Marketplace for Monday, May 10, 2010

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Marketplace for Monday, May 10, 2010

Health costs eat into Defense's budget

In a speech, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Pentagon will soon have to live frugally. Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Health

Planned obsolescence: Still a problem?

Planned obsolescence used to be a reality, something companies did to counter the assembly-line precision that developed in the early part of the last century. But things have gotten better over the years. Or have they? Cash Peters reports.
Posted In: Retail

Time to worry about Facebook's data?

Facebook recently launched its new "like" button, which lets you flag all kinds of preferences to share with friends. Commentator Farhad Manjoo explains how popularity will make these little buttons powerful.
Posted In: Internet

A new fix for seniors paying for drugs

When prescription drug benefits run out for seniors, something known as the "donut hole" happens. Gregory Warner explains.
Posted In: Health

Confidence in trading system shaky

The leaders of a handful of major trading exchanges met with SEC regulators over the momentary 1,000 point tumble last week on Wall Street. There was agreement there should be a uniform system of circuit breakers to slow down trading in case of a sudden crash. Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Is it time to reform Fannie, Freddie?

The Senate will pick up the debate on a financial overhaul bill. But the legislation doesn't include reforms for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which are eating through billions of taxpayer dollars. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports.
Posted In: Housing

Will bailout help Europe's debt woes?

The Daily Telegraph's Ambrose Evans-Pritchard talks with Kai Ryssdal about whether the $1 trillion European Union bailout is a real fix to its debt crisis and if the rescue package is analogous to what the U.S. did with the TARP to help troubled banks.

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