Apr 30, 2012

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This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building…

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The uneven manufacturing rebound

Apr 30, 2012
The nation's factories and plants have been churning out jobs pretty steadily since the recession ended. And this morning, we'll find out if that manufacturing rebound is still happening. Specifically, we're about to find out about regional manufacturing activity around…

Thinking about the eurozone as a bar

Apr 30, 2012
Academics find a useful way of describing what kind of crisis the eurozone is facing.

Google street view car collected private data

Apr 30, 2012
When it came out that Google was gathering data from people's wifi links as it cruised the streets mapping the neighborhood, Google blamed a lone engineer. The Federal Communications Commission has now looked into this and it wasn't just one…

Shutterfly to report earnings

Apr 30, 2012
We'll find out today how healthy the digital printer is -- so many people keep their photos in the cloud that digital printing companies like Shutterfly may be on the way out.

An unlikely partnership to build the e-textbook business

Apr 30, 2012
When you think ebooks, the iPad and the Kindle come to mind -- not Microsoft Windows. But Microsoft's been losing enough ground in tablets and e-readers that today it's decided to spend $300 million to invest in Barnes & Noble's…

PODCAST: Bill Gates goes back to school... kind of

Apr 30, 2012
This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building…
The new 'nook' digital reader is displayed at a launching October 20, 2009 in New York City.
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Can spying on workers be a good thing?

Apr 30, 2012
Do you work harder when someone is watching you? A company called Arrowsight that thinks you do. It's helping other companies install cameras in the workplace to make sure employees are doing their jobs correctly.

One World Trade Center to recapture the N.Y. skyline

Apr 30, 2012
One World Trade Center, under construction, could surpass the height of Empire State Building Monday, reclaiming skyline honors. Is downtown Manhattan back?

Japanese prime minister visits the U.S.

Apr 30, 2012
The Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihiko Noda, is in Washington today for meetings with President Obama. There are tensions over the U.S. military in Japan, but moves toward closer cooperation on energy and trade.

Weekend elections could shift focus in Europe

Apr 30, 2012
In a matter of days, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections: France is on the verge of electing a socialist as president and Greece may also shake up its leadership. But it's Spain…

Euro debt problems flare up in Spain

Apr 30, 2012
Spain has officially slipped back into recession and to make matters worse, Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the credit rating on 11 Spanish banks. That makes it harder for those banks to borrow money.

Soybean prices on the rise, could impact other food sources

Apr 30, 2012
The cost of soybeans is now hitting levels not seen just before the 2008 food crisis, and when this happens farmers switch to soybeans and away from rice -- that crucial staple of diets in so many parts of the…

Chinese demand for cotton could hit global prices

Apr 30, 2012
According to the Wall Street Journal, cotton has become part of the fabric of life in China -- the country has bought over a million tons of the fluffy white stuff in the last seven months.

Barnes & Noble teams up with Microsoft on Nook

Apr 30, 2012
We found out this morning that Microsoft is investing $300 million in Barnes & Noble's digital book business. Why would the sometime rivals decide to join together?

This week, two countries at the center of the European debt crisis will hold elections; and in some ways, the eurozone is a lot like a bar. In New York City, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in the city. And when can spying on workers actually be a good thing?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC