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Dec 17, 2013

Marketplace for Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop -- or at least slow --  its stimulative bond-buying program. Others are worried the buying will continue. But it’s not solely inflation they’re worried about. Next, tech companies are taking ownership – and therefore control – of everything from the cloud to so-called dark fibers. Finally, GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to push its drugs and will stop rewarding its sales reps to push doctors to push their drugs. But just what is this “sales rep” and what is her or his role?

Segments From this episode

On the high plains, an almost invisible coal industry counts on Asia

Dec 16, 2013
Strip mines in the Powder Ridge Basin of Wyoming and Montana are isolated and out of sight. Their efforts to expand exports of coal to Asia are making them more visible.

In oil boom, happy to drive a truck by day, a cab by night

Dec 17, 2013
Elsie Ejismekwu is happy to have two driving jobs in the North Dakota oil fields as she starts her life over.

Compared to its neighbors, more job prospects for youth in Germany

Dec 17, 2013
Youth unemployment sits at almost 24 percent across the EU. But in Germany, it's less than 8 percent.

Three risks you didn't know about the Fed

Dec 17, 2013
Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop -- or at least slow -- its stimulative bond-buying program.

The future of the pharmaceutical sales rep

Dec 17, 2013
GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to prescribe its drugs and will stop rewarding its sales reps for higher sales. The company has tested the approach in the U.S., judging salesmen on their medical and business knowledge, instead of how many drugs they sell.

Who will own the internet?

Dec 17, 2013
Tech companies are taking ownership -- and control -- of everything from the cloud to dark fiber.

How skinny jeans almost ruined America’s money

Dec 17, 2013
Those better have been some nice Levis...

Gold: As dull as it is shiny

Dec 17, 2013
The BBC's Justin Rowlatt explains why gold became the precious metal pick of the litter

Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop — or at least slow —  its stimulative bond-buying program. Others are worried the buying will continue. But it’s not solely inflation they’re worried about. Next, tech companies are taking ownership – and therefore control – of everything from the cloud to so-called dark fibers. Finally, GlaxoSmithKline says it will stop paying doctors to push its drugs and will stop rewarding its sales reps to push doctors to push their drugs. But just what is this “sales rep” and what is her or his role?

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