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.
Posted In: Google, apple, Silicon Valley
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: guns, gun buyback, los angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa
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: fiscal cliff, starbucks
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.