Marketplace for Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Online networks like Hulu are trying to compete with traditional networks for advertising. Europe's austerity economics is plunging the continent into recession, and commentator Robert Reich says the U.S. isn't far behind. Mastercard reported a 25 percent increase in first quarter profits. Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez about Facebook's upcoming road show and about to "sell" a company ahead of an IPO. And on the latest installment of Freakonomics radio, the hidden side of flowers as gifts.  

Don't buy your mom fresh flowers

As Mother's Day approaches, it's time to consider the hidden side of fresh flowers, and the carbon footprint they leave behind.
Posted In: carbon footprint, flowers

Should U.S. fear austerity?

Commentator Robert Reich says new recession could follow if the U.S. adopts Europe's deep cuts in government spending.
Posted In: austerity, government spending

What money can't buy

Author Michael Sandel discusses what money shouldn't buy and the ethics of commodification.
Posted In: Money, dollars, commodification, values, cash

Europe's debt crisis affects jobs, manufacturing

For many Europeans, the effects of the debt crisis are felt very close to home -- with unemployment soaring and manufacturing suffering.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis

MasterCard profit soars on rising transactions

MasterCard reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly profit after the biggest jump in card swipes -- to 7.7 billion -- since the company went public in 2006.
Posted In: mastercard

Facebook set to go on an IPO roadshow

In anticipation of its IPO, Facebook will be going on the road to pitch itself to mutual funds and investors. What happens in these presentations?
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

Online TV grabs for ad dollars

Online giants like Yahoo, YouTube and Hulu create original programs to lure advertising dollars away from traditional television.
Posted In: digital, advertising, online advertising, upfronts

Los Angeles Dodgers gets new owners

At a press conference today, the new owners took a big first step at making amends for what was generally regarded as a disastrous tenure by the much-disliked Frank McCourt.
Posted In: Dodgers

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Sound The Alarm
Thievery Corporation
Beach House
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich
Lady Gaga
I'll Always Love My Mama
The Intruders

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