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Marketplace for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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.

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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.
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