Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 17, 2013

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The shutdown of the federal government is over and the debt ceiling has been raised. Furloughed federal workers are headed back to work starting today, and America will be able to pay its bills with borrowing authority extended through early February. The fight is over for now, but has the damage already been done? A credit ratings agency in China downgraded the U.S., despite the resolution to the fiscal battle. A new study finds that offering a bonus to teachers works -- under certain conditions. And, New York's Columbus Circle just won the coveted title of "Best Roundabout in the World 2013." The award is helping focus American minds on the benefits of this typically British traffic management system.

Google's privacy problems

With Google set to report its earnings, the company is taking some heat about privacy issues.
Posted In: Google, Earnings, privacy

PODCAST: The debt ceiling battle's aftermath

The aftermath of the debt ceiling debacle: consumer confidence is shaken, companies aren't spending, interest rates will rise, the nation's credit rating is in jeopardy, and GDP growth takes a hit. Is Google’s strong-arming of advertisers to buy ads across multiple platforms paying off? And, in November, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that hinges on the definition of clothing.

S&P: Shutdown and debt battle cost U.S. economy $24 billion

The aftermath of the debt ceiling debacle: consumer confidence is shaken, companies aren't spending, interest rates will rise, the nation's credit rating is in jeopardy, and GDP growth takes a hit.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt ceiling, consumer confidence

If 'creditworthiness is like virginity,' did the U.S. just lose it?

America's creditworthiness takes a hit in Asia, even with the debt ceiling raised and the government reopening.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt ceiling, credit rating, China

Guess what? Giving good teachers bonuses works

A new study from Stanford University says giving teachers a big bonus for raising student test scores is effective.
Posted In: teacher pay, salaries, public schools, charter schools

As global traffic spirals, roundabouts are on a roll

Roundabouts are becoming increasingly common here in America, and in other countries.
Posted In: roundabouts, Transportation, roads

Yahoo! Mail users furious over redesign

One Marketplace Tech listener talks about why he hates what they did to his inbox.
Posted In: Yahoo, email

Checking in on the state of global innovation

A look at Intel's Global Innovation Barometer study.
Posted In: Intel, innovation

Google pushes advertisers to buy ads for all devices

Is Google’s strong-arming of advertisers to buy ads across multiple platforms paying off?
Posted In: Google, ads, YouTube, Gmail

Should steelworkers get paid to get dressed? The Supreme Court will rule on it

In November, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that hinges on the definition of clothing.
Posted In: Supreme Court, steelworker, labor

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