Marketplace for Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Marketplace for Thursday, August 19, 2010

Trying to quantify the intangible

It's relatively easy to measure how much a Gulf businessman lost in products and profits due to the BP oil spill -- but how about the tears shed and the stress caused by the spill? Marketplace's Krissy Clark looks into the tricky method of measuring "non-use value."
Posted In: Oil

Was Lockerbie bomber released as part of a business deal?

A Scottish judge released the Lockerbie Bomber last year, on the grounds that he had less than three months to live. But a year later, he's still alive -- and critics are suspicious that his release had something to do with BP's acquisition of Libyan oil fields.
Posted In: Crime

Olive oil virginity is in question

The olive oil section at the market has a dizzy array of bottles. At the top of the heap are the extra virgin olive oils -- but there's some question as to whether that label actually corresponds to what's in the bottle.
Posted In: Agriculture, Retail

Patent applications jumped up during recession

Tess Vigeland talks to David Kappos, the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, about how the office is dealing with the huge jump in patent applications over the last few years.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Jobs

Facebook follows you with 'Places'

Another option to let everyone know where you are launched today: Facebook Places. It'll be competing against similar services like Foursquare, which also let's you "check in" to venues, which will let your friends know where you are and potentially score you deals.

What GM's IPO means

Marketplace's Alisa Roth looks into what GM's IPO means for the company -- from the government's involvement with GM to its future as a company.
Posted In: Auto

Intel and McAfee, combining computer chips and security

Initially, it may seem Intel's acquisition of computer security company McAfee is an odd one. But Marketplace's Janet Babin reports that it's a merger that makes sense.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

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Built To Spill
Eliot Lipp
African Rhythms (Instrumental)
Jay Dee
In Your Deck
A New Career In A New Town (1999 Digital Remaster)
David Bowie

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