Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 20, 2013

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Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently, but the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways. Gold, a precious metal that was once seen as a durable hedge against the recession, has had a lousy spring. And a solar powered plane continues its cross-country flight. 
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PODCAST: Yahoo tumbles to get back up

Yahoo buys Tumblr. What will happen if the Federal Reserve backs off? And public pensions bounce back, but not enough for some.
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Yahoo buys Tumblr for $1.1 billion to get hip

Yahoo buys Tumblr in an effort to reach a younger audience.
Posted In: Yahoo, tumblr, Marissa Mayer
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Is the economy ready to fly by itself?

What happens if the Federal Reserve takes away the big can of sterno it put under the U.S. economy?
Posted In: Federal Reserve, stimulus
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Public pension funds rebound from recession

But for some the recovery still doesn't mean they are doing as well as they should.
Posted In: pensions, pension funds, Retirement
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Japan takes energy race overseas, promotes solar at home

Things have been electric on the Japanese stock market recently. But the country is in need of energy and is hunting for it in innovative ways.
Posted In: Japan, Goldman Sachs, energy
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What happens when a billionaire faces Congressional confirmation?

Commerce Secretary nominee and Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker will have to shift her billions to avoid conflicts of interest, and prepare for questions about the family business.
Posted In: Commerce Department, Obama, Congress
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Gold prices are falling, but global demand is expected to grow

As an investment and inflation hedge, gold still looks overvalued, at nearly 30 percent below its peak. But demand for gold is growing in India and China.
Posted In: gold, inflation, inflation hedges
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Yahoo plus tumblr equals...Yumblr?

Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition is a big part the mission for new CEO Marissa Mayer -- a mission to make the aging Internet company cool again.
Posted In: Yahoo, tumblr, Tech, Marissa Mayer
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Smartphone wars: Two is company, but Microsoft, Apple, and Google is a crowd

Windows phone beats out BlackBerry, iPhones shipments fall, while Android nearly doubles. Who will be the winners and losers in the new smartphone world order?
Posted In: smartphone, mobile
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Solar plane only goes 58 MPH, but might change how we fly

Inventors of an experimental solar aircraft simply want to prove it’s possible to fly long distances using energy from the sun.
Posted In: airplanes, solar power, Tech

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