Marketplace for Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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In what would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, Shuanghui  is proposing to buy Smithfield, a giant pork producer. What’s in it for each side? On the web, Facebook has gotten slack for putting offensive content next to advertisements. Is this the peril of targeting advertising? Plus, Freakonomics is back. Up this time? Driverless cars.

Liberty Reserve seizure creates problems for online businesses

The Justice Department shut down online currency exchange, Liberty Reserve. For one business, that could mean bad news.
Posted In: liberty reserve, online, online payments

Can Lisa Jackson improve Apple's green reputation?

Apple has picked the former EPA chief to head environmental efforts. But will it work?
Posted In: apple, green, EPA

Did targeted advertising fail Facebook advertisers?

Facebook apologizes for offensive content and advertisers have pulled out. How can advertisers really know where their ads are going?
Posted In: Facebook, advertising, online advertising

A pork-filled deal between Smithfield and Shuanghui, but who wins?

In what would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, Shuanghui proposes a $4.7 billion purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer.
Posted In: pork, China, meat, Mergers and Acquisitions

Can HR snoop too much on social media sites?

Employers often search social media sites to learn more about job applicants. But some companies prefer to avert their eyes.
Posted In: social media, employers, human resources, office

Freakonomics Radio: Baby, you can program my (driverless) car

Freakonomics takes a ride in a driverless car and looks at how they'll change technology on the outside.
Posted In: auto industry, Tech, driverless cars

Sequester cuts weigh on Head Start programs

Cuts to government-funded child development programs leave parents scrambling to find child care.
Posted In: sequester, Education, head start, childcare

Soon, an app to tell you when your microwave popcorn is ready

It'll listen to the bag popping in the microwave and algorithmically tell you exactly when to take it out.
Posted In: popcorn, food and drink

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