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Marketplace for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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A drop in U.S. housing starts last December capped the worst year for home builders, but analysts expect a better 2012. AT&T has announced it will increase prices on data plans. Senior business correspondent Bob Moon explores what Kodak could have done differently to thrive. Apple is rapidly making its way into the classroom through its e-textbook devices. Meanwhile, some college dropouts are finding their ways back to getting a degree.

Doing the numbers on smartphone data

AT&T offers heftier data plans -- but they'll cost you.
Posted In: data plans, smartphone

Banks shrink and turn profits

Marketplace's Heidi Moore discusses what's significant about banks shrinking and reporting profits.
Posted In: Banks, too big to fail, downsize

And Herman Cain endorses...

The people. Seriously.
Posted In: Herman Cain

China's housing slowdown threatens economic growth

Concerned over the runaway growth of its housing market, China imposed new laws to slow speculation. But trying to curb a potential housing bubble may hurt the country's high growth.
Posted In: China, China's Economy

Big government v. big business

Americans don't feel any love for either. So who do they love?
Posted In: big government, big business, Small Business

Some college, but no degree

Millions of students start school but never cross the finish line. A growing number of colleges and organizations are finding ways to bring them back.
Posted In: Education, college

Counting the costs of a digital classroom

While e-book technology can streamline education, struggling school districts could fall behind the digital divide -- as one former teacher discusses.
Posted In: e-books, digital divide

Homebuilding ends bad year on upswing

Government data show that 2011 was the worst year on record for single-family home starts. Several analysts think 2012 will be better.
Posted In: Housing

Kodak files for bankruptcy

Kodak’s decline shows a failure to diversify in the digital age. Its main film rival, Japan’s Fujifilm, found a way to stay profitable.
Posted In: kodak

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Second Chance (Album Version)
Peter Bjorn And John
Gold On The Ceiling
The Black Keys
Swagger
Mocean Worker