Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?

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How significant is the leap second?

The leap second keeps atomic clocks (and therefore computers and cell phone networks) on the same cycle as the Earth’s rotation. Some businesses want to scrap it so they don’t have to stop and adjust their systems every year or two.
Posted In: leap second, time, clocks
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Obama's familiar tagline

President Obama has released his first TV ad of the 2012 election campaign.
Posted In: politics, Barack Obama, 2012 election
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Tea Party, Republicans await S.C. primary

We speak to one of the founding members of the Tea Party in South Carolina about which candidate she favors and why.
Posted In: 2012 campaign, 2012 election, republican primaries, tea party
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Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline plan

Republicans are claiming that the plan was rejected for political reasons, and TransCanada isn't quite ready to give up yet.
Posted In: Keystone pipeline, politics
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Attitude Check: The State of the Union

As Americans await Obama's State of the Union address, are they feeling better about the economy than in 2011?
Posted In: Gallup, Barack Obama, State of the Union
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Kodak latest in series of bankruptcies

Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning. It's just the latest high profile company to go bankrupt in recent weeks, following American Airlines and Hostess Brands.
Posted In: kodak, bankruptcy
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Costs of protection against piracy rise

A study out today shows piracy off the coast of Somalia dropped last year.
Posted In: piracy
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More low-tech companies filing Chapter 11

Why are more and more low-tech companies struggling to survive?
Posted In: kodak, bankruptcy, tv, media
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Weekly unemployment lowest in nearly four years

After last week's relatively high weekly jobless claim numbers, they are back down this week -- to the lowest level in almost four years.
Posted In: weekly jobless, Unemployment
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PODCAST: Low-tech piracy, one small leap second

Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?
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Mid-day Extra: Rupert Murdoch pays up

Rupert Murdoch's News International is paying up again over the phone-hacking scandal.
Posted In: Rupert Murdoch, Jude Law, News Corp.
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Southwest CEO on earnings, rising ticket prices

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly discusses his airline's earnings and whether its business model has changed.
Posted In: southwest, airline industry
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Europeans differ on the euro’s desirability

The euro has much support in beleaguered Greece and Italy, but in Germany -- the eurozone’s strongest economy -- many wonder if it’s worth the cost.
Posted In: euro, Eurozone
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Are classrooms prepared for e-textbooks?

Apple is expected to announce its entry into the world of e-textbooks. But how have digital textbooks fared in the classroom so far?
Posted In: e-books, textbooks

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