Marketplace AM for November 17, 2005

Episode Description 

The housing market

Personal finance expert Chris Farrell gives host Cheryl Glaser an update on the US housing market.

Marketing Kobe

Host Tess Vigeland talks to business of sports consultant David Carter about the remarketing of basketball star Kobe Bryant after he was cleared of rape charges.

Made in China

Many business leaders are calling for restrictions on Chinese imports to create more demand for US goods. Alisa Roth chronicles what would happen to her morning routine if all her belongings made in China suddenly disappeared.

Lobbyists lobby for DeLay

Five dozen Washington lobbyists host a fund-raising event today for embattled House Rep. Tom DeLay. As Scott Tong reports, DeLay has been instrumental in boosting the bottom line of lobbyists. Now they appear to be paying him back.

Patent reform urged for genome technology

A National Academy of Science report out today calls for reforms in the US patent system to encourage development of genomic technology. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Science

Businesses look to rein in USAPATRIOT Act

The House is expected to vote today on changes to the USAPATRIOT act that would restrict the ability of federal officials to seize business records in terrorism investigations. Amy Scott reports.

Nanotechnology under review

A congressional panel today looks at consumer and environmental safety issues concerning the use of nanotechnology in hundreds of consumer products. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Science

United against spyware

A coalition of major Internet companies has announced a plan to weed out advertisers who infect computers with unwanted code. But how effective will it be? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Concerns over identity theft in India

Indian officials launched court proceedings this week against four call center employees arrested for selling personal information on prospective US customers to a rival company. The case, and others like it, has the IT industry worried about how to stop call center employees looking to make a quick buck. Miranda Kennedy reports.

Dollar rising

The dollar is getting a real boost in foreign markets. Go figure. Stephen Beard reports.

Easing up on China's currency

Why is Washington easing up on its longstanding demand that China revalue its currency? Jocelyn Ford reports.

Tough times for newspapers

The Los Angeles Times announced yesterday that its cutting 85 newsroom employees - 8 percent of the editorial staff. Four other Tribune papers also announced cuts. As Dan Grech reports from WLRN in Miami, newspaper woes are industry wide.

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