Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 2, 2013

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Thousands of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine are blocking government buildings in the largest political crisis Ukraine has faced in nearly a decade. Demonstrators are calling for a change of government after the country's president abruptly ditched a deal for closer ties with the European Union. He says the EU deal would hurt ties with Russia. There's a new smart phone using the Android system that's hitting the market this week, with two screens -- one front, one back. And, it's not often the U.S. Treasury shakes things up. But next year, the Treasury is going to make a change, by issuing what's called a "floating rate note."

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Is Amazon's delivery drone all hype?

On "60 Minutes" last night, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled a drone he said may be making deliveries in the coming years. But is it really possible?
Posted In: Amazon.com, drones

No guns or race cars or strategy in this video game.

Kara Stone, an artist and video game designer, talks about her video game "Medication Meditation," which explores what it's like to have a mental illness by recreating the therapy process.
Posted In: mental health, video games

Are popular 30-year fixed-mortgages going away?

The 30-year fixed-rate is a popular mortgage, but is it here to stay?
Posted In: mortgage

Is healthcare.gov really fixed?

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Posted In: healthcare.gov, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

Investors love government floaters

What are floating-rate notes? And why are investors excited for the Treasury to start issuing them?
Posted In: floating-rate, U.S. Treasury

The economics behind the protests in Ukraine

The economic choices underlying those protests in Ukraine that are all over the news today.
Posted In: ukraine, Russia, European Union

A smartphone with two screens? Sure, why not?

Really, is a second screen on the phone's back a useful innovation -- or a gimmick?
Posted In: smartphone, innovation

More bosses let workers shop online during Cyber Monday

Companies say it's a morale booster and ensures that workers don't take the day off to shop at home.
Posted In: Cyber Monday, Retail, holiday shopping

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Rocket Science (Instrumental)
RJD2
The Contender
Menahan Street Band
Give You Up (feat. KLP) [Blende Remix]
Crayon
One for Bielski
Lack Of Afro