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Legacy equipment still hinders digital manufacturing

Jan 28, 2016
Jeff St. Clair

Mathias Ellegiers is head of an Akron-based startup called Jaswig. He designed an adjustable standing desk — he says it’s healthier than sitting all day.

At a shop in Cleveland, the components of his wooden desk are routed out of sheets of Baltic birch plywood. Ellegiers didn’t bring any drawings. Instead, “We sent them the file through email,” he said.

As ACA deadline approaches, fines loom

Jan 28, 2016
D Gorenstein

The deadline for getting health insurance through a government-run marketplace is January 31, and skipping out on insurance this year could cost you double what it cost last year as fines climb to $695 per adult, or 2.5 percent of household income — whichever is greater.

But even with that bigger stick, Brian Blase with the Mercatus Center at George Mason said he expects plenty of people to sit this year out.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, January 28, 2016

Jan 28, 2016
Marketplace

Airing on Thursday, January 28, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Facebook earnings; Google News Lab partnering with Fox News on the GOP debate; and decreased funding for Chinese startups.

Visa prepares for a unified front in Europe

Jan 28, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

Visa Inc. releases quarterly earnings Thursday, and investors will be watching things here and abroad.  

Late last year, the company agreed to acquire Visa Europe for more than $20 billion. The deal is expected to be complete later this year. The reunion could mean a lot for Visa as the cashless economy expands. 

Emma Jacobs

Amazon 's expected to report earnings on Thursday. You might think by now, the online retailer has left its mark everywhere, especially in book sales. But “vive la difference.”  

In Paris, the bookstore most likely known to Americans is the famous Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookshop on the Seine that has starred in film and regularly has lines of tourists out the door. But attentive U.S. visitors to the city will notice that there are lots of independent bookstores. 

Marketplace

Airing on Thursday, January 28, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about the IMF discussing possible emergency aid; the deadline to get health insurance; and the challenge facing digital manufacturing.

Elly Yu

The U.S. took another step towards warming economic relations with Cuba on Wednesday. The Obama administration eased some financial restrictions, and U.S. firms can begin offering Cuban-run businesses credit. But this change doesn't apply to agricultural commodities. And lifting the decades-long trade embargo with the island nation is still up to Congress.  That hasn't stopped leaders in the state of Georgia from eyeing potential business opportunities  

The FCC takes on the set top box

Jan 27, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

If you’re like most people with cable or satellite,  you rent your box from the cable company and pay a monthly fee for it. Right now that’s about the only option you have, with a few very small exceptions. You might have another box like Apple TV that you stream content through … but for cable, there's really just the one option. 

Marketplace for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016

Citizens and NGOs are mounting lawsuits against officials in Flint; how the strong dollar can weaken a company's earnings; and a look at relations with Cuba through the poultry industry. 

Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, January 27, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's slow down in earnings; fundraising for colleges; the possible Shell-BP merger; and U.S. firms now offering credit to Cubans.

Government further relaxes Cuba trade rules

Jan 27, 2016
D Gorenstein

Wednesday marks another significant step in the thawing of U.S. Cuba relations. For the first time in decades, U.S. firms can begin offering their Cuban customers credit.

The easing of financial restrictions is consistent with the Administration’s goal to improve the lives of ordinary Cuban citizens.

Attorney Gus Maxwell, with the Ackerman law firm in Miami, said lifting further financial restrictions will help make trade more normal.

Shell looks to merge with BG

Jan 27, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

On Wednesday, Shell shareholders are expected to vote on the merger between the oil company and natural gas producer BG. It’s the biggest merger in the industry in a decade, and the largest Shell has ever embarked on. 

When the merger was announced nine months ago, oil prices were a lot higher than they are now. Oil hit a 12-year low recently. This $69 billion deal gives Shell access to the foreign oil and gas reserves BG has in its portfolio, including large reserves in Australia and Brazil.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016
Marketplace

Airing on Wednesday, January 27, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Apple earnings; Uber’s use of the gyrometers in our phones to tell when drivers are breaking or speeding up suddenly; and new trends in video games.

Flint is swimming in water bottles

Jan 26, 2016
Tony Wagner

As state officials work to contain the ongoing health crisis in Flint, Michigan, private companies and celebrities are pitching in, sending hundreds of thousands of water bottles into the city.

Sarah Menendez

The Danish parliament passed a bill Tuesday that allows law enforcement officials to confiscate cash and other assets from migrants in an effort to offset the cost of letting them live within Denmark's borders. However, Denmark is not the first or only European country asking that refugees turn over their valuables as pay for their stay.  

Denmark:  

Marketplace for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jan 26, 2016

Why the company behind the GED lowered the passing score; a look at Apple's stock after their latest earnings report; and an interview with Mohammed El-Erian, author of new book about central banks

Russia's economy is hit by low oil prices

Jan 26, 2016

Today Russia announced that its economy shrank by 3.8 percent for all of 2015. The country has been hit hard by the fall in oil prices over the past year. Oleg Boldyrev is the BBC's correspondent in Moscow, listen to our interview with him in the audio player above. 

Kai Ryssdal

The Marriner S. Eccles Building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, the headquarters of the Federal Reserve, is busy today.

On 'The Wind in the Willows' and going home

Jan 26, 2016

The doctor is in ... your phone

Jan 26, 2016
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about when crude oil and stocks dance in a messy tango; and using an app to record your appointments with the doctor.

Making it easier to remember doctors' orders

Jan 26, 2016
Sally Herships

When my mother was in the hospital recently, I got a closer look than I might have liked at how hard it can be for doctors and patients to communicate. 

Patients rarely feel well. They can be stressed out. They can be on medication, as my mom, who's being treated for leukemia, is. It makes her thinking fuzzy. When Mom’s doctors stopped by and she wanted to ask a question, she was often thwarted by her own poor memory – unable to come up with the words she was looking for.

Marketplace

Airing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Apple earnings; whether another interest rate hike is in the pipeline; and the factors driving the supply side of the housing market.

Marketplace Tech for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jan 26, 2016
Marketplace

Airing on Tuesday, January 26, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about gender discrimination in Silicon Valley; and using an app to record your visits to the doctor.

John Rosman

It’s not too hard to find what you need inside Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland, Ore. That’s saying something, since it’s home to approximately one million titles, divided into 3,500 sections and engulfs a city block.  

When you want to find something you learn to rely on the staff. But when I asked three different employees for the location of the store’s most expensive book — I got three different answers.

M and A little bit of history repeating

Jan 25, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

Industrial giants Johnson Controls and Tyco are hoping to tie the knot, financially speaking.  It’s the latest example of inversion, a type of merger-plus-relocation overseas.

It's also a big merger after a huge year for mergers and acquisitions in 2015.  And that makes it a bit of an outlier. Historically, mergers and acquisitions follow a familiar pattern. 

TV joins the party at the Sundance Film Festival

Jan 25, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

The Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford, has traditionally been the most important venue for premiering independent films — short, feature-length and documentary— for the big screen. But in the past few  years, more TV content is being showcased.

Marketplace for Monday, January 25, 2016

Jan 25, 2016

Looking at the economic pattern of mergers and acquisitions; McDonalds earnings report show a comeback for the golden arches; and an interview with GE Vice Chair Beth Comstock.

Getting the band back together can really pay off

Jan 25, 2016
Tony Wagner

This spring, two very different bands will reunite on the main stage at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Southern California.

Bloomberg for president?

Jan 25, 2016
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility of Michael Bloomberg presidential campaign; the CBO's announcement that the deficit will grow for the first time since 2009; and the continuing struggle in Dayton, OH to recover from the housing crisis.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, January 25, 2016

Jan 25, 2016
Marketplace

Airing on Monday, January 25, 2016: On today's show, we'll talk about Apple earnings due out Tuesday; the pitfalls of the connected home; and DIY tablet quizzes that can track the cognitive abilities.

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