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Playlist: AOL, Huffington Post, and Timothy Geithner

Katharine Crnko Feb 7, 2011

Posted by Katharine Crnko

For Marketplace Morning Report, Monday February 7, 2011

AOL’s still looking to shake its dial-up image from the nineties and move into 2011. The company hopes the purchase of The Huffington Post — and its new network of hyper-local news sites — will help the company into the realm of media and entertainment.

Federal rules would pay top earners over several years, so pay could be held back if deals eventually go bad.

Egypt’s banks have opened after a week of closures. But Egypt still faces massive poverty, rising food prices, and high unemployment. The same troubles are present in Tunisia — where a new transitional government is working to address the country’s serious economic problems. From Tunisia, Sabri Ben-Achour reports.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner visits Sao Paulo on a mission: to convince Brazil’s new government to work with the U.S. to change China’s trade policy, as the BBC’s Paulo Cabral explains.

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s new immigration rules could cap the number of people from outside Europe who can settle in the country, but the Financial Times newspaper reports the rules could also create a fast track for wealthy immigrants to move to the U.K. Christopher Werth has more.

President Ronald Reagan’s economic legacy was built on lower taxes and smaller government spending — the foundation of Republican ideals today. On what would’ve been Reagan’s 100th birthday, Steve Chiotakis speaks with Fortune magazine’s Allan Sloan about Reaganomics and the former president’s impact on today’s economic climate.

AOL announced this morning its $315 million purchase of the left-leaning news site The Huffington Post. Jeremy Hobson speaks with Henry Blodget, CEO of Business Insider, about what this buyout means for AOL, The Huffington Post, and their future together.

Ad campaigns have their own campaigns as even TV commercials have previews, to build their audience.

It was a mixed bag from the Labor Department this morning. January showed a major drop in unemployment — down to 9 percent — but the economy only created 36,000 jobs.

Jeremy Hobson speaks with Julia Coronado at BNP Paribas about Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s visit to Brazil, and why the Brazilian economy is so important to the United States.

Here are the songs we played:

  • Pretend It’s A Race and I’m on Your Side — James FigurineBuy
  • Absence Heard Presence Felt — Quantic
  • Choking You — Prefuse 73 Buy
  • Spreadin’ Honey — Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd StBuy
  • Sublime — Supreme Beings of LeisureBuy

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