Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Though cigarette usage is dropping, the tobacco industry is expected to post profits. We take a look at their new product lines. Does the U.S. stand to benefit from Japan's territorial dispute with China? And, what does the word 'welfare' mean to you?
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PODCAST: Apple is not the apple of Wall Street's eye

Apple disappoints Wall Street. It's the half time show in the earnings game. And Walmart's PR guy explains his work on the company's image.
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Apple moves to ease investor concerns with $60 billion stock buyback

Apple plans to spend $100 billion over the next two-and-a-half years to ease investor concerns over the company's shifting share prices.
Posted In: apple, stock
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Bangladesh building collapse raises questions of worker safety

A building housing several clothing factories collapsed in Bangladesh earlier today. At least 87 people are dead and many others are thought to be trapped in the rubble.
Posted In: Bangladesh, manufacturing
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A check in on earnings, at the half

Earnings season continues on Wall Street with Procter & Gamble, Ford, Boeing, Qualcomm, and Eli Lilly & Co. all reporting today.
Posted In: Earnings, stock market
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Philly Tech Week: It's always techie in Philadelphia

Tech has never just been about Silicon Valley, and Philadelphia wants the world to know that.
Posted In: Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, Warby Parker
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Walmart's image man on the company's PR challenges

Walmart is losing its image man. Leslie Dach, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, will be stepping down this summer after seven years on the job.
Posted In: branding, Walmart
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States push to tie university funding to better performance

California Governor Jerry Brown is looking to join other states in basing funding increases at public universities on measures like higher graduation rates.
Posted In: higher education, california, Jerry Brown
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7 days, 1 car, 3,375 miles: Tallying up a road trip across America

Jamie Kitman, New York editor of Automobile Magazine, has just completed driving a $240,000 McLaren sports car across the country. Along the way, he made a few pit stops with Marketplace Tech.
Posted In: cars, auto industry, Auto
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Does the U.S. benefit from Japan-China tensions?

Tensions are on the rise this week between China and Japan after Chinese naval ships confronted Japanese fishing boats in the waters surrounding some disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Posted In: Japan, China
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Meet Snus and e-cigarettes, the tobacco industry's new growth areas

While cigarette usage has dropped, profits for the tobacco industry are expected to be up.
Posted In: tobacco, smoking, e-cigarettes, cigarettes
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AP Twitter hack: Is it getting harder to protect yourself against suspicious emails?

A fake tweet from the AP caused the Dow to fall almost about one percent on Tuesday.
Posted In: Twitter, hacking, Associated Press, news media
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What does 'welfare' mean to you?

'Welfare' used to simply mean 'well-being'. These days it often has negative connotations and multiple meanings.
Posted In: safety net, welfare, budget debate

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