Marketplace for Friday, May 11, 2012

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The Facebook "highlight" feature will allow users to pay a couple of bucks to promote their status updates in their friends' timelines. This week's Weekly Wrap focuses on the news from JPMorgan about its $2 billion loss. A new obesity drug is in line for approval by the FDA and many say that's key for health care cost savings. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter of crude oil, wants to become the leader in renewable energy. Kai Ryssdal talks to Andrew Wallenstein from Variety magazine about the upfronts and the television ad industry. And it's the 100th birthday of the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Saudi Arabia goes solar

The world's largest oil exporter isn't necessarily concerned about saving the planet. It's about being able to export even more crude.
Posted In: Saudi Arabia, renewable energy, solar

Small Talk: Birthday clown, the oldest booze cruise?

The news that didn't quite make the headlines. This week: 'Official' Dodgers fan ganja, recreating the world's oldest beer and Dominic Deville, the scary Swiss birthday clown.
Posted In: marijuana, Dodgers, baseball, shipwreck, beer, clown, birthdays, trauma

The lowdown on this season's network upfronts

Variety's Andrew Wallenstein talks about the big trends on television next fall.
Posted In: Entertainment, television, tv, upfronts

Letters: Electric cars, sustainability, and attitudes toward the rich

Kai reviews listeners from our listeners this week.
Posted In: letters

Weekly Wrap: JPMorgan, what happened?

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: Oh how the might have fallen -- JPMorgan's $2 billion loss.
Posted In: JPMorgan, Wall Street

A century of the Beverly Hills Hotel

Hollywood's famous pink palace turns 100 and tries to maintain its celebrity in a town of new faces

Diet drugs make a comeback

It has been more than a decade since the Food and Drug Administration approved a new pill to fight fat. Now, as the obesity problem grows, several new medicines could be on the way.
Posted In: diet, pills, FDA, obesity

Facebook offer: Pay $2 to promote your posts

As Facebook looks for new sources of revenue, it targets users who may want more attention and better placement for their posts.
Posted In: Facebook, advertising

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