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How popular is AP computer science?

Which of the following subjects is less popular than the AP Computer Science exam? With more students taking the comp-sci AP exam every year, here's more of Marketplace's coverage on diversifying the demographic of students taking the exam. ...
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Following movie stars all the way to the theater

Wizard Con Entertainment World Convention in Madrid
Keeping with the tech-heavy theme of the broadcast today, there's a report out from Nielsen saying 87 percent of people on Twitter said their decision to see a movie was influenced by the site.  Plus, 65 percent of people on Twitter say they follow a film-related account. That is, specific movies, theater chains and actors. I don't get it. I mean ...
Full article at: Market Place 14 hours ago, 4:54pm CDT
 

How can tech companies diversify their workforces?

Twitter is the latest tech company to disclose statistics on the race and gender of its workforce, following Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn. Like those companies, Twitter is falling short on diversity. Technology companies seem to recognize that there is a problem. In an email to Marketplace, Twitter pointed to a list of organizations it supports, including Girls Who Code, YearUp, Black Girls Code, and others.  These organizations help push more women and peo ...
Full article at: Market Place 14 hours ago, 4:54pm CDT
 

How can tech companies diversify their workforce?

Twitter is the latest tech company to disclose statistics on the race and gender of its workforce, following Facebook, Yahoo, Google and LinkedIn. Like those companies, Twitter is falling short on diversity. Technology companies seem to recognize that there is a problem. In an email to Marketplace, Twitter pointed to a list of organizations it supports, including Girls Who Code, YearUp, Black Girls Cod ...
Full article at: Market Place 14 hours ago, 4:54pm CDT
 

Facebook mobilizes, successfully

A couple years ago Facebook had to prove it could figure out how to make money off its mobile services. Consider it done.  Revenue from mobile ads helped propel the company’s profit to $800 million in the second quarter, up from $333 million a year earlier. Those ads feature products like furniture or detergent, and they now appear — like it or not — as regularly as your friends' adorable baby photos in your Facebook mobile news ...
Full article at: Market Place 14 hours ago, 4:54pm CDT
 

GM's post-recall strategy pays dividends

General Motors says compensating victims of its faulty ignition switches will cost $400-600 million, maybe more. That doesn’t include repairs and other costs associated with multiple GM recalls. The company’s recall crisis isn’t readily apparent in auto sales numbers. New GM cars are selling well, without the company having to offer big incentives. “It’s amazing. General Motors would have had an outstanding quarter had it not been for all of the costs ...
Full article at: Market Place 15 hours ago, 4:27pm CDT
 

No deluge of campaign cash after limits end

2014 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Day 4
In April, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in a big campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The justices voted 5-4 to overturn certain limits on how much money Americans can give to candidates and committees. The reaction was swift. There was concern, among the dissenting justices and campaign finance reform advocates, that the decision would open the floodgates, allowing more Americans to give ...
Full article at: Market Place 15 hours ago, 3:57pm CDT
 

CEOs get paid a ton, Mary Poppins makes almost none

As the song goes, "Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!" That is, unless you're getting paid the federal minimum wage like Mary Poppins. Or, rather, Kristen Bell as Mary Poppins in a Funny or Die video poking fun at how difficult it is to live on $7.25 an hour: Mary Poppins Quits with Kristen Bell from Funny Or Die Aside from lamenting that she has to buy her own bi ...
Full article at: Market Place 17 hours ago, 2:09pm CDT
 

Kai Ryssdal vs. the American Girl Store

Melky Jean's Birthday Party and Carma Fundraiser
Walk into an American Girl store - any American Girl store - and you'll see different shades of pink. Everywhere. That, and dolls, which cost a minimum of $110. Accessories and services like ear-piercing cost more. American Girl has been around since the 1980s. Their dolls started out as historical characters, who starred in accompanying books about significant periods in American history. Over the years, the line has expanded to inc ...
Full article at: Market Place 18 hours ago, 1:26pm CDT
 

A fund to invest more in rural infrastructure

Kent State v Rutgers
Parts of rural America might be getting an infrastructure upgrade. The Department of Agriculture is partnering with the private sector to launch a new investment fund stocked with $10 billion to go toward rural infrastructure development. The idea is to bundle projects together so investors can more easily fund them, ranging from schools and hospitals to wastewater treatment facilities or even broadband. For example, the state of Georgia exports nearly 30 perc ...
Full article at: Market Place 19 hours ago, 11:57am CDT
 



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