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Marketplace for Thursday, October 17, 2013
Oct 17, 2013

Marketplace for Thursday, October 17, 2013

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There’s a better than average chance that the government could shut down again in a few months if Congress can’t come to an agreement, and that will mean that contractors will lose money -- again. How are they factoring in uncertainty into their operations? Meanwhile, we lost two weeks of government data -- data that helps economists study things and data that helps farmers plant stuff. Finally, Facebook is easing up on teens, giving them the ability to have their posts seen by anyone, not just friends. This catches up to rivals Twitter and Instagram, while opening teens to more advertising, at a time when Facebook appears to be losing popularity among teens.

Segments From this episode

Chinese views on U.S. debt drama

Oct 17, 2013
In light of the U.S. debt scare, an editorial in China's state-run Xinhua news service calls for a world that is ‘de-Americanized.’

Trust issues: D.C. dysfunction means uncertainty for companies

Oct 17, 2013
There’s a better than average chance that the government could shut down again in a few months if Congress can’t come to an agreement. That uncertainty is a problem for everyone from contractors to the entire US economy.

Why Facebook wants teens to go public

Oct 17, 2013
Facebook is easing up on teens, giving them the ability to have their posts seen by anyone, not just friends.

Good enough for government data

Oct 17, 2013
We lost two weeks of government data -- data that let economists know what to study and data that helps farmers know what to plant.

Buying a share of your favorite athlete

Oct 17, 2013
A stock market for athletes. Not as in the athletes do the trading, but as in athletes are the stocks.

eBay founder Pierre Omidyar plans new media company

Oct 17, 2013
The founder of eBay gets into the news business, even recruiting Glenn Greenwald, who brings with him a trove of unpublished security documents from Edward Snowden.

In Hollywood, big bets lead to big payoffs

Oct 17, 2013
In an industry of risk, Hollywood has to take the safe bet.

Government employee: "I'm relieved to be back"

Oct 17, 2013
A hydrologist at the U.S Geological Survey says the backup of work is not good, but he's glad to be back.

Hacked small-businesses often have no place to turn

Oct 17, 2013
Unlike personal checking and savings accounts, business accounts are not protected from hackers.

There’s a better than average chance that the government could shut down again in a few months if Congress can’t come to an agreement, and that will mean that contractors will lose money — again. How are they factoring in uncertainty into their operations? Meanwhile, we lost two weeks of government data — data that helps economists study things and data that helps farmers plant stuff. Finally, Facebook is easing up on teens, giving them the ability to have their posts seen by anyone, not just friends. This catches up to rivals Twitter and Instagram, while opening teens to more advertising, at a time when Facebook appears to be losing popularity among teens.

Music from the episode

Vogue Madonna
Nowhere Wild Nothing