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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 7, 2013

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A new report from the United Nations finds the cost of corruption increased by 40 percent in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2012. President Obama is meeting with House Democrats today to rally support for immigration reform and whether a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants should be contingent on tighter border security. And how productive were we in the last three months of 2012?

PODCAST: Inhabiting a desert island...as a job

A possible merger between American Airlines and US Airways. Half of all Afghans pay bribes. And in Scotland, a 'dream job' offer.

Amazon to launch virtual currency

This week, the retailing giant said it will soon offer its own currency, called the Amazon Coin.
Posted In: Amazon, currency, Tech, bitcoin

American Airlines and US Airways plan merger

American Airlines and US Airways could announce a merger as early as next week, according to the Wall Street Journal and several Dallas-area news outlets.
Posted In: American Airlines, US Airways, merger

The cost of corruption spirals in Afghanistan: Report

Half of all Afghans have bribed public officials in the last year and the amounts are growing, according to a report from the UN.
Posted In: afghanistan, corruption, United Nations

What your local coffee shop can tell you about U.S. productivity

Productivity fell at the end of last year at the fastest pace in two years -- about 2 percent.
Posted In: productivity, Economy

Fake boyfriends to rent for Chinese New Year

Chinese women turn to hiring 'fake boyfriends' to make the holidays more bearable.
Posted In: China, holidays

What's at stake for farmers in immigration debate

As President Obama meets with Congress today to discuss immigration policy, the U.S. agriculture industry looks on with hopes for reform.
Posted In: Immigration, Agriculture, Obama

Smartphone, sure, but how about a smart-sprinkler?

A company called SmartThings sells kits that let you rig 'dumb', everyday objects up to smartphones and tablet computers.
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iPad home videos: An etiquette lesson

iPad home videos -- what's worth recording, where, and how?
Posted In: iPad, Tech, family tech

FCC Wi-Fi plan: What does free really mean?

Federal regulators may want Wi-Fi Internet connections to get more widespread and powerful, but the government is not giving the service away for free.
Posted In: wifi, fcc, Internet, spectrum

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