Feb 2, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Facebook's initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don't typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!

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How Facebook could grow its business

Feb 2, 2012
Now that it has gone public, will Facebook start buying up other startups to grow?

Facebook mulls its China strategy

Feb 2, 2012
China is a huge potential market for Facebook but to get in the company may have to modify its uncensored software.

Congress considers rules about child labor on farms

Feb 2, 2012
The government was set to impose new rules limiting the work kids are allowed to do on farms, but those rules are being reconsidered after an outcry from farmers.

Why Facebook is going public now

Feb 2, 2012
Economist Diane Swonk discusses what is it about a strong market that makes it good for a company, like Facebook, to go public.

Facebook to face more regulation

Feb 2, 2012
Becoming a public company also means Facebook will be facing more scrutiny, from investors, sure -- but also from government regulators.

High-tech farm investment unphased by election

Feb 2, 2012
Farmers in the Midwest hardly notice it's an election year. When times are good, as they are now in Nebraska, farmers make high-priced investments in hopes of more profitable crops next year.

What the Facebook IPO reveals to us

Feb 2, 2012
As part of the required government filing that goes along with an initial public offering, the social networking giant had to expose a lot about itself.

Australian boss shares fortune from company sale

Feb 2, 2012
A bus company in Australia recently sold his company, and decided to share the profit with with 1,800 staff members.

Challenger: Planned layoffs reach four month high

Feb 2, 2012
According to early numbers out ahead of official unemployment figures from the government out tomorrow, planned layoffs went up in January -- but that is actually fairly typical.

Indiana becomes right-to-work state

Feb 2, 2012
The new law means workers can't be forced to join a union in order to get or keep a job. Proponents say it'll bring more jobs into the state; opponents say it could lead to a decline in working conditions.

PODCAST: Facing the Facebook IPO, changing labor laws

Feb 2, 2012
Facebook's initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don't typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!
A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters on February 1, 2012 in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook filed paperwork for its IPO late yesterday.
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Mid-day Extra: Laws schools sued over job placement numbers

Feb 2, 2012
A number of law schools across the country are being sued by former students who claim they inflated the numbers on post-graduate job placement.

Attitude Check: Obama's plan to grow jobs in 2012

Feb 2, 2012
Gallup data shows the employment picture is improving slightly, and that many Americans support President Obama's plan to create tax breaks that bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

Facebook’s initial public offering means that the general public now knows more about the company than it did yesterday. In Nebraska, farmers don’t typically save, but instead invest back into their farm, with more land or new equipment. Happy Groundhog Day!

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC