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Jan 19, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, January 19, 2012

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Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?

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Are classrooms prepared for e-textbooks?

Jan 19, 2012
Apple is expected to announce its entry into the world of e-textbooks. But how have digital textbooks fared in the classroom so far?

Mid-day Extra: Rupert Murdoch pays up

Jan 19, 2012
Rupert Murdoch's News International is paying up again over the phone-hacking scandal.

Europeans differ on the euro’s desirability

Jan 19, 2012
The euro has much support in beleaguered Greece and Italy, but in Germany -- the eurozone’s strongest economy -- many wonder if it’s worth the cost.

PODCAST: Low-tech piracy, one small leap second

Jan 19, 2012
Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?
The euro has much support in beleaguered Greece and Italy, but in Germany -- the eurozone’s strongest economy -- many wonder if it’s worth the cost.
PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images

How significant is the leap second?

Jan 19, 2012
The leap second keeps atomic clocks (and therefore computers and cell phone networks) on the same cycle as the Earth’s rotation. Some businesses want to scrap it so they don’t have to stop and adjust their systems every year or two.
The leap second keeps atomic clocks (and therefore computers and cell phone networks) on the same cycle as the Earth’s rotation.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Obama's familiar tagline

Jan 19, 2012
President Obama has released his first TV ad of the 2012 election campaign.

Tea Party, Republicans await S.C. primary

Jan 19, 2012
We speak to one of the founding members of the Tea Party in South Carolina about which candidate she favors and why.

Obama rejects Keystone XL pipeline plan

Jan 19, 2012
Republicans are claiming that the plan was rejected for political reasons, and TransCanada isn't quite ready to give up yet.

Attitude Check: The State of the Union

Jan 19, 2012
As Americans await Obama's State of the Union address, are they feeling better about the economy than in 2011?

Kodak latest in series of bankruptcies

Jan 19, 2012
Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this morning. It's just the latest high profile company to go bankrupt in recent weeks, following American Airlines and Hostess Brands.

Weekly unemployment lowest in nearly four years

Jan 19, 2012
After last week's relatively high weekly jobless claim numbers, they are back down this week -- to the lowest level in almost four years.

Southwest CEO on earnings, rising ticket prices

Jan 19, 2012
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly discusses his airline's earnings and whether its business model has changed.

Generally speaking, the public in Europe remains committed to the common currency of the euro, even as the region struggles to fight off recession. A major Apple announcement is expected today surrounding e-textbooks. As the South Carolina primary approaches, we speak to a Tea Party supporter about who she will vote for. And what is the significance of the leap second?

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC