Marketplace for Friday, February 14, 2014
Feb 14, 2014

Marketplace for Friday, February 14, 2014

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President Obama’s aid for Western states hurt by drought shows the limits of what can be done without… rain. His main point, buried in his plan, is to look forward to continued climate change and prepare communities and industries to be “resilient” in the face of new conditions. Plus, the latest digital area of intense competition is messaging apps, which provide wide-ranging communication services that will challenge not only instant messaging, but also companies like Skype. Later, Pandora uses what it knows about our musical taste to lure political advertisers. The promise and the peril. And finally: The debut of the second season of the smash hit House of Cards doesn’t just mark the success of Netflix – it’s also an indicator of the enormous changes wrought in the televisual entertainment business.

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The real cost of Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2014
Or, you could opt to spend no money, but...
Chocolate dipped strawberries and heart shapped chocolate boxes are ready to be purchased at Schakolad Chocolate Factory on February 13, 2009 in Davie, Florida. 
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Pandora uses data on your musical taste to lure political advertisers

Feb 14, 2014
You like Bob Marley, because: a) You’re a pot-smoking liberal. B) You’re a libertarian. C) You had a great time in Jamaica during college
Singer Lady Gaga performs onstage. According to data, her audience was probably full of Democrats.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Weekly Wrap: Settling beer bets

Feb 14, 2014
Kai talks to Nela Richardson and Cardiff Garcia. Bets are settled.

President Obama calls California drought plan 'climate resilience'

Feb 14, 2014
Look forward to continued climate change, says President Obama in California today

Under Armour's speed skating #SochiFail

Feb 14, 2014
The U.S. speed skating team asks for new uniforms

Messaging apps: Skype has competition. Facebook too.

Feb 14, 2014
A Japanese company bets $900 million that Viber will take over your phone. Their goal: to take the place of smartphones.

Taxi cab theater drives creative funding

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Feb 17, 2014
How does a theater with a maximum three person audience make money?

What happens at Netflix when House of Cards goes live

Feb 27, 2015
A dispatch from the Netflix war room during last season's launch.

President Obama’s aid for Western states hurt by drought shows the limits of what can be done without… rain. His main point, buried in his plan, is to look forward to continued climate change and prepare communities and industries to be “resilient” in the face of new conditions. Plus, the latest digital area of intense competition is messaging apps, which provide wide-ranging communication services that will challenge not only instant messaging, but also companies like Skype. Later, Pandora uses what it knows about our musical taste to lure political advertisers. The promise and the peril. And finally: The debut of the second season of the smash hit House of Cards doesn’t just mark the success of Netflix – it’s also an indicator of the enormous changes wrought in the televisual entertainment business.

Music from the episode