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Marketplace for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Marketplace for Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oct 29, 2013

There are perils for too-low inflation for too long, because inflation can help wages and companies grow. Plus, in rural areas, one out of every 5 landline long-distance calls doesn't go through. How far behind have rural areas been…

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Can you hear me now? Not in rural areas

by Dan Weissmann Oct 29, 2013
In rural areas, one out of every 5 land-line long-distance calls doesn't go through.

Inflation: Come out, come out wherever you are

by David Gura Oct 29, 2013
There are perils for too-low inflation for too long, because inflation can help wages and companies grow.

In wearable tech, products designed for the wrist could have the upper hand

by Stacey Vanek Smith Oct 29, 2013
As smart phones gained popularity, people quit looking at their wrists to tell the time. But now, Samsung and Google could be about to spar over that piece of real estate.
The Pebble (pictured above), a so-called smartwatch, could have some company soon - Samsung is predicted to announce their version of the smartwatch on Wednesday.
via getpebble.com

'Orange slime' used for fighting fires heats debate

by Sanden Totten Oct 29, 2013
To help fight wildfires, officials often dump orange fire retardant from planes. But some Forest Service employees argue the substance doesn't work as promised.
Final Note

Happy National Cat Day

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 29, 2013
How will you celebrate?
BBC World Service

Strange new land: A Syrian refugee family arrives in Austria

by Matthew Price Oct 29, 2013
The BBC's Matthew Price talks with a family of Syrian refugees who fled Syria in hopes of safety and a better life.

The aging economics of cattle ranching

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 29, 2013
We check back in with cattle rancher Ken Lenox in Rolla, Mo.

The life of a mascot: "Behind the Mask"

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 29, 2013
The life of a mascot is the subject of a new series by Josh Greenbaum on Hulu.

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There are perils for too-low inflation for too long, because inflation can help wages and companies grow. Plus, in rural areas, one out of every 5 landline long-distance calls doesn’t go through. How far behind have rural areas been left? Finally, as smart phones gained popularity, people quit looking at their wrists to tell the time. But now the wrist is back. Samsung and Google could be about to spar over that piece of real estate.

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