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Sales of safes up by 50%; <em>Guitar</em> <em>Hero III</em> increases online music sales; <em>Beverly Hills Chihuahua </em>top draw at movie theaters; National Debt Clock drops dollar sign; Tech companies expan

With faith in the financial system cratering, Home Depot reports that sales of safes have seen double-digit growth in the last few weeks. Safe-maker Honeywell says safe sales are 50 percent higher now than they were just four weeks ago.The Boston Globe 

Bands whose songs are featured in the Activision video game Guitar Hero III can expect a 300 percent increase in their online music sales. Classic rockers Aerosmith have made more in licensing income from Guitar Hero than from sales of any of their albums.The Economist

Escapism wins: For the second weekend running, Beverly Hills Chihuahua was the top draw at movie theaters, taking in $17.5 million and trouncing somber Iraq war drama Body of Lies.Billboard

The national debt has hit the $10.2 trillion mark, a number so big that the National Debt Clock near New York’s  Times Square had to eliminate its dollar sign to make room for an extra digit. The national debt is approaching the size of the entire U.S. economy.Slate.com The world’s biggest technology companies, including Google and Microsoft Corp., have been rapidly expanding their research facilities in China, which produces more than 700,000 electrical engineering graduates a year. IBM will soon be opening its first new research facility in a decade—in Shanghai.The Wall Street Journal

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