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Don't have cable and want to watch the World Cup?

Jun 13, 2014
Cord-cutters who want to watch the World Cup are going to have to get creative.
Posted In: World Cup, cord cutting, WatchESPN, VPNs
Father's Day Tools

Things your dad likes: Tools, electronics, crackers

Jun 13, 2014
A list of favorite brands of fathers confirms every male stereotype.
Posted In: father's day, branding, consumer behavior
Oil Production

How big is Iraq's oil industry now?

Jun 10, 2014
Iraq's oil production was booming before a pipeline to Turkey was bombed.
Posted In: energy, Oil, Iraq
California Chrome

How much is California Chrome worth?

Jun 6, 2014
Even if he wins horse racing's Triple Crown, the horse may not fetch top dollar.
Posted In: California Chrome
US Dollars

What a billion dollars buys you this week

May 30, 2014
There have been a lot of billion dollar deals in the past couple days.
Posted In: billionaires, billion

The fight for Hillshire, as measured in hot dogs

May 29, 2014
How many chickens and hot dogs can one buy with $6.1 billion?
Posted In: Hillshire Farm, meat

10 facts about Bitcoin (before it gets boring)

May 29, 2014
You can now pay your Dish Network TV bill with Bitcoin, so...
Posted In: bitcoin, directv

Apple confirms it will buy Beats for $3 billion

May 28, 2014
$3 billion is a lot of headphones. But how many, you ask?
Posted In: Beats by Dre, apple
Happy Meal mascot

Meet Happy! The unsettling new Happy Meal mascot

May 20, 2014
McDonald's new Happy Meal mascot: marketing fail or counter-intuitive genius?
Posted In: McDonald's, Happy Meal, marketing

Cats, video games, funerals: All with video on demand

May 19, 2014
Google is in talks to buy Twitch, a live video game streaming service.
Posted In: video streaming

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You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.