Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 22, 2008

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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 22, 2008

Resetting loan rates hit public projects

Homeowners aren't the only ones who will end up paying more for resetting loan rates. Cities, schools, even museums will also see a critical spike. Jill Barshay reports on the struggle with auction rate bonds.
Posted In: Wall Street

The perks of an Oscar nomination

After the Oscar nominations were announced, "Best Picture" contenders saw a bump at the box office. Will this continue? Doug Krizner asks Variety's Mike Speier, and discusses his picks for potential award winners.
Posted In: Entertainment

China: No foreign cartoons until 9

China wants to extend its primetime TV ban of foreign cartoons an extra hour. The initial ban was implemented two years ago and was a prosperous move for domestic animators. Bill Marcus has more.
Posted In: Entertainment

A devil in Microsoft's details?

Microsoft says it will make the blueprints of some of its key software available free on its website. But regulators in Europe are skeptical, as Stephen Beard reports they've heard similar promises from the company before.
Posted In: Science

eBay policy change inspires boycott

A critical change in eBay policy has upset longtime users enough to stage a week-long boycott of the auction site. Lisa Napoli reports buyers and sellers upset that they can no longer rate each other might take business elsewhere.
Posted In: Retail

Splitting mortgage loans to spread risk

A government regulator of mortgage lenders is putting together a refinancing option to help avoid foreclosures. John Dimsdale reports how the government hopes it will help and how the plan might benefit homeowners.
Posted In: Housing

When texting, always have a plan

Cell phone companies are cashing in on the popularity of texting with continually rising prices. Lisa Napoli has more on ways to keep the cost of messaging addiction in check -- including cell phones you can't talk on.
Posted In: Science

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