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PODCAST: I 'Pizza' New York and Dead Social

May 31, 2012
Irish voters go to the polls today not to elect a president or a leader but to vote on key European bailout measures.With the price of oil below $90 a barrel, some are beginning to wonder at what point does it become unprofitable to drill. Today housing advocacy groups from 22 cities and 17 states are launching a campaign to force the presidential candidates to address the specific topic of foreclosures. Madonna begins her sold out worldwide summer tour today in Israel. But what if you're not Madonna? How do you make money on tour?

Facebook set to expand headquarters in Menlo Park

May 31, 2012
For the past week and a half Mark Zuckerberg has been losing face a bit in the stock market, but this week his company is booking ahead with plans for a major expansion to their headquarters in the Silicon Valley suburb of Menlo Park.
Posted In: Facebook

PODCAST: Zuckerberg loses face value and Pepsi does Twitter

May 30, 2012
The once high-flying maker of the BlackBerry handheld device is in deeper water than analysts feared. Research In Motion warned investors yesterday it could report a loss for its first quarter and has hired bankers for a “strategic review.” Computer networks across the Middle East are engulfed in flame, flame spying software that is. A hotdog joint called Felony Franks employs ex-convicts. After the BP spill, the multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast seafood industry was shut down. Now, two years later, things are looking up, at least for shrimpers.

Pepsi to launch Twitter music campaign

May 30, 2012
In an effort to revive their brand image and win back market share from Coke, Pepsi is launching a new, hip partnership with Twitter that will include free songs for download and live-streaming music concerts.
Posted In: marketing, Pepsi, Twitter, Music

PODCAST: Robot teacher, study says 'walk this way'

May 29, 2012
Greek voters will return to the polls in less than three weeks. The results of the election could determine whether Greece stays in the euro zone or exits in a messy divorce that would disrupt the global economy. Dewey & LeBoeuf, one of the largest law firms in the country, filed for bankruptcy last night after months of financial turmoil and partner defections. Today is the Texas primary. Polls show voters tend to care about the economy and immigration, but education policy is growing in importance. The food truck scene -- once a trendy diversion -- is now a normal part of city life. Sizzler and other national chains hope to take advantage.

Study says Americans prefer walkable neighborhoods

May 29, 2012
New research from the Brookings Institution says Americans will pay up to $1,500 more in rent every month to live in a "walkable" neighborhood -- say, a place near their dry cleaners or grocery store or favorite restaurant.
Posted In: Housing, Suburban Living, rent, cities

PODCAST: A dip in olive oil prices and an economic forecast for sunny skies

May 28, 2012
On Memorial Day, we take a look at ways to support the other 1 percent -- the less-than-1 percent of Americans who serve in uniform and those who have died in the line of duty. While low-fare airlines are struggling to make money in the United States and Europe, airports across Southeast Asia have never been busier thanks in large part to budget carriers. The Spanish government is wrangling with how to rescue its troubled banks. Local protestors in Malaysia are stalling efforts to mine for rare earths, a key component in electronics.

PODCAST: A fake sandstorm and Businessweek's advice to 'bang head'

May 25, 2012
After a week that included Facebook's IPO fizzle, talks of a Greek exit, and the impending debt ceiling showdown, the economic landscape may be taking a toll on our psyche. After all the doom and gloom in the worldwide economy, we get a nun's take on the economic recovery in her community and her local service work. The ketchup bottle just got a major upgrade thanks to a team of M.I.T. scientists -- no more whacking the bottle to squeeze out the last dregs. And the automaker Ford cashes in on its logo in the form of toys, T-shirts, and videogames.

PODCAST: A run on kosher chocolate chips, Rewriting Korean subtitles

May 24, 2012
As budget woes continue to plague lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as well as leaders in Europe, we speak to the leader of California, Gov. Jerry Brown, over his state's financial issues. Officials in Houston are trying to figure out what to do with the Astrodome -- renovate it or tear it down. Manufacturers are reporting slowing sales of desktop and laptop PCs suggesting a slow down in economic growth, but computer sales may no longer be a reliable indicator of new hires and overall business growth.

Times-Picayune to cut back jobs and production schedule

May 24, 2012
The main newspaper in New Orleans, which received praise in its Katrina coverage, has announced budget cuts which will mean staff layoffs and a reduction in print editions to three days a week.
Posted In: New Orleans, newspapers

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The Mid-Day Update is a five-day-a-week podcast from the Marketplace Morning Report hosted by David Brancaccio that wraps up the morning news in a fun little package. Listen here every day at 10 a.m. PT or download it to your iPod by subscribing to the Morning Report Podcast.