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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 31, 2013

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The U.S. and China go head-to-head for Latin America's attention -- and business. As euro zone unemployment hits a new record high of 12.2 percent, protestors gather in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. And politicians looking to overhaul the U.S. tax code take a lesson from the 1980s.

We're spending less on things that are getting cheaper

In February, then March, Americans spent more money than the month before. But today there's news that consumer spending dropped a tenth percent in April.
Posted In: consumer spending

PODCAST: Concert cash, Banking cache

Summer concert season kicks off and that means dollar signs for music industry. And is there such a thing as banking in the public interest?

Intel lays its chips on the table-t

Samsung has chosen to use Intel chips in one of their tablet devices, marking the chipmaker's first major foray into the mobile arena.
Posted In: Intel, Tech, mobile, samsung, tablets

Banking in the public interest? Public Bankers look to spread their model

This weekend, attendees of the Public Banking Conference in San Rafael, California will gather to re-think the global banking system. They hope to spread a time-tested financial idea from North Dakota.
Posted In: banking, public banks

Tech spin: A tour of New York City's new bike share program

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson takes New York City's new bike share program for a spin.
Posted In: New York City, bike sharing, bike, public transportation

Will Tesla's new charging stations solve the 'road trip problem'?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company plans to triple the size of its charging stations network.
Posted In: tesla, electric cars

EU unemployment hits 12.2%, 'Blockupy' activists protest ECB

European unemployment hit a new record high in April. 12.2 percent, or about 20 million people, across the 17 countries that use the euro are out of work.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Unemployment, Eurozone, ECB

Public comment, 21st century-style

Lawmakers revive a public comment campaign, with a modern-day twist.
Posted In: tax reform, Max Baucus, politics, Twitter

Music's reliance on summer concert season

The summer concert tour season is under way. How important financially are these tours for bands?
Posted In: Music, music industry, concerts, summer, Entertainment

The battle of trade for Latin America

What does it mean for Latin American economies to have the U.S. and China competing to sign trade deals?
Posted In: Latin America, China, natural gas, Xi Jinping

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Electric Counterpoint Fast
Rainstick Orchestra
Way Of The Haggis
The Haggis Horns
She Don't Use Jelly
The Flaming Lips
Live Wire
The Meters