Marketplace for Monday, September 23, 2013

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The owner of BlackBerry has agreed to go private in a $4.7 billion deal. Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial would buy the struggling smartphone maker for $9 per share. Also, New York state has reached a settlement with some prominent firms in the fake online review business. The industry has moved way beyond having your friends write raves for you. Plus, in the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stocks of makers of guns. But the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was different -- no drop.

Defund Obamacare: Stay tuned, after these messages

Could advertising convince Americans to buy -- or avoid buying -- health insurance?
Posted In: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, advertising

Down and out, the Irish turn to tech

It’s thought Ireland is home to around 500 tech startups.
Posted In: Ireland, Tech, start-ups, startups

BlackBerry's deal to go private: The nail in the coffin?

BlackBerry announced it agreed to be bought by a group led by investor Fairfax Financial Holdings for close to $4.7 billion.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, smart phones

Marketplace.org is the BEST site I've ever visited

The fake online review business has moved way beyond having your friends write raves for you. “Reputation-enhancing” businesses provide fake reviews, sometimes outsourcing the job overseas.
Posted In: Yelp, online reviews, fake reviews

Why lead-paint makers escape fines that cost Big Tobacco billions

A California court case is the latest attempt to hold paint companies liable for health hazards from lead paint, banned since 1978.
Posted In: lead paint, painting

Mass shootings no longer seem to threaten investors

In the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stock price of gunmakers.
Posted In: Smith & Wesson, NRA, guns

Office disputes get a new referee

When whistleblowers go to the media or lawyers, the results can be disastrous for an organization. These days, more and more corporations are turning to organizational ombudsmen to stop problems before things escalate.
Posted In: workplace culture, employees, workplace

Link rot and Supreme Court justices

The highest court in the land suffers from embarrassing "link rot."
Posted In: Supreme Court

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El Ten Eleven
Anything New
Bibio
Pacific
GoldRoom
Faithful (Instrumental)
Anwarrior
God Made the World
Cold Cave
Dr. Banard [Explicit]
Suff Daddy

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