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September 29, 2017

6:57 PM
Winners
Artist : Delicate Steve
Album : This is Steve
Composer : Steve Marion
Label : Anti/Epitaph

Chinese internet giant Alibaba is taking a big step toward competing globally. It plans to more than double spending on research and development to $15 billion over the next three years, and will open labs in seven cities around the world, including in Russia, Singapore and in the U.S. But can its dominance of the Chinese market translate into international success?

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10/16/2017: European investors weigh new risks

Oct 16, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC's World Service ... European investors are waking up to the return of political risk -- another showdown over Catalonia is playing out and Austria has elected the world’s youngest leader, with fears over immigration helping bring Sebastian Kurz to power. We examine the implications for Europe. Tensions have flared in the oil rich region around Kirkuk, with Iraqi forces saying they have captured the disputed city from Kurdish fighters. But how crucial is the area to the world’s oil supply?

Microsoft recently announced that it’s doing away with its Windows Phone operating system. That basically leaves consumers with two options: iPhone or Android. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Julie Ask, a principal analyst at Forrester Research, about how the smartphone industry got here and what it would take for a third player to enter the market. 

How Apple and Android took over the smartphone market

Oct 16, 2017

Microsoft recently confirmed that its Windows Phone operating system is over and done. That means when it's time to buy a new smartphone, there are basically only two operating systems a consumer can choose from: iOS or Android.

The two have a sort of duopoly on the smartphone market.

Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, and a little over a year later Google unveiled its first Android phone. The big smartphone battle has mostly remained between the two platforms ever since. It might simply be because they were the biggest initial innovators in the market.

The cost of being a DACA recipient

Oct 13, 2017

This week President Donald Trump sent Congress a sweeping list of immigration demands, including the building of a border wall in exchange for an extension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, as it is known, was created to shield immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children from deportation. And it gives them work permits. But to be one of the 800,000 current DACA recipients, you've got to pay up, $495 to be exact. Marketplace Weekend spoke to Doris Meissner, senior fellow and director of the U.S.

Trump delivers another blow to Obamacare

Oct 13, 2017

And this one lands directly on the insurance industry, for now. The president cut payments to insurers that go toward subsidies for low-income people who buy policies on the health care exchanges. Those so-called cost-sharing reductions were worth billions to the insurance industry. So what will it do now? 

To sell his tax plan, President Donald Trump is trying to send a message to ordinary Americans: that cutting corporate taxes will benefit them too. During a speech this week in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in front of a crowd of truckers, he claimed that by allowing companies to bring back overseas money at a low tax rate, the typical American household will benefit by getting a "pay raise" of about $4000.  What’s behind the claim – and is it likely? 

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Trump won't certify Iran deal

Oct 13, 2017

President Donald Trump announced today he won't certify Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement. The decision had been flagged in advance by administration officials. The next move is up to Congress. It has 60 days to decide whether or not to reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the 2015 deal. Any decision to reimpose the sanctions wouldn't go down well with our allies across the Atlantic.

Do nondisclosure agreements protect sexual abusers?

Oct 13, 2017

Hollywood is struggling to come to terms with the Harvey Weinstein scandal. More women have come forward with more allegations and named other big names. But it’s not just entertainment where payoffs happen to keep people quiet. What role do nondisclosure agreements play in shielding sexual abusers?

Schools have become the latest target of cyberattacks

Oct 13, 2017

An entire school district in Flathead Valley, Montana, shut down for days after hackers targeted several schools, sending death threats to students and staff, and threatening to release sensitive personal information unless a ransom was paid in the online currency bitcoin. More than 30 schools and a community college closed for three days, affecting over 17,500 students.

For Superintendent Steve Bradshaw, it all started with a text message from an unknown number.

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