Marketplace for Monday, April 2, 2012

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Groupon shares slid following a revision of its fourth quarter results, giving validation to earlier worries about the company. "Pink slime" is being named responsible for some bankruptcy claims and corporate layoffs. Sony's new CEO Kazuo Hirai has promised to revamp the company by combining "hardware with content," but will it work? The brand Cuties is using marketing to become synonymous with Mandarin oranges. And with Tax Day is two weeks from tomorrow, we hear about some Tax Day rituals.
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New social finance site for student loans

SoFi launches an experimental new, community-based student lending program that provides students with lower cost loans and school alumni with a unique investment opportunity.
Posted In: social lending, student loans, lending, education costs
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Interesting finds from the 1940 census data

The Census Bureau released data from the 1940 census this morning, and there were a few cool then-and-now comparisons to make.
Posted In: census
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Groupon's accounting woes continue

Discount coupon site Groupon has hit another accounting rough patch. This time, investors are taking notice.
Posted In: groupon
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The Chapter 11 effect of 'pink slime'

There's been major trouble for the manufacturers of the controversial beef filler.
Posted In: pink slime, beef
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Atlantic City revels in new casino

Revel is the first casino to open in Atlantic City in nearly a decade. Will the $2.4 billion complex revive the city’s fortunes?
Posted In: casinos, Atlantic City, gambling
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Head of the General Services Administration resigns

The Washington Post reports Martha Johnson has stepped down after she spent $835,000 on an employee training conference in Las Vegas.
Posted In: Martha Johnson, General Services Administration
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Sony tries over, with a new CEO

But can a change at the top reboot the ailing consumer electronics giant?
Posted In: Sony, Kazuo Hirai
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I 'heart' taxes

Commentator Melissa Chadburn says paying your taxes shows you value your community.
Posted In: Taxes
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Last-minute tax filers: Listen up

You can create a tax-time ritual to help get you motivated.
Posted In: Taxes, rituals
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How Cuties marketed Mandarin oranges from fruit to brand

Smithsonian.com blogger Sarah Rich talks about how those little, seedless Mandarin oranges became a ubiquitous brand.
Posted In: Food, oranges, fruit, marketing

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