Marketplace PM for February 7, 2005

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EBay lowers fees

EBay is lowering some fees to quell a revolt from some of its biggest sellers. Host David Brown talks to Fortune Magazine's Adam Lashinsky.

Betikkallim arabee?

(In other words, do you speak Arabic?)<br />Tomorrow Israeli and Palestinian leaders will declare an end to four years of fighting. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas say they'll announce the truce at their summit meeting in Egypt. Also today, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the two leaders will make separate visits to the White House this spring. In such high stakes talks every word counts. And as you may have heard -- when those words are spoken in Arab, the US has a tough time with translation. Reporter Gretchen Cook reports that three years after the 9-11 attacks, the government's still scrambling find a few... thousand... good Arabic speakers.

Jobs Repatriation

Under a little-known government law, companies are being encouraged to bring profits they made overseas back to U.S. authority. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.

The Super day after

The Super Bowl is over, but how many people were watching? Washington Post reporter Lisa de Moraes says February ratings aren't as important anymore, because of events like the Super Bowl and the Academy Awards.

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