Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 4, 2013

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its December jobs report today, and economists are modestly optimistic. The world's biggest Consumer Electronics Show kicks off this weekend in Las Vegas, and it'll be the first one in 15-years where Microsoft has no presence whatsoever. And the Vatican goes cash-only.  

PODCAST: The man in the solid gold shirt

What does the president's top economist on the labor market have to say about today's jobs report? What's next for Google after an antitrust victory. Colorado and Washington, get ready to unleash the pot business. And the great Bicholim war of 1640 -- turns out it never happened.

'Pot for profit' laws attract entrepreneurs

Colorado and Washington are magnets for new businesses, after voting to legalize recreational marijuana.
Posted In: marijuana, pot, legalization, Entrepreneur

Obama adviser: Jobs report shows continued progress

Alan Krueger, chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, weighs in on the government's December jobs report
Posted In: jobs report, Unemployment, wages

The jumbo mortgage is back

Jumbo mortgages, too large to be backed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, were hard to come by after the financial crisis. But in expensive real-estate markets like San Francisco, they're coming back.
Posted In: housing market, mortgage, home loans

After FTC win, can Google keep up search success?

The Federal Trade Commission has decided that Google is not being anti-competitive when it promotes its own services in search results.
Posted In: Google, antitrust, siri

Unemployment ticks up to 7.8 percent, 155,000 jobs added

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that unemployment has stayed steady at 7.8 percent, and the economy added 155,000 jobs last month.
Posted In: jobs report, Unemployment

Swiss bank closes after U.S. tax evasion fine

Switzerland's oldest bank, Wegelin and Company, has plead guilty to helping wealthy Americans evade taxes.
Posted In: Switzerland, Wegelin and Company, Tax evasion, bank, Europe

How does the U.S. stack up on economic growth?

When it comes to economic growth, is the U.S. more like China or like Europe?
Posted In: economic growth, GDP

CES: Not all about tech these days

The Consumer Electronics Show is drawing more non-tech companies.
Posted In: Consumer Electronics Show, Tech, consumer electronics

Economists cautiously hopeful ahead of monthly jobs data

Private payroll data points to an encouraging trend in service-related jobs that are key to economic growth.
Posted In: employment, Jobs, jobs report

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