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Marketplace for Wednesday March 12, 2014
Mar 12, 2014

Marketplace for Wednesday March 12, 2014

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President Obama asks the Labor department to toughen up rules on overtime pay, especially for jobs like store managers and supervisors. We look at why wages haven’t really increased in the last 20 years, and what tools employers use to keep wages where they are. Also: Starbucks has now, in effect, put a tip jar in your smartphone by adding a tipping feature to its app. So many people and businesses are now soliciting tips that know when to tip is more confusing than ever. And we continue to learn new things about the business of fracking. The latest: fracking in North Dakota produces 27 tons a day of radioactive dirty socks – cloth devices used to filter fracking liquids coming out of the ground. And North Dakota doesn’t want them.

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Preparing for China's urban billion

Mar 12, 2014
If current trends hold, the number of people living in Chinese cities is expected to hit one billion within the next 15 years.

Do you tip your barista?

Mar 12, 2014
Knowing when to tip is more confusing than ever. Starbucks' app has a solution.

Fracking: 27 tons of dirty, radioactive socks per day

Mar 12, 2014
And they're full of NORMs. A glossary of oilfield vocabulary.

Obama pushes for more overtime pay

Mar 12, 2014
Wages haven’t really increased in the last 20 years--a look at how and why companies are keeping wages low
U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the White House after a day trip to New York on March 11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The president attended two fundraisers and shopped at a Midtown Manahattan Gap, highlighting the retailer's policy of paying entry-level employees more than the federal minimum wage. No word on whether or not he was paid overtime.
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A 19th-century invention to keep your ears cozy

Mar 12, 2014
Marketplace Datebook for Thursday, March 13th

Don't tase me, drone

Mar 12, 2014
An intern gets tased as part of a product demonstration.

Now you can buy solar power (of a sort) at Best Buy

Mar 12, 2014
The CEO of SolarCity talks about putting solar panels on more residential homes.

The final push for Affordable Care Act signups

Mar 12, 2014
If you want to buy health insurance on one of the exchanges this year, you have to do it by March 31.

Tips for landing a new job inside your company

Mar 12, 2014
Internal candidates often have an advantage, but being an insider can sometimes prove a double-edged sword.

Caffeine: America's addictive drug of choice

Mar 12, 2014
Journalist Murray Carpenter goes inside the big business of caffeine in his new book, "Caffeinated: How our daily habit helps, hurts, and hooks us."

President Obama asks the Labor department to toughen up rules on overtime pay, especially for jobs like store managers and supervisors. We look at why wages haven’t really increased in the last 20 years, and what tools employers use to keep wages where they are. Also: Starbucks has now, in effect, put a tip jar in your smartphone by adding a tipping feature to its app. So many people and businesses are now soliciting tips that know when to tip is more confusing than ever. And we continue to learn new things about the business of fracking. The latest: fracking in North Dakota produces 27 tons a day of radioactive dirty socks – cloth devices used to filter fracking liquids coming out of the ground. And North Dakota doesn’t want them.

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