Marketplace for Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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The good news was the deficit is shrinking, but some think it's bad news and the deficit is shrinking “too” fast. How can that be? On television, the sitcom "The Office" ends this week. What happens at the end of a show's life and how can it live on? Overseas, France just entered a double dip recession which goes to show Europe is still struggling to find the fix for its economic woes.

Agriculture Secretary keeps eye on farm bill, organic farming

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hopes organic farming will help financially strapped small-scale farmers.
Posted In: farm bill, Agriculture, farming, Organic farming

Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller resigns

Acting IRS commissioner Steven Miller has resigned from his position, President Barack Obama announced Wednesday.
Posted In: IRS, Steven Miller

In France, an encore for recession

France today entered a double-dip recession. It depends on exports to Italy and Spain and they, like many eurozone nations, are still feeling the pinch. Europe's slump is dragging down the global economy.
Posted In: France, Eurozone, recession
Outside view of the Sony headquarters building in Tokyo.

How not to take over a company like Sony

If the history of foreign investor activism in Japan is any indication, the outlook for hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is not too loving.
Posted In: takeover, Sony, Japan

How a dead TV show like 'The Office' can live on

A look at the afterlife of a sitcom like "The Office," which ends this Thursday night. Can anything be gained from internet royalties and syndication?
Posted In: television, the office, syndication

Rep. Dave Camp prepares to grill IRS over 501(c)(4)s

As the House prepares to scrutinize the IRS over its targeting of conservative social welfare groups, the Ways and Means chair wants answers.
Posted In: IRS

The incredible shrinking budget deficit

The Congressional Budget Office reports that this year's federal budget will be the smallest in years -- but don't uncork the champagne yet.
Posted In: budget, budget deficit

The life of an online professor

For the growing number of professors teaching Massive Open Online Courses, it means a lot of work, and sometimes stardom, too.
Posted In: moocs, online education

Google speaks up on desktops and laptops

Google unveiled the next step in voice recognition technology today at its developers' conference. The race is on for computers to really understand us.
Posted In: Google, siri

Angry Birds coming to a theater near you

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Rovio are gonna team up for a full-length animated 3-D version of the game.
Posted In: angry birds, movies, rovio

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What's Crazy (Instrumental)
Gold On The Ceiling
The Black Keys
Tin Flower

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