Marketplace for Monday, December 2, 2013

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Amazon wants to use unmanned "drone" aircraft to fly products to customers in 30 minutes or less. It sounds great, but how realistic is the proposal? Next, the administration says the front end of healthcare.gov is up-and-running, so now developers will start to focus on the back-end connection to the insurers. Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up…but only just. It’s evidence of a nascent recovery in the global economy, but political unrest in some countries, combined with the prospect of tapering, has some economists worried. 

What if the U.S. and Canada merged?

The biggest merger of them all might not involve any companies. We're talking nations here.
Posted In: mergers, nations, Canada

Arrested on Black Friday, for throwing money at the mall

Security at the Mall of America arrested Serge Vorobyov on Friday afternoon for throwing $1,000 in $1 bills off a balcony at the mall.
Posted In: Black Friday, holiday shopping

The rise and fall of holiday traditions

Pink slips were falling like flurries of December snow, and amidst all this gloom bosses around country announced that there would be no holiday work party.
Posted In: workplace, holidays, holiday party, Christmas

Healthcare.gov's next hurdle: Fixing the part you don't see

What are the technical challenges in fixing the back end of healthcare.gov?
Posted In: ACA, Obamacare

PMI explainer: A key indicator of the global economy

Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up a slight amount.
Posted In: PMI

Amazon drones and the future of retail

Amazon unveils a project to use unmanned "drone" aircraft to fly products to customers.
Posted In: Amazon, drones, shipping, holiday shopping

How food companies watch what you eat

Big data's where it's at in consumer analytics right now, but companies are also using anthropology and other social sciences to study us up close and personal.
Posted In: big data, Food, food ethnography, anthropology, Campbells, broth, foodies

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The New Beer Song [Explicit]
Dujeous
Lying in the Reeds
Lone
Breakers
Local Natives
Sunday (Instrumental)
9th Wonder

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