Marketplace for Monday, April 9, 2012

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One billion dollars: That's how much Facebook is going to pay in cash and stock for the mobile photo-sharing company Instagram. Meanwhile, AT&T said it's going to sell a majority stake of its Yellow Pages unit for $750 million. Natural gas production is booming, but the U.S. is running out of places to store it. And with Tax Day around the corner, we look at why filing taxes is not just a once-a-year thing; we are taxed every single day. Plus, one commentator explains why taxes are a fraud.

Belfast makes the most of its Titanic connection

Hungry for business, Belfast in Northern Ireland is trying to cash in on its role as the city where the ill-fated ship was built.
Posted In: Ireland, Belfast, titanic

We're running out of room to store natural gas

Natural gas is housed in underground salt caverns, depleted oil fields and aquifers. And the glut of gas means they are filling up too fast.
Posted In: natural gas, weather

Federal job retraining programs are running out of money

The economy's doing better, but unemployment is still at over 8 percent. Lots of jobless workers have turned to federally-funded retraining programs, but as New York Times reporter Motoko Rich reports, funding is running dry.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, employee training

Gambling on cancer treatments

A new study shows that cancer patients prefer riskier approaches with very low odds of success , over more successful ones that wouldn't extend their lives as long.
Posted In: cancer, medical costs, treatment, health insurance

Facebook to pay one billion for Instagram

The company's photo-sharing app and social network will be Facebook's biggest acquisition yet
Posted In: Facebook, technology, software, app, instagram, social networking

Every day is tax time

Taxes are all around, but we may not realize it.
Posted In: Taxes

AT&T finally sells its Yellow Pages unit

AT&T said it is selling its Yellow Pages unit to private equity firm Cerberus. One a powerhouse, the Yellow Pages is losing to online rivals.
Posted In: Yellow Pages, AT&T, Mergers and Acquisitions

The social networking deal

A quick look at the social media landscape, and not everyone is happy about the Facebook-Instagram deal.
Posted In: Facebook, instagram, Mergers and Acquisitions

'Taxes are a fraud!'

Commentator P. J. O'Rourke says the sheer complexity of the tax code makes it one giant con.
Posted In: Taxes

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Brain Freeze
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This American Life (Instrumental) [Explicit]
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