

A Starbucks spokeswoman said the company has not modified its tip jar policy, adding that "some areas may choose to modify their standards ... at the discretion of local leadership teams." But the issue remains: Would moving the tip jar inside the window affect the amount you tip, or even whether you tip at all? 

 

With rising food prices and the popularity of free range, more townsfolk are building and stocking their own coops.

By MSN Money Partner May 11, 2011 12:36PM

This post comes from Linsey Knerl at partner blog Wise Bread.

 

We've kept chickens on our small 3-acre farm for more than five years. I grew up raising them, so I'm comfortable with the ins and outs of the practice. As food gets increasingly pricey, and consumers turn to organic and free range for their egg and poultry needs, a backyard flock is becoming more popular each year. 

 

This short guide to owning a backyard flock is by no means complete. Entire books have been written on the topic, so consider this a conversation starter for those who want to explore the idea further.

 

When disaster strikes, you think first about the lives of those closest to you, not about grabbing a strongbox full of financial documents.

By Stacy Johnson May 11, 2011 8:42AM

This post comes from Michael Koretzky at partner site Money Talks News.

 

As someone who has survived a couple hurricanes at home and driven into several others as a newspaper reporter, I know this: Billions of dollars and hundreds of lives don't matter as much as your money and your family's lives. In a natural disaster, your priority is to take care of your own.

 

Sadly, few folks know how to do this.

 

Christians' pets will be without owners if the Rapture comes, so nonbelievers are willing to rescue them -- for a fee.

By Karen Datko May 10, 2011 5:22PM

When my beloved Tankie died, a friend gave me a copy of "Dog Heaven," a sweet children's book. The drawings of happy dogs romping in an afterlife were comforting, even though I didn't buy the concept. 

 

But what if the book is wrong? What if there's not a life after death for dogs, cats or other household pets? And what if the Rapture comes and you're spirited off, leaving your critters behind? (Some people believe the Rapture will happen as soon as May 21.)

 

Two organizations that we know of are willing to arrange for their post-Rapture care by nonbelievers for a small price.

 

Most Americans are 'afflicted' by this attitude -- present company excepted, of course.

By doubleace May 10, 2011 11:52AM

This post comes from Lynn Mucken at MSN Money.

 

Guess what? The odds against you having a healthy attitude about money are 3-to-1. Not as bad as the odds against actually having money, but depressing nonetheless.

According to a study, conducted by Brad Klontz and Sonya L. Britt, professors at Kansas State University, and described in The New York Times, humans and their attitudes toward money come in just four types -- and three of them have negative implications. Here they are, translated as best I can into non-academia language: 

 

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