Marketplace for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Republican Rep. Paul Ryan wants to balance the federal budget within 10 years, largely through scrapping Obamacare and remaking Medicaid and Medicare. Like all budgets, the plan is based on assumptions, namely that a balanced budget in such a short time is a good thing and that economic growth will outpace the growth in government spending -- pegged at 3.4 percent. How can you reality check those numbers? Also, how LinkedIn, once the unglamorous social networking sibling, has taken the buzz away from Facebook.

Can we all just agree that SkyMall is now officially dead?

The Federal Aviation Administration could, by July, recommend new rules about stowing your iPad and Kindle during takeoff.
Posted In: airplane travel, FAA, iPad, tablets

5 simple tricks to avoid eating processed food

A list for some tips and tricks to keep some processed foods to a minimum.
Posted In: Food, processed foods, diet, Health

Americans are getting back together...with their debt

Americans are reigniting their love affair with debt. Sure, it spurred a financial crisis. But it's also good for the economy.
Posted In: auto loans, student loans, debt

The app gap, in disasters like Hurricane Sandy

Twitter and Facebook were used by millions in the New York area to stay connected during Superstorm Sandy. But online disaster communication and preparedness isn't limited to social networking sites. Many entrepreneurs are trying to build platforms to stay informed during crises -- platforms that could be used outside of a disaster to market products.
Posted In: sxsw, apps, disasters

How LinkedIn wants to be cooler than Facebook

How the unglamorous social network is quietly evolving into a content provider. LinkedIn is reportedly in talks to buy the news reading app Pulse.
Posted In: linkedin, Facebook, social network

Rebuilding our schools, literally

A report from the U.S. Green Buildings Council, supported by former President Bill Clinton and the PTA, details scary estimates of how much it would cost to upgrade public schools in this country.
Posted In: schools

A budget reality check

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan wants to balance the federal budget within 10 years, largely through scrapping Obamacare and remaking Medicaid and Medicare. Like all budgets, the plan is based on assumptions, namely that a balanced budget in such a short time is a good thing and that economic growth will outpace the growth in government spending.
Posted In: Paul Ryan, budget

In Tokyo, a restaurant toasts Fukushima every night

One Tokyo restaurant is dedicated to Fukushima. It serves food and dishes from the region. Many of its customers are volunteers in the area destroyed by the tsunami two years ago. And it dedicates its profits to relief efforts.
Posted In: Fukushima, Tokyo

Processed foods make up 70 percent of the U.S. diet

Author Melanie Warner discusses the complexities of the processed foods that line the shelves at the supermarket.
Posted In: Food, processed foods

Hostess is gone, but Twinkies are back

Two private equity firms confirmed today they're the winning bidders in the Hostess bankruptcy auction.
Posted In: Twinkies, Hostess

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