Dec 22, 2006

Marketplace AM for December 22, 2006

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Sony BMG settles anti-piracy suits

Dec 22, 2006
Last year Sony BMG admitted to loading its CDs with spyware that infected users' computers. This year it announced it will pay $4.25 million to settle lawsuits with 39 states.

Russia turns its sights on BP

Dec 22, 2006
Shell finally caved yesterday and agreed to sell its controlling stake in a Russian oil and gas project to the state-run oil company Gazprom. Now the Kremlin is turning up the heat on BP. Stephen Beard reports.

Online holiday sales 'utterly exploding'

Dec 22, 2006
Holiday shoppers are turning to the convenience of the Internet for their gift-buying needs this season. Online sales are up 25% over last year, Hillary Wicai reports.

Patents get harder to come by

Dec 22, 2006
The U.S. patent office had a record-breaking 2006. It approved the lowest number of patents in recorded history — and the number could continue to shrink. Janet Babin explains.

Arizona welcomes population growth

Dec 22, 2006
Census Bureau figures out today show that Arizona has surpassed Nevada as the fastest-growing state — but some say it would benefit from an even greater population boom. Annie Baxter reports.

Is Tiger bad for golf?

Dec 22, 2006
As Tiger Woods continues to rake in huge endorsement deals, business of sports commentator Diana Nyad says that's good for Tiger, but Tiger isn't necessarily good for golf.

Mesa Air teams with Chinese carrier

Dec 22, 2006
The Phoenix-based regional carrier Mesa airlines is going into business with the China's Shenzhen Airlines in a deal that should benefit both sides. And just in time for the Beijing Olympics in '08.

Hunting for oil

Dec 22, 2006
Western oil companies are finding it more and more difficult to find — or gain access to — new oil and gas resources. Amy Scott explains.

Job Files: Santa

Dec 22, 2006
In this special holiday installment, we take you to the North Pole to meet you know who . . .

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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