Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 27, 2014

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With President Obama's meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City, we'll take a look at where they disagree – contraception, abortion, same-sex marriage – as well as their shared ground on fighting poverty and inequality. Plus, with Microsoft's Office suite will available for iPad, we explain the potential impact in the market, and the risks Microsoft runs with this move. Also, we look at the GDP’s strengths and weaknesses as an economic indicator and how an organization called Measure of America aims to track well-being. We'll also be taking a look at the efforts to stretch the tech industry into Santa Cruz, which is home to over 20,000 people who commute to the Silicon Valley for work.

PODCAST: College football to get unions?

The U.S. saw an uptick in GDP. And with 20,000 tech workers commuting daily from Santa Cruz to Silicon Valley, the city tries to start its own tech hub.
Posted In: Labor Unions, college footbal, GDP, Santa Cruz

NLRB rules Northwestern football players can unionize

A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players are employees of the school and can vote on whether they want the representation of a labor organization.
Posted In: college football, NLRB, Northwestern University, unions

Filling in the gaps that Gross Domestic Product skips

How to do we measure well-being?
Posted In: GDP

Sick of the commute, Santa Cruz tries own tech hub

20,000 tech workers commute daily from Santa Cruz to Silicon Valley
Posted In: Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley, Traffic, commute

You can be the President, I'd rather be the Pope

The widening gap between rich and poor is decried by both the president and Pope
Posted In: pope francis, income inequality, President Obama

Does Office for iPad say something new about Microsoft?

Microsoft has resisted making Office available on iPad for a long time.
Posted In: Microsoft, iPad, office, Surface