FROM Derek Thompson
The Rise of the Sharing Economy Welcome to what's called "collaborative consumption" with Internet companies like Airbnb , RelayRides , Liquid Space and TaskRabbit . They're providing access to things you want without the burden of ownership — cars, houses, tools, garage space — even leftover food. They're building a marketplace that's already worth $26 billion, reducing waste and throwing a scare into business based on consumption. But what about safety, regulation and trust? Is this the future or only a fad?
Recycling: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost? Mandatory recycling has become a way of life in more and more places, but critics dismiss it as an easy way for politicians to make guilty consumers feel better about themselves. We hear both sides as the holiday season gets underway.