Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Farmers in Niuchong village in the Central Chinese province of Hubei are standing up to a local phosphate mining operation and fertilizer factory they blame for polluting the village's water and air, killing their crops and livestock, and leading to a sharp increase in cancer rates in the region. Britain's biggest retailer Tesco has just announced its first drop in profit in 20 years -- and it seems the U.S. is part of the problem. And the race for music sales is heating up as Amazon nabs a piece of the market from Apple.

Beware of malware...on your smartphone

A new study from a firm called NQ Mobile says instances of evil software showing up in mobile phones were up 163 percent last year.
Posted In: mobile, malware

PODCAST: Gold prices, deflation, and your wallet

Gold prices, deflation, and your wallet. The state of global clean energy. And who needs consumer demand to make money anyway?

Global clean energy progress stalled: Report

Reports over the past couple years have suggested sky-high U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions have been falling, but what about the global energy picture? A new report suggests its nothing to write home about.
Posted In: carbon emissions, natural gas, coal, energy

Who needs consumer demand to make money?

David Kelly, chief global strategist with JP Morgan Funds, explains what's got corporate profits up in a weak economy.
Posted In: Mattel, Bank of America, Earnings

How does the falling price of gold affect you?

Gold prices are down again this morning, after falling by more than 10 percent since Friday. Oil prices are also lower. But how do these drops in commodity prices affect your wallet?
Posted In: gold, commodities

British retailer Tesco packs up after failing in the U.S.

Britain's biggest retailer, the supermarket Tesco, has announced its first drop in profit in 20 years -- and its U.S. business expansion may be partly to blame.
Posted In: england, Retail, Tesco, supermarket

Amazon nabs bigger share of music downloads (poll)

iTunes still dominates the music download arena, but Amazon is coming on, and other competitors are in the wings.
Posted In: Amazon, apple, itunes, Music

Bundling no more? Netflix, Hopper chip away at traditional TV

The TV industry is changing fast -- and one of its pillars, bundling, may be about to fall.
Posted In: tv, Tech, netflix

Burner mobile app goes beyond prank calls

Prank calls -- which in 2013 are all but rooted out with caller ID -- may get new life with a new app called Burner. But the software may have legitimate privacy uses as well.
Posted In: android, mobile apps, privacy

American Airlines stuck on the tarmac over systems glitch

Computer glitches can be frustrating, but what about when they keep an entire airline company from taking off? That’s what happened yesterday, when American Airlines had to cancel over 400 flights.
Posted In: American Airlines, cloud

Citizenship can make a difference in your paycheck

A new study links citizenship for undocumented workers to better pay and working conditions. But other experts say newly legalized low-wage workers still run the risk of poor treatment on the job.
Posted In: Immigration, citizenship, low-wage workers

China's toxic harvest: A "cancer village" rises in protest

Farmers in Liuchong village in the Central Chinese province of Hubei are standing up to a local phosphate mining operation and fertilizer factory they blame for polluting the village's water and air, killing their crops and livestock, and leading to a sharp increase in cancer rates in the region.
Posted In: China, Health, cancer, Environment, pollution

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