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Marketplace for Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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The College Board announced today that it's redesigning the SAT again to better meet the needs of today's students. Several Budweiser drinkers have filed a class action suit because they feel the company's watered down its product so much that the labels are misleading. Apple agreed to settle a lawsuit today brought by angry parents whose kids racked up big bills on iTunes. Mark Garrison examines what taxpayers awaiting their refund from the IRS will face this year, after the fiscal cliff delays and with the impending sequester cuts. a double whammy. And we hear about the racial wealth gap in the United States, and why it's tripled in the past 25 years.

How food companies keep us coming back for more

What makes the food we crave so delicious? The simple and yet so complex combination of salt, sugar and fat, says a new book by Michael Moss.
Posted In: Food

Wealth gap grows between black and white in U.S.

The racial wealth gap in the United States has tripled in the past 25 years.
Posted In: race, African American, wealth gap

Sequester threatens to delay tax refunds

Taxpayers face a double whammy thanks to the sequester. The budget cuts could delay IRS refunds. That's after the fiscal cliff debate delayed the start of filing season.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration, fiscal cliff, tax refund

In Kenya, increasing interest in data mining

The growth of Kenya's increasingly-affluent middle class has brought a consumer explosion. Now there's mounting international interest in mining that data to improve businesses' profitability.
Posted In: data mining, Africa, Kenya

Budweiser accused of selling watery beer

Consumer lawsuits say Budweiser and other beers bought by the Belgian brewer InBev don't contain the full 5 percent alcohol claimed on their bottles.
Posted In: Budweiser, beer

No app for that: Apple to settle iTunes lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay some $100 million to settle charges it improperly charged children for iTunes purchases. The payment: mostly iTunes gift cards.
Posted In: itunes, apple, apps

The SAT gets a makeover

The country's best-known standardized test is remaking itself once again as it comes under pressure from colleges and competitors.
Posted In: college, SAT

CEO Jamie Dimon: JPMorgan 'benefits from downturns'

Things that kill mere mortals only make JPMorgan Chase stronger.
Posted In: Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan

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Counseling (Instrumental)
RJD2
Motion Sickness
Hot Chip
Morning Strut
Mux Mool
I Need A Dollar
Aloe Blacc
Wide Eyes
Local Natives