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D Gorenstein

February is Black history Month. March: National Nutrition Month and April? April is Distracted Driving Month, so named to draw attention to something that is nothing short of a public health crisis.

Nova Safo

Facebook is looking to grow its 1.6 billion monthly active user base by focusing on the infrastructure that carries the Internet.

The social networking giant is looking for growth in developing countries such as those on the African continent, but it has been hampered by networks that can be slow and expensive.

Politics, regulation and inferior infrastructure all play a role, said Mark Mahaney, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets.

"Anything they can do to remove friction between consumers around the world and the Internet benefits them," Mahaney said.

D Gorenstein

The nation’s most storied medical journal is facing criticism for failing to share enough data and for the way it handles errors. Those raising questions say the New England Journal of Medicine’s editorial policies make it less dependable than in the past.   

This is a fight over how to deliver the most reliable medical information.

Coming soon to your plate: Georgia oysters

Apr 27, 2016
Molly Samuel

Oysters already grow wild on Georgia’s coast, but they’re not those big, individual ones that restaurants usually serve. They grow in clusters, with lots of them stuck together. Great for throwing over a fire at an oyster roast, but not what people expect at a nice restaurant.

“The locals love them, they know how to deal with them,” Joe Maley said, who harvests oysters on the coast south of Savannah. “But get too far up the road and people go, ‘What’s that?’”


On today's show, we'll talk about Comcast's possible purchase of DreamWorks; criticism toward a celebrated medical journal's editorial policies; and SunEdison's bankruptcy filing. 

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Apr 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Apple's quarterly sales drop;  a powerful coalition that's lobbying for autonomous vehicles; and a drone program that delivers health care supplies.

This post was updated at 7:45 p.m. ET.

A central neighborhood in Boston had been left out of Amazon's plans for free same-day delivery in the city. The company said on Tuesday that will change.

A Bloomberg analysis last week showed that the predominantly black Roxbury community did not have access to the Amazon Prime service, which is offered to all adjacent neighborhoods. After looking at nationwide data, Bloomberg called the disparity in Boston "the most striking."

Prince's sister says that when the musician died suddenly last week, he left no known will. On Tuesday, she asked a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee the estate, which may be worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But no matter who the heirs turn out to be, they will be facing some tough choices.

Prince always had an aura of mystery. His death at 57 has only added to the puzzle.

Apple's 13-year streak of making highly profitable products has hit a snag.

In the most recent quarterly report, Apple says iPhone sales fell. And with nothing else to make up for it for now, Apple's revenue declined along with it, for the first time since 2003. The quarterly profit, too, dropped 22.5 percent.

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VIDEO: Chocolate Bars With A Political Bite

Apr 26, 2016

It's often said that Washington, D.C., is a town obsessed with politics. Apparently, that obsession extends to its chocolatiers.

Why your online memories are massive energy guzzlers

Apr 26, 2016

If Memory Lane were a real place, it might be a long aisle in a dimly-lit data center. At least for those of us who keep photos online.

“When Facebook came out years ago, you loaded pictures and put them in an album that today you still want to be able to access," Ali Greenwood, with Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate firm in Dallas, said. "Do you ever look at them? Very rarely, right! But you would be devastated if you couldn’t click on it and pull up a photo album of your wedding from seven years ago.”

There's a reason trade is a divisive election issue

Apr 26, 2016
Tracey Samuelson

International trade – how we do it, who we do it with, and what impact it has on the American worker – has become a significant issue on the presidential campaign trail. Opposing the trade status quo and new pending trade agreements are central tenets in the campaigns of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. The support they’ve found for those positions and the discontent they’ve tapped into has put pressure on other campaigns to follow their lead.

Marketplace for Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

Kai interviews Nike co-founder Phil Knight about about the iconic brand's humble beginnings; Congress debates a debt relief bill while Puerto Rico faces a daunting debt crisis; and how tech companies are trying to make mobile communication more safe for motorists.