Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands, but that could soon change. Commercial real estate experts are starting to see what will become of the hundreds of Borders store spaces that closed last year.

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One closed Borders is another retailer's new location

One year ago, Borders declared bankruptcy and began the process that would lead to the total shutdown of the chain -- which in turn made available tons of commercial real estate. Now other retailers are starting to fill up the spaces.
Posted In: commercial real estate, borders

Is Iran's nuclear program aimed at making weapons?

Not everyone is so sure that the answer is yes.
Posted In: Oil, Iran

The importance of small business hiring in the U.S.

Small business owners are slightly more upbeat about the economy than they have been recently, which sounds like good news for the job market, considering small businesses do a majority of the hiring in the country.
Posted In: Jobs, Small Business

Murdoch's newspaper empire threatened from within

Rupert Murdoch is expected in London today where he'll face some angry employees. Nine journalists from his U.K. tabloid The Sun have been arrested in the last few weeks after Murdoch's own company -- News Corporation -- turned them in for alleged corruption.
Posted In: Rupert Murdoch, The Sun, newspapers, tabloids

Europeans believe Greeks must show willingness to change

European markets are down this morning after more hitches in plans to rescue Greece from default. There's a sense the Greeks have exhausted the goodwill of other European countries.
Posted In: Greek, Europe

Former Greek finance minister on his country's woes

There is no end in site yet for Greece, who still might not receive the bailout they need to keep their country running.
Posted In: Greece, Europe

Michigan town takes school zone sign to the next level

In suburban Detroit, there's a speed limit sign telling drivers to slow down to 25 mph on school days -- but it's a little different than the signs you might be used to seeing in your neighborhood.
Posted In: School, Michigan

General Motors lags behind in Europe

For General Motors, the European debt crisis has just piled on the ongoing problem of too much supply, and not enough demand for their cars in Europe.
Posted In: General Motors, Europe debt crisis, Auto

General Motors reports record profits

The carmaker made $7.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year. Still, auto analysts are disappointed by the numbers.
Posted In: Auto, GM, General Motors

Should Greece stay in the eurozone?

The future of Greece hangs in the balance as it is still uncertain whether they will be able to dig themselves out of their debt hole -- with a lot of help from the rest of Europe.
Posted In: Greece, Europe

PODCAST: Is America accelerating?

Rupert Murdoch is facing tensions with his staff at The Sun after nine of its journalists were arrested in the last few weeks for alleged corruption. The rental car market in the United States has been dominated by American brands, but that could soon change. Commercial real estate experts are starting to see what will become of the hundreds of Borders store spaces that closed last year.

Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

Facebook is teaming up with mobile phone maker Orange to provide its services to cell phones in Africa -- of the non-iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android variety.
Posted In: Facebook, cell phone, Africa

GM profits, but still disappoints

GM announced today that it made record profit last year -- more than $7.5 billion. That's up more than 60 percent from 2010. But it still wasn't enough to impress analysts.
Posted In: Auto, General Motors, GM

When is a rental also a test drive?

Toyota revs up its sales to U.S. car rental companies in an attempt to overcome years of problems that kept consumers away.
Posted In: Auto, rental car, Toyota

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