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Marketplace for Monday, May 2, 2016
May 2, 2016

Marketplace for Monday, May 2, 2016

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The number of mattress stores is growing, it's estimated that the US will add 700 more in the next 5 years; a look at one of the major innovations of Bitcoin, their block-chain technology; and why government regulators seem to be looking at mega-mergers more closely these days. 

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What's behind rising federal scrutiny of mergers?

May 2, 2016
Halliburton and Baker Hughes are latest to drop a merger after an antitrust challenge.
Regulators are taking a tough stance on megamergers; Haliburton and Baker Hughes scrapped their deal amid regulatory scrutiny.
AREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Why are there so many mattress stores?

May 2, 2016
It's not your imagination. Mattress stores are popping up everywhere.
A recently opened Mattress Firm in Chicago's South Loop. After a wave of acquisitions, Mattress Firm now has 3,500 stores in 48 states and controls one-third of the market.
Derek L. John/Marketplace

Bitcoin's blockchain technology may be its real legacy

May 2, 2016
Hundreds — if not thousands — of companies are looking at new applications.
In an age of encryption, one of the major innovations of Bitcoin is their block-chain technology, which allows for total transparency.
YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images

'American Psycho's' Patrick Bateman storms Broadway

May 2, 2016
His return reminds us how much banking has changed since his debut 25 years ago.
Benjamin Walker, Alex Michael Stoll, Dave Thomas Brown, Theo Stockman and Jordan Dean on stage for "American Psycho" at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
Production Photos by Jeremy Daniel.

The 'gap year' grows in popularity

May 2, 2016
Malia Obama's decision to take a year off before Harvard gives the industry a boost.
US President Barack Obama's daughter Malia make her way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 7, 2016. US President Barack Obama is headed to Chicago, Illinois for a discussion on the Supreme Court and the country's judicial system. 
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Explaining America’s productivity downturn

May 2, 2016
The New York Times’s Neil Irwin has three ideas.
A Dodge Viper goes through assembly at thein Detroit. The plant makes three Vipers per day.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Starbucks got sued for putting too much ice in its drinks

May 2, 2016
A 24 oz. drink only really has 14 oz. of liquid, according to a complaint filed in Chicago.
These probably have a lot of ice in them.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

The number of mattress stores is growing, it’s estimated that the US will add 700 more in the next 5 years; a look at one of the major innovations of Bitcoin, their block-chain technology; and why government regulators seem to be looking at mega-mergers more closely these days.