Marketplace for Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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New housing starts are down in January, but up year-to-year. We examine the mortgage factor – what role strict lending standards and rising rates have on buyers. Also, consumer debt is up, particularly among people with lower incomes and young adults. The economy depends on people borrowing and spending more, but this might not be a great sign -- we ask whether people are getting over-extended once again. Finally, Netflix seems to be slowing down. Why? Because the people who provide the pipes that Netflix streams through for free want Netflix to pay for that privilege. This flies in the face of net neutrality rulings, but the fact is that other big web firms do pay a premium for faster service.
Posted In: Facebook, Viber, messaging, Snapchat
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Posted In: ukraine, European Union, sanctions
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Posted In: mortgage
Why new housing starts are down in January – though up year-to-year.
Posted In: toys, action figures
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Posted In: workplace culture, job search
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