Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 14, 2013

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On this Valentine's Day, American Airlines and US Airways are making a wedding announcement as the boards of both carriers have approved a merger. Bob Crandall, the former CEO of American Airlines, joins us to discuss what's ahead for what will be the world's largest airline. Is a new global recession on the way? And, despite advice to the contrary, work colleagues frequently date each other. That can give HR a headache and lead to corporate policies barring office romance.

Spain busts ransomware ring

Authorities in Spain have busted a ring of computer criminals. Their speciality: Ransomware, an infuriating kind of computer attack where a virus gets introduced that locks up the computer system and demands a cash ransom.
Posted In: ransomware, Tech, computer virus

PODCAST: Password 1, 2, 3

A merger between American Airlines and US Airways, Warren Buffet to enter the ketchup business, the creative and risky financing being used by public school districts around the country, and the most common business passwords.

Warren Buffett, 3G to buy Heinz, but it's not just about the ketchup

Legendary investor Warren Buffet announced Thursday morning that his company, Berkshire Hathaway, will team up with a Brazilian-backed investment firm to buy H. J. Heinz, the ketchup maker. The price tag? Just over $23 billion.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, Heinz ketchup

My big fat American airline

Robert Isom, the COO of US Airways and John Snook, the Senior Vice Presdeint of Customer Service at American Airlines share their thoughts on the challenges of the coming merger and their hopes for the future airline.
Posted In: American Airlines, US Airways

Mergers and acquisitions ramp up with American Airlines and Heinz deals

Investors are digesting a mega airlines merger and major ketchup acquisition this morning. Is the activity a coincidence or part of a larger trend?
Posted In: American Airlines, Warren Buffett, Heinz ketchup, Mergers and Acquisitions

The golden rule of group texts

Janell Burley Hofmann, one of our resident tech etiquette gurus, is a Cape Cod Mother of five with strong opinions about how to behave with technology. Today's topic: Group text messages.
Posted In: text messages, Tech, mobile, family tech

American Airlines and US Airways: How do two airlines become one?

American Airlines and US Airways have officially announced their long-suspected merger. Together the companies will become the largest airline in the world, but the consolidation process won’t be without its challenges.
Posted In: American Airlines, US Airways

Is a new global recession on the way?

A slew of GDP numbers out of Europe and Asia today paint a gory picture of the global economy.
Posted In: Europe, GDP, recession

A Presidential step toward cybersecurity

President Obama's executive order for increased sharing between government agencies and large infrastructure companies endeavors to help bypass Congress in a fast-moving Internet attack.
Posted In: Obama, State of the Union, Tech, cybersecurity, cyberwar

Schools risk outsized debts with delayed bond payments

Many school districts around the country are making use of capital appreciation bonds, long-term bonds that can put them into debt for far more than they initially borrowed.
Posted In: california, bonds, Education, construction

American Airlines merger has a lot of history

Bob Crandall, the former CEO of American Airlines, joins us to discuss the path to the US Airways merger and what's next for the new airliner.
Posted In: American Airlines, US Airways

Atlanta works to recover from housing bust

Atlanta's unemployment rate still tops the national percentage, but city residents hope the worst is finally behind them.
Posted In: Atlanta, Unemployment, Economy, housing crisis

You're my colleague. Will you be my Valentine?

Despite advice to the contrary, work colleagues frequently date each other. That can give HR a headache and lead to corporate policies barring office romance.
Posted In: Valentine's Day, human resources

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