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Marketplace for Friday, April 10, 2009

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Marketplace for Friday, April 10, 2009

Small talk: Bff home, trapezes, lawsuits

Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Jeremy Hobson, Betsy Streisand and Stacey Vanek-Smith about their favorite under-the-radar business stories from this week: Paris Hilton's bff house, a Reebok-Cirque du Soleil workout and lawsuits.

Homebuyers get a better price in spring

Springtime is typically the busiest home buying season. And with banks rolling out programs to make it easier to refinance, there could be signs of life in the housing market. Alex Cohen reports.
Posted In: Housing

The price of piracy on shipping

Somali pirates hijacked a U.S. ship this week off the horn of Africa. Just how much do shipping companies need to spend to prevent these attacks? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Crime

Lessons learned from last Asian crisis

Leaders of Asian nations will gather in Thailand to discuss restoring financial stability to the region more than a decade after Southeast Asia was the epicenter of another economic crisis. What has changed? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Weekly Wrap: A recovery like U, V, or W

There's been optimism about the economy the past few weeks. Kai Ryssdal speaks with Businessweek's Mike Mandel and Fortune's Katie Benner about what to look for to see if we've really recovered, and what shape it will take.

Yelp lets businesses respond to reviews

The review Web site Yelp is unveiling a new feature that will allow businesses to publicly respond to user reviews. Jennifer Collins reports on what happens when everybody's a critic.
Posted In: Science

Microsoft really wants you to use Vista

Microsoft will soon end support for XP in an effort to push its Vista operating system. But with many computers still running on XP and a lot of resistance to the newer system is this a good idea? Tamara Keith reports.
Posted In: Science

Signs of an economic turnaround

After meeting with his economic team, President Obama said there are "glimmers of hope" in the U.S. economy. As John Dimsdsale reports, the president also remains cautious.

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