Marketplace for Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Coca-Cola has been accused for years of contributing to the obesity epidemic, but its new ads suggest it wants to join the fight against fat. School bus drivers in New York are going on strike tomorrow in hopes of getting more job security. Dan Bobkoff reports that in the eyeglasses industry, more competition could drive down prices in the foreseeable future. The world’s richest man, Carlos Slim, has partnered with Khan Academy to bring free education to Spanish speakers. One entrepreneur is starting a private navy in hopes of warding off pirates in the Indian Ocean. And commentator Nicholas Carr talks about the transformation of the search engine.
Posted In: Google, search, Internet
As more sites look to monetize web search functions, a commentator questions what it means 'to search.'
Posted In: Carlos Slim, Khan Academy, Mexico, spanish, Education
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, wants to fund the translation of online Khan Academy classes into Spanish. He believes this will widen educational opportunity in Mexico.
Posted In: pirates
Pirates are no longer a relic of the distant past. Many ships have been attacked in the Indian Ocean by modern Somali pirates. One entrepreneur is now offering private protection vessels to shipping companies. He says these may be more effective than national navies.
Posted In: Facebook, online privacy, Graph Search, search
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the rollout of a new, seemingly obvious feature: search. With one billion users and a lot of data, Facebook has a private trove to mine.
Posted In: Walmart, Jobs, veterans
Even with big promises from major employers such as Walmart, the employment of returning military poses challenges.
Posted In: Jimmy Hoffa
Jimmy Hoffa was last seen in 1975, and now a convicted mobster says he's "certain" he knows where Jimmy Hoffa's body is buried.