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Aug 21, 2008

Marketplace Report for Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Marketplace Report for Thursday, August 21, 2008

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Even higher food prices on the horizon

Aug 21, 2008
Prices have eased at the gas pump lately, but not in the grocery stores. We're seeing the highest food price inflation in 20 years, and the government's forecasting more increases in 2009. John Dimsdale reports.

Union has leverage in Boeing talks

Aug 21, 2008
Pension and health care costs are on the table as Boeing sits down with its machinists union. But costly delays in delivery of its Dreamliners are putting pressure on Boeing to avoid a strike. Steve Henn reports.

Seinfeld to do Microsoft ads? Get out!

Aug 21, 2008
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will be the pitchman for Microsoft Windows in an upcoming ad campaign. Can Jerry help the software giant shed its image and become cool? Jeremy Hobson reports.

Congress cuts off 'robo-calling'

Aug 21, 2008
Those calls you get with recorded messages? They're known as "robo-calls" and they're legal, even if you're on the Do-Not-Call list. Nancy Marshall Genzer reports on how Congress is closing that loophole.

Clean energy sector is heating up fast

Aug 21, 2008
Never mind the sagging economy, investment in American clean energy companies reached an all-time high last quarter. But is this just another bubble waiting to burst? Curt Nickisch reports.

Unblocking news on the Internet

Aug 21, 2008
When China filtered news and blocked Web sites during the Beijing Olympics, it helped increase concern about censorship on the Internet. Commentator Jonathan Zittrain says there are ways to fight back.

Sponsors went for the gold at Olympics

Aug 21, 2008
Sponsors spent a lot of money to have giant versions of their logos at Olympic venues. Was it money well spent? What lessons can be learned for London in 2010. Kai Ryssdal talks with Scott Tong in Beijing.

Texting experts for an Internet search

Aug 21, 2008
A new search company isn't using algorithms to find answers on the Internet -- it's using humans instead. Text in a question and someone will text you right back. Dan Grech checks it out.

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