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Marketplace for Wednesday August 13, 2014

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Retail sales fell last month to their weakest reading since January, according to figures out today from the Commerce Department. So why isn’t the American consumer spending? Plus, Amazon is launching its own version of the mobile credit card reader. Amazon Local Register is taking on established mobile payments apps such as Square and Paypal Here by offering a lower cost per swipe. We look at the battle for space in the growing sphere of mobile transactions. Also, the Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has been a viral and financial success, reportedly raising at least $4 million  nationwide since the campaign launched on July 29. The numbers are impressive, so what has contributed to this success and how sustainable is this model for other campaigns and organizations?

Segments From this episode

How a blog with no advertisements makes its money

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 13, 2014
Joy Cho of "Oh Joy!" relies on sponsored content, not ads.

What's behind no-interest medical credit

by Dan Gorenstein Aug 13, 2014
A bigger chunk of hospitals' money is coming from consumers, not insurers.

Sales tax holidays: A lot of hype for a little saving

by Jeff Tyler Aug 13, 2014
They're bad for budgets, but Americans love our state sales tax holidays.
BBC World Service

How the Ebola outbreak affects Nigerian small business

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 13, 2014
Nigeria confirmed at least 13 cases of the disease last week.

Why isn’t the American consumer spending?

by Tracey Samuelson Aug 13, 2014
Retail sales stalled last month. They're at their weakest reading since January.

Yes, the #icebucketchallenge is raising money

by Annie Baxter Aug 13, 2014
The national ALS association says that social media campaign? It's working.

Amazon's mobile card reader could be gold mine of data

by David Gura Aug 13, 2014
Amazon Local Register will collect information about consumers' buying habits.
Final Note

People still use AOL. It's true.

by Kai Ryssdal Aug 13, 2014
AOL still has users. And they're getting a lot for their membership.

Shaking up earthquake warning systems

by Sanden Totten Aug 13, 2014
Earthquake early warnings: Rift forms in public, private efforts.

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