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Podcast: Housing optimism and law-school pessimism

Mar 20, 2012
The number of new homes starts last month fell, but a rise in future home-construction plans gave economists hope that the housing market has stabilized. Meanwhile, the number of new students taking the law-school entrance exam dropped to the lowest level in 12 years. Also on the show, China announced a major increase in gas prices, a reported delay in cleaner fuels could harm the new engines designed to burn it, and an oil spill off the coast of Brazil last November is the subject of a lawsuit this week. Plus, our interview with the author of a story that makes comparisons between Mitt Romney's GOP campaign and that of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
Posted In: podcast

Podcast: Apple's $100 billion plan, and UPS goes shopping

Mar 19, 2012
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call today that the company would start spending down its nearly $100-billion pile of cash with a $10 billion share buyback and a quarterly stock dividend of $2.65 a share. We talk to Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, for more on this story. Shipping giant United Parcels Service said it would pay $6.8 billion for Dutch shipping rival TNT Express in effort to expand its global reach. Plus, Ireland struggles with 14 percent unemployment, Greece's prime minister said the company is on its way to a recovery, and Yahoo! fends off an aggressive investor.
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PODCAST: Crude oil and consumer prices rise, one job where women make more

Mar 16, 2012
Apple's latest iPad is released in stores today, but the lines aren't stretching quite so far down the block as they used to. And the company might soon be trying to buy your old iPad back from you, to refurbish and re-sell in other parts of the world. In Arizona, a new line on the state's tax return asks people how much shopping they've done out-of-state. And what is the importance of the female vote in this election cycle?

Is the era of the business card over?

Mar 16, 2012
Some experts claim that in a Web-savvy world, business cards are a thing of the past. We dug up one career consultant (no business card needed) to find out if they really are obsolete.
Posted In: job applications, networking, business cards

PODCAST: China's 'hard landing,' Greg Smith's shockwaves

Mar 15, 2012
As March Madness begins, we talk to L.A. Times consumer columnist David Lazarus about why many who never gamble decide to play the game this time of year. Does premium gas really help you get better mileage in the long run? And lately, some experts have been wondering whether Pinterest users have the right to show off photos that in many cases they did not create.

The psychology behind Greg Smith's op-ed

Mar 15, 2012
What kind of emotions and thoughts lie behind a high-profile resignation?
Posted In: mid-day extra, Goldman Sachs, psychology, corporate

PODCAST: Stressed about stress tests, a Yankees fragrance

Mar 14, 2012
In an age of skyrocketing gas prices, what can we do to make our cars more fuel efficient? The Panama Canal is getting a makeover. In two years, it'll be able to handle ships that carry twice the cargo they handle now, and that could mean big things for ports on the East Coast of the United States. And Paypal is expected to announce tomorrow that it will launch a service where anyone can send or receive credit card and debit card payments over a smartphone.

U.K. Starbucks locations start playing the name game

Mar 14, 2012
In the U.K. today, where Starbucks has just started writing customers' names on their coffee cups for the first time.
Posted In: starbucks, London, coffee, mid-day extra

PODCAST: Rare earth could get rarer, retail sales rebounding

Mar 13, 2012
Illinois governor Pat Quinn will appeal FEMA's decision to deny his state disaster aid in the wake of those deadly tornadoes a few weeks back. Voters in Mississippi and Alabama head to the polls today, and we take a closer look at the economic policies of Rick Santorum. Southern California ports currently receive most of the imports shipped from Asia. But that could change with a major expansion of the Panama Canal. And tonight, the new NBC TV show "Fashion Star" debuts, and the focus is more on retail than high fashion.

The first step to merger: Buying domain names?

Mar 13, 2012
U.S. Airways is reportedly interested in a possible merger-type deal with American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp. One way it is showing its affection? Buying up domain names.
Posted In: domain names, US Airways, airline industry, Mergers and Acquisitions

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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.