Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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One of the top cops on Wall Street isn't a federal official, he's Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general for the state of New York. Right now, he's got his eyes on the big credit rating agencies and the role they played in the financial crisis. And a computer security firm is releasing a report today that links cyber attacks in the U.S. to hackers inside a Chinese military group. The Chinese government is denying the allegations which come from a company called Mandiant.

PODCAST: Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Office Depot and OfficeMax may team up to combat Staples, what caused community banks in Georgia to go under, and a haunted mirror in London.

Gmail fail? Microsoft says it has a new Outlook

Microsoft is launching a $30 million ad campaign today to promote -- a new product meant to compete with Internet-based email systems like Google Inc.’s Gmail.
Posted In: outlook, Microsoft, email, Gmail

An OfficeMax, Office Depot merger could spell bad news for big-box stores

While many market analysts have been touting the recent spate of mergers and acquisitions as a sign of business confidence, the trend might be more out of necessity.
Posted In: office depot, Mergers and Acquisitions, Retail, big box

Simpson and Bowles offer up new deficit cutting plan

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles -- the bipartisan pair that brought us a multi-trillion-dollar deficit reduction plan that was never enacted -- are out today with a new plan.
Posted In: budget deficit, sequester

Community banks fail over technicality: Study

The so-called 'mark-to-market' rule, put in place for transparency, made some banks' finances appear more troubled than they really were.
Posted In: Banks, bank regulations, Georgia

American death in Singapore raises questions about espionage, foul play

In a case with possible national security implications for the U.S., an American electronics engineer was found hanged in Singapore last year.
Posted In: China, Tech, Financial Times, huawei

Report alleges Chinese military group behind U.S. hacking

The American computer security firm Mandiant is releasing a report today that claims cyber attacks in the U.S. are linked to hackers inside a Chinese military group.
Posted In: cybersecurity, China, hacking

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: Bailout risk is still present

Eric Schneiderman, the attorney general for the State of New York, says not enough has changed on Wall Street since the period before 2008.
Posted In: New York, Eric Schneiderman, credit agencies, S&P

PlayStation 4 release date, price may be revealed

Sony's big event this week could mean gamers can stop waiting for the details about a new PlayStation console.
Posted In: Sony, playstation, video games, xbox

Barnes & Noble's outlook is blurry, even for Nook

Barnes & Noble is expected to report a profit for the last quarter, but its digital e-reader business isn't performing as hoped.
Posted In: Barnes & Noble, e-reader, Books, Retail

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