Marketplace Morning Report for Monday, May 27, 2013

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A week after one of the most destructive tornados in history, the city of Moore, Oklahoma, is working on what to do with the mess. Debris must go before the rebuilding can start, but can it be reused? Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook faced questions about tax avoidance in Washington, DC. Now, the European officials are reportedly looking into whether the company uses unfair tactics that hurt competition. And the city of Detroit is looking to sell off works of art to pay the bills.
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PODCAST: Bot not, SNAP shot

Twitter bots, cheap solar panels, and SNAP benefits for violent offenders.
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Chinese group seeks out Club Med of France for $700 million

Chinese conglomerate Fosun International and Paris private equity firm AXA are offering to buy Club Med for $700 million.
Posted In: China, France, vacation, Travel, tourism
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Germany backs off EU solar panel 'dumping' investigation

European -- and some American manufacturers -- believe Chinese solar panels are being sold for less than they cost to build. The European Commission is investigating, but now Germany is distancing itself from the "dumping" allegations.
Posted In: China, energy, Europe, solar power
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EU officials investigate Apple over sales tactics: Report

The European Commission is looking into whether Apple uses unfair tactics that hurt competition, according to the Financial Times.
Posted In: apple, Europe, Tech, European Commission, anti-trust
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Convicted of a violent crime? Senate proposes food stamp cutoff

Democrats in the Senate agreed to an amendment that would ban anyone ever convicted of certain violent crimes from receiving SNAP food stamps -- for their entire lives.
Posted In: SNAP, food stamps, Crime
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Detroit mulls auctioning art masterpieces to pay debt

A fight over city jewels brews as the emergency manager of Detroit wants to appraise masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Posted In: Detroit, art, bankruptcy, Michigan
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Is vacation rental site Airbnb illegal?

Last week a judge in New York ruled online vacation rental site Airbnb is violating laws against running illegal hotels.
Posted In: hotels, Internet, e-commerce, rental
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iOS 7: Will Apple get a new fresh, flat look?

In a few weeks, Apple will unveil new software for the company's devices. Though exactly what will be announced is unknown, the rumor mill is already a churning.
Posted In: ios, apple, apps
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Twitter 'bots' steal tweeters' identities

A growing Web industry creates fake Twitter identities and sells them to people looking to pad their list of followers.
Posted In: Twitter, social media
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After being removed, does storm debris have value?

Amid the destruction from hurricanes and tornados, some debris -- from trees to building materials and metal -- finds new life.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, construction, reuse, New York

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