Marketplace for Friday, December 17, 2010

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Marketplace for Friday, December 17, 2010

California takes lead in cap-and-trade carbon market

Although Washington seems to have given up on a climate change bill, environmental legislation is still alive in other places. California has just approved the second biggest carbon trading market on the planet, and others are watching closely.
Posted In: Environment

Ireland's low credit rating could bring rest of Euro nations down

Ireland's debt rating was downgraded today, taking the already hurting country even further down the hole. If Ireland defaults, it could bring the rest of the Eurozone down with it.

Gov't spending bill facing big obstacles

The Senate's plan to fund the government through the next fiscal year failed to pass last night, and the budget is set to run out officially on Saturday. John Dimsdale reports on the government's plan B.

Yahoo struggling to compete

Yahoo announced earlier this week that it would have to lay off 600 employees. Now the company may also need to cut its other Internet properties as well. Jennifer Collins reports on Yahoo's troubles.
Posted In: Internet

Mexican business leaders demand gov't do more to curb drug violence

Drug violence in Mexico is driving away Mexican and foreign businesses and investors. Business leaders told the Mexican government through a full-page ad that the country needs to improve security before it loses more money.

How should whistleblowers be protected?

The Securities and Exchange Commission will be developing the details on how to deal with whistleblowers, as required by the financial reform law. Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio looks at both sides of the issue.
Posted In: Crime, Wall Street

Weekly Wrap: What the government's been up to

Kai Ryssdal talks to Leigh Gallagher from Fortune Magazine and Sudeep Reddy from the Wall Street Journal about what the president and Congress have been up to with taxes, employment and business.

Small Talk: A Swiss bank secret, dogs and finals

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam talk to Marketplace staffers about what kind of undies some UBS bankers are wearing, using dogs to get through the finals crunch and a Jeopardy face-off with a robot.

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