Marketplace for Friday, December 6, 2013

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The unemployment level has fallen to 7 percent for the first time since 2008, after the Labor Department release surprisingly strong jobs data for November. That news comes less than a month before unemployment benefits run out for more than a million Americans. Plus, the ability of businesses to track your every move has taken a leap forward today as Apple activated tracking beacons in its stores, the latest retailer to enable micro-location technology. And finally, hospitals get penalized for readmissions, so now instead of readmitting Medicare patients quickly, they are "observed" for as long as two days. That way the hospital doesn’t risk getting fined … and Medicare doesn't pay.

Mandela's economic legacy for South Africa

The BBC's Buntu Williams on Nelson Mandela's economic legacy in South Africa.
Posted In: Nelson Mandela

Weekly wrap: Good news in the jobs report? + #longreads

Heidi Moore from the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal's Sudeep Reddy join host Kai Ryssdal to look back at the week's business news and forward at where the economy is going after today's jobs report.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Unemployment, jobs numbers, taper, stimulus

Kanye West: musician-turned-Silicon Valley entrepreneur?

Kanye West is seeking investors for a new agency he's created. But so far, potential investors are just interested in meeting with him, not giving him money.
Posted In: Kanye West, DONDA, Silicon Valley, venture capital

Unemployment benefits and the budget deal

Unemployment benefits could become a major sticking point in negotiations over a budget compromise.
Posted In: budget deal, Paul Ryan, Patty Murray

Never again ask, 'Where can I find the ... ?' It will find you.

Apple activated tracking beacons in its stores, the latest retailer to enable micro-location technology.
Posted In: Micro-location, mapping, Apple Store

'Admission' vs 'Observation': Medical worlds apart

Instead of admitting Medicare patients quickly, hospitals are "observing" them for as long as two days.
Posted In: hospitals, Medicare, Obamacare, ACA

Happy anniversary, Bernie Madoff. Five years ago this month, he was arrested

Victims of Madoff's scheme are still struggling to adjust to their financial losses -- and also their loss of trust.
Posted In: madoff, ponzi

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Day 14
Cinco Minutos Con Vos
Elvis Costello And The Roots
(Don't Let Them) Cool Off (Album Version)
Peter Bjorn And John
Homecoming ((Explicit)) [feat. Chris Martin] [Explicit]
Kanye West

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