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Marketplace for Monday, September 23, 2013
Sep 23, 2013

Marketplace for Monday, September 23, 2013

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The owner of BlackBerry has agreed to go private in a $4.7 billion deal. Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial would buy the struggling smartphone maker for $9 per share. Also, New York state has reached a settlement with some prominent firms in the fake online review business. The industry has moved way beyond having your friends write raves for you. Plus, in the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stocks of makers of guns. But the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was different -- no drop.

Segments From this episode

Link rot and Supreme Court justices

Sep 23, 2013
The highest court in the land suffers from embarrassing "link rot."

Office disputes get a new referee

Sep 23, 2013
When whistleblowers go to the media or lawyers, the results can be disastrous for an organization. These days, more and more corporations are turning to organizational ombudsmen to stop problems before things escalate.

Mass shootings no longer seem to threaten investors

Sep 23, 2013
In the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stock price of gunmakers.

Why lead-paint makers escape fines that cost Big Tobacco billions

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Sep 23, 2013
A California court case is the latest attempt to hold paint companies liable for health hazards from lead paint, banned since 1978.

Marketplace.org is the BEST site I've ever visited

Sep 23, 2013
The fake online review business has moved way beyond having your friends write raves for you. “Reputation-enhancing” businesses provide fake reviews, sometimes outsourcing the job overseas.

BlackBerry's deal to go private: The nail in the coffin?

Sep 23, 2013
BlackBerry announced it agreed to be bought by a group led by investor Fairfax Financial Holdings for close to $4.7 billion.

Down and out, the Irish turn to tech

Sep 23, 2013
It’s thought Ireland is home to around 500 tech startups.

Defund Obamacare: Stay tuned, after these messages

Sep 23, 2013
Could advertising convince Americans to buy -- or avoid buying -- health insurance?

The owner of BlackBerry has agreed to go private in a $4.7 billion deal. Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial would buy the struggling smartphone maker for $9 per share. Also, New York state has reached a settlement with some prominent firms in the fake online review business. The industry has moved way beyond having your friends write raves for you. Plus, in the past, a mass shooting would mean a dip in the stocks of makers of guns. But the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was different — no drop.

Music from the episode

Anything New Bibio
God Made the World Cold Cave
God Made the World Cold Cave
God Made the World Cold Cave