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Scene from the lobby of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

Inside the CIA's crystal ball for 2015

Jan 1, 2015
In 2000, the CIA made 70 pages worth of predictions for 2015. They didn't get everything right.
Posted In: cia, predictions, 2015, population
The Times Square New Year's Eve ball.

A New Year's Eve history lesson

Dec 31, 2014
The story behind the birth of the Times Square ball.
Posted In: new years eve, New York, Times Square, ball
We would watch economist Paul Krugman do stand-up, but then again we're Marketplace.

Economists might have a sense of humor after all

Dec 30, 2014
At a Boston conference, a panel plans to embrace "economics humor."
Posted In: economists, sense of humor, american economics association
A screenshot of a tweet from Brands Saying, a satirical Twitter account.

Corporate Twitter accounts try to be bae ... and fail

Dec 29, 2014
Throwing around "bae" doesn't make a brand cool. You heard me, Pizza Hut.
Posted In: pizza hut, Whole Foods, bae, Twitter

Google knows what's under the Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
New York Times mines search-engine data to see what gifts people are searching for, city by city.
Posted In: Christmas gifts, holidays, states, Google
The headquarters of Sony Pictures in Culver City, California.

Move over, Snapchat. There's a new app in town.

Dec 23, 2014
New app called Confide makes emails vanish. Company's offering it to Sony for free.
Posted In: sony hacks, confide, app, Snapchat
Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.

Pope Francis is not feeling the holiday cheer

Dec 22, 2014
Pope scolds those who run Catholic Church. His complaints include office gossip and jealousy.
Posted In: pope francis, holidays, Catholic church
Display of energy drinks in a store in San Diego.

Now that’s an unexpected energy boost. (Thanks, Cuba)

Dec 17, 2014
Investors confuse the Cuba Energy Company with the country.
Posted In: energy drinks, cuba, cuban beverage company, San Diego
Freshly brewed coffee.

Coffee engineered to put you to sleep. Seriously.

Dec 16, 2014
Counting Sheep Coffee comes in two varieties: Bedtime Blend/40 Winks and Lights Out.
Posted In: coffee, dragon's den, Amazon, Canada

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