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Marketplace AM for May 25, 2007

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Not your father's American Dream

A new study reveals that while American men are working harder than the generation before them, they are earning less. Families are keeping pace because two-income households are now the norm. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Coke gets smart and vitaminwater

The fizz is going out of soda profits, but Coca-Cola has a plan B. There's news today that the soft drink maker will shell out $4.2 billion for bottled water giant Glaceau, best known for its smartwater and vitaminwater brands.
Posted In: Retail

NASDAQ adds OMX

After being turned away by the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, the NASDAQ has found a willing transatlantic partner in Stockholm's OMX exchange. And we'll probably see more consolidation ahead says economist Andrew Hilton.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street

Hugo Chavez TV

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is taking over the country's airwaves. His government already controls many media outlets there — on which he broadcasts live up to 40 hours a week — and now he's taking over its most-watched TV network. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada

It's a sexual marketing revolution

Companies that make, um, intimacy products are getting creative about how they market them to women, whose attitudes about sex are more open than ever. And courting the ladies is really paying off, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Google meets the privacy police

Every time you use Google, it keeps your search data stored. Not with your personal information, but E.U. regulators say the search giant might be in violation of privacy rules there anyway. Maija Palmer explains.
Posted In: Canada, Science

BetonSports pleads guilty, guilty, guilty

British online gaming company BetonSports has made a deal with the feds. It'll pay a whopping fine and admit to several felony charges <i>and</i> help prosecutors make a case against its former CEO. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime, Science

Global economy picking up U.S. slack

The global economy's in its best shape in years says the OECD, but the news isn't as good for the U.S. That balanced growth is thanks to other economies filling in where ours is sagging. Steve Tripoli has more.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Mash on over to StarWars.com

Lucas Films couldn't help but notice that people are creating all sorts of unauthorized Star Wars mash-ups on YouTube. So they're releasing hundreds of video clips on their own site, hoping to draw all those eyes over to their advertisers. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science

Is anyone still here?

An awful lot of employees seem to, cough cough, call in sick the Friday before a long holiday weekend like this one. And lots of other summer Fridays too. So how are workers really using their sick days? Ashley Milne-Tyte checks up on 'em.
Posted In: Jobs