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Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, October 31, 2013

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The gap between what America brings in and what it spends is at its least terrifying level in 5 years. There's news the deficit has dropped below $1 trillion, which hasn't happened since 2008. The deficit is now $680.3 billion. If you see a headline reading "Nigeria's Economy Will Grow by 40 Percent on December 10," it's not inaccurate -- technically. Nigeria is overhauling the way it calculates gross domestic product to make it more up-to-date. But will it help the businesses and people of Nigeria? Some big name tech companies plan to jump into the renewed push to overhaul American immigration law. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech big wigs are part of something to be called the "DREAMer Hackathon." It's an event designed to connect people who came to the U.S. illegally as children with technology tools and projects to help them push for changes to immigration law.

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What ghosts are you living with in your house? (Plus, a quiz!)

Oct 31, 2013
Want to know who died in your house? Now there's a website where you can find out.

NSA director responds to MUSCULAR story: 'We go through a court order'

Oct 31, 2013
The NSA says they haven't done anything illegal. But one cyber security expert finds that claim dubious.

We're No. 1: The Nigeria strategy

Oct 31, 2013
Nigeria could soon pass South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy, but only because it’s changing how it calculates its GDP.

DREAMer Hackathon: Silicon Valley goes in for immigration reform

Oct 31, 2013
Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us is behind a new initiative that will help illegal immigrants use technology to push for immigration reform.

The holiday shopping season is what's really spooky today

Oct 31, 2013
Economists are worried about consumers' moods as we head toward the end of the year.

PODCAST: 'I see dead people' is bad for a house's value

Oct 31, 2013
Economists are worried about consumers' moods as we head toward the end of the year. Georgia Tech was the first elite university to offer an online degree program and now it’s putting together its first class. And, want to know who died in your house? Now there's a website where you can find out.

Friends don't let friends Google Glass and drive

Oct 31, 2013
A woman in California got a traffic ticket for wearing her Google Glass while driving.

The gap between what America brings in and what it spends is at its least terrifying level in 5 years. There’s news the deficit has dropped below $1 trillion, which hasn’t happened since 2008. The deficit is now $680.3 billion. If you see a headline reading “Nigeria’s Economy Will Grow by 40 Percent on December 10,” it’s not inaccurate — technically. Nigeria is overhauling the way it calculates gross domestic product to make it more up-to-date. But will it help the businesses and people of Nigeria? Some big name tech companies plan to jump into the renewed push to overhaul American immigration law. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and other tech big wigs are part of something to be called the “DREAMer Hackathon.” It’s an event designed to connect people who came to the U.S. illegally as children with technology tools and projects to help them push for changes to immigration law.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC