Fifty years ago today, Capitol Records released the Beatles' first album, "Meet the Beatles." In the current era of integrated marketing plans for the launch of a new album, movie, or online enterprise, you might think the release of the first big-label Beatles album in the U.S. would have been the fruit of months of planning with the full force of Capitol Records behind it. But that wasn’t exactly the case. Beatles historian Kenneth Womack, an English professor at Penn State, tells the story to Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio. Click the audio player above to listen.
Target and Nieman Marcus customers are among the tens of millions whose credit cards have been compromised in recent hacks. The news is sparking a lot of questions about American credit card security. That brings us to the next part of our series on Wall Street technology. Today we're looking at why American banks and retailers are still using the same old magnetic strip cards, instead of more secure chip and pin cards commonly used abroad. Chester Wisniewski, from the digital security firm Sophos, discusses the story with Marketplace Tech guest host Mark Garrison. Click the audio player above to listen.
The main group opposing the Assad regime has issued an ultimatum demanding that a U.N. invitation to Iran to participate in the discussions be revoked.
The news from the Tehran and the United Nations today is that Iran has stopped its most sensitive uranium enrichment work. It's part of a deal with world powers to ease worry about the country's nuclear program. It also clears the way for a partial lifting of sanctions. To hear more about this story from the BBC's Matthew Price, click the audio player above.
The 45-year-old missionary who was convicted and sentenced on charges of subversion appeared before a select group of journalists from Western agencies to make his plea.