Marketplace Morning Report for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Microsoft has unveiled its new tablet, called Surface. But will it be enough to compete with Apple and other tech giants? In a New York courtroom today, a famous Oklahoma City company called Kerr-McGee is being sued for $25 billion for environmental pollution. And speaking of the environment, tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations is holding a big conference on sustainable development.

The private sector's role in fighting climate change

Yvo deBoer, co-writer of the original Kyoto Protocol, talks about the Rio+20 Earth Summit, how climate change is being perceived in the global community, and names a surprising country that's making the best sustainable efforts right now.
Posted In: climate change

Microsoft unveils new Surface tablet

There's a new tablet in town. It's called the Surface, and it's Microsoft's answer to the iPad. But will the new product, complete with a keyboard and running Windows, be able to compete in the tablet market?
Posted In: Microsoft, tablet, Surface

Spain in trouble as borrowing costs rise over 7%

If yesterday was all about Greece, today belongs to Spain. Concern about Spanish banks has pushed the government's borrowing costs over 7 percent. That's a level that pushed other smaller European countries -- like Greece -- over the edge.
Posted In: spain, banking, bankia, bailout

Volkswagen sets out to double U.S. sales

Volkswagen wants to sell 800,000 cars and trucks a year in the U.S. by 2018. That's an ambitious goal: it's more than twice what German automaker sells here today.
Posted In: Volkswagen, cars, ceo

British beach shack sells for $270,000

This might be a hard story for you to hear if your house has lost value in the last few years. But there are some places where the housing market is still pretty overheated -- like a small corner of England, where a tiny beach shack just sold for $270,000.
Posted In: Housing, Beaches, Britain

Microsoft announces Surface tablet with few details

Microsoft's new tablet computer, the Surface, looks kind of like an iPad, but it runs Windows and has a keyboard. It was unveiled yesterday at a very Apple-esque event.
Posted In: windows, tablet, Surface, Microsoft

A mixed picture in housing

The latest news in the housing market: New home construction fell last month, but building permits were up to their highest level since 2008.
Posted In: housing market, Housing, construction

Walgreens to buy major stake in drugstore chain Boots

The merger would result in the first truly global pharmacy drugstore business with 11,000 stores in 12 countries.
Posted In: boots, Walgreens, pharmacy, pharmaceuticals

PODCAST: G20 meets in Mexico, Google gives transparency to the world

Microsoft has unveiled its new tablet, called Surface. But will it be enough to compete with Apple and other tech giants? In a New York courtroom today, a famous Oklahoma City company called Kerr-McGee is being sued for $25 billion for environmental pollution. And speaking of the environment, tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, the United Nations is holding a big conference on sustainable development.

Google releases latest Transparency Report

Google has released its latest report on what kinds of requests government agencies from around the world put in to remove certain content.
Posted In: Google, transparency

Anadarko trial spotlights Oklahoma City oil dynasty

Kerr-McGee, a subsidiary of the giant oil and gas company Anadarko, is being sued for $25 billion in New York City. The company's long history and pedigree resemble a script from the old and recently resurrected TV series "Dallas."
Posted In: Oil, Kerr-McGee, Chesapeake Energy

Housing market improving, slightly

Home sales are increasing in some parts of the country, but the housing market is still below normal.
Posted In: Housing

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