Feb 29, 2012

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go…

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A look inside the Fukushima nuclear plant

Feb 29, 2012
The BBC's Roland Buerk is one of the few foreign journalists who has been allowed inside the Fukushima nuclear power station that melted down after the earthquake in Japan last year. He describes the atmosphere, and the steps for the…

James Murdoch resigns from News International

Feb 29, 2012
The heir apparent to Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as chairman to News International, a division of News Corporation. It's a good way to distance himself from News Corp.'s recent phone hacking scandal.

What Leap Day means for the U.S. economy

Feb 29, 2012
There's one extra day this month for businesses around the country to try and rake in some extra dough. In Central Florida, some hotels and one very big mouse are using Leap Day to drum up excitement.

Starz and Netflix deal ends

Feb 29, 2012
Starting today, Netflix is ending its deal with the movie channel Starz. That means the more than 1,000 movies Starz offers -- from "Teen Wolf" to "Toy Story 3" -- won't be available on Netflix.

Fourth quarter GDP revised up to 3%

Feb 29, 2012
The Department of Commerce revised its gross domestic product report for the last quarter of 2011, revealing more evidence that the U.S. economy could be entering a new phase of recovery.

Super PAC money keeps candidates afloat longer

Feb 29, 2012
Unlimited political campaign donations from super PACs are keeping struggling GOP candidates like Newt Gingrich in this year's presidential primaries longer than they might have survived in past elections.

Post-primary, what Michigan voters are concerned about

Feb 29, 2012
Mitt Romney came out victorious in the state's primary yesterday, but what issues will be important come November?

The middle class? Not what it used to be

Feb 29, 2012
It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days?

PODCAST: James Murdoch resigns, Happy Leap Day

Feb 29, 2012
It used to be that the middle class meant "doing well," and reaching the American Dream. What does "middle class" mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go…

How James Murdoch's resignation affects British media

Feb 29, 2012
James Murdoch, son of Rupert, has stepped down as chairman of News International. The resignation distances him from the newspaper arm of the business, which is a major part of British media.

What the Murdoch news means for the U.S.

Feb 29, 2012
James Murdoch announced today that he was stepping down from News International, the British newspaper arm of News Corp. He'll instead focus on the international TV business, and that could affect the company here in the U.S.

Ordinary investors may be missing out on Dow's run-up

Feb 29, 2012
The Dow closed at 13,005 -- its highest finish since 2008. It's a milestone you might guess would make investors happy, but not everyone has made big money.

Being born on Leap Day

Feb 29, 2012
Happy Leap Day, everyone! For most, it's just an extra day, but for those born on Feb. 29, it means a number of obstacles along the way.

New Google privacy policies to go into effect

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Feb 29, 2012
More targeted ads will soon be popping up on Google, whether users like it or not.

It used to be that the middle class meant “doing well,” and reaching the American Dream. What does “middle class” mean these days? James Murdoch steps down as chairman of News International. New Google privacy policies are about to go into effect. Super PAC money can keep candidates afloat longer. And businesses around the country are taking advantage of the extra day this year, trying to market and cash in on Leap Day.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC