Marketplace for Tuesday August 5, 2014

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The media company Gannet, which owns the newspaper USA TODAY, announced plans to separate its broadcast and digital division from its publishing division. The company added that this move will give the new separate companies ‘increased opportunities to grow organically’. Why has Gannett made this move now and will it pay off? We investigate. Plus, President Obama announced that U.S. corporations have pledged $14 billion worth of investments in African countries. We look at the kinds of projects U.S. companies are pursuing in Africa and where they are happening. Also, the DOJ is investigating GMs auto loan business amid speculation of fraudulent. The auto loan business isn’t so big that a loan freeze will create a systemic problem for the financial system, but if the government clamps down, people will suffer. 

The Ukrainian rebel who started as a sci-fi writer

"We have this...fascinating phenomenon of a sci-fi writer playing real war games.”
Posted In: ukraine, Russia, science fiction, fiction

U.S. companies pledge $14 billion in Africa investment

Energy shortages are an obstacle to business and an opportunity for investment.
Posted In: Africa, business, foreign investment

Justice dept. targets GM in subprime auto loan probe

These loans resemble the subprime mortgages that led to the financial crisis.
Posted In: doj, auto loan, General Motors

Gannett's print arm will fend for itself

The media giant is spinning off its digital and broadcast side and buying
Posted In: media companies, news, digital, Broadcast, publishing
Wall Street

Banks' 'living wills' aren't looking so good

Banks still don't have realistic plans for an "orderly failure."
Posted In: Banks, bankruptcy, Dodd-Frank law, financial reform, FDIC

Can you sue GoPro if you crash your bike?

Devices and apps will face lawsuits from daredevils, but probably won't lose.
Posted In: GoPro, lawsuits, Sports

Those little Intel microchips were famous, somehow

An interview with Michael Malone, author of "The Intel Trinity".
Posted In: Intel, computers, microchips

Why dark pools became a bad dream for European banks

Regulators are going after the private exchange operations of European banks.
Posted In: european, Credit Suisse, whiteboard

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