Marketplace for Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Marketplace for Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Letters: Skilled tradesmen, the wireless network

Kai Ryssdal reviews your letters and comments on stories that aired last week.

Billboards seen as a potential revenue stream

Huge billboards on the sides of buildings and bridges may just be part of living in a market-driven society, but in these uncertain economic times, some cities see super-sized billboards as a way to help fill budget gaps.

Thinking outside the cable box

Comcast bought NBC Universal, which owns a chunk of online TV site Hulu, earlier this year. The deal has yet to be approved by the FTC, but cable companies are already strategizing how to incorporate online TV into their business plans.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

Say it ain't so Pakistan!

Kai Ryssdal talks to Matt Frei the host of the BBC World News about the bribery scandal marring the Pakistani cricket team.
Posted In: Law, Sports

Rare earth minerals from China are rarer

China scaled back its exports of rare earth minerals -- all those essential metals that make cell phones and hybrid cars work -- and that's making several industries around the world nervous.
Posted In: Auto

Drinks creating new jobs at McDonald's

Earlier this month, there was a one-day hiring blitz for San Francisco area McDonald's -- 1,000 part-time positions were up for grabs. Reporter Peter O'Dowd said a similar situation is in Arizona, and smoothies and frappes may be driving the hiring.
Posted In: Food, Jobs

How would fuel effiency labels affect car sales?

The EPA is proposing new labels on cars that would allow consumers to quickly assess the cars fuel efficiency. Marketplace's Eve Troeh reports.
Posted In: Auto, Environment

Retiree insurance program kicked off today

The Early Retiree Reinsurance Program was created to encourage employers to keep company health plans, until health insurance becomes cheaper in 2014. But Congress only allocated $5 billion to the program, which analysts believe will run out within two years.
Posted In: Health, Retirement

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