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Beyonce just expanded her empire with another surprise album release; the probability of the Ted Cruz/John Kasich game theory working in their favor; and why SNL is cutting down on ads, opting for "sponsored content." 

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Cracker Jack prizes are now a thing of the past

Apr 25, 2016
They will be replaced with QR codes for mobile games
An image of what these new "prizes" look like. 
Pepsi/Frito-Lay

How Cruz and Kasich are playing at game theory

Apr 25, 2016
It's a concept out of economists' — and poker players' — playbooks.
Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich launched a team effort Monday to deny Donald Trump the party's nomination.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

"Lemonade" and the business of Beyonce

Apr 25, 2016
University of Miami professor Serona Elton on Beyonce's latest surprise
HBO

SNL: Fewer ads, more 'sponsored content'

Apr 25, 2016
NBC will reduce commercials in a bid to keep viewers from watching on new media platforms that let them skip the ads altogether.
NBC Universal

Why corporate venture capital funds are so popular

Apr 25, 2016
Google has Google Ventures, Twitter has Twitter Ventures, Intel has Intel Capital, and the list goes on.

Turns out hedge funds have an incentive to control drug prices

Apr 25, 2016
Hedge funds are joining groups who want to lower prescription prices for consumers.
Big Pharma doesn't like the patent review board. But organizations that want to lower prescription prices for consumers love it, and they're being joined in their fight by people who aren't usually seen as champions of consumer rights — hedge fund managers.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A warning for parched China: a city runs out of water

Apr 25, 2016
A city suddenly without water highlights northern China's water shortage.
Construction crews put the finishing touches on the middle route of China’s South-North Water Diversion project in Henan province. The project’s three routes (two of which are completed) total nearly 2700 miles of man-made waterways that divert water from China’s water-rich south to its parched northern region.
Rob Schmitz/Marketplace

Beyonce just expanded her empire with another surprise album release; the probability of the Ted Cruz/John Kasich game theory working in their favor; and why SNL is cutting down on ads, opting for “sponsored content.” 

Music from the episode

Tongue Tied Grouplove
One Minute Man (feat. Ludacris) Missy Elliott, Ludacris