Marketplace for Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Gallup's latest polls show consumer confidence is up for this holiday season. NBC, Verizon and the NFL are joining forces to live-stream the Super Bowl. Comic writer, producer, and actress Mindy Kaling shares a tale about the holidays. A bunch of new companies want to help you make money off your social networks. What if beer were a commodity at the bar? The European Central Bank announced it has given about 490 billion euros in cheap loans to European banks. And we hear from one unemployed worker whose benefits are ending next month.

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Super Bowl XLVI goes mobile

Multi-viewing sports fans charge your gadgets. NBC, Verizon and the NFL are joining forces to live-stream the big game.
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Taking your friends and followers to the bank

A bunch of new companies want to help you make money off your social networks.
Posted In: Twitter, social network, advertisements

What if beer were a commodity at the bar?

The price of beer fluctuates with demand at The Big Board bar.
Posted In: beer, commodities

Ferry system cuts capacity because of passenger weight

The Washington State ferry system says it has to limit the number of passengers on board because the average passenger weight has increased -- by 25 pounds.
Posted In: obesity

Comic holiday relief: Why Christmas is a really big deal

Comic writer, producer, and actress Mindy Kaling shares a tale or two about the holidays.
Posted In: Comedians on the holidays

European Central Bank bails out Europe’s banks

The ECB has given about 490 billion euros in cheap loans to European banks, reflecting the crisis in Europe’s banking system.
Posted In: European Central Bank

Letters: North Korea after Kim Jong-Il, brown vs. green

Going over listeners' responses to past broadcasts. This week: The payroll tax cut's effect on small business owners, whether North Korea could become another China, and UPS' 'less brown' initiatives.
Posted In: letters

Attitude Check: Consumers spending more for Christmas

The latest data from Gallup show that people are feeling better about the economy this holiday season, but worse about the U.S. government.
Posted In: consumer confidence

What the end of jobless benefits means to one unemployed worker

Stephanie Elsenpeter has been unemployed for over a year. Her jobless benefits will run out in January. So what's she going to do?
Posted In: unemployment benefits

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