Marketplace for Monday, April 30, 2012

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Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's e-book and college textbook business. Spain sank into recession in the first quarter, while Japan's economy has not grown for the last 20 years. In Oakland, Calif., a handful of 'popup' stores decided to open all at one time, and they have no plans to close. "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," once the laughing stock of the theatre world, may pick up a few Tony Award nominations. And Kai Ryssdal talks to Yancey Strickler, co-founder of the crowdfunding website

From dreams to reality, by way of Kickstarter

Some 50,000 projects have launched through the crowdfunding site so far. Co-founder Yancey Strickler talks about some of his favorite Kickstarter projects.
Posted In: kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, startup

Japan: Over the hill?

Amid cries of a "lost decade" and economic stagnation, the real Japan looks and feels much different.
Posted In: Japan, innovation

Spider-Man show could get Tony nod

"Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" was the laughing stock of Broadway. Until it wasn't.
Posted In: Tony Awards, spiderman, broadway

Microsoft invests in Nook

Add another player to the digital textbook market. Microsoft announced at $300 million investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook reader.
Posted In: Barnes & Noble, textbooks, e-books, Nook, nook tablet, Microsoft

How much of a problem is Spain's economy?

Economist Edward Hugh discusses how Spain's economic woes compare to Greece and whether the country is "bailout-able."
Posted In: spain, bailout, Europe debt crisis

'Popuphood' aims to bring new business to Old Oakland

A small business incubator seeks to revitalize a neighborhood in Oakland through a handful of pop-up stores that have no plans to close.
Posted In: Oakland, pop-up stores, Retail, Small Business

Kickstarter: D.I.Y. fundraising in the social network age

Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler on the crowdfunding site's spectacular growth as it strives to stay true to its mission.
Posted In: kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, crowdsourcing

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Minotaur Shock
Smooth (Instrumental)
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