Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, February 28, 2014

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The number of homeowners who are underwater on their mortgages is below 20 percent for the first time in a long time, according to a new report. Good news, right? Well, not quite. The percentage of people who are essentially underwater – meaning they can’t sell their homes for enough to cover the cost of listing the house and buying a new one – is still almost 2 out of 5. And another study says that what really makes for a good start-up and entrepreneurial culture in a city is high school graduates, not venture capitalists.

British intelligence spied on Yahoo video chats

Still images ran through facial recognition software developed by the U.S.
Posted In: data, surveillance, Edward Snowden, Yahoo, chat rooms, privacy, user privacy, technology

PODCAST: Spying on your Yahoo video chats

According to documents, Yahoo webcam chats were intercepted by a British security agency.
Posted In: nsa, spies

We probably should stop taking the GDP so seriously

Using GDP to rate the economy is like rating a song based on notes.
Posted In: GDP, Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Mobility remains a challenge for struggling home owners

This is a good news, bad news story. We'll start with the good news.
Posted In: homeowner, Housing, home ownership, real estate
Google

How to create the next Silicon Valley

Build research-friendly colleges... and get some money.
Posted In: startups, Google, stanford

There's the Keystone XL pipeline, and there's the other one

A Canadian company has asked for permission to double the capacity of another pipeline.
Posted In: Keystone XL

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Chinese Checkers
Booker T & The MG's
Charango (Domestic Single Album)
Morcheeba
Sutphin Boulevard
Blood Orange