The Marketplace Reader - Most Commented


Technology is the new retail therapy

Aug 18, 2008
Americans love technology, and the stats are proving it. Consumer electronic sales 4.8 in July, according to U.S. government estimates. The...

I deflate you kindly and anonymously

Aug 15, 2008
Web applications and sites seem to be good for a lot of things, like bringing friends together, enabling anonymous misanthropic deeds, or in the...
Posted In: alienation, Garfield, Internet, NiceCritic

Ex-Apple lawyer settles backdating case

Aug 15, 2008
Steve Jobs has taken heat in the past for Apple's backdating scandal, but now former Apple lawyer Nancy Heinen is sharing that spotlight. Heinen...

Spain eliminates wealth tax

Aug 14, 2008
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero pledged last year to eliminate the country's wealth tax if re-elected, which brings in around 1...

Heat pump business is hot, naturally

Aug 13, 2008
Increasing energy costs have made geothermal heat pumps an attractive solution to heating buildings. The New York Times reports business is booming...
Posted In: energy, heat pumps, sustainability

iPhone coming to Best Buy

Aug 13, 2008
From the Associated Press:...
Posted In: apple, Best Buy, iPhone

Money can't buy you love, but . . .

Aug 13, 2008
It can buy you Beatles memorabilia. When once Beatles manager Brian Epstein signed a contract with the band on October 1, 1962, he became entitled...

High-speed Net service hits slowdown

Aug 12, 2008
Wired's "Epicenter" blog has an item based on reports out this week that say Americans' adoption of broadband service hit a seven-year low last...
Posted In: broadband, Internet

Hydrogen vehicles go cross-country

Aug 12, 2008
A two-week road trip from Portland, Me., to Los Angeles is underway to show the commercial viability of hydrogen-fueled vehicles....
Posted In: hydrogen, road tour

$100 billion to Iraq War contractors

Aug 12, 2008
The New York Times reports total spending on contractors since the war began could reach $100 billion this year. A congressional report due out...



About this collection

We are always changing the way we work. But in the last decade improvements in technology and communications, combined with companies’ increased ability and inclination to outsource, have conspired to make radical changes to work in America. Throw the twin wrenches of the 2008 financial crisis and the resulting Great Recession, and the disruption has been dramatic: unemployment and underemployment have soared; worker productivity has reached all-time highs; the gap between rich and poor has widened to a point not seen since the Second World War.