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Marketplace for Friday, July 30, 2010
Jul 30, 2010

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Businesses buying more tech, not hiring more workers

Jul 30, 2010
Instead of hiring more workers, businesses are buying lots of new equipment and computers to help employees that they already have to be more productive. This spending did help push the economy a bit up in the second quarter -- but how long will this strategy help the economy?

Deflation, the Fed's new worry

Jul 30, 2010
The Fed's latest concern is a long period of falling prices -- which may cause consumers to keep their money in their pockets as they wait for the next best price.

Can 'free' online games make money?

Jul 30, 2010
American video game companies often charge a monthly for their online games. But they're starting to adopt the business tactic of their Asian counterparts: Let them play for free, but charge for the virtual weapons and outfits.

Can there be clean air and economic growth?

Jul 30, 2010
Economic growth is often coupled with an increase in pollution. But those two factors may not be mutually inclusive, at least not the way they once were.

Weekly Wrap: GDP growth, what does it indicate?

Jul 30, 2010
Kai Ryssdal talks about the week's top business headlines with Megan McArdle from the Atlantic and John Carney from CNBC about the second quarter GDP growth

The Army Experience Center: Mission accomplished?

Jul 30, 2010
The Army Experience Center in a mall in Philadelphia is a teched-out wonderland with a Black Hawk simulator and military video games galore. But the Center is closing its doors after two years, even though the Army says its stint at the mall was a successful one.

The food-truck economy

Jul 30, 2010
Kai Ryssdal takes a look at the burgeoning gourmet food truck industry -- who's behind it and what makes a successful food truck.

Small Talk: Shoe factory tours, Thomas's English Muffins secret recipe and the new DMV

Jul 30, 2010
Marketplace's Brendan Newnam and Rico Gagliano chat with fellow staffers Eve Troeh, Millie Jefferson and Ethan Lindsey about shoe factory tours, Thomas's English Muffins secret recipe and the new DMV

Food Truck Nation: Photo Gallery

Jul 30, 2010
The food truck fad is sweeping the nation. View photos of some LA food trucks and add to our collection by submitting photos of your favorite neighborhood food truck.

Marketplace for Friday, July 30, 2010

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