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May 1, 2014

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Google has decided it can no longer just give away its Android operating system. Mission #1 is accomplished: Android phones dominate the smartphone market. But the Android’s money-making ability has escaped from Google. Google now wants to get back the benefit of owning Android by creating a premium operating system, in some ways a proprietary operating system, Android Silver. Also, the International Monetary Fund is giving Ukraine a 17 billion collar loan. How does the government decide how to allocate funds when parts of the country are no longer effectively under its control? Then, on the heels of a strike by truckers working out of ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, we look at the personal economics of being a trucker. They say they make minimum wage because they’re classified as independent contractors.

 

Segments From this episode

Former FCC head Michael Powell talks future of cable

May 1, 2014
What's on former FCC head Michael Powell's mind? Cable mergers and net neutrality.

March to the beat of your own... tuba

May 1, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Friday, May 2, 2014

The changing face of the money transfer business

May 1, 2014
Western Union and Walmart are trying to add new money transfer customers.

Looking for venture capital? Be careful what you wish for

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May 1, 2014
Startups must navigate deftly when raising big money.

Why Domino's is replacing pizza crust with chicken

May 1, 2014
Who comes up with stuff like the chicken crust pizza? These guys.

Long road for short-haul truckers

May 1, 2014
Some short-haul truckers say they're being cheated out of money by being misclassified as an independent contractors.

Android Silver: Forcing manufacturers to toe Google's line

May 1, 2014
Giving away the Android operating system has almost been too successful for Google.

The IMF gave Ukraine $17 billion. Now what?

May 1, 2014
The IMF approves a $17 billion loan for Ukraine as separatists in Eastern Ukraine seize power and Russia threatens.

Google has decided it can no longer just give away its Android operating system. Mission #1 is accomplished: Android phones dominate the smartphone market. But the Android’s money-making ability has escaped from Google. Google now wants to get back the benefit of owning Android by creating a premium operating system, in some ways a proprietary operating system, Android Silver. Also, the International Monetary Fund is giving Ukraine a 17 billion collar loan. How does the government decide how to allocate funds when parts of the country are no longer effectively under its control? Then, on the heels of a strike by truckers working out of ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, we look at the personal economics of being a trucker. They say they make minimum wage because they’re classified as independent contractors.

 

Music from the episode

Cirrus Bonobo
Mathematics Mos Def
I Was Never Young of Montreal
Europe Endless - 2009 Remastered Version Kraftwerk