Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, March 22, 2013

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Casual dining takes a backseat to more informal restaurant chains. Mississippi River mayors unite to fight for federal infrastructure funding. And it's going to be another long weekend in Cyprus as the country's government scrambles to come up with a new bailout plan. How are countries around the continent reacting?

PODCAST: Dude, what's in a Dell?

Drillers and environmental organizations try to set fracking standards together. As Dell looks to go private, what is the company worth? And, the latest on Cyprus.

A tax on medical devices that almost nobody likes

You don't often hear about a 79-to-20 vote in the U.S. Senate, but that's exactly what happened last night. The chamber voted overwhelmingly to repeal a tax on medical devices.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, health care, health care reform law

Cyprus gets a hard line from Germany

The BBC's Steve Evans in Berlin discuses how Germany and its upcoming elections figure into the situation in Cyprus.
Posted In: cyprus, Germany, Angela Merkel

As Dell looks to go private, what's its value?

Founder Michael Dell looks to take his company private. The deadline for competing bids is today.
Posted In: Dell, Tech

Mississippi River mayors call for more dam, lock funding

Mayors along the Mississippi River say more funding is needed to shore up aging infrastructure.
Posted In: Mississippi River, Congress, infrastructure

Drillers and enviros try to set fracking standards together

Can natural-gas companies and environmental groups together set standards for fracking that will win the public's trust? An experiment in Pennsylvania will try.
Posted In: fracking, shale gas, energy, Oil

Mastercard's goes digital with e-wallet 'Masterpass'

Could electronic wallets become as common as cellphones? Paypal and Google sure hope so. But Mastercard has a plan for this future, too.
Posted In: mastercard, digital wallet, paypal

Federal government takes on domestic drone legislation

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been looking into the use of drones in America and how they might affect privacy. The federal government is working on new rules that could expand permits for drones in the coming years.
Posted In: drones, Law, Tech

Sit down, eat out? Not so much.

Darden Restaurants, owners of casual dining chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and LongHorn Steakhouse, saw profit fall 18 percent last quarter as sales slipped almost 5 percent.
Posted In: food and drink, restaurants

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Bring It Home (Instrumental)
The Bamboos
One for Bielski
Lack Of Afro
Camera One
Karminsky Experience Inc.
Do You Believe? (James Curd Instrumental Mix)
Poolside

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