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India's digital divide may be shrinking

Mar 22, 2005
Dell computer says it'll hire another 1300 customer service reps for a call center in India. India's recent advancement in I-T seems a little out of sync with the fact that only 14 of every thousand people own a computer.As Miranda Kennedy reports from New Delhi, bridging the digital divide is a top priority. Also, commentator Tom Standage says the Digital Solidarity Fund is another top-down strategy that likely won't work.
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Roll of the dice: Las Vegas invades China?

Mar 18, 2005
Vegas in China? Casino operator Las Vegas Sands is joining forces with several hotel chains, including Marriott, Hilton, and Four Seasons to create a Vegas-style strip in the Chinese island. Host Cheryl Glaser discusses the $16 billion project with Financial Times reporter Amy Yee.
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Making it in Iraq: a changing financial picture

Mar 18, 2005
For many Iraqis, the toppling of Saddam Hussein's government hasn't yielded the economic benefits that were promised.Water and electricity are still sporadic. Unemployment is high. But some Iraqis have figured out ways to make a profit from the U.S. invasion.Others are making just enough to squeak by. As Marketplace's Borzou Daragahi reports, the financial picture changes depending on where you're looking.
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Life after two years of war in Iraq

Mar 18, 2005
Sunday marks the second anniversary of the start of the war on Iraq. For ordinary Iraqis, the war has meant dramatic changes... Both in their personal and economic lives. Borzou Daragahi reports from Baghdad.
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Stigma and AIDS, for Africa's women

Mar 17, 2005
Annie Lennox and the surviving members of Queen are among the names on the all-star lineup. It's a concert this Saturday in South Africa. Sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The object is to raise money for the many women struggling with AIDS. On the African continent, women suffer the brunt of the pandemic. But getting women to ask for treatment is difficult. Stigma is still a huge issue. From Botswana, Gretchen Wilson reports on how they've turned a challenge...into a competition.
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Brazil pushes genetically modified seeds for farmers

Mar 16, 2005
In the next couple of weeks Brazil is expected to do something few thought it ever would. Its expected to give the ok to genetically modified seeds. This means Brazilian farmers would spend less on pesticides... grow more crops per acre... and perhaps be a more formidable competitor to American farmers. So why are some U.S. farmers embracing the change in Brazil? From the Marketplace Americas Desk at WLRN, Dan Gretch reports.
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UK plans 50 year bond. Will U.S. follow suit?

Mar 16, 2005
Would you be willing to lend some cash, for say, 50 years? If so, the British government would like to hear from you. Today the UK's finance chief announced plans for a fifty-year bond. These long-term borrowings are fast becoming a must-have accessory for European governments. And with America's budget deficit, you've got to wonder whether the idea might have some appeal on this side of the Atlantic. Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.
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Soccer dream team Real Madrid kicks short

Mar 15, 2005
$250 million. That's how much it cost to assemble the greatest team in the history of soccer. After all, when you sign players like David Beckham, what do you expect? More than two straight losing seasons, that's for sure. The president of Spain's star-studded soccer team is ready for a change. Real Madrid will sell off the marquee talent and put the money into making a winner. Marketplace's European Bureau Chief Steven Beard reports.
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India's call centers battle burnout

Mar 15, 2005
Feel overworked and stressed out? Angry at your employer, perhaps? If so, you fit the profile. There's a new study out today from the Families and Work Institute. They surveyed workers in the U.S. Survey says? About a third feel overworked. Nearly a quarter of them are also clinically depressed. As more American jobs are outsourced, companies may be spreading something else. From New Delhi, Miranda Kennedy reports on a growing burnout factor.
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China's Lenovo ... wants to know you

Mar 14, 2005
IBM today said it's agreed to an Ascential acquistion. The acquisition is the 40th in the past ten years by IBM's software group. And it burns up just over $1 billion. There's a certain symmetry here. Its almost as much as what IBM sold its PC business for a few weeks ago. The buyer: a Chinese company called Lenovo. You may not have heard of them. But as Jocelyn Ford reports, those folks at Lenovo have been hearing a lot about you.
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