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HSN goes down the rabbit hole for new Disney movie

May 26, 2016

HSN, the TV shopping network, is pushing merchandise from Disney's new movie "Alice Through the Looking Glass" this week. Nearly non-stop. Think floral sheets, White Rabbit cameos, "Curiouser and Curiouser" pillows.

The partnership marks the channel's biggest partnership yet with the movie studio, but it's far from HSN's only foray into the world of entertainment. HSN also recently negotiated on-screen mentions in "Mother's Day" and "The Boss."

For more on HSN's move into entertainment, listen above.

Could 'Finding Dory' hurt the world's reefs?

May 26, 2016
JaeRan Kim

When Pixar’s “Finding Dory” comes out next month, it’ll mean millions in revenue for Disney. It may also mean more money for the aquarium fish industry — if viewers decide they might like a fish of their own. That could be a problem for the movie’s star species.

The species of fish most viewers know as Dory has many names, but it's commonly referred to as the Pacific Blue Tang. It's already popular among aquarium owners.

Marketplace Tech for Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about needed tech updates for the government; the news that billionaire Peter Thiel has been funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker for publishing a sex tape featuring Hogan; and self-repairing material. 


On today's show, we'll talk about a rise in Brent crude prices; the Home Shopping Network's partnership with Disney; and the business behind the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A slaughterhouse is a safer place to work than it used to be, according to a new government report. But data gathered by federal regulators doesn't likely capture all the risks faced by meat and poultry workers.

Shareholders of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have voted to reject a series of resolutions aimed at encouraging the companies to take stronger actions to battle climate change.

But Exxon Mobil shareholders voted in favor of a rule that could make it easier for minority shareholders to nominate outsiders to the company's board, a potential victory for environmentalists.

Activist shareholders at both companies had placed an unusual number of resolutions on the ballot related to climate change.

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The Internet is just "the internet" now

May 25, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Not that The New York Times gets to decide everything, but the paper announced this morning that the word "internet" will no longer be capitalized.

The Associated Press made the same decision a month or so ago, so the Times is really just following on this one.

Honestly, the AP is too — I've been pronouncing "internet" with a lower-case "I" for years.

It's been one of those rumors, that some Silicon Valley third party was powering Hulk Hogan's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media and its owner, Nick Denton, over a publication in 2012 of a sex tape.

How refugees are resettled in the U.S.

May 25, 2016
Tracey Samuelson

The U.S. has resettled nearly 40,000 refugees since the beginning of October. Only about 2,500 of those have come from Syria. Even so, the State Department says the U.S. is on track to accept the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama pledged to take this year.

Marketplace for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016
Annie Baxter

HP is spinning off its spin-off, Buzzfeed's podcast expert is striking out on her own and Gawker has found a new adversary in its legal fight with Hulk Hogan.

Silicon Valley is under a harsh spotlight

May 25, 2016
Sally Herships

We’re used to hating on Wall Street. Silicon Valley? Not so much. But though they produce different products — mortgage applications vs apps — look beyond the initial interface design and the two are actually not all that different.  

“If Goldman is a giant face-sucking squid then Google and Facebook are Predator and Alien,” said Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Hewlett-Packard is spinning off its spin-off

May 25, 2016
Annie Baxter

A new spin-off of the tech giant Hewlett-Packard is in the offing. 

Last year, the company completed a separation of its personal computer and printer businesses from its corporate-focused products and services. The latter took the name Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Now HP Enterprise is selling off its business focusing on call centers and maintaining networks for clients.

The all-stock deal with the Computer Sciences Corporation will create a new, as yet unnamed, company worth roughly $9 billion.

Kids won’t eat their apples? Try slicing them

May 25, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

It isn’t a secret that kids usually don’t want to eat their fruits and vegetables. But, some researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab had an inkling they may have found the trick. In a pilot study conducted at several schools, they found that apple consumption jumped 70 percent when the fruit was sliced.

Roberto Fredman wrote, for the Washington Post, about this clever hack.

One of the country's largest pizza chains faces a lawsuit over alleged wage theft.

New York's attorney general accuses Domino's Pizza of systematically undercounting the hours worked by employees at its franchises.

The case could deliver big changes in the fast-food industry and beyond.

When you own a Domino's franchise there are some rules you just have to follow.