Marketplace for Monday May 19, 2014

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The deal has been struck. AT&T announced it will aquire DirecTV for approximately $49 billion. We unpack all the pieces in play in this AT&T-DirecTV deal, and look at the sales job the company will have to do for regulators. Plus, Attorney General Eric Holder charged members of the Chinese military with "economic espionage." We look at the reaction following Monday morning's public announcement. Also, the U.S. is stepping up efforts to help Latin American coffee farmers fight a fungus called "coffee rust" that has been devastating coffee crops throughout the region. Finally, USAID today is announcing a $5 million partnership with Texas A&M's World Coffee Research center to tackle the fungus, which has cost Latin American coffee farmers $1 billion and could drive up coffee prices in the US.      

GM doesn't want employees using these words in memos

Via GM's latest document stream: "grenadelike," "Kevorkianesque."
Posted In: GM, office behavior

A coffee plant disease threatens more than prices

USAID today announced a $5 million partnership with Texas A&M's World Coffee Research center to tackle a costly coffee fungus.
Posted In: coffee, farming, USAID
AT&T And DirecTV Agree To $48 Billion Merger

Unpacking the AT&T-DirecTV deal

AT&T's advantage in selling regulators on the deal? Its small size.
Posted In: Comcast, AT&T, mergers, directv
The National Security Agency (NSA) in the Washington suburb of Fort Meade, Maryland.

Why Google isn't really 'free'

A peek at Frontline's documentary on the NSA, secrecy and private companies.
Posted In: nsa, Google, cybersecurity, Frontline
Odd Bike

Two obsessed guys and a radical motorcycle design

In New Orleans, an experiment in funding, manufacturing and art.
Posted In: motorcycles, manufacturing, art

Hacking won't scare U.S. companies out of China

Cyber espionage is a growing problem, but it's not a new one.
Posted In: China, cyber attack

Tap dance your way into the White House, kids

Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Posted In: White House Talent Show

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