Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, October 26, 2012

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China is blocking access to the New York Times website because the Times is featuring an expose on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his family's accumulation of $2.7 billion in wealth. The election is just 11 days away and out on the stump, the candidate are talking jobs, taxes, and entitlements. One thing we haven't heard much about this election season is climate change. Voters in Chicago will decide on election day whether the city can negotiate for cheaper electricity rates. Merger talks between Random House and Penguin could be the first sign of a big shake-up for the publishing industry.
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Beetle infestation drives up lumber prices

A new set of beetles is taking North America by storm, and this time the casualty is the lumber industry. What does this mean for home building and other lumber needs in the U.S.?
Posted In: construction, home prices, Environment, Beetle, lumber, wood
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Tech's whirlwind week: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft

Tech stocks have had quite a day today and quite a week. Apple, Amazon and Microsoft are all in the spotlight for various reasons.
Posted In: apple, Microsoft, Amazon
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PODCAST: Meatloaf and new beetles invasion

The riddle of third-quarter GDP: Consumers consuming, but business ain't booming. China's reaction to a New York Times expose on the country's leader. A new beetles invasion -- this time, the main casualty is not wilting teenage girls, it's Canadian lumber and cost of building U.S. homes.
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Economists encouraged by third-quarter growth

The government is estimating U.S. GDP grew two percent for the past three months. The figure is better than economists had expected -- but then again, they weren't expecting much.
Posted In: GDP, consumer spending, government spending
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Stern to step down, after transforming NBA's business

NBA commissioner David Stern will step down in 2014 after 30 years at the league's helm. In that time, it transformed from an also-ran sport into a $5 billion a year business with a global following.
Posted In: Sports, basketball, NBA
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Did somebody say 'climate change'?

One issue we haven't heard about too much this election season is climate change. What are the candidates position on the topic and why aren't we hearing about it.
Posted In: 2012 election, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, climate change
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China blocks New York Times over Wen Jiabao expose

China is blocking access to the New York Times website this morning because the site is featuring an expose on Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family's accumulation of $2.7 billion in wealth.
Posted In: China, Wen Jiabao, New York Times
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Publishers may start writing their own 'Big Book of Mergers'

Merger talks between Random House and Penguin could be the first sign of a big shake-up for the publishing industry.
Posted In: publishing, penguin, Random House, ebooks
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A different kind of 'power' broker in Chicago

Voters in the Windy City to decide whether City Hall can negotiate for cheaper electricity rates.
Posted In: energy, electricity
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Should caffeine levels in energy drinks be regulated?

The FDA already regulates how much caffeine can be added to soft drinks. New reports of five deaths of people who drank Monster energy drinks raises concern in the industry of FDA regulation.
Posted In: beverages, energy drink

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