Feb 24, 2011

Marketplace for Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Marketplace for Thursday, February 24, 2011

Segments From this episode

All going up: Oil prices, gas prices, a good glass of wine

Feb 24, 2011
File this under everything is related: The rise and decline of oil and wine prices march almost in lockstep.

Middle Eastern brain drain hits home

Feb 24, 2011
Skilled professionals from poor Middle Eastern countries find the future is brighter abroad. But this brain drain is hurting poor countries like Jordan.

Tablet wars take off

Feb 24, 2011
Motorola introduces the Xoom today and it's pricier than the iPad. Next week comes the iPad 2. And there's a pipeline full of tablets in the works. Features matter, but success may be all about the cost.

All Oscars all the time

Feb 24, 2011
The Academy Awards will be a non-stop marketing and social networking fest. It's all about making big live events pay off far beyond the broadcast.
An advertisement for the Oscars is displayed before the famous Hollywood sign 23 January 2007 in Hollywood, California.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

In "oil rich" countries, not all are rich

Feb 24, 2011
Unequal wealth distribution in the Middle East is behind much of the recent turmoil. Often, in "oil rich" countries, only a few share the wealth.

Experian adds rent payments to credit reports

Feb 24, 2011
This credit bureau is adding rent payment history to the credit card and mortgage data it keeps on creditors. That may not be a bad thing for increasing numbers of renters.

General Motors turns first profit since 2004

Feb 24, 2011
GM's best year since the heyday of the SUV craze comes as oil prices are surging. How well placed is the carmaker to keep its momentum?

Air Force awards $35 billion tanker contract to Boeing

Feb 24, 2011
Even though America's Boeing got the contract today for a fleet of new refueling planes, this third go-around might not be a charm.

Music from the episode

Keyboard Milk Röyksopp
I Follow Rivers - The Magician Remix Lykke Li, The Magician
White Noise Mogwai
New Beat Toro y Moi