Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Facebook's initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don't typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!

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Congress considers rules about child labor on farms

The government was set to impose new rules limiting the work kids are allowed to do on farms, but those rules are being reconsidered after an outcry from farmers.
Posted In: farms, child, labor, Congress

Challenger: Planned layoffs reach four month high

According to early numbers out ahead of official unemployment figures from the government out tomorrow, planned layoffs went up in January -- but that is actually fairly typical.
Posted In: layoffs, Unemployment

Why Facebook is going public now

Economist Diane Swonk discusses what is it about a strong market that makes it good for a company, like Facebook, to go public.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

Facebook to face more regulation

Becoming a public company also means Facebook will be facing more scrutiny, from investors, sure -- but also from government regulators.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO, regulation

Indiana becomes right-to-work state

The new law means workers can't be forced to join a union in order to get or keep a job. Proponents say it'll bring more jobs into the state; opponents say it could lead to a decline in working conditions.
Posted In: unions, Indiana, right-to-work, labor

PODCAST: Facing the Facebook IPO, changing labor laws

Facebook's initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don't typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!

Mid-day Extra: Laws schools sued over job placement numbers

A number of law schools across the country are being sued by former students who claim they inflated the numbers on post-graduate job placement.
Posted In: Law, Education, legal, Admissions

High-tech farm investment unphased by election

Farmers in the Midwest hardly notice it's an election year. When times are good, as they are now in Nebraska, farmers make high-priced investments in hopes of more profitable crops next year.
Posted In: Nebraska, Agriculture, farming

Facebook mulls its China strategy

China is a huge potential market for Facebook but to get in the company may have to modify its uncensored software.
Posted In: Facebook, China, IPO

Groundhog Day: Your economic predictions

What will happen to the economy in the next six weeks?
Posted In: Groundhog Day

What the Facebook IPO reveals to us

As part of the required government filing that goes along with an initial public offering, the social networking giant had to expose a lot about itself.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

Attitude Check: Obama's plan to grow jobs in 2012

Gallup data shows the employment picture is improving slightly, and that many Americans support President Obama's plan to create tax breaks that bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
Posted In: tax breaks, Unemployment

Australian boss shares fortune from company sale

A bus company in Australia recently sold his company, and decided to share the profit with with 1,800 staff members.
Posted In: Australia, bosses

How Facebook could grow its business

Now that it has gone public, will Facebook start buying up other startups to grow?
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

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