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Marketplace Tech for Monday, October 24, 2016

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On today's show, we'll look at how Americans feel about voting online; a Politico report that predicted the media could be vulnerable to cyber attacks on election night; and a new study that shows the share of women in tech is declining. 

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AT&T's $85.4-billion bid to buy Time Warner is now official, facing what's expected to be a tough regulatory review, given the reach and impact of the telecom and the media behemoths.

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AT&T has announced it's buying Time-Warner in a cash-and-stock deal worth more than $85 billion, uniting one of the country's largest communications companies with a major content provider.

The deal was formally approved by the boards of both companies on Saturday.

Life is pretty busy for Mike Buchmann, a high school art teacher and football coach, and his wife Shannon, who works as an assistant controller at a small private college near their home in Mishawaka, Ind.

Everyone is out the door by 7:45 each morning: Mike shuttles their two older kids to before-school care, while Shannon drops off their 14-month-old at a church-based child care center before they head off to their full-time jobs.

If you're a video game aficionado of sorts, or even if you simply missed the memo entirely, it's no secret that actress Jennifer Hale has an extensive resume within the gaming industry.

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Striking professors reached a tentative three-year contract Friday with the state of Pennsylvania. Faculty members had gone on strike Wednesday at 14 public colleges and universities across the state, according to Katie Meyers of NPR member station WITF.

Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Oct 21, 2016

Things are pretty bad right now in Venezuela. Grocery stores don't have enough food. Hospitals don't have basic supplies, like gauze. Child mortality is spiking. Businesses are shuttering.

It's one of the epic economic collapses of our time. And it was totally avoidable.

Venezuela used to be a relatively rich country. It has just about all the economic advantages a country could ask for: beautiful beaches and mountains ready for tourism, fertile land good for farming, an educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil.

Should the United States aspire to the kind of fast-paced economic growth China and India enjoy?

That's what Donald Trump seemed to say at this week's presidential debate: "I just left some high representatives in India. They're growing at 8 percent. China is growing at 7 percent, and that for them is a catastrophically low number. We are growing, our last report came out, it's right over from the 1 percent level. And I think it's going down."

But are comparisons like this meaningful?

Hackers have attacked a major Internet infrastructure company, causing intermittent disruptions Friday to websites and services including Twitter, Reddit, Spotify and Airbnb.

The victim of the attack is a New Hampshire-based company called Dyn (pronounced "dine"). It might not be a household name, but Dyn is one of the companies that sit between you and some of the biggest websites and services — and help make sure that when you type in a Web address, your traffic is properly routed.

Big tobacco could get bigger

Oct 21, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

British American Tobacco (BAT) has offered to purchase the remaining 58-percent stake in Reynolds American it doesn't already own for $47 billion. That would bring together brands like Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike on the BAT side, with U.S. powerhouse brands Newport and Camel from Reynolds.

My Economy: Making an old dream a reality

Oct 21, 2016
Vincent Smith

We usually like to see how the economy is doing by measuring statistics like GDP, but those broad measures don't always reflect everyone's experience. That's why we've collected stories from people all over the country for a segment we call "My Economy." Here's our latest story.

Wendey Waggoner is a single mom of three working as a social worker in Georgetown, Indiana. Waggoner had a comfortable life when she was married to an attorney, but when they divorced her lifestyle changed dramatically. Now she has to stretch her paycheck to support her sons.

Kim Adams

Many people had a tough time using certain web sites this morning. Twitter, Spotify, Airbnb, and PayPal were among many sites that experienced performance issues for short periods today.

Survey says both sides need to play nicer

Oct 21, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Sometimes, on the Friday of a long week, you just a want a little bit of good news.

A new election survey out from Colby College and the Boston Globe shows that 93 percent of likely voters are pushing for both sides to "cool tempers, shake hands, and come together to confront the challenges ahead," according to a report in the Boston Globe.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Our answer booth is now open. With the presidential election almost here we want to know: What economic question can we answer for you before voting day?

Is there anything the candidates did not address that you are wondering about? Or maybe you are confused by some of their claims.

Come tell us about it. 

Washington DC has figured out a way around money bail

Oct 21, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

In most of the country, if you're arrested for something there's a chance you'll be asked to pay money bail to get out of jail until your court date. Estimates vary, but tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of people end up staying in jail only because they can't afford bail.

But not everywhere.

Andy Uhler

According to the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration, roughly 1000 Puerto Rican families are moving to Florida every month. Things are pretty bad on the island right now, as the government tries to deal with billions of dollars of crushing debt. Unemployment’s at 12 percent and almost half of all families are living under the poverty line there. Cities like Orlando have had to rapidly respond to those families’ needs – and that means business and job opportunities.

Devendra Banhart takes the Marketplace Quiz

Oct 21, 2016
Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, musician Devendra Banhart took our money-inspired personality questionnaire.

Banhart's album "Ape in Pink Marble" is out now.

Jim Price

In rural communities, a grocery or restaurant can be a lifeline. So when disaster like the flooding from Hurricane Matthew closes one, even for a few weeks, it can feel like something more than just losing a store.

That’s how it has been in Grifton, a small town in Eastern North Carolina.

Kelly Thomas was recently looking down a flooded street at the brown water flowing around her restaurant, a Highway 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries fast-food franchise. The water was inside as well as outside.

“We’re thinking right now about two feet,” she said.

Cybersecurity has plagued this presidential election like no other in U.S. history. Earlier this week, the Obama administration indicated its plans to retaliate against Russia, in some way, for cyberattacks. Hacking came up, again, in the final presidential debate. Yet neither candidate is offering a roadmap for what to do on aggression, or how to handle foreign hackers.

Weekly Wrap: A sense of "global disenfranchisement"

Oct 21, 2016

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Felix Salmon of Fusion about this week's business and economic news. This week, they talked about China's GDP, Brexit and U.S. inflation rates — and how all of these factor into evaluating the world's economy at large. Also, possible mergers in tech, and how U.S. companies might be feeling about this tumultuous election season.

Correction (Oct. 21, 2016): A previous version of this story misstated Felix Salmon's job.



A group of teenage girls in school uniforms giggle as they share crepes topped with candy and chocolate sauce and oozing hazelnut Nutella. It's a Saturday afternoon and the girls are at the new Nutella shop in Jerusalem's Shuafat Palestinian refugee camp.

The scene is rare in this densely populated and impoverished urban camp. The potholed street outside the café is tense and crowded, as a group of little Palestinian schoolboys fight alongside zigzagging traffic.