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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, August 1, 2013

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Sony turns a profit thanks to a weaker yen. When it comes to helping homeowners struggling with mortgages, is President Obama taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook? And the state of tipping in 2013.

PODCAST: When Silicon Valley was nature valley

The long history of Silicon Valley and the government. And hows the jobs market doing?

Five years after the Bear Stearns collapse, where are they now?

The Center for Public Integrity took at look at a handful of senior people at the now defunct investment bank Bear Stearns and found they are now very gainfully employed elsewhere in the financial services industry.
Posted In: Lehman Brothers, financial crisis

Tracking the relationship of the government and Silicon Valley

Revelations that the government is collecting vast amounts of our personal data from companies like Facebook and Google, is raising questions about the relationship between the feds and the tech industry.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, defense department, Intel

Retailers score as judge rules debit card fees are too high

A judge has ruled the fees banks have been charging retailers for each and every debit-card transaction are too high.
Posted In: debit cards, fees, Retail

A new, old plan to help struggling homeowners refinance

When it comes to helping homeowners struggling with mortgages, is President Obama taking a page out of Mitt Romney's playbook?
Posted In: mortgage, housing market, Obama

The two most important surveillance stories this week

Newly revealed documents suggest deeper and more widespread NSA surveillance of emails and chat messages. And Oakland, California approves a plan for a new local surveillance center.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, surveillance, Congress

Going unplugged for family vacation

What do you do when a family member has their face buried in a gadget during vacation?
Posted In: vacation, summer vacation, family tech

Apple and Samsung locked in patent wars

Apple and Samsung have been locked in a series of bitter patent disputes. A ruling on one of those battles is expected from the U.S. International Trade Commission today.
Posted In: apple, samsung, patents, patent wars

Lessons from the food truck worker who was fired over a tip-shaming tweet

A New York food truck worker who tweeted about a big company not leaving a tip on a big order lost his job over the tweet.
Posted In: tips, restaurants, food and drink, Twitter

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Neverland
Quadron
Clutter
Ronald Jenkees
Catamaran
Allah-Las
It's Simple
Visioneers
One for Bielski
Lack Of Afro
Cirrus
Bonobo