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Marketplace Morning Report for Friday May 2, 2014
May 2, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday May 2, 2014

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has decided to run two operations in parallel producing his new battery for a certain period, and then, and only then, choose between them. It's a new approach to the bidding process, and it sounds expensive. Plus, after a good 40-year run, the minibar is finally being phased out of hotels. Why are hotels taking our midnight pleasures away? And what are they replacing them with?

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The history of the marketing of Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2014
The day commemorates an obscure battle between Mexico and France.

Despite strong jobs report, wages still flat

May 2, 2014
The April jobs report shows stronger employment growth than economists expected.

Elon Musk, Tesla plan 'Gigafactory' site

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May 2, 2014
Tesla CEO needs one new mammoth battery plant, but will prepare for two.. or three.. or four.

Time to mourn the minibar

May 2, 2014
Today's hotel room is tomorrow's museum exhibit.

PODCAST: Strong jobs report undercut by shrinking labor force

May 2, 2014
The April jobs report shows strong growth. Tesla needs a new battery plant. And, the history of marketing of Cinco de Mayo.

Manufacturing -- grassroots style

May 2, 2014
An emerging grassroots style of making things that's about craftsmanship, tinkering and innovation.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has decided to run two operations in parallel producing his new battery for a certain period, and then, and only then, choose between them. It’s a new approach to the bidding process, and it sounds expensive. Plus, after a good 40-year run, the minibar is finally being phased out of hotels. Why are hotels taking our midnight pleasures away? And what are they replacing them with?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC