Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Last night's State of the Union speech was all about the American perspective. President Obama focused on income inequality, wages, jobs, and the U.S. middle class. We check in on how the speech is being received in the rest of the world. Nintendo is having a rough morning. The classic game maker announced that its operating profit fell 6.9 percent for the third quarter. Nintendo already expects a net loss for the year. You could say Nintendo's facing an identity crisis. For 30 years, it's made games you can only play on Nintendo hardware. Does it have to change to survive? And, the price of stamps went up 3 cents again. If you bought forever stamps forever ago, you're probably getting a good return.  

PODCAST: State of the Union as heard from Europe

President Obama focused mostly on domestic issues during his speech last night. How did it go over in Europe? Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business. And, the USPS raised the price of stamps by 3 cents last Sunday.

State of the Union: Tackling income inequality

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on several economic themes, including jobs, the middle class, health care, and something he has been talking quite a bit about recently -- income inequality.
Posted In: income inequality, State of the Union

Dispatch from a woman stuck in her car in Atlanta

The city of Atlanta is in the middle of a giant two-day snow and ice storm that has left kids stranded at school, people in makeshift shelters, and commuters trying to get two or from work stuck on the roads in miles-long gridlock.
Posted In: Atlanta, snow storm

Using your brain to control an exoskeleton

Prosthetic robotic devices connected to the human brain are becoming more common.
Posted In: Gaming the System

State of the Union: Fact checking Obama on the ACA

President Obama said last night that 9 million Americans have signed up for health care. Did they?
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, State of the Union

If you bought Forever Stamps forever ago, you're getting a good return

The USPS raised the price of stamps by 3 cents last Sunday.
Posted In: usps, stamps

How the world heard the State of the Union address

President Obama focused mostly on domestic issues during his speech last night. How did it go over in Europe?
Posted In: State of the Union, Barack Obama

Farm bill would cut subsidies, but will it matter?

For almost two decades, farmers have gotten what are called “direct payments” from the government.
Posted In: farm bill, subsidies

Will Nintendo ditch hardware?

Some say Nintendo needs to ditch the console and focus on games, but Nintendo may still try to save its hardware business.
Posted In: nintendo, smart phones

.com gives way to .bike and .singles

New top-level domains are being launched for brands, product categories, foreign languages.
Posted In: domain names, TLD

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The Raft
Fat Freddy's Drop
The Young Machines (Album Leaf Remix)
Her Space Holiday
Hard (Instrumentals Hip Hop Rap Rnb 2010)
Master Hit

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