Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, December 30, 2013

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This morning, there's word Saudi Arabia has made a huge pledge to Lebanon, money that will be used to buy arms to counteract the role of Hezbollah, the Shia militia and political group backed by Iran. As many commuters know, there's a way to take money out of your paycheck to pay for bus and rail tickets. The perk designed to encourage mass transit means you pay with pre-tax money, so the tickets are effectively cheaper. Starting January 1, a change in the tax code lowers the limit in a way that could cost many commuters about $1,000 a year. And, what color is the year 2014? There are several of them.

Inside the NSA's elite hacking unit

Tailored Access Operations is the NSA's elite hacking division.
Posted In: NSA leaks

PODCAST: Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

The Dow is up by 29 percent for the year on this penultimate day of trading for 2013. And, Sprint's CEO talks fast data, HD phone calls, "The Three Little Pigs," and a potential T-Mobile merger.

2014 is going to be the wearable tech year, we swear

All this week, Marketplace Tech is going to be talking to guests about big tech trends in the coming year. Today, a topic that failed to live up to it's promise in 2013 -- wearable tech.
Posted In: wearable tech

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse says faster data and higher definition calls are his company's future

Sprint's CEO talks fast data, HD phone calls, "The Three Little Pigs," and a potential T-Mobile merger.
Posted In: Sprint, CEOs

Saudi Arabia pledges $3bn to help Lebanon fight Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia has made a $3 billion pledge to help Lebanon buy arms to counteract the role of Hezbollah.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, lebanon, hezbollah

Over a million sign up for Obamacare, mostly in December

More than a million people signed up for health insurance between October 1 and December 24
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

D.C.'s traffic cameras go beyond just red lights

Washington's new network of almost 100 cameras will ticket folks who block the box, fail to yield to pedestrians, or drive overweight trucks on residential streets.
Posted In: traffic cameras, Washington D.C.

From revolting to revolt: Why is my office this color?

We're past the era when color trends were dictated, and “everyone marched to the same drummer.”
Posted In: Color

Hey commuters, your taxes are going up next year

Starting on Jan. 1, the maximum monthly tax benefits commuters can get for mass transit is set to drop.
Posted In: commuting, Taxes

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