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Amazon's liquor aisle

May 4, 2005
Amazon.com's adding a liquor aisle. The online retailer already expanded from books and electronics, by partnering with the likes of Toys-R-Us and Target. Now it's toasting a new deal with Wine.com. Curt Nickisch reports.

Turning Tinseltown on its ear

May 4, 2005
The big Hollywood studios don't make most of their money at the ticket window. The big ka-ching is at the DVD rental counter. And those home video revenues keep climbing. Up ten percent last year alone, according to the Motion Picture Association of America. Revenues from movies shown on TV went up ten percent as well. Theatrical revenues, however, slipped a percent. Numbers like these are forcing studios to rethink how they package the movie experience. But none has gone quite as far as a small, private entertainment company. It's hooked up with Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh. Marketplace's Tess Vigeland tells us they intend to turn Tinseltown on its ear.

British election update

May 4, 2005
After eight years in power, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour party are seeking a third term in office. His popularity has been severely dented by his role in Iraq...but Blair is still likely to win the election. As Stephen Beard reports, the British economy and Blair's finance chief have ridden to his rescue.
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Coach is up; first-class is down

May 4, 2005
Airfares have been on the rise the last couple of months. The big airlines have joined in the fare hikes, but it hasn't always been that way. One airline might raise a fare but then back down if others didn't match it. So what's different this time? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports. Then, Rudy Maxa tells us how to benefit from dropping prices in first-class air travel.

The Tao of floating currency

May 3, 2005
Speculation's been building that China will float its currency -- the Yuan -- on international markets. Economist Joseph Stiglitz says the move, even if it happens, won't have the effect that many expect.
Posted In: Canada

British Election update

May 3, 2005
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labour party face a general election on Thursday. After eight years in power, Blair is seeking a third term in office. His popularity has been severely dented by his role in Iraq... but as Stephen Beard reports from London, Blair will likely win the contest. The British economy and his finance chief have ridden to his rescue.
Posted In: Canada

Computer security at Time Warner

May 3, 2005
Time Warner announced yesterday that personal data from 600,000 past and present employees had been compromised. It's a growing problem -- especially for banks that maintain credit card records. As Marketplace's Jeff Tyler explains, the liability blame game is starting to hit the courts.

Marketplace Letters for May 3, 2005

May 3, 2005
Today, host David Brown digs into the Marketplace mailbag and finds out what metaphors listeners use to describe how large a trillion dollars is.

Donate your Social Security check

May 3, 2005
President Bush takes his ideas for Social Security reform to Mississippi today. But here's an idea you haven't heard from the President - donating Social Security checks. Entrepreneur Paul Merage is pushing that one. Merage invented hot-pockets, those microwaveable sandwiches. He sold his company for a couple billion dollars and, as Sarah Gardner reports, he's cooked up a charity to inspire the nation's seniors.

IT in Baghdad

May 2, 2005
Three car bombs in Baghdad today - at least 8 more people dead. More than a hundred people have been killed in Iraq since Thursday. That's the same day the country's government appointed a partial cabinet. Security is the new government's toughest challenge. The roads aren't safe - and anyone commuting to earn a living is an easy mark. Borzou Daragahi reports on workers taking another road...the one that merges with the information superhighway.
Posted In: Canada

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