Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, March 19, 2012
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We're on the phone with Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz to talk about the fallout following his investigative report that led to this weekend's retraction on the radio program This American Life. Schmitz explains that while Mike Daisey lied about his first-hand account visiting factories in China for his stage play and radio story, many of the things he lied about have actually happened. Meanwhile, a debate in the Senate this week over extending the life of Export-Import Bank has aircraft maker Boeing in a tustle.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call today that the company would start spending down its nearly $100-billion pile of cash with a $10 billion share buyback and a quarterly stock dividend of $2.65 a share. We talk to Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, for more on this story. Shipping giant United Parcels Service said it would pay $6.8 billion for Dutch shipping rival TNT Express in effort to expand its global reach. Plus, Ireland struggles with 14 percent unemployment, Greece's prime minister said the company is on its way to a recovery, and Yahoo! fends off an aggressive investor.
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Posted In: mike daisey, apple, Foxconn, this american life
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Posted In: Ireland, emigration, Unemployment
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Posted In: apple, stock buybacks, dividends, tim cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a conference call today it would start spending down its nearly $100-billion pile of cash with a $10 billion share buyback and a quarterly stock dividend of $2.65 a share.