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Marketplace for Thursday, January 2, 2014

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Fiat is set to acquire full-control of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion deal. Could foreign ownership of this American classic dent sales in the U.S., or do people no longer care about "buying American?" Next, the Affordable Care Act is supposed to give more people access to primary care doctors, getting them into treatment early instead of relying on the Emergency Room (which costs more). Also, the Dow’s 2013 record would have been even higher but for IBM’s showing. IBM, which carries a lot of weight on the Dow, was the only component to see its shares fall for the year. And finally, the rescue of 52 passengers on a scientific research in the Antarctic today was the result of collaboration among several nations, including China, Australia and the U.S. 

GED was never meant to be second-chance diploma

The GED test was set up to help GIs get high school credit when they returned from war.
Posted In: GED, graduation, college degree

IBM was the only Dow company to fall in 2013, and yet ...

The Dow’s 2013 record would have been even higher but for IBM’s showing. What about Big Blue made it miss the market's rally?
Posted In: IBM, cloud computing

The Edward Snowden effect: Tech in 2014

Our technology reporter Queena Kim looks at how the tech industry will respond to the news about NSA surveillance.
Posted In: nsa, Edward Snowden

Do people still try to 'Buy American?'

Fiat is set to acquire full-control of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion deal.
Posted In: Fiat, Chrysler, Rust Belt

How Obamacare will change the emergency room

The Affordable Care Act is supposed to give more people access to primary care doctors, getting them into treatment early.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA

Holocracy: How Zappos could change corporate America

First it was open office space, and now its open management.
Posted In: holocracy, Tony Hsieh, Amazon

Pope Francis drew 6.6 million to Vatican in 2013

That contrasts with 2.3 million for Pope Benedict in all of 2012.
Posted In: pope francis, Pope Benedict, Vatican

After rescue, a question: Who owns Antarctica?

The continent has been devoted to science -- not business -- but minerals and lucrative seafood could challenge order in the Antarctic.
Posted In: Antarctica

How to hack your holiday returns

Be patient, be persistent, keep your receipts. And you might just have many happy returns.
Posted In: Retail, return policies, holiday shopping

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Little Dragon
The Coathanger
Squarepusher
Fast As You Can (Album Version)
Fiona Apple
Miss Independent
Kelly Clarkson
The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders Part I: The Great Frontier Part II: Come to Me Only With Playthings Now
Sufjan Stevens
Tweezer
Phish