Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Campbell Soup Company controls about 50 percent of the soup market, which is far less than the 144-year-old company used to. In order to start growing again, Campbell's has introduced a new line of soups specifically for millennials, but the results have been lukewarm. The government of Bulgaria has quit after nationwide protests against austerity measures. And a new report says college fundraisers brought in $31 billion in donations last year, with a full billion of that going to Stanford University.

Citizens United Part II? Supreme Court takes up direct campaign donations

On Tuesday, the court announced it will take up a case challenging limits on how much individuals can contribute directly to candidates or political parties within an two-year election cycle.
Posted In: Citizens United, campaign finance, Supreme Court

PODCAST: Clothes go postal

Housing dips but still comes in strong, a new ad campaign for NASCAR, how to protect yourself from restaurant tip theft, and USPS launches a new clothing line.

Office Depot, meet OfficeMax

This morning, OfficeMax and Office Depot confirmed that they're merging to better compete in the marketplace.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions, office depot, staples, Retail

Real estate comeback slows, but optimism remains

The pace of home building slowed in January, falling 8.5 percent from December. Despite the decrease, January was still the third best month for house construction since 2008.
Posted In: Housing, housing market, Retail

6 ways to protect yourself from restaurant tip theft

When you go out to eat at a restaurant and pay by credit card, what should you do with your receipts? Leave them on the table or throw them away?
Posted In: tipping, Personal Finance

The European debt crisis claims a new victim: Bulgaria

After clashes between police and protesters became violent, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov submitted his resignation today in what has become the latest example of voters rising up against budget cuts and winning.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, austerity, bulgaria

Halo makers see 'Destiny' as gaming's future

A new project called 'Destiny',' made by some of Halo’s original creators, aims to revive fallen-off gamers.
Posted In: Microsoft, video games, halo

Microsoft kills Hotmail, pushing users to Outlook.com

By the end of the summer, Hotmail will be no more. Its parent, Microsoft, is converting Hotmail to a new 21st century emailer called Outlook.com.
Posted In: Tech, Microsoft, outlook

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Danica Patrick and NASCAR's future

The racing series looks to broaden its appeal to a younger and more diverse audience.
Posted In: branding, NASCAR

Can Apple be hacked? Apparently, yes

Apple is reporting some of its company computers were hacked on Tuesday and is laying the blame with an Internet plug-in called Java.
Posted In: apple, hacking

What to eat on your artisan bike in Brooklyn? Soup!

Losing market share, Campbell has launched a new 'Go Soup' line aimed at millennials. The marketing campaign missed the mark -- but got people talking.
Posted In: branding, food and drink, Millennial Generation, advertising

Stanford wins the fundraising race, setting a record

Stanford University becomes the first school to break the billion dollar barrier for fundraising in a single year.
Posted In: stanford, higher education, endowments, fundraising

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