Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, April 16, 2012

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Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth week in a row, but can it really be the next 'Avatar?' Oracle and Google face-off today in Federal Court over claims that Google's Android system is infringing on patent and copyrights on Oracle's technology. Thus far this campaign season, Obama has been outraising his likely Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, but now the president faces a more challenging fundraising environment

A look at the Obama campaign's money strategy

From small donors, big donors and super PACs, where will the president be getting his campaign cash?
Posted In: Barack Obama, 2012 election, campaign contribution

Iceland could adopt the Canadian loonie

Iceland is looking to possibly adopt the Canadian currency. How would that work, and might that affect either country's economies?
Posted In: Iceland, Canada, currency

Another day, another patent war

Oracle and Google face off in court today in a lawsuit over the use of Java. It’s another chapter in the Silicon Valley serial: Patent Wars.
Posted In: patent wars, patents, Oracle, Google, Java

2012 tax season: Later deadline, smaller refund?

Tax procrastinators, breathe easy. This year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. There's extra time because April 15th fell on a Sunday this year, and today is Emancipation Day in the District of Columbia.
Posted In: Taxes, tax refund, low-income

'The Hunger Games' tops box office for fourth straight week

For the fourth week in a row, 'The Hunger Games' was number one at the box office over the weekend. Not since Avatar has a movie held onto the top spot for so long.
Posted In: movies, Hunger Games

China taking steps to open up its currency

China lords over its currency the way a pilot manages the air speed of a plane -- not much laissez-faire. Now, Chinese officials say the yuan will be allowed to float within a wider range.
Posted In: China, yuan

Largest school voucher program in U.S. to start in Louisiana

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign an education overhaul into law this week. It'll create one of the largest school voucher programs in the country.
Posted In: Louisiana, vouchers

World Bank directors to decide on new leader

Today the World Bank's directors are picking a new new president. The U.S. has nominated one candidate, and historically the American choice gets the job. But for the first time, there's another contender -- from the developing world.
Posted In: World Bank

Second month of positive signs in retail

The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.
Posted In: spain, commerce, Retail

Louisiana schools to undergo major reforms

This week Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign a controversial law that overhauls education in that state. The package of reforms will create one of the largest school voucher programs in the country.
Posted In: Louisiana, vouchers

Retail numbers stay strong in March

Retail numbers faced their second month of strength in March, helped by the warm weather and the early Easter holiday.
Posted In: Retail, consumer

PODCAST: Home and garden sales up, China lets in the markets

Tax procrastinators can breathe easy as this year's deadline is tomorrow, April 17th. But many people across the country should be expecting a smaller refund than usual this time around. 'The Hunger Games' tops the box office for the fourth week in a row, but can it really be the next 'Avatar?' Oracle and Google face-off today in Federal Court over claims that Google's Android system is infringing on patent and copyrights on Oracle's technology.

OpenTable facing competition from the Food Network

OpenTable is about to get some competition from the Food Network, in the form of their new site called CityEats.
Posted In: restaurants, Food, website, Food Network