Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The news that Google was looking into buying Internet deal site Groupon for a few billion dollars has brought this online social networking trend into the mainstream light. But will these coupon sites be merely a passing fad?

The European Central Bank is taking actions to stop the growing debt crisis in Europe. We've heard about countries like Ireland and Portugal, but could economies be worsening in countries like Belgium and Italy as well?

First it was Wikileaks and the diplomats. Now Wall Street banks will get their day in the sun. The Federal Reserve will release the names of all the institutions that were loaned money during the financial crisis.

No one's expecting earth shaking news out of the UN Climate Conference in Cancun. But in other global climate news, a major economic power wants to back out of the world's only legally binding climate change treaty.

For years, U.S. companies have complained the Chinese government looks the other way when vendors pirate American goods. But now, Beijing has unveiled details about a new crackdown on intellectual property theft.

The Preakness, the second race in the Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing, has been put on hold for next year. The tracks that host the races say they can't afford it.

The bare-bones health coverage known as mini-med plans will disappear once health reform kicks in in 2014. In the meantime, Congress will be looking into whether these plans are inadequate.

While big policymakers in the U.N. consider climate change resolutions at the summit in Cancun, some communities back here in the U.S. are tackling environmental problems on their own. Even if they don't consider it that way.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Carry Out (feat. Justin Timberlake) -- Timbaland Buy
  • Selfish [Explicit] -- Slum Village Featuring Kanye West & John Legend Buy
  • Fear Of The South -- Tin Hat Trio Buy
  • Athene -- Hercules And Love Affair Buy
  • Aladdin's Story -- Death In Vegas Buy

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