Marketplace AM for January 25, 2006

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China meets the Big Apple

One of China's first private companies, Beijing Vantone Real Estate, has signed a deal to lease the top five floors of the first new building at Ground Zero since 9/11. Finding tenants for 7 World Trade Center had been difficult, but as Amy Scott reports, the company hopes the location will be a magnet for Chinese businesspeople.

Reedidas?

Adidas has been given the green light to acquire US athletic shoemaker Reebok in a deal estimated at $3.8 billion. Adidas hopes the acquisition will put it on track to give Nike a run for its money. Alisa Roth reports.

Economic worries

A new survey out by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press indicates that over 60% of Americans have misgivings about the future of the economy. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy

Alternative Davos

Tens of thousands of participants are expected to turn out for this week's World Social Forum, billed as an alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos. But as Brian Ellsworth reports, host country Venezuela may not be the poster child for an alternative to free-market capitalism.
Posted In: Canada

Google in China

Google has debuted a new service for its Chinese users. You might say it's a business move with hidden costs... to free speech. Our Beijing bureau chief Jocelyn Ford reports.

Lobbying reform

A Senate committee with a reputation for bi-partisanship is tackling the issue of lobbying reform this morning. It's the first high profile step toward new lobbying rules and regulations in the wake of the scandal involving former super lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Leery of Lexus Lanes

Savvy Traveler commentator Rudy Maxa cries foul over government plans for two-tiered security screening at airports.

Palestinian elections

Palestinians go to the polls today to elect a new parliament. As Hilary Krieger reports, many voters are pinning their economic hopes on the militant Hamas party.

Reforming national flood insurance

A Senate committee today takes up the issue of whether to reform the National Flood Insurance Program in light of last fall's devastating hurricane season. John Dimsdale has more.

Disney/Pixar

So the Mouse has snapped up the wildly successful Pixar animation house. But did it pay too much to reclaim its position as king of the cartoon? Bob Moon takes a look.

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