Marketplace PM for February 14, 2006
Where to go for dinner on Valentine's Day? If you live in the Bay Area, there are all kinds of choices, both high- and low-end. But if you're really looking for an unusual culinary experience, the hottest ticket in town is a restaurant you can only find if you got the secret location in an e-mail this morning. Nancy Mullane reports.
US retail sales surged 2.3% in January, nearly triple the expected increase. But retailers are already predicting weak sales in February, and they're blaming the weather. Bob Moon explains.
The government will allow oil companies to pump billions in oil and natural gas from Federal land without paying it royalties -- despite record energy prices. Good thing or bad thing? Scott Tong has more.
A new video-on-demand movie service launches today. Developed by Disney, MovieBeam plans to send high-definition movies to subscribers' homes. But as Janet Babin reports, they're entering a crowded market, and possibly getting into the action too late.
Tomorrow, the House Subcommittee on Human Rights holds a hearing to talk about what role US companies should be playing in China's Internet. As Alisa Roth reports, it could be a while before the freedom of expression issues are resolved.
Commentator John Gapper explains why Google and other dotcoms have gotten themselves into trouble with national governments, and why regulation could be just around the corner.
A report out this week shows that the lobbying industry is growing rapidly, but as Washington Post reporter Jeff Birnbaum tells Kai Ryssdal, companies are still getting their money's worth for what they spend on lobbyists.