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Marketplace PM for December 21, 2006
Dec 21, 2006

Marketplace PM for December 21, 2006

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Disney hits the pixie dust

Dec 21, 2006
CEO Bob Iger is putting Tinkerbell in the limelight with a makeover — and a voice. How does Mickey Mouse feel about all this? The Marketplace Players wondered, too.

In Mexico, discrimination is part of business

Dec 21, 2006
U.S. workers may be protected against discrimination based on appearance, but in Mexico businesses openly hire and fire on the basis of such things as age and appearance. Jordana Gustafson reports.

Santa gets a little help from imports

Dec 21, 2006
Santa knows what you want, now he's gotta get it to you. But how does he fill up that sleigh? Rachael Myrow explores the final shipping push before toys make it to their final destination.

Will robots have inalienable rights?

Dec 21, 2006
A British government report says robots could soon be such an important part of the world's economy that they might require political rights. Stephen Beard reports from London.

PGA tries new hook for a larger slice of audience

Dec 21, 2006
The PGA hopes its new FedEx Cup will bring season-long fan interest to its golf tour, much like Nascar has enjoyed. Business-of-sports analyst Ed Derse tees off on the idea with host Tess Vigeland.
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Gazprom deals with Shell, Russian style

Dec 21, 2006
Russian oil company Gazprom will buy half of the world's largest liquefied natural gas project from Shell and two other investors. As Amy Scott reports, Shell didn't have much choice in the matter.

More bonuses for everyone!

Dec 21, 2006
A recent study says bonuses are more effective at motivating people than merit raises. Commentator Adam Hanft says that since that's the case, businesses should award them all the time, not just once a year.

Bankruptcy rescue may change Delphi

Dec 21, 2006
Two rival shareholders are competing to lift auto-parts maker Delphi from bankruptcy. The company may also emerge with a new focus. Alisa Roth reports.