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McDonald's tries to help employees budget

Jul 16, 2013
McDonald's teamed up with Visa to create an online budget guide assisting employees with money management.
Posted In: McDonald's, family budget, minimum wage

A look at the 'Hyperloop,' and other off-beat inventions in history

Jul 16, 2013
Tesla's Elon Musk hopes to revolutionize transportation with a combination railgun, air hockey table and Concorde. What can he learn from past inventions?
Posted In: inventions, Elon Musk

Resting face makeover: Plastic surgeons weigh in on a mocking viral video

Jul 16, 2013
A mock video highlighting a condition where women look mean or unpleasant when their face is at its natural, resting state has struck a chord with the public.
Posted In: expressions, plastic surgery, surgery

What's in a name? For Harry Potter author, everything

Jul 15, 2013
J.K. Rowling revealed as the real pen behind non-Blockbuster, non-Harry Potter book.
Posted In: harry potter, J.K. Rowling

ICYMI: The history of the Wall Street bull and other stories you shouldn't miss

Jul 15, 2013
Some of the Marketplace's most noteworthy stories from the past week.
Posted In: ICYMI

The numbers for July 15, 2013: Numbers on the 1's


China's GDP growth slowed in the second quarter of 2013 -- to 7.5 percent, China's weakest rate since 1991. (Marketplace)

As in Philanthropy 101. Warren Buffett makes an appearance teaching an online course in charitable giving. As a teaching tool, Warren's family has chipped in $100,000 in real money for the class of 4,000 students to give away. (AP)


The mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania's capital city, has installed a giant video screen to display the happiness level of residents on a scale of 1-10, a "Happiness Barometer". Just one concern: recent polling of happiness in 58 countries shows Lithuania practically dead last. (Reuters)

No. 1

Just after it was discovered that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling used a pseudonym to publish "The Cuckoo's Calling", the book shot up to the number one spot on Amazon and is now back ordered for 10-14 days. (Publisher's Weekly)

Jul 15, 2013

Netflix confirms it wants more 'Arrested Development'

Jul 12, 2013
Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos talks about the possibility of a fifth season for "Arrested Development."
Posted In: netflix, Arrested Development, streaming video

Marketplace's at-bat playlist: We're in the money?

Jul 12, 2013
With Major League Baseball's All-Star Weekend upon us, we want to hear what would get people pumped up at the plate.
Posted In: baseball, MLB, Music

The numbers for July 12, 2013: Bad movies by numbers


Adam Sandler's new movie "Grown Ups 2" scored an amazing 7 percent on the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. Even the rare positive review is cold comfort. The best the Detroit News could muster: "Friendship, family and breasts: Sometimes that's all you need." Ouch. We'll see what happens at the box office. (Rotten Tomatoes)

1 million

If you were on Twitter last night, you could be forgiven for believing everybody and their mother was watching "Sharknado" on the Syfy channel. Not so, according to the overnight Nielsen ratings. In fact, only 1 million people tuned in, despite the social media hullabaloo. (LAT)


This one's real, though it sounds like a movie. Russia's Federal Guard Service, an agency which protects high ranking officials, is buying typewriters -- 20 Triumph Adlers -- in order to protect against cyber espionage. (The Guardian)

Jul 12, 2013

Sharknado 2? More like Snakes on a Plane

Jul 12, 2013
Syfy's 'Sharknado' made a splash on Twitter Thursday night, even actress Mia Farrow joined in. But when looking at the numbers the day after, the social media attention wasn't reflected in TV viewership.
Posted In: television, Twitter, movies



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