Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 21, 2012

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In a Washington surprise, "Plan B" -- a temporary solution to the fiscal cliff problem -- failed last night, after House Speaker John Boehner could not muster the support in his own party to pass it. Another end-of-year deadline that could cause some economic trouble: The Longshoremen's Union is in heated contract negotiations with 14 ports along the East coast and the Gulf coast, and if an agreement isn't reached by December 30th, there could be another big port strike. And in Greece, two soccer teams are so cash-strapped they are turning to some unusual sponsors to make ends meet.

PODCAST: Reindeer games in Canada, Brothel soccer in Greece

The census report tells us which states are growing the fastest. Two soccer teams in Greece are finding sponsors in unusual places. And, a reindeer in Canada spreads a little Christmas cheer, but that's not all it's spreading.

Facebook tests new paid messaging

Facebook started testing a new feature yesterday. For a dollar, a stranger can send you a message that’ll land in your directly in your inbox.
Posted In: Facebook, linkedin

Instagram retreats from policy changes

The photo sharing app Instagram is retreating from its new privacy policy after users cried foul. How common are such reversals in the tech world?
Posted In: instagram, netflix, Tech, Facebook, flickr

Time for Plan C? Fiscal cliff solution stalls

It was called "Plan B" -- a way to avoid some of the tax increases that are part of the fiscal cliff without putting together a broad bipartisan deal before the New Year.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Washington D.C., Congress, Boehner

Brothel sponsors Greek soccer team

As local and national funding is slashed, two soccer teams in Greece are turning to some unusual sponsors to make ends meet.
Posted In: Greece, soccer, sponsorship

Strike could shut down East Coast ports

A tense contract negotiation could end in a strike for East Coast longshoremen.
Posted In: ports, strike, import export

NRA reacts differently to Newtown shootings

The usually stoic National Rifle Association will break their MO with a press conference in the wake of the gun deaths of 20 elementary school children.
Posted In: NRA, shooting, Newtown, guns

Carmakers developing hi-tech sensors for drivers

Honk if your palms are sweaty! Carmakers are heading down the road toward biometric technology.
Posted In: car, technology, biometric

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Flyin' on 747
Kid Loco
Heartbeats
The Knife
Monkeytown
Modeselektor
Tardigrades
Pronto
The Flying Nun
9 Lazy 9