Marketplace for Friday, September 21, 2012

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If any of you are a little Appled out this Friday, we can sympathize. But at $658 billion, Apple is the biggest company by stock value -- and now its shares are up more than 70 percent. So... is that a good thing? We've been hearing over the past few weeks from some of the thousands of teachers in this country who've been laid off. But what about the teachers that leave because they want to? Plus, we take a fish-eye view of what exactly makes a person middle class and, on its 50th birthday, we reflect on what about 2012 the Jetsons got right -- and where they dropped the hoverball.

Photography is Plan B for retired teacher

Eduardo de Varona retired early from teaching, after 21 years. He says he was "fed up."
Posted In: teachers, Teachers and Plan B

Small talk: E-mail species, antique coins and why you can't smile in New Jersey

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam of the Dinner Party fill you in on what stories flew under the radar for your weekend.

Apple’s size can move markets up –- and down

Everybody knows that Apple is big enough to move markets. This year, that’s been a boon -- but what if the iPhone 5 falters?
Posted In: apple, iphone 5, stock market

Weekly Wrap: Is it still the economy, stupid?

Reviewing the week's headlines on Wall Street and beyond. This week: between 47 percent of Americans and Romney's tax returns, are we still talking about the economy?
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, economic growth, 2012 elections

Why Snickers is poised to rule the candy world

Snickers is predicted to overtake M&M's as the top-selling candy in the world this year. The mix of salty and sweet is proving a winning formula overseas.
Posted In: candy, Snickers

Middle class at a crossroads, not for the first time

What we can learn from American history about the presidential candidates' plans for the middle class.
Posted In: middle class, Election 2012, Obama, romney

Sunday is the night to be for an Emmy nod

Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland and Downton Abbey -- what do they all have in common? All of them are on Sundays, all of them are up for Emmys -- and none of them air on a major network.
Posted In: emmy awards, television, cable

As Jetsons turn 50, have their predictions held up?

It's been 50 years since the Jetsons debuted on television, meaning we're halfway to the futuristic 2060 society the show envisioned. So, are we on the right track for jetpacks and hover-cars? ...Maybe not.
Posted In: jetsons, future

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Com Truise
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Rodrigo Y Gabriela
The Jetsons (Main Theme)
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