Business at a glance

Workers with the union 32BJ, many of them airline cabin cleaners, terminal cleaners and wheelchair attendants, participate in a class on how to better protect themselves from infectious diseases in the wake of increased concerns around the Ebola virus in

How to stop your people from freaking out about Ebola

Oct 17, 2014
Nearly half of Americans are “very" or "somewhat" concerned they'll contract Ebola
Posted In: Ebola training, corporate, Ebola
Customers exit a Starbucks location in New York, U.S.

Free Starbucks for life?

Oct 17, 2014
If you only plan on living another 30 years.
Posted In: starbucks, coffee, sweepsteaks
A man stands next to a window at the Google Inc. office in Washington, D.C., U.S.

Google's PAC spends in search of political influence

Oct 17, 2014
Google's Political Action Committee has spent $1.43 million on political donations so far this year, more than Goldman Sachs. Why is the tech giant shelling out and where does the money go?
Posted In: Google, political donations, Goldman Sachs

Brunch: HBO going rogue, markets swinging, frozen eggs

Oct 17, 2014
Market volatility, HBO going rogue, and companies freezing female employee's eggs.
Posted In: Facebook, NYSE, HBO

Citrus greening is hurting orange growers in Florida

Oct 17, 2014
The disease has no cure, and production is down in some Florida groves.
Posted In: citrus, crop, farming, Florida
Rows of Amazon employees send out packages in Germany during the holiday season. The retail giant announced seasonal hiring will increase 14 percent this year at its growing distribution centers.

Holiday hiring is a path to permanent jobs, for a few

Oct 16, 2014
Retailers are adding a lot of temps, but what's the long-term employment benefit?
Posted In: Amazon, seasonal hiring, employment, holiday workers
Left, Apple CEO Tim Cook greets the crowd with U2 singer Bono, right, during an Apple announcement event in September. iTunes sent every user a free, automatic download of the band's new album "Songs of Innocence."

Bono apologizes for free iTunes album

Oct 16, 2014
Automatic download of newest U2 album "Songs of Innocence" angered some users
Posted In: itunes, bono, Music
Chartbeat.com offers real-time analytics for publishers and media content creators.

Advertisers can now tell if we're paying attention

Oct 16, 2014
New metrics can measure whether we are looking at and engaging with online ads.
Posted In: advertising, marketing, online advertising
A building permit sign hangs on a fence in Des Plaines, Illinois. Years after the recession, the home-building industry is finally starting to look up.

For homebuilders, things are looking up...just a bit

Oct 16, 2014
People are starting to buy homes again but challenges like tight credit remain.
Posted In: housing crisis, housing market, home buying, construction

HBO is cutting the cord. Will cable survive?

Oct 15, 2014
Marketplace Tech's Ben Johnson says cable's days may be numbered
Posted In: HBO, cable TV, television
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