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Marketplace for Thursday May 29, 2014
May 29, 2014

Marketplace for Thursday May 29, 2014

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The latest figures show a 1% contraction in the first quarter of this year- the economy's worst performance in three years. But should people despair over a poor GDP figure? Why do we place such importance on the GDP? When it comes to assessing the nation's well-being, can you pretty much choose your indicator? Also, Google release a diversity profile of its work force, showing how male-dominated the company is, with few women and even less blacks and Hispanics. How does this revelation matter for the U.S.'s innovation center? Plus, it suddenly seems that everyone wants a piece of Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ballpark hot dogs. Tyson Foods is out with a $6.1 billion bid, a couple days after Pilgrim's Pride made a $5.5 billion offer. We look at why Hillshire has become a hot property.

 

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A cool drink for the end of the week

May 29, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Friday, May 30, 2014

Venture capitalists learn to love education

May 29, 2014
Investors are betting hundreds of millions on the digital revolution in the classroom.

Those big summer sequels may stop, one day

May 29, 2014
Film critic Wesley Morris says the superheroes are tired.

Why the GDP got revised downward

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May 29, 2014
Revised GDP figures showed economic contraction, while other indicators seemed OK.

The Googlers inventing the future: mainly male, white

May 29, 2014
A lack of diversity in an innovation company can lead to a disconnect.

Why does everyone want Hillshire these days?

May 29, 2014
There's a bidding war for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs.

High-end designers turn to 'alpha-sizing'

May 29, 2014
Why numeric sizes are giving way to "small," "medium" and "large"

How campus safety could affect college choices

May 29, 2014
Sexual assault is big a topic among college students, but it may not factor into picking a school.

The latest figures show a 1% contraction in the first quarter of this year- the economy’s worst performance in three years. But should people despair over a poor GDP figure? Why do we place such importance on the GDP? When it comes to assessing the nation’s well-being, can you pretty much choose your indicator? Also, Google release a diversity profile of its work force, showing how male-dominated the company is, with few women and even less blacks and Hispanics. How does this revelation matter for the U.S.’s innovation center? Plus, it suddenly seems that everyone wants a piece of Hillshire Brands, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ballpark hot dogs. Tyson Foods is out with a $6.1 billion bid, a couple days after Pilgrim’s Pride made a $5.5 billion offer. We look at why Hillshire has become a hot property.