Marketplace for Friday, December 21, 2012

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The NRA says that the only way to keep schools safe is to train and arm someone at every school in America -- but how much would that cost? Meanwhile, Speaker John Boehner’s so-called "Plan B" to avoid the fiscal cliff failed before any votes were taken. Facebook is testing a $1 fee that allows strangers to message you. Some pediatricians say that expensive educational toys are a waste of money and may even actually be harmful. We hear about what's being done to avoid costly medical mistakes. And Dan Bobkoff finds out why the Japanese no longer dominate in the world of electronics.

Top 10 kids' education apps that don't suck

Common Sense Media reviews educational apps for kids and shared these 10 recommendations.
Posted In: apps, Education, kids

Educators question 'educational' kids' DVDs

Fancy educational toys don't give rich kids an advantage over poor kids when it comes to brain development.
Posted In: toys, baby DVD, brain development, Education, apps

After Plan B, what's next for the fiscal cliff

The Weekly Wrap talks about what can happen now that Speaker John Boehner's Plan B has failed.
Posted In: fiscal cliff

Surgeons make thousands of serious errors each year

The "never events," like leaving a sponge behind in a patient, or receiving the wrong operation, happen 80 times a week in hospitals nationwide, according to a new study.
Posted In: medical care, surgery

On Facebook, you're for sale

Now that it's publicly owned, Facebook needs to generate revenue, so it's looking for more ways to monetize its users.
Posted In: Facebook

What happens when the poor fall over the fiscal cliff?

If the government fails to agree on a budget, what, if anything, can poor people do to weather the automatic spending cuts that will kick in after the nation plunges off the fiscal cliff?
Posted In: fiscal cliff

NRA calls for armed guards in every school

The executive director of the National Rifle Association proposes having "good guys with guns" protect school children from "bad guys with guns."
Posted In: guns, Education, safety

Japanese electronic brands lose luster

How many Sony, Panasonic or Sharp gadgets did you buy this year? Japan’s electronics giants have lost their competitiveness -- and perhaps creativity.
Posted In: Sony, electronics, Japan, cameras, Panasonic, Sharp, tv

Small talk: A breakup museum, Apple's pinch-and-zoom, McFlurry misconduct

The Dinner Party serves up news that didn't quite make the headlines -- perfect for your dinner party conversations this weekend.
Posted In: McDonald's, humor, apple

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