Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 20, 2007

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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, December 20, 2007
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FTC OKs Google-DoubleClick deal

The Federal Trade Commission this morning gave Google the OK to take over online ad company DoubleClick. Digital privacy advocates who fought the merger think this is very bad news. Lisa Napoli reports.
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Just kidding about that 'recession' thing

The final GDP numbers are in, and the economy grew 4.9 percent in the third quarter, despite the looming threat of recession. Nancy Marshall Genzer looks into why, and reports some economists are still cautious.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs
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No more parties inside the House

New ethics rules are forbidding members of Congress to participate in any event that would honor them. But congressional watchdogs don't trust the restrictions as the House finds loopholes. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
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Irish eyes are smiling on the U.S.

Irish tourism to the U.S. is thriving, thanks to a weak dollar and Ireland's fast-growing economy. Don Duncan reports from New York City, where many of the 300,000 Irish have come around the holidays for just one thing.
Posted In: Travel
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One stamp good for 24 E.U. countries

A new agreement allows visitors to 24 E.U. countries to put their passport away after the first time they enter. Megan Williams reports Europe expects it'll help tourism, but some Western European countries aren't happy.
Posted In: Travel
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Central banks pump cash for cheap

Central banks around the world are pumping money into the global financial system to help ease the credit crunch. Jill Barshay also reports that instead of issuing penalty rates, they're lending money at a bargain.
Posted In: Economy
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High-def differences highly confusing

With cheaper high-definition TVs on the market, consumers now just have to decide which DVD format is better. Doug Krizner explores the differences with Andrew Edgecliffe Johnson of The Financial Times in London.
Posted In: Entertainment, Retail
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More write-downs to come

Hit hard by the credit crisis, Bear Stearns and many other banks have taken huge write-downs. Janet Babin reports that with about 150 billion more of them to go, some large firms are seeking a cash infusion from overseas.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Book a suite deal during the holidays

Now that the business travelers and foreign tourists are going home for the holidays, you can fetch a steal for that luxury suite you always wanted to book. Jill Barshay explores how cheap you can get a room.
Posted In: Travel
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A Christmas tree you don't have to kill

A three-year-old program in San Francisco lets customers pay $90 for a living tree that will later be replanted in an urban area that could use the green. Rachel Dornhelm reports this option is becoming more popular.

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