Marketplace for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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The Chinese government is sponsoring cyber-espionage to attack top U.S. companies. The dreaded sequester is affecting all of Washington, D.C. Scott Tong takes a look at the Simpson-Bowles proposal to reduce the U.S. deficit. We explore how diamond thieves made away with millions in diamonds at the Brussels Airport. Dijon mustard brand Grey Poupon is trying to make a comeback. And Deferred Action, the immigration plan that allowed some immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to avoid deportation, celebrates its one-year anniversary.

$50 million in stolen diamonds, and no one to buy them

Armed robbers who stole gems worth an estimated $50 million from Brussels airport may find the diamonds tough to get rid of. Even if they get away with the crime, they may only get a fraction of what the stones are worth.
Posted In: diamond

Don't freak out (yet) about 'scary' Chinese cyber attacks

The New York Times reported that China is sponsoring cyber espionage on the United States. Kim Zetter from Wired talks about whether this should scare us or not.
Posted In: hacking, cybersecurity, China

A glimpse of what legal status means for the undocumented

Deferred Action allows the children of undocumented immigrants to work legally in the U.S., but only temporarily.
Posted In: Deferred Action, undocumented immigrants, illegal immigrants

Pardon me, is that an old Grey Poupon commercial?

Kraft dusts off its famous ad for the Oscars in a nostalgic attempt to cut the mustard.
Posted In: commercial, mustard, Grey Poupon, Oscars, Food

How stress and competition can improve your life

A new book breaks down the scientific nature of competition and risk, and finds that by balancing risk more effectively, women often outperform men in financial fields.
Posted In: competition, competitiveness

Nation's capital gripped by 'sequester stress'

D.C. denizens turn to happy hours, cigarettes to cope with looming budget cuts.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration, Washington D.C.

Who are these budget-cutters, Simpson and Bowles?

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, with their second plan for cutting the deficit, get attention because their proposals fall in the middle between political extremes.
Posted In: Simpson-Bowles, deficit-cutting, budget, Alan Simpson, Erskine Bowles

What to do with an old cell phone: Sell it!

Consumers are sitting on $33 billion worth of old, unused mobile phones.
Posted In: cell phones

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