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Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 1, 2013

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A study from the Food Marketing Institute finds we are eating less meat for the first time in eight years. And among meats, beef is taking the biggest hit as more people trade their steak for chicken or pork. The supreme court in India has rejected an attempt by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis to patent an update to a cancer drug. And what kinds of April Fools' pranks are acceptable to pull at the office?

PODCAST: Roller coaster give away, Novartis drug dismay

The resilient American consumer takes February. India's Supreme Court rejects a Novartis drug patent. And can you donate a roller coaster to charity?

India Novartis patent ruling: Good for access, bad for innovation?

India's Supreme Court has rejected a patent filed by Swiss drug maker Novartis for its cancer drug. The decision has implications for the pharmaceutical industry and millions of people in poor countries.
Posted In: India, health care, generic drugs, pharmaceuticals

Personal income, spending up for American consumers

Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent.
Posted In: consumer, consumer spending, income

India rejects Novartis cancer drug patent

The Supreme Court in India has rejected an attempt by the Swiss drug maker Novartis to patent an update to a cancer treatment.
Posted In: India, health care, pharmaceuticals, cancer

Hey, want a free roller coaster? Wait... no?

Owners of the abandoned Dania Beach Hurricane are trying to give the roller coaster's lumber and steel to charity. So far, there are no takers.
Posted In: non-profit, donations, Florida

How Cyprus crisis has some thinking of Bitcoin

Amid the banking crisis in Cyprus, an online-only currency called Bitcoin is getting new attention. How does the currency work and who regulates it?
Posted In: bitcoin, currency, cyprus

'If I Had Glass'...I'd throw it at your face

What would you do if you had Google Glass? The public weighs in and the joke is on Google.
Posted In: Google, Google Glass, Twitter

E-filing increasing, but tax professionals still find their form

The IRS says e-filing by individuals has been increasing every year, but that doesn't necessarily mean tax professionals are taking a hit.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes

As beef prices rise, that steak on your plate shrinks

Beef is not 'what's for dinner' as often as it used to be, as price per pound rises. So butchers and restaurants are selling smaller portions.
Posted In: Food, meat, beef

3 April Fools' pranks you shouldn't pull at the office (and 1 you should)

Feel free to pull pranks at work, but don't take them too far.
Posted In: office, jokes, holiday

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