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.
Posted In: Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, advertising
Could advertising convince Americans to buy -- or avoid buying -- health insurance?
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, smart phones
BlackBerry announced it agreed to be bought by a group led by investor Fairfax Financial Holdings for close to $4.7 billion.
Posted In: Yelp, online reviews, fake reviews
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: lead paint, painting
A California court case is the latest attempt to hold paint companies liable for health hazards from lead paint, banned since 1978.
Posted In: Smith & Wesson, NRA, guns
In the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stock price of gunmakers.
Posted In: workplace culture, employees, workplace
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.
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