Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go into effect. Super PAC money can keep candidates afloat longer. And businesses around the country are taking advantage of the extra day this year, trying to market and cash in on Leap Day.

The middle class? Not what it used to be

It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days?
Posted In: middle class

Super PAC money keeps candidates afloat longer

Unlimited political campaign donations from super PACs are keeping struggling GOP candidates like Newt Gingrich in this year's presidential primaries longer than they might have survived in past elections.
Posted In: super PAC, GOP

New Google privacy policies to go into effect

More targeted ads will soon be popping up on Google, whether users like it or not.
Posted In: Google, Internet, privacy

What Leap Day means for the U.S. economy

There's one extra day this month for businesses around the country to try and rake in some extra dough. In Central Florida, some hotels and one very big mouse are using Leap Day to drum up excitement.
Posted In: Florida, disney, Leap Day

Starz and Netflix deal ends

Starting today, Netflix is ending its deal with the movie channel Starz. That means the more than 1,000 movies Starz offers -- from "Teen Wolf" to "Toy Story 3" -- won't be available on Netflix.
Posted In: Entertainment, netflix, Starz

A look inside the Fukushima nuclear plant

The BBC's Roland Buerk is one of the few foreign journalists who has been allowed inside the Fukushima nuclear power station that melted down after the earthquake in Japan last year. He describes the atmosphere, and the steps for the future.
Posted In: Japan, Fukushima, nuclear

Post-primary, what Michigan voters are concerned about

Mitt Romney came out victorious in the state's primary yesterday, but what issues will be important come November?
Posted In: Michigan

Ordinary investors may be missing out on Dow's run-up

The Dow closed at 13,005 -- its highest finish since 2008. It's a milestone you might guess would make investors happy, but not everyone has made big money.
Posted In: Wall Street, Investing, Dow

Fourth quarter GDP revised up to 3%

The Department of Commerce revised its gross domestic product report for the last quarter of 2011, revealing more evidence that the U.S. economy could be entering a new phase of recovery.
Posted In: Gross Domestic Product (GDP), GDP

James Murdoch resigns from News International

The heir apparent to Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as chairman to News International, a division of News Corporation. It's a good way to distance himself from News Corp.'s recent phone hacking scandal.
Posted In: News Corp., James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch

Being born on Leap Day

Happy Leap Day, everyone! For most, it's just an extra day, but for those born on Feb. 29, it means a number of obstacles along the way.
Posted In: Leap Day

How James Murdoch's resignation affects British media

James Murdoch, son of Rupert, has stepped down as chairman of News International. The resignation distances him from the newspaper arm of the business, which is a major part of British media.
Posted In: News Corp., James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch

PODCAST: James Murdoch resigns, Happy Leap Day

It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go into effect. Super PAC money can keep candidates afloat longer. And businesses around the country are taking advantage of the extra day this year, trying to market and cash in on Leap Day.

What the Murdoch news means for the U.S.

James Murdoch announced today that he was stepping down from News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corp. He'll instead focus on the international TV business, and that could affect the company here in the U.S.
Posted In: News Corp., James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch

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