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UnitedHealth has a plan if you get sick in Beijing; also: Math refresher needed for Target’s ‘sales,’ and Best Buy amps up music centers

Athletes aren’t the only ones who might need medical attention during the Olympic Games in Beijing next month. UnitedHealth is partnering with an international health care provider to make sure its customers attending the games can get help if they need it. The Minnetonka-based HMO and its partner International SOS also released a list of tips for travelers. They include: making sure vaccinations are current, learning the words for doctor, emergency and hospital, and bringing your insurance card.

The ability to do math in your head might save you money on your next trip to Target. The Consumerist blog has been documenting a series of Target deals in which buying just one item at regular price is cheaper than the proclaimed X for sale. The latest example: General Mills cereal regularly priced at $2.54 on sale for three for $8, or 13 cents more per box. Says the Consumerist: “This is the third Target ‘special’ we’ve seen this month that screws the consumer. Are we seeing a new trend? Is it legal to call it a price cut if it’s not?”

Best Buy is getting louder. The chest-thumping bass of home theater demonstrations will soon compete for shoppers’ ears with the clatter of drum kits and amateur guitar solos. The Richfield-based retailer is rolling out as many as 85 music centers within its existing stores, The Associated Press reports. Two are already open in Minnesota. A Best Buy vice president says: “We’re trying to create an authentic and genuine musical instrument store look and feel inside of Best Buy.”

Our attention span for online video
is getting longer. Swarmcast, a company based in both Minneapolis and Tokyo that provides streaming video services for websites, says the average length of its live content streams has surpassed 75 minutes. Customers include Major League Baseball (, where many fans watched the longest All-Star Game in history earlier this month, helping to drive up the average live stream length.

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