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Marketplace for January 10, 2011

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Marketplace for January 10, 2011

New bank fees are aimed at lower income customers

Now that there are new rules for credit cards and overdraft fees, banks are trying to find money in other places. And as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, this means going after lower income customers, which in turn could move these customers out of the banking system altogether.
Posted In: Banks

Governor announces California's tight budget plan

Governor Jerry Brown announced his budget plan this morning: a proposed $12 billion in spending cuts. There will be cuts in services like welfare and health care, and it's also expected that Brown may ask voters to raise taxes. Jeff Tyler reports.

Should GDP measure happiness?

Some world governments are considering a more holistic reflection of a country's well-being beyond GDP. But it may be a challenge to define what happiness and success is for a whole population.

Can Verizon's network handle all the new iPhone users?

In anticipation of Verizon unveiling its own iPhone, Kai Ryssdal talks with Marketplace Tech Report host John Moe about how prepared the company's network is to potentially handle a flood of iPhone users, and what this means for AT&T and other cell carriers.

Cupcakes go to Wall Street

Crumbs Bake Shop, a national cupcake chain, announced that it will be going public. The company plans on putting the money generated from listing shares on an exchange towards a major expansion. But is this just a fad? Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Food, Wall Street

The price behind the choices we make

Kai Ryssdal talks to author Eduardo Porter about why we spend the way we do, the subject of Porter's new book "The Price of Everything."
Posted In: Books

Growing coffee in China's tea country

Tea has been an intrinsic part of Chinese culture for thousands of years, but with more urban Chinese demanding coffee, more tea farmers in China's tea-growing regions are also growing coffee.
Posted In: Agriculture, China

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