Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 14, 2013

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Volkswagen, a company on a quest to become the world's largest automaker, reports earnings today. What do the proposed federal budgets of House Republicans and Senate Democrats have in common? And J.C. Penney seriously needs to catch a break right now. Shoppers were scared off when the chain eliminated big sales in favor of everyday low prices. Now, Penney's will open 681 'Joe Fresh' shops inside of their main stores. 

PODCAST: Shark fight, inflation lite

Samsung looks to challenge Apple's cool-factor. Prices are up, should we be worried about inflation? And, new restrictions on shark fishing.

Though February prices rise, inflation worries don't

The producer price index -- prices received by U.S. companies -- rose 0.7 percent last month, its largest uptick in five months. Diane Swonk, chief economist with Mesirow Financial, explains what's behind the rise and whether the U.S. should be worried about inflation.
Posted In: inflation, gas prices

Politics protect baby boomers in budget fight

Differences aside, there is one thing Republicans and Democrats have in common when it comes to their budget proposals: They are both are friendly to baby boomers.
Posted In: baby boomers, federal budget, Republicans, Democrats

Crackdown on shark fishing opposed by Japan, China

Japan and China have failed to block new restrictions on shark fishing at an international conference in Thailand.
Posted In: animals, Japan, China, endangered species

What the new pope means for the poor

Priority number one for the new pope has been fighting poverty in the slums of Buenos Aires. What effect might he have on the global scene in his new position?
Posted In: pope, pope francis, poverty, Catholic church

Victory! Marketplace Morning Report learns to fold a fitted sheet

One of life's little mysteries has been solved: How to fold a fitted sheet. Watch the video and learn for yourself.
Posted In: productivity

J.C. Penney tries to freshen up with 'Joe Fresh'

J.C. Penney seriously needs to catch a break right now. Shoppers were scared off when the chain eliminated big sales in favor of everyday low prices. Now, Penney's will open 681 'Joe Fresh' shops inside their main stores.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail, clothing

Volkswagen keeps getting bugged out by U.S. market

The people’s carmaker has said it wants to be the biggest auto company in the world, but to do that, Volkswagen must first figure out the U.S. market.
Posted In: Auto, Volkswagen, car

Will the new Samsung Galaxy continue chipping away at Apple's cool?

Samsung’s revealing its new Galaxy S4 phone today in New York. The smartphone is getting a lot of buzz because it’s the first phone set to challenge Apple’s 'cool.'
Posted In: samsung, apple, iPhone

2 secrets to Buzzfeed's success according to CEO Jonah Peretti

Founder and CEO of Buzzfeed, Jonah Peretti, shares his take on finding the right balance of silliness and seriousness on the social web.
Posted In: media, news media, social media

Google Glass: The end of privacy?

Sure, Google Glass acts mostly as a wearable display screen, but it also works as a video and audio recorder. Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain explains Google's privacy problem when it comes to the high-tech spectacles.
Posted In: Google, Google Glass, privacy