Marketplace for Thursday, December 26, 2013

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The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas. So, how big a scar will this be for UPS (and to a lesser extent FedEx); and do we have the infrastructure to actually handle the shift to online shopping at peak times? Next, that dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year has meant an equal increase in the trash from all the packaging it takes to get goods from Amazon and others to consumers. Finally, Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants (thousands have applied for the jobs) and other airlines are putting up the 'Help Wanted' signs too, after a long period of cuts.

Mercury: "The quixotic bad boy of the periodic table"

Our journey through the economics of elements checks out mercury.
Posted In: metals, elementals, gold

High prices: When pigs fly

It's been a busy year in the hog market and pork prices are way up.
Posted In: farms, hogs, bacon

A new app wants to make stock trading free for all

Robinhood, a new app for smartphones, says its service is about letting everyone fully share in the fruits of capitalism -- which means free stock trades.
Posted In: Investing, apps

On Cyber Monday, Amazon sold 426 items every second

In which one can start to feel sorry for delivery companies in this day and age.
Posted In: Amazon

Shell's challenge in drilling for Arctic oil

After a dismal experience in 2012, Shell took this year off from trying to drill in the Arctic Ocean. But drilling will come.
Posted In: Oil, offshore drilling, Arctic, Shell

Where can I recycle all this wrapping paper?

That dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year means an increase in the trash from all the packaging.
Posted In: packaging

Ten thousand apply for 750 Southwest Airlines jobs

Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants and thousands have applied for the jobs.
Posted In: Jobs, Airlines

Lost UPS packages: a glimpse of the future

The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas.
Posted In: shipping, holiday shopping

Why aren't more women on tech boards?

Men start up about 97 percent of the tech companies in Silicon Valley.
Posted In: women in tech

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Twin Shadow
Super Rich Kids [feat. Earl Sweatshirt] [Explicit]
Frank Ocean
Two Matchsticks
The Wooden Birds
Whats Your Priority
D-Tension
Babylon of the Occident
The Shanghai Restoration Project & Amos Winbush

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