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Marketplace for Thursday July 17, 2014

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Microsoft
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Microsoft is laying off 14 percent of its staff, 18,000 employees. We look at how you manage a layoff process this big over that kind of time, and what effect it has on productivity and morale. Also, Amazon is preparing to launch an e-book subscription service, according to a page on its website. The service, called  “Kindle Unlimited” would apparently give subscribers access to 600,000 books at a monthly cost of $10. The monthly-subscription model works well with movies but how well will it work in the book world? We investigate? Also, housing starts were down in June, and way down in the South. But as with all monthly data reports, the question is, what does this mean? 
House Construction Building Shell

'Bad' housing numbers might reflect good news

Or maybe a chilly spring in North Carolina. Experts are still puzzling it out.
Posted In: housing market, housing starts
Facebook

Yes, Facebook is sucking your soul

Just in case you needed social science to prove it.
Posted In: Facebook, social media, academics

Streaming books on Amazon?

The online retail giant is jockeying for space in a budding market.
Posted In: Amazon, streaming, Books, subscription fees

Of borders and businesses: moving forward in Murrieta

Have anti-immigration protests affected business in Murrieta, California?
Posted In: immigration reform, illegal immigration, Murrieta, protests
Microsoft to layoff employees

How companies like Microsoft should handle mass layoffs

Microsoft is laying off 14 percent of its staff. But it'll be six months before the redundancy process is complete.
Posted In: layoffs, Microsoft

Would a Marketplace by any other name smell as sweet?

Branding is about logos and slogans, yes - but it's also about scent.
Posted In: smells, branding, ScentAir

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Ta-ku
Nothin' (Album Version (Edited)) [Clean]
N.O.R.E.
Never Again
The Temper Trap