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Marketplace for Friday, December 13, 2013
Dec 13, 2013

Marketplace for Friday, December 13, 2013

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Forget long, involved marketing campaigns. Beyoncé released a 14-song album last night online (with videos!), no promotion, no announcement. Is this the sort of trick that only the super-est of superstars can pull off? Next, Twitter’s done of the fastest-ever flipflops, reversing a change in its process after users slammed it. Is it something about Twitter, Twitter users, or a particular kind of social media that makes customers get heard. And finally, "Saturday Night Live" took the backlash over its lack of female black performers seriously enough to hold a special audition Monday night for seven or eight candidates. The winning candidate will be hired and will join the cast for shows beginning in January.

Segments From this episode

Beyoncé's new album: Business coup?

Dec 13, 2013
Beyoncé released a 14-song album last night online (with videos!). No promotion, no announcement.

The economics behind SNL cast's lack of diversity

Dec 13, 2013
"Saturday Night Live" took the backlash over its lack of female black performers seriously enough to hold a special audition.

Twitter's flip flop on user blocking

Dec 13, 2013
Instant feedback from customers poses new challenge for companies like Twitter

Robotelemarketing takes 'creepy' to a whole new level

Dec 13, 2013
The mystery behind Samantha West and Premier Health Plans Inc.

Tax relief may expire for underwater homeowners

Dec 13, 2013
Unless Congress acts, struggling homeowners who seek relief could face an unexpected tax bill.

Separate housing for first-generation students

Dec 13, 2013
The University of Kentucky offers special housing and support for students whose parents didn't graduate from college.

'My name is Bond, James Bond and I'm an alcoholic'

Dec 13, 2013
We thought he'd be a lightweight.

Forget long, involved marketing campaigns. Beyoncé released a 14-song album last night online (with videos!), no promotion, no announcement. Is this the sort of trick that only the super-est of superstars can pull off? Next, Twitter’s done of the fastest-ever flipflops, reversing a change in its process after users slammed it. Is it something about Twitter, Twitter users, or a particular kind of social media that makes customers get heard. And finally, “Saturday Night Live” took the backlash over its lack of female black performers seriously enough to hold a special audition Monday night for seven or eight candidates. The winning candidate will be hired and will join the cast for shows beginning in January.

Music from the episode

Enough Dujeous
Let's Call It Off - Single Version Peter Bjorn and John