Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, February 18, 2013

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This month US Airways merged with American Airlines, then Warren Buffet bought Heinz -- some experts are calling it the return of the mega deal, but do these big deals make companies stronger? A vote in the European Parliament tomorrow on whether Europe should temporarily stop issuing carbon permits could threaten one of the key measures designed to tackle climate change. And if you are not happy with your career, it could be time to take a look at who your friends are.
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Hugo Chavez news: Venezuelan president reappears

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made a surprise return to his country Monday after spending over two months in Cuba for cancer treatment.
Posted In: hugo chavez, venezuela
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PODCAST: Bunny control, sequester standoff

How the sequester standoff affects a biomedical researcher in Baltimore, housing on the economic stat agenda, Venezuela's uncertain political uncertainty, and a new use for fox urine.
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Maker's Mark backs down from plans to dilute bourbon

The company that owns Maker's Mark, the brand known for bottles that are hand-sealed with wax, is backing down from a decision to water down its whiskey.
Posted In: beverages, social media, alcohol
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EU looks to halt carbon permits, raise prices

The European parliament is voting to halt new carbon permits in an effort to drive up the price of emissions, but will the tinkering hurt the credibility of the carbon trading system?
Posted In: carbon credits, European Union, Environment
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Skype makes an international call, phone companies get paid

The free internet phone service has grabbed a huge chunk of the market for international calls.
Posted In: skype, communications, Internet, data plans
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How your friends affect your job prospects

A new book charts the connection between your career and the friends you keep.
Posted In: career, psychology
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The difference between Apple's app store and Google Play: User data

When you buy from a digital storefront such as Google Play, how far and wide is that information shared?
Posted In: Tech, Google, apple, online privacy
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Thirst CEO on creating the future of online news

A startup called Thirst has just launched an app for iPhone-iPads that is trying to re-invent the way we get news online.
Posted In: news, media, social media, app
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Possible funding cuts weigh on researcher

Biomedical engineer worries about the future of her research amid the sequester threat.
Posted In: sequester, fiscal cliff, budget cuts, budget deficit
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Anticipating this week's housing stats -- without dread

The market for new housing has been heating up, even though plenty of foreclosed homes are for sale too.
Posted In: Housing, housing market
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Merger enthusiasts take note: A lot of mergers end badly

Multibillion-dollar deals involving Dell, American Airlines and Heinz may portend another boom in giant mergers and buyouts. But historians warn most mergers go bust.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, American Airlines, Dell, Warren Buffett

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