Today, Marketplace Tech kicks off a new series about sports and technology. We're calling it “Gaming the System." We'll be talking Olympics, World Cup, and yes, this Sunday's Super Bowl. But first let's talk about how some people are using numbers and data tracking to try and change the way basketball is played.
Tonight, when the Philadelphia 76ers take on the Phoenix Suns, the players will each be affixed with a tiny GPS unit from a company called Catapult Technology.
"They're basically the size of, like, an apple core, and you wear them under your jersey," says 76ers superfan and blogger at Hoop76, Tom Sunnergren. "What the team can then do is get a baseline measure of how a player's optimal performance is during a practice, and then, you know, make comparisons over the course of the season.
To hear more about the 76ers' GPS units and what the team hopes to do with the data culled from them, click the audio player above.
There's potential for a state of emergency in Ukraine this morning, where protesters are taking over government buildings. The protests began after President Viktor Yanukovych decided to align Ukraine's trade relationship with Russia, instead of the European Union. Ukraine also owes Russia billions of dollars for natural gas. Click the audio player above to hear the BBC's David Stern tell Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary about the economic underpinning of the civil unrest in Ukraine.
Shortly after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was made a field marshal, the military said he should "answer the call of the people" and run for president. Elections are set for April.
Britain is going through a debate on government spending, and NPR's London correspondent, Ari Shapiro, found a magazine cartoon that captures the moment. It's from 1844.
For decades, American companies have sent their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.
For decades, American companies have been sending their manufacturing work overseas. Extremely low wages in Asia and elsewhere reduced costs. But as costs overseas go up, a growing number of American companies are rethinking that business model.
Emerging markets are starting off 2014 in the worst place they've been in 5 years. Investors are fleeing after recent financial tumult in places like Argentina, Turkey, and Thailand. But that's not the only reason the stock market has hit a stumbling block, says the BBC's John Sudworth in Shanghai.
"It's been a pretty gloomy start to 2014, and I guess to sum it up in a nutshell, two reasons: less Fed, and less China," he says. "I think in particular, it's the less China that we should focus on, and the real worry is that Chinese growth is slowing. And that's why many analysts believe we're seeing the sea of red across the trading boards."
To hear the story, click the audio player above.