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The extraordinary security around GMO salmon

Nov 23, 2015
Tony Wagner

The public comment period around AquAdvantage Salmon starts Tuesday, and given that it's the first genetically-engineered fish declared fit to eat by the FDA, those comments are likely to be lively.

Navigating the unwritten rules of the workplace

Nov 23, 2015
Raghu Manavalan and Lizzie O'Leary

There are all sorts of unwritten rules about how to behave in the workplace, rules that you usually only learn from — often embarrassing — experience.

Or, you could read Ross McCammon's book, Works Well with Others, a guide to navigating workplace culture without enduring the embarrassing experiences that come before. He came into the Marketplace's New York bureau recently to share what he learned about office life.

Don't worry, be happy! Or else you're fired.

Nov 23, 2015
Sabri Ben-Achour

Cara O’Regan’s former job will probably sound pretty familiar to a lot of people. “We were encouraged to be positive and put a positive spin on things whenever possible,” she said.  O’Regan worked in retail sales.

It is an industry in which the customers are always right but not always. . . . nice. “Their responses would be out of proportion to what was actually going on, taking their own stress and psychological distress out on us,” O’Regan said. 

The U.S. drug giant Pfizer and its smaller rival Allergan have agreed to merge, creating the world's biggest pharmaceutical company by sales.

The $160 billion deal is the largest example so far of a corporate inversion, in which a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and shifts its domicile overseas in order to lower its corporate taxes.

Final Note

Nov 23, 2015

I've seen the future, folks, and in it we are all slothlike creatures attached to virtual reality or tablet screens.

Our every need is met by an app or by a button — an actual physical button — that we can press anytime we need something. Like, say, a pizza.

OK, I'm being a little dramatic. However, the pizza button part is real.

Starting next month, Domino's will release an actual little button for your home that will instantly order you a pizza.

Juliet Bartz, a 20-year-old New Yorker who is studying in Paris for a semester, sneaks out of her apartment for an interview on the street.

"It feels nice to walk around," she says. "Because I've just been cooped up all day. My roommates and I are packing up everything and coordinating our flights. It's kind of a domino effect. We're all kind of influenced by each other's fear."

Ending urban blight, there's an app for that

Nov 23, 2015
David Brancaccio

On today's show, we'll talk about one of the biggest corporate mergers ever; parsing the words and phrases that put money in your pocket (or take it away); and an app that aims to end urban blight in Detroit by making data on foreclosed homes readily available.

Increased security could come to U.S. soft targets

Nov 22, 2015
Mitchell Hartman

In the aftermath of an Islamist terrorist attack last week on a Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, and multiple attacks in Paris and Beirut before that, security is front of mind for politicians and the public in the U.S.

But, said security analyst Chris Chivvis of the RAND Corporation, “there is a big difference between a hotel in downtown Bamako — a country which has been troubled by jihadist groups for several years — and a hotel in downtown Atlanta.”

Marketplace Tech for Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 22, 2015

Airing on Monday, November 23, 2015: On today's show, we'll talk about HP's earnings; a thought experiment regarding free speech rights for computers; and how advertisers in India are using audio beacons to target consumers.

Here's how Volvo plans to eliminate car fatalities by 2020

Nov 22, 2015
David Brancaccio

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public on Monday, and auto makers are clamoring to show off their latest wares; green cars, race cars, topless SUVs. Good old Volvo is getting in on the action, too.

It's unveiling a future vehicle concept — equipped with autonomous driving technology — it says will give drivers back some time and make them safer. They're calling it Concept 26 (26 refers to the minutes in the average commute time).