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New York farm workers want the right to a day off

May 27, 2016
Eilis O'Neill

Late Saturday afternoon, farmworkers and activists made their way through Harlem and Washington Heights, in Manhattan. Their feet hurt from a long day of walking, but they were still enthusiastic - drumming, chanting, handing out fliers. A pair of them was on roller skates.

Marketplace Weekend for Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

On this week's episode, we go long and short on topics from the week's news with Marketplace's Jed Kim and The Atlantic's Gillian White. We continue our conversation about wedding registries and gift giving with listeners (one of whom received a goat), and etiquette and advice columnist Carolyn Hax. The Kills take the Marketplace Quiz, and Lizzie takes the Metro on LA's newly expanded Expo Line. 

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Since it's Memorial Day weekend and many of you are traveling over the next few months, we need your help solving one of life's greatest mysteries: How do you successfully travel with kids? Got any tips for pulling that off? We'll take your horror stories too, no judgment.

Give us a call at 1-800-648-5114, or leave a note on Facebook or Twitter

A battle between two tech giants

May 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Google's court victory against Oracle over a Java code dispute; the end of price-matching at 500 Wal-Mart stores; and the influence of undocumented immigrants on political elections, despite their inability to vote or donate. 

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It has been five years since NASA retired the space shuttle, ending a federal program that employed some 10,000 people around Cape Canaveral, Fla.

The loss of those jobs was a blow to Florida's Space Coast, an area closely identified with NASA and the nation's space program. But the region's economy is bouncing back and attracting companies that are in a new space race.

Lane Wallace

Google has won an important legal victory over whether it violated copyright rules when it developed the Android operating system. Jurors in San Francisco on Thursday ruled in favor of the tech giant in a $9 billion case brought by software company Oracle.

The dispute, which dates back to 2010, is about Google’s use of Java, a popular programming language that Oracle acquired when it bought Java creator Sun in January 2010.

The days are numbered for price-matching

May 27, 2016
Ashley Milne-Tyte

Price-matching has been in the news this week: Amazon customers criticized the retail giant for ending its practice of matching cheaper prices. Amazon soon shot back it never had such a policy, except for TVs.

Now Wal-Mart is ending price-matching in 500 of its stores. Customers have traditionally been able to come in brandishing a cheaper rival’s ad – and get refunded the difference. As of June 9, they’ll be able to price check on an app and get a gift card back instead of cash.

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the possibility that North Korea may have ties to the recent cyber-attack on Bangladesh's central bank; travel mania this Memorial Day weekend; and how companies manage millennial employees.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, May 27, 2016

May 27, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the court battle between Google and Oracle over APIs; play this week's Silicon Tally with New York Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo; and dive into the news that Microsoft and Facebook are joining forces to build the highest-capacity subsea internet cable ever.  

Travelers take a holiday from high gas prices

May 27, 2016
Reema Khrais

More than 38 million Americans will travel over Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association. That’s the highest number in more than a decade. 

Turner Batten, 26,  is one of those travelers. On Friday morning, he hit the road for North Carolina with his lab, Chipper. Batten is making the drive from Florida to spend time with his family and “relax, visit friends, play golf,” he said.

Batten, who hasn’t been home for Memorial Day in four years, said if gas prices were even a bit higher, he’d probably pass on the trip.

Kim Adams

As the presidential race heats up, money is pouring into campaigns and super PACs. Immigration is one of the hot topics for this election, but not everyone with a stake in the issue can fully engage. For example, undocumented immigrants who are already living and working in the U.S.

Carlos Martinez is a database manager and does voter outreach  for the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas (AACT). He hands out buttons and other voting swag, but can’t actually vote in the elections himself, or donate money to candidates he supports.

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Kimojis, Sheenojis...Kaimojis?

May 26, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Charlie Sheen's back in it — he's the latest celeb to jump on the personalized emoji bandwagon.

They're called Sheenojis, which does have a certain ring to it. He's not the only one. When Kim Kardashian released her line of Kimojis, she broke the app store.

Which gets me to part two of this final note: I'm totally doing my own line of emojis.