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Marketplace for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Taxpayers helped bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and now after some strong earnings, they may start paying us back. Starbucks has joined forces with mobile payment company Square, which leads us to ponder about the future of cash. Campaign ads on local TV channels in crucial swing states are pushing out small businesses that rely on TV exposure. Oregon is embracing the new health care reform to give health care access to the poor and disabled without breaking the bank. Diet pill sales are actually hurting the weight loss industry. And Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner warns about the risky side of summertime fun.

What reality TV can do for a CEO

Coincidence? The head of Chiquita is the third ousted CEO since 2011 to have appeared on “Undercover Boss.” Is the show a curse or a bonus?
Posted In: reality tv, ceo

In Oregon, health reform is welcome

Oregon will take federal money to expand Medicaid, and try to cut costs too.
Posted In: Oregon, medicaid, health care reform law

Money slang: Marketplace's urban finance dictionary

Money, business, dollars -- all fine terms we use everyday, but boring! Here are some other ways to talk cash.

The dangers of summer fun

Some of America's favorite summertime activities may be fun, but they come with a lot of risks.
Posted In: summer, safety, death, recreation, swimming, biking

Diet business losing weight

Tough economic times and smartphone technology could trim diet industry earnings.
Posted In: diet, weight loss

Is Starbucks moving toward a cashless future?

Mobile payment firm Square will begin processing all credit and debit transactions at Starbucks. Could it signal the beginning of the end of cash?
Posted In: starbucks, Square, mobile payments

A positive sign: Profits for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Rising home prices contribute to profits for the bailed-out mortgage lenders. Higher home prices should help the real estate market and homebuyers, too.
Posted In: mortgage, Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, home prices, Housing

Campaign ads crowd out local businesses on airwaves

Small businesses are seeing higher TV ad rates, fewer time slots in key swing states.
Posted In: ads, television

Disney offers made-to-order princess dolls

Girls aged 3 to 12 can now have their likeness photographed and molded into an actual princess figurine.
Posted In: disney

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