Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 7, 2007

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, December 7, 2007

Thousands of jobs for millions working

The Labor Department released new unemployment numbers this morning, and then revised its original estimated number of new jobs by slashing them in half. But how good were the numbers to begin with? Dan Grech reports

Will Amazon be the iTunes killer?

With a Pepsi-backed promotion of about a billion music download giveaways, Amazon might be the best competitor against Apple yet. Doug Krizner talks to Billboard's Bill Werde about whether they have a shot at grabbing market share.
Posted In: Entertainment

College donors want wiser decisions

The case of the Robertsons versus Princeton University is just one example of the growing problem of discontented donors in higher education. Amy Scott reports how one group is trying to help.
Posted In: Crime, Education

25 years and still a 'Thriller'

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" debuted this week in 1982, and it still holds the title of best-selling album of all time. Stacey Vanek-Smith shows us how the album and video raised the bar for what we expect from artists today.
Posted In: Entertainment

Alitalia bidders take good with bad

Italian air carrier Alitalia might have a reputation for bad management and costly setbacks, but Italy's draw as a top flight destination makes it a desirable item for takeover. Megan Williams reports on who's bidding.
Posted In: Travel

Wise investing or just chancing it?

Does it take luck or skill to make money in the markets? Lisa Napoli explores financial chance versus ability with engineer Stan Mazor, co-inventor of the first silicon chip and author of the book "Stock Market Gambling."
Posted In: Books, Wall Street

A new way to clean up a crude mess

After being told it couldn't be done, a team of students at MIT has figured out a way to use a material to separate oil from water, allowing for future clean-ups of crude oil spills. Janet Babin has more.

Rising cost of debt stretching cash thin

From mortgage payments to paying off credit cards, many consumers are finding it difficult to foot money for the bills on time. Jeremy Hobson reports how many Americans are trying to put out fires.
Posted In: Auto, Economy

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