Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 18, 2009

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 18, 2009
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GM is saying goodbye to Saab

General Motors has announced it will be saying goodbye to the Saab. The automaker's talks to sell the brand to Dutch company Spyker appear to have collapsed. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Auto
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Google guilty in French e-book case

A Parisian court has found Google guilty of copyright infringement in a case involving the search giant's effort to put books online. Steve Chiotakis gets the latest from Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson.
Posted In: Internet
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Mayors watch climate change locally

While nations are still trying to agree on how to cut emissions, many cities are already taking action. Bill Radke talks to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels about what the U.S. Conference of Mayors is hoping to accomplish in Copenhagen.
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Marketplace Minute with Bill Radke 12/18

This week: Bernanke as Time's Man of the Year, the U.N. climate change summit, Exxon's into natural gas and Boeing's rained out.
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Avatar's success is in the marketing

Avatar opens today with what some estimate to be a budget of half a billion dollars -- with $150 million going to marketing alone. With that kind of push, some experts guarantee a mega-opening. Jennifer Collins reports.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Small biz can't scrimp on customer gifts

For many small businesses, giving thank-you gifts to customers around the holidays is a marketing must. But how can you gracefully continue this tradition while scaling back on employee bonuses? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship
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Time Warner, NewsCorp in fees fight

Television fees are at the center of a fight between News Corp and Time Warner Cable. Reports are that News Corp will start a marketing attack today against the cable giant. Jeremy Hobson details the fight.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Obama: Any deal needs transparency

Speaking at the U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen, U.S. President Barack Obama insisted any agreement made by countries needed to include transparency. But is a deal close? Stave Chiotakis talks with Marketplace's Stephen Beard.

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