Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 31, 2013

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The gap between what America brings in and what it spends is at its least terrifying level in 5 years. There's news the deficit has dropped below $1 trillion, which hasn't happened since 2008. The deficit is now $680.3 billion. If you see a headline reading "Nigeria's Economy Will Grow by 40 Percent on December 10," it's not inaccurate -- technically. Nigeria is overhauling the way it calculates gross domestic product to make it more up-to-date. But will it help the businesses and people of Nigeria? Some big name tech companies plan to jump into the renewed push to overhaul American immigration law. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech big wigs are part of something to be called the "DREAMer Hackathon." It's an event designed to connect people who came to the U.S. illegally as children with technology tools and projects to help them push for changes to immigration law.

Friends don't let friends Google Glass and drive

A woman in California got a traffic ticket for wearing her Google Glass while driving.
Posted In: Google Glass, distracted driving

PODCAST: 'I see dead people' is bad for a house's value

Economists are worried about consumers' moods as we head toward the end of the year. Georgia Tech was the first elite university to offer an online degree program and now it’s putting together its first class. And, want to know who died in your house? Now there's a website where you can find out.

The holiday shopping season is what's really spooky today

Economists are worried about consumers' moods as we head toward the end of the year.
Posted In: holiday shopping, economic indicators

DREAMer Hackathon: Silicon Valley goes in for immigration reform

Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us is behind a new initiative that will help illegal immigrants use technology to push for immigration reform.
Posted In: illegal immigration, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

We're No. 1: The Nigeria strategy

Nigeria could soon pass South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy, but only because it’s changing how it calculates its GDP.
Posted In: GDP, Africa, Nigeria

NSA director responds to MUSCULAR story: 'We go through a court order'

The NSA says they haven't done anything illegal. But one cyber security expert finds that claim dubious.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, Google, Yahoo, spying

What ghosts are you living with in your house? (Plus, a quiz!)

Want to know who died in your house? Now there's a website where you can find out.
Posted In: death, real estate

MOOC 2.0: Attend Georgia Tech without moving to Atlanta

Georgia Tech was the first elite university to offer an online degree program and now it’s putting together its first class.
Posted In: MOOC, massive online, Georgia TECH CS

Can a giant plug save New York's subways from the next Sandy?

A 32-feet-long, 16-feet-wide tube that can inflate to up to 35,000 gallons of volume may be our best hope next time there is a super storm.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, subway

NSA gets MUSCULAR, intercepts data from Google and Yahoo

The latest revelation about the NSA's surveillance operations is that the agency secretly broke into communication links between Google and Yahoo data centers around the world.
Posted In: NSA leaks, nsa, Edward Snowden, Google, Yahoo

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Are You Going With Me?
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Sea Legs
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