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1:23am

Mon April 16, 2012
Crisis In The Housing Market

Hoping For Payout, Investors Become Landlords

Originally published on Mon April 16, 2012 3:08 am

Renzo Salazar maintains the yard around a foreclosed house in Miami after the bank hired him to keep the home from falling into complete dilapidation.
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The housing market has a new frontier — turning foreclosed homes into rental properties. Some big-time investors are starting to buy up thousands of homes to turn into rentals. That might help shore up home prices. But some housing advocates are nervous.

For decades, most single-family homes available for rent have been owned by mom-and-pop landlords. Sometimes it's the nice old guy up the street who owns a couple of rental homes, and some even offer advice on the Internet.

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3:36pm

Sun April 15, 2012
Your Money

The Tax Man Cometh! But For Whom?

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 7:30 pm

In the U.S., the top 10 percent of income earners pay 70 percent of all federal income taxes.
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It's that time of year again – tax week.

With the deadline for Americans to file their income taxes looming, there's a good chance you've heard or will hear from politicians, on cable news and on talk radio about those who pay little or no taxes.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has said that we "have a situation in this country where you're nearing 50 percent of people who don't even pay income taxes." There are even those who say that there are nearly 50 percent of Americans who pay no taxes at all.

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4:10pm

Fri April 13, 2012
Business

Crowdfunding Kicks Off in Boulder

Crowd on the steps of the Treasury

President Obama this month signed the Jumpstart our Business Startups – or JOBS – Act. Part of this new law is meant to help connect investors with small businesses and startups.

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10:38am

Fri April 13, 2012
All Tech Considered

Instagram Seen Adding 10 Million Users In Past 10 Days

Originally published on Fri April 13, 2012 12:17 pm

Days after it was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, reports have emerged that Instagram now has more than 40 million users in its photo-sharing community. The gain, which was derived from the service's API, represents a spike of 10 million Instagram users added in the past 10 days, according to Venture Beat.

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9:21am

Fri April 13, 2012
Planet Money

What America Pays In Taxes

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:26 pm

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