Marketplace for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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Hostess, maker of Twinkies, has won court approval to wind down. More and more companies are switching from Blackberry to iPhones and other Apple products. The Texas A&M football team has been wildly successful and it’s got others looking to cash in on the glory. Some video game companies are using the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise millions of dollars, but there is no guarantee that people will get the video games they want. We hear about whether federal insurance money should go to people whose houses have been repeatedly destroyed by natural disasters. And we ask a plumber if Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for the industry.

Moral hazard: Should taxpayers have to bail out disaster-prone regions?

When a hurricane costs billions to clean up, who should foot the bill?
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, flood insurance

With Kickstarter, gamers take control

Video game producers are turning to the crowd-funding site Kickstarter to fund their projects. And people are forking over the big bucks with no guarantee they'll actually get their hands on the video game.
Posted In: kickstarter, video games

Hostess closes, liquidators poised to move in

Hostess, maker of Twinkies, won court approval to wind down. Who will sell of its brands and factories? Companies called liquidators.
Posted In: Hostess, Twinkies

'Johnny Football' name sparks off-field battle

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is a national phenom, but his "Johnny Football" nickname has sparked a legal battle over naming rights.
Posted In: business of sports, Sports, college sports, college football, Johnny Football, NCAA

Plumbers get ready for a busy Thanksgiving

Many Americans get the day off for Thanksgiving. But you know who's going to be really busy? Your friendly neighborhood plumber.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, plumber

Another big customer gives up Blackberry

The National Transportation Safety Board is following the lead of other agencies in replacing Blackberries with iPhones. Its original advantage -- security -- isn't as valued as smartphones' features.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion

The oil boom: Making a living off the workers

In any mining boom, some people are there to work in it, others are there to supply them. Need a knife in Williston, N.D.? Talk to Bobcat John.
Posted In: North Dakota, Oil, Black Gold Boom

Man arrested for ID theft of most of Greek population

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the Greeks.
Posted In: Greece, identity theft

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Covered In Grace
French Wives
Second Chance (Album Version)
Peter Bjorn And John
Sunday (Instrumental)
9th Wonder
Direction
Sackcloth Fashion
Father And Son
Apollo Brown

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