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Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

Feb 16, 2012
Facebook is teaming up with mobile phone maker Orange to provide its services to cell phones in Africa -- of the non-iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android variety.
Posted In: Facebook, cell phone, Africa

PODCAST: Don't call it a comeback

Feb 15, 2012
Congressional negotiators have agreed to a deal that would extend the payroll tax cut through the end of the year. Yesterday, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited the White House and the Pentagon before meeting with American business leaders at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The Westminster Dog Show dropped Pedigree as a sponsor this year, saying its sad ads that promote adoption from animal shelters turned off its audience. And President's Day is fast approaching, but a lot of Americans don't take that day, or others, off -- and that could be a problem for the economy.

Xi Jinping visits Iowa... again

Feb 15, 2012
The soon to be president of China is visiting the U.S. this week, and today he is in Iowa. It turns out, he's been there before.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, Iowa

PODCAST: Retail sales and valentine hearts

Feb 14, 2012
Two former Bear Stearns executives accused of misleading investors about the quality of risky mortgages have settled with the federal government. Waffle House is transforming more than a hundred restaurants into Valentine wonderlands. President Obama is meeting today with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, who is expected to be the next president of China. And some experts are looking to Zynga's earnings to help predict how Facebook will fare in the coming months.

The Westminster Dog Show and the pet economy

Feb 14, 2012
Does the best breed at the Westminster dog show impact the broader pet economy in America?
Posted In: Westminster Dog Show, pets

PODCAST: Cleaning up Greece, crying for Adele

Feb 13, 2012
President Obama will announce his proposed budget for 2013 today, and it is expected to include a lot of infrastructure spending. In Greece, big budget cuts were passed over the weekend -- but how do the new minimum wage requirements and public sector job cuts there compare to the U.S.? And we take a closer look at the world of natural gas through the eyes of an energy company CEO.

The profit boost from 'Linsanity'

Feb 13, 2012
Jeremy Lin has risen in the last week to be a breakout star in the NBA -- in part, because of his potential to tap into the Chinese market.
Posted In: NBA, basketball, China, Jeremy Lin

PODCAST: Greek protests, a Pizza Hut Valentine

Feb 10, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama's plan to make Americans healthier isn't stopping at school lunch; she now wants the military to shape up as well. Greeks are striking again today to protest deep cuts the government wants to make in order to get more bailout money. The unemployment rate dropped last month to 8.3 percent, but some economists say the news isn't as good as it sounds. And big drinks companies are fighting in what some might call "whiskey wars."
Posted In: Greece

Digging deeper into the lives of CEOs

Feb 10, 2012
From Lloyd Blankfein's support of gay marriage to Steve Jobs' high school GPA, why do we know more about the lives of CEOs than ever before?
Posted In: ceo, steve jobs, Lloyd Blankfein

PODCAST: Foreclosure closure

Feb 9, 2012
The Obama administration and almost every state have reached a settlement with the country's largest banks over allegations of abusive foreclosure practices. We check in with the Mayor of Los Angeles on his vision for the city, which is the second largest metro area in the U.S. A new survey out by the Pew Research Center shows that young adults have been hurt the most in the recession. And bankruptcy lawyers are warning that the latest "debt bomb" will come from student loans.

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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.