Marketplace for Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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We love zombies as much as the next show, but zombie inflation? In February, we declared inflation dead after years of easy monetary policy and negligible consumer price increases. Today, as the Federal Reserve concludes another meeting likely to keep inflation six feet under, we ask is it time to bring inflation back from the dead? Plus, more haunting news, Freakonomics Radio stops by to tell us how your advanced degree may be hurting your chances at a job. Over in China, a different version of Iron Man 3, catered to Chinese audiences, is set to release. What does that say about the Chinese film industry?

Chairman of Ford Motor Company on why he wants to sell fewer cars

Bill Ford says he hopes his company will help develop public transportation in urban areas and get rid of the gridlock.
Posted In: Auto, Ford, Transportation

Data is the economy's new oil

Consumer data is becoming a commodity like oil and, like oil, it needs refineries so that companies can profit from it. Meet the data analytics industry.
Posted In: big data, data, consumer data

Report estimates 260,000 died in Somalia famine

Critics have blamed the U.N. for not reacting faster to the 2011 famine in Somalia because the international community feared that relief would be confiscated by Islamic militants.
Posted In: Somalia, famine, draught, UN

New study details the costs and benefits of Medicaid

In Oregon, researchers followed 10,000 new enrollees in Medicaid. They used more health care services, but had more to spend on other necessities.
Posted In: health care, medicaid

A whole different 'Iron Man' for the Chinese market

Disney is releasing two distinct versions of "Iron Man 3" this week: The international version and the Chinese version. How is Hollywood tailoring movies for the growing Chinese audience?
Posted In: Entertainment, film, China

Should we bring inflation back from the dead?

In February, we declared inflation dead after years of easy monetary policy and negligible consumer price increases. As the Federal Reserve concludes yet another meeting to keep inflation six feet under, we ask if it's time to bring inflation back from the dead.
Posted In: inflation

It's crowded at the top: Freakonomics Radio

The hidden side the unemployment numbers? Folks with advanced degrees are climbing down the ladder.
Posted In: Education, Unemployment, Jobs

To financial advisory firms: A list of words to avoid on Twitter

Putnam Investments says certain words used on social media can trigger regulatory scrutiny.
Posted In: Twitter, social media

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Love Jones
J Dilla
Sunday (Instrumental)
9th Wonder
Harps
The Sea and Cake
Mathematics [Explicit]
Mos Def