Marketplace PM for March 15, 2007

Episode Description 

The tip-off to a productivity drop

March Madness kicked off today, and distractions abound in the workplace. There's the office pool, the live games streaming on the computer . . . It does some damage to the bottom line.
Posted In: Sports

Almost everything's more expensive

When the Producer Price Index came out this morning, it accelerated speculation about what the Fed might do when it meets next week. Alisa Roth takes a look at what today's report might really mean.
Posted In: Economy

On the Internet, Google knows if you're a dog

When you do a Google search, Google keeps a log of it &mdash; which has been a sticking point with privacy advocates. Today Google promised to make searches anonymous <nobr>. . .</nobr> eventually. Janet Babin reports.

The Bank of Wal-Mart?

Wal-Mart says it wants a limited banking license so it can save on credit card payments. But a congressman thinks he's found evidence that the retail giant has something bigger in mind. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Retail

Shifting workers' shifts

Wal-Mart is trying to improve employee scheduling by using something called labor optimization software. But, as Ashley Milne-Tyte reports, it's not always optimized <em>for</em> labor.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail

Will anybody push the 'up' button?

Commentator and Web entrepreneur wannabe Rob Long wants you to hear the "elevator pitch" for his new website. He knows you're busy. He'll keep it simple. . . . Go!
Posted In: Entertainment, Entrepreneurship

Pieces of your minds

Kai Ryssdal combs through some of the letters you've sent recently, with comments on stories about working late and working in pollution, and on Ben Stein's commentary about oil companies.

Needling the knitters

For the last few years, an increasing number of Americans have been taking up knitting. We sent Cash Peters to try his hand at an old-fashioned fashion craze made new again.