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Marketplace for Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Cost of digital media so cheap it's free

Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, and author of "Free: the Future of a Radical Price," talks to Kai Ryssdal about pros and cons of giving away media online for free. His critics say it's killing print media, but Anderson shares his rebuttal.
Posted In: Books, Internet

Comic Con loot saves man from ruin

Thousands of fans are expected to invade San Diego today at the opening of Comic Con. Self-proclaimed nerd Gustavo Arellano shares the story of one Comic Con nerd who staved off financial ruin with a collection of geek treasures.

'Cash for clunkers' hits a few potholes

Germany's "cash for clunkers" program has saved factory jobs, stimulated auto sales, and removed many gas-guzzling cars from the country's roads. But the program has also hurt business for those who make a living selling used cars, spare parts and scrap metal. Brett Neely reports.
Posted In: Auto

Elders dominate among entrepreneurs

Media buzz usually spotlights 20-something Ivy League grads who start the hottest new tech companies and social networks. But the average tech-company founder is 39 and entrepreneurs over 50 surpass the younger generation two-to-one. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Swine flu vaccine trials set to begin

The first batch of swine flu vaccine is ready for testing and the developer is asking for clinical trial volunteers. Scientists hope to make sure the vaccine is ready for use by flu season. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Science

Market's rally ends 'dark pessimism'

Champagne corks started popping early this morning on Wall Street as the Dow crept past 9,000 points. But will it stay there? Jeremy Hobson reports.
Posted In: Economy

Wal-Mart embraces cheap laptop biz

Wal-Mart will start selling beefier laptops for prices lower than the popular, and less powerful netbooks. They hope to attract the most frugal back-to-school shoppers. Rico Gagliano has more.
Posted In: Retail

Is Cleveland Clinic a model for success?

President Obama is pointing to the Cleveland Clinic as a model for how to get quality health care at lower cost. But some say the clinic's method spells bankruptcy for other hospitals. Tamara Keith reports.
Posted In: Health

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Carry The Zero
Built To Spill
The Golden Path
The Chemical Brothers
C + F
Sam Prekop
Loser
Beck