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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 31, 2014
Jan 31, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, January 31, 2014

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Police presence is ramping up before disputed elections in Thailand on Sunday. The government wants to go to the polls anyway despite huge anti-government protests that have been going on since November, while protesters have been taking over polling stations. The unrest is rippling through Thailand's economy, especially tourism -- a big moneymaker for the country. Tax season is upon us. Today is the first day you can file, electronically, or on paper. But is anyone out there eager to fill out all that paperwork? We wanted to know who files first, and why? And, when people talk about Silicon Valley or venture capitalism a question that gets raised a lot is "are we in a bubble"? Traditionally, that means investors are paying more for a company than it's intrinsically worth. One VC says we're in a bubble, but those crazy prices are worth it.

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Advice for Janet Yellen

Jan 31, 2014
We wondered what sort of advice people -- not just those who know the Fed but regular folks, too -- might have for Janet Yellen, as she becomes the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve.

Where is Microsoft going next?

Jan 31, 2014
There’s a lot of chatter out there about who will be named as Microsoft’s next CEO. And there’s questions swirling about whether Bill Gates will step down as board chair.

Marijuana advocates use Super Bowl as advocacy tool

Jan 31, 2014
Both teams in Sunday’s game are from states where marijuana is legal.

Unrest imperils Thailand's economy

Jan 31, 2014
Protesters in Thailand have been taking over polling stations ahead of Sunday's elections.

We're in a valuation bubble. It's cool!

Jan 31, 2014
Venture capitalist Jalak Jobanputra says Silicon Valley is in a bubble, but that those inflated company values are accurate.

PODCAST: Who will lead Microsoft?

Jan 31, 2014
There’s a lot of chatter out there about who will be named as Microsoft’s next CEO. We wondered what sort of advice people -- not just those who know the Fed but regular folks, too -- might have for Janet Yellen, as she becomes the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. And, this weekend's game is a big opportunity for the pro-pot faction.

Police presence is ramping up before disputed elections in Thailand on Sunday. The government wants to go to the polls anyway despite huge anti-government protests that have been going on since November, while protesters have been taking over polling stations. The unrest is rippling through Thailand’s economy, especially tourism — a big moneymaker for the country. Tax season is upon us. Today is the first day you can file, electronically, or on paper. But is anyone out there eager to fill out all that paperwork? We wanted to know who files first, and why? And, when people talk about Silicon Valley or venture capitalism a question that gets raised a lot is “are we in a bubble”? Traditionally, that means investors are paying more for a company than it’s intrinsically worth. One VC says we’re in a bubble, but those crazy prices are worth it.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC