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Marketplace for Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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Mark Zuckerberg has been out shopping again: Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus, a small virtual reality headset company. Random purchase or strategic move? And with its acquisition of WhatsApp and other companies earlier this year, is Facebook being a venture capitalist, or is there a long-term, coherent plan to future-proof itself with a stake in these areas of technology? Meanwhile, movie ticket sales are down but movie ticket receipts are up, thanks to inflation over the years and the higher prices for 3-D. We look at the business model of movie theaters and how ticket revenue fits in with the revenue from popcorn and candy bars. And, this is how the end arrives: The cessation of the slow drip-drip-drip of saline solution, because there is no saline solution. No jolting-back-to-life injection of nitroglycerin, because there is none. Why common everyday medical supplies can suddenly be hard to find.

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Saving the history of the Cold War, piece by piece

Mar 25, 2014
Amid tensions over Russia, one museum dedicated to preserving artifacts from the Cold War sees an opportunity.

Syrian aid that hits home

Mar 26, 2014
As the conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, aid groups now work to "bring the conflict home."
Refugees from Syria collect blankets and supplies from the UNHCR as they arrive at the Za’atari refugee camp on January 30, 2013 in Mafrq, Jordan.
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

U.S. is running low on some basic medicines

Mar 26, 2014
Our advice to you? Stay healthy.

Are college football players employees?

Mar 26, 2014
An NLRB ruling that Northwestern football players are technically employees of the school.

Movie theaters move beyond the ticket price

Mar 26, 2014
If theaters don't make money off admission, why do ticket prices seem so high?

Let's give a hand to the X-ray

Mar 26, 2014
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Is Facebook just a big venture capitalist?

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Mar 26, 2014
With several high profile purchases in recent years, Facebook is operating more like a venture capitalist than a social media platform

The new business of lobbying

Mar 26, 2014
"Government affairs professionals," as lobbyists like to call themselves, say their job has changed.

Mark Zuckerberg has been out shopping again: Facebook paid $2 billion for Oculus, a small virtual reality headset company. Random purchase or strategic move? And with its acquisition of WhatsApp and other companies earlier this year, is Facebook being a venture capitalist, or is there a long-term, coherent plan to future-proof itself with a stake in these areas of technology? Meanwhile, movie ticket sales are down but movie ticket receipts are up, thanks to inflation over the years and the higher prices for 3-D. We look at the business model of movie theaters and how ticket revenue fits in with the revenue from popcorn and candy bars. And, this is how the end arrives: The cessation of the slow drip-drip-drip of saline solution, because there is no saline solution. No jolting-back-to-life injection of nitroglycerin, because there is none. Why common everyday medical supplies can suddenly be hard to find.

Music from the episode

Son Of Neckbone Beastie Boys
CINCO Minutos Con Vos Elvis Costello And The Roots
Who David Byrne, St. Vincent
Who David Byrne, St. Vincent