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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Airing on Thursday, March 12, 2015: The Federal Reserve just released the results of its second round of stress tests, and two European banks have failed. We chat with the BBC’s Andrew Walker about what went wrong. Next up: issues its survey on how Americans intend to use their tax refunds. Are Americans really as frugal and responsible as they claim to be? Finally, we get the latest dispatch the LearningCurve team at the SXSWedu conference in Austin.

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Juries to decide if Uber drivers are 'contractors'

by Adam Allington Mar 12, 2015
Pending lawsuits could upend the way Uber and its smaller rival, Lyft, operate.
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PODCAST: Courts could upend Uber's model

by David Brancaccio Mar 12, 2015
First up: The ride services Uber and Lyft failed to convince a pair of U.S. judges on Wednesday that their drivers are “independent contractors” rather than regular employees. Class-action lawsuits – brought by drivers of both companies – will now go to jury trial, the results for which could have important consequences for the sharing economy. […]

Google launches new cloud ‘cold storage’ service

by Dan Gorenstein Mar 12, 2015
“Nearline” offers faster retrieval for older data.

Unpredictable weather is remaking the ski industry

by Sam Harnett Mar 12, 2015
While small ski areas struggle, larger ones are finding new ways to make a profit.

Taxpayers say they plan to spend refunds responsibly

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 12, 2015
A survey found 34 percent of taxpayers will pay down debt with their refund.

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