Marketplace for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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More dramatic developments in the scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch's media empire, as Murdoch's son James Murdoch quit as News International's executive chairman. There's been a slight thaw in the icy relations between the U.S. and North Korea as the government there agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons programs in return for the resumption of U.S. food aid. Our new Wealth and Poverty desk hears from two small-business owners who are doing relatively well compared to their fellow Americans. And a Silicon Valley start-up says it has  a new battery that could greatly increase the range of electric cars -- and cut their price.

New voters swinging Virginia from red to blue

When Barack Obama won Virginia in 2008, it was the first time a Democrat carried the traditionally GOP state in a presidential election since 1964. Thanks to an influx of new hip, young voters, the president could win Virginia again.
Posted In: 2012 election, Virginia, Barack Obama

James Murdoch resigns role at News International

James Murdoch has quit as Executive Chairman of News Corp’s British newspaper-publishing arm after allegations of malpractice by the publications.
Posted In: News Corp., James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch, Britain

Battery breakthrough may be electric car game changer

The cheaper and more powerful battery is still years away from vehicles.
Posted In: car, electric cars, battery

North Korea suspends nuclear programs for U.S. food aid

The agreement may have been less about food than a political move by North Korea's new young leader. But it does open the door for restarting multi-nation disarmament talks.
Posted In: North Korea, aid, nuclear

Voices of Wealth and Poverty: Better than Most

Jean Cotis and Rob Wininger both earn in the top 25 percent. They reflect on their economic choices and reasons for income disparity in the U.S.
Posted In: the wealthy, wealth gap, wealth

Leap Day: 1/366th of the economy

On the whole, the day might not add up to all that much for the economy. But how does it affect the individual?
Posted In: Leap Day

Ode to the 'Start button'

Microsoft's iconic workhorse is gone from the latest version of Windows.
Posted In: windows 8, computers, start button, windows, Microsoft

J.P. Morgan profits despite its depositors

J.P. Morgan Chase is posting record profits and opening hundreds of new branches. But most depositors don’t make the bank any money at all.
Posted In: bank, JPMorgan, Chase, banking

Online review site Yelp preps for IPO

Yelp, the website that offers up user reviews for everything from restaurants and bars to barbershops will soon get its own review of a different and perhaps much harsher kind.
Posted In: Yelp, IPO

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I'm A Believer (Single Version)
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Daydream Believer
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