Marketplace PM for January 25, 2006
The country's largest real estate trade group says sales of previously owned homes dropped last month by 5.7% -- the third straight monthly decline. We've been wondering about how this will affect real estate agents, so Tess Vigeland went house-hunting with some of them.
The patent system is enormously important to the American economy. And there are some, such as Adam Jaffe, who say it's spinning out of control these days. Jaffe's written a book called "Innovation and Its Discontents," and he talks to Kai.
In India, being a homemaker doesn't just require elbow grease. Running a home there takes some serious managerial skills. Miranda Kennedy spent a day with the lady of one household in New Delhi.
Congress continues its headlong rush to change the rules for lobbying. Democrat or Republican, House or Senate, everyone's got lobby reform as a top priority this year. Some proposals were considered in a Senate hearing today. John Dimsdale reports.
There's a new version of Google out today: Google.cn. It's designed to avoid China's tight Internet controls... by blocking sites the Chinese government forbids. Some say Google's taking things too far. Alisa Roth has more.
Ford has unveiled its new ethanol-based hybrid. The company, which just cut 30,000 jobs to avoid destruction, now wants to prove how innovative it can be. From the Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.