Marketplace for Thursday June 19, 2014

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J.K. Rowling
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The World Cup is taking steps to provide more commercial breaks for advertising. How does advertising work in a giant sporting event that features continuous play except for halftime and flops? Plus, American Apparel's board of directors forced out CEO and founder Dov Charney. It's the latest parting with a problematic CEO, from Men's Wearhouse to Groupon.  What calculations and strategy are used when it's time to dump your company's founder? Also, JK Rowling’s new book “The Silkworm” is out today.  Amazon is in a dispute with Hachette, her publisher, and has removed pre-order buttons for her book and those of other Hachette authors from its site. Walmart and some independent booksellers are taking advantage by promoting the books heavily and offering big discounts. We look at their strategy.

The first microchip goes on auction, no one buys it

The first integrated circuit was estimated to sell for $1 million.
Posted In: microchips, auctions
Dov Charney

No, companies don't usually fire their founders

American Apparel's Dov Charney ouster was a rare move.
Posted In: CEOs, founders, ouster, firing
'The Silkworm'

Amazon wasn't the place to buy J.K. Rowling's new book

Independent book stores promote Hachette titles to win business away from Amazon.
Posted In: J.K. Rowling, Amazon, Books
Nike Football ad

Advertising at the World Cup is a different ball game

There aren't as many breaks for 30-second puppy ads.
Posted In: World Cup, advertising, business of sports

Iraqi violence adds to the Middle East refugee crisis

Humanitarian organizations have found it difficult to raise money for victims of the conflict in Syria. Now, a growing crisis in Iraq adds more vulnerable people.
Posted In: Iraq, refugees

The Groundlings: comedy's proving ground

The Groundlings has launched some of the biggest comedy in recent history.
Posted In: comedy, Groundlings

Ever feel like you need a bigger boat?

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Go Bang
SBTRKT
Animal (Album Version)
Miike Snow
Passion Fruit
Belle And Sebastian
Melting Pot
Feelin Allright [Explicit]
Suff Daddy