Marketplace for Thursday May 1, 2014

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Google has decided it can no longer just give away its Android operating system. Mission #1 is accomplished: Android phones dominate the smartphone market. But the Android’s money-making ability has escaped from Google. Google now wants to get back the benefit of owning Android by creating a premium operating system, in some ways a proprietary operating system, Android Silver. Also, the International Monetary Fund is giving Ukraine a 17 billion collar loan. How does the government decide how to allocate funds when parts of the country are no longer effectively under its control? Then, on the heels of a strike by truckers working out of ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, we look at the personal economics of being a trucker. They say they make minimum wage because they’re classified as independent contractors.  
US-IMF-UKRAINE-LAGARDE

The IMF gave Ukraine $17 billion. Now what?

The IMF approves a $17 billion loan for Ukraine as separatists in Eastern Ukraine seize power and Russia threatens.
Posted In: ukraine, IMF
Android booth

Android Silver: Forcing manufacturers to toe Google's line

Giving away the Android operating system has almost been too successful for Google.
Posted In: Google, android, smart phones
Truckers in Long Beach

Long road for short-haul truckers

Some short-haul truckers say they're being cheated out of money by being misclassified as an independent contractors.
Domino's Specialty Chicken Pizza

Why Domino's is replacing pizza crust with chicken

Who comes up with stuff like the chicken crust pizza? These guys.
Posted In: Domino's, pizza, chicken
Wendy Nguyen TechCrunch

Looking for venture capital? Be careful what you wish for

Startups must navigate deftly when raising big money.
Posted In: start-ups, venture capitalists

The changing face of the money transfer business

Western Union and Walmart are trying to add new money transfer customers.
Posted In: Western Union, banking, retail banking, money transfer

March to the beat of your own... tuba

Marketplace Datebook for Friday, May 2, 2014
Posted In: tuba
FCC Chairman Michael Powell

Former FCC head Michael Powell talks future of cable

What's on former FCC head Michael Powell's mind? Cable mergers and net neutrality.
Posted In: fcc, telecom

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The Last Wars
Karate
Europe Endless (2009 Digital Remaster)
Kraftwerk
Cirrus
Bonobo
Mathematics [Explicit]
Mos Def
Lovely Day
Bill Withers
I Was Never Young
Of Montreal