Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday August 6, 2014
Aug 6, 2014

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday August 6, 2014

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First up, more on the news that Walgreens has abandoned the idea of moving its tax headquarters from the US to Switzerland. This would have been a huge example of what are called "inversions": controversial, but presently legal, maneuvers to lower US tax bills. Walgreens is, however, going ahead with a $10 billion dollar deal to buy full control of the pharmacy chain Boot's, which has a real headquarters in Britain but a tax headquarters in Switzerland. Plus, marketers know where we've been and what we're buying. The NSA -- and Google -- may be reading our email. But what about our kids, and the data gathered by their schools, the states, and the educational tech companies clamoring to get into the digital classroom? Some parents are unnerved. Politicians are reacting.

 

Segments From this episode

Keeping student data safe from the marketing machine

Aug 6, 2014
More states are passing laws to protect the privacy of all sorts of student data.

Android now tops Apple in web traffic, too

Aug 6, 2014
Web traffic to Android is higher than iOS for the first time in history.

How to grow green energy along with endowments

Aug 6, 2014
What if colleges could grow their endowment by being environmentally friendly?

First up, more on the news that Walgreens has abandoned the idea of moving its tax headquarters from the US to Switzerland. This would have been a huge example of what are called “inversions”: controversial, but presently legal, maneuvers to lower US tax bills. Walgreens is, however, going ahead with a $10 billion dollar deal to buy full control of the pharmacy chain Boot’s, which has a real headquarters in Britain but a tax headquarters in Switzerland. Plus, marketers know where we’ve been and what we’re buying. The NSA — and Google — may be reading our email. But what about our kids, and the data gathered by their schools, the states, and the educational tech companies clamoring to get into the digital classroom? Some parents are unnerved. Politicians are reacting.

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC