Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has her first Congressional hearing today, and auto workers at a the three year-old Volkswagen plant in Tennessee will vote on whether to have union representation, a decision that could change the strength of auto unions in the American South. 

Delays for Obamacare, on the business side

In early February, the Obama administration announced again it was pushing back some health care rules.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA

PODCAST: Silicon Galley?

Another Obamacare delay that gives businesses some breathing room. And, the first part of our series on the increasingly isolated culture of the tech industry: Silicon Island.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, Affordable Care Act

EU officials debate sanctions after Switzerland restricts immigration

Switzerland isn't an European Union member, but still benefits from the charter. Official members say the country is cherry-picking which laws to follow.
Posted In: Switzerland, Immigration, European Union

North Korea's homegrown operating system seems familiar

Like other technology and software out of the DPRK, the new OS seems to imitate rather than innovate.
Posted In: North Korea, DPRK, operating systems

HTC goes low-end amid struggle to compete in smartphone market

The Taiwanese phone maker considers new moves after a disappointing earnings report.
Posted In: htc, smartphones

Could workers in a Southern state join an auto union?

Autoworkers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee vote on whether to have union representation.
Posted In: United Auto Workers, tennessee, Volkswagen

Will Janet Yellen follow the Bernanke plan?

Yellen faces her first congressional hearing today as Fed chair.
Posted In: Janet Yellen, chairman of the federal reserve, Federal Reserve, Congress

Can redditors influence lawmakers?

Internet companies work to influence Congress... again.
Posted In: reddit, Internet, nsa, surveillance

Silicon Galley? Seeking innovation off-shore

A new generation of pioneers is seeking to create their own communities where the focus is on innovation for business outside of the mainstream -- and outside of the United States.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, california

Should the post office sell personal loans?

Providing basic financial services could bolster the post office's income
Posted In: post office, payday loans, lending

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Boy From School
Hot Chip
Hot Cakes
El Ten Eleven
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DJ Premier
Storm Returns (A Prefuse/Tommy Guerrero Interlude)
Prefuse 73
Smoove
Bahwee

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