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Marketplace for Friday May 23, 2014
May 23, 2014

Marketplace for Friday May 23, 2014

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The president is naming his new pick to be the head of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, currently the San Antonio mayor. And while HUD is something of a giant bureaucracy, it has less influence than you might think over housing in the U.S. We look at the limits of HUD’s power, and the tools HUD has to help the housing recovery. Plus, Hewlett-Packard is cutting thousands more jobs. Is this founder of Silicon Valley at the stage of life where it’s best strategy is cutting jobs to prop up profits as long as it can? Or can it, um, re-invent itself? Also, online retailer Amazon  dislikes a book critical of its founder. It now lists the paperback edition of author Brad Stone’s book as  unavailable.  We explore whether Amazon’s current dominant role in book sales gives it certain responsibilities in terms of evenhandedness.

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Why gas stations are disappearing

May 22, 2014
There are only 39 gas stations left in Manhattan, echoing a national trend.

Ukraine's industrial heartland is up for grabs

May 23, 2014
Ukrainians head to the polls on Sunday. Well, maybe.

Biometric underwear helps monitor the sick

May 23, 2014
Briefs that keep tabs on heart rate, breathing and activity levels.

Hewlett-Packard's innovation trend flattened long ago

May 23, 2014
HP's innovation helped build Silicon Valley, but it's not had a giant hit since its printers 30 years ago.

Amazon and the publisher

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May 23, 2014
The battle between Amazon and publishers gets dirty, and there are casualties

The Weekly Wrap: Still waiting for a housing boost

May 23, 2014
John Carney with the Wall Street Journal and Linette Lopez from the Business Insider join Kai to discuss the week in review.

The millennial takeover

May 23, 2014
What is the largest age group in America, you ask?

What does HUD do?

May 23, 2014
We look at the limits of HUD, and the tools HUD has to help the housing recovery.

What do John Wayne and Dracula have in common?

May 23, 2014
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The president is naming his new pick to be the head of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, currently the San Antonio mayor. And while HUD is something of a giant bureaucracy, it has less influence than you might think over housing in the U.S. We look at the limits of HUD’s power, and the tools HUD has to help the housing recovery. Plus, Hewlett-Packard is cutting thousands more jobs. Is this founder of Silicon Valley at the stage of life where it’s best strategy is cutting jobs to prop up profits as long as it can? Or can it, um, re-invent itself? Also, online retailer Amazon  dislikes a book critical of its founder. It now lists the paperback edition of author Brad Stone’s book as  unavailable.  We explore whether Amazon’s current dominant role in book sales gives it certain responsibilities in terms of evenhandedness.

Music from the episode

1517 The Whitest Boy Alive
68 State Gorillaz
M79 Vampire Weekend
7 Misled Children