Marketplace for Monday, May 11, 2009

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Marketplace for Monday, May 11, 2009

Can micro-payments mean big payoff?

This week, The Wall Street Journal offered its readers a method of micro-payment for its online content. Tess Vigeland talks with Staci Kramer, co-editor of, about whether this idea works for online content universally.
Posted In: Internet

Banks ahead against credit card reform

Congress has unveiled several measures to get the ball rolling on credit card reform, from age limits on cards to retroactive rates. But the banking industry is fighting back, and in many cases the lobbying effort is working. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Investing

Goldman Sachs settles bad Mass. loans

Goldman Sachs agreed to spend about $50 million to write down loans for Goldman mortgage-holders in Massachusetts. But it may be unlikely that other states will reach similar settlements with the bank. Abigail Beshkin reports.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

DOJ wants monopolists to play nicer

Obama's new antitrust chief Christine Varney promised the administration would be tough on companies that violate anti-monopoly laws. This likely means more suits against big business. Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

Health care cutting for stake in reform

Officials from the health care industry said they would do their part to bring down costs. But in return, they want a seat at the table in any talk of health-care reform. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Health

Health care should be government's job

While having health insurance is crucial, U.S. corporations are paying more for benefits than they're earning in profits. Commentator Matt Miller says it would be better to get insurance from our country than from our jobs.
Posted In: Health

Lithium can charge Bolivian economy

Lithium batteries are used in everything from cell phones to electric cars. Half of the world's reserves of the scarce metal can be found in Bolivia, and the country hopes to benefit from its popular resource. Annie Murphy reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

A poem of loss for the economy

We've been asking our listeners to send in their favorite poems about money and the economy. Elizabeth Dodge suggested Elizabeth Bishop's poem "One Art," a piece about loss that's helped her put the economic collapse in context.

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