Marketplace for Wednesday, December 26, 2012

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Jeremy Hobson goes to the gun buyback event in downtown L.A. to talk to Mayor Villaraigosa about how to keep firearms off L.A.’s streets. Meanwhile, Stephen Beard reports on what gun control looks like in Europe. The housing market in the U.S. continues to rise, but one state -- Michigan -- has missed out on home price gains. We take a look at the private transportation system in Silicon Valley. Dan Bobkoff explores what happens when competitive companies -- like Netflix and Amazon -- have to depend on each other. And Freakonomics Radio's Stephen Dubner talks about the best way to motivate your employees to be more productive.

Netflix, Amazon typify corporate 'coopetition'

Whether it’s Netflix and Amazon, or Apple and Google, companies that start off cooperating can turn into fierce competitors.
Posted In: Amazon, netflix

Another Silicon Valley perk -- free shuttle service

Silicon Valley tech companies are known for their posh employee benefits. Among the latest, free shuttle bus service from SF to the Valley is transforming life for tech commuters.
Posted In: Google, apple, Silicon Valley

How much does a good boss really matter?

It’s harder than you’d think to measure the value of a boss. But some enterprising economists have done just that -- and the news is good.
Posted In: freakonomics, bosses, workplace

Gun buyback program underway in Los Angeles

Angelenos traded in automatic weapons and handguns in exchange for $100-$200 grocery gift cards at a buyback event. The mayor says they've picked up over 10,000 weapons. But gun owners aren't giving up all their firearms.
Posted In: guns, gun buyback, los angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa

Chicago lags in U.S. housing recovery

The latest figures on the U.S. housing market show a turnaround is taking hold. But Chicago is a stubborn outlier on the road to recovery.
Posted In: Housing, housing market, Chicago

In U.K., a different kind of gun control

A look at Europe's gun laws, which are much stricter than in the U.S.
Posted In: guns, gun control

Starbucks wants Congress to 'come together' on fiscal cliff

The company is asking its employees in the Washington, D.C., area to write the words 'come together' on people's coffee cups, apparently in reference to the fiscal cliff talks.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, starbucks

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Just What I Am [Explicit]
Kid Cudi
Super Rich Kids [feat. Earl Sweatshirt] [Explicit]
Frank Ocean
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Vampire Weekend
Golden Brown
The Stranglers

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