Christine Romans is minding your business with the latest in U.S. stocks and world markets. With stocks consistently making gains, economists are watching to see if the momentum will continue. So far, it's still strong. Data out of Japan shows the country could be coming out of a recession, Romans says.
But all eyes are on the monthly jobs report coming out later this morning. "Economists surveyed by CNNMoney are predicting predicting 170,000 jobs added to the payrolls in February," Romans reports. "The unemployment rate expected to tick down to 7.8%." Romans says she'll be reading into how both the snowstorm in the Northeast in February and the sequester's might have affected this.
Attention is also on Facebook's upcoming facelift. The company is rolling out new features and an update on Facebook's newsfeed that is supposed to reduce clutter, Romans says. "We're told there's a backlog for the upgrade," she reports.
"Domestic diva" Martha Stewart is expected to testify in a civil case today pitting Macy's against J.C. Penney over Martha Stewart Living prodcuts. At issue is whether Stewart’s company broke an agreement with Macy’s by signing a $500 million deal to sell housewares at Penney locations. Christine Romans has more on the story.
From CNN medical producer John Bonifield:
CT scans expose children to radiation that could give them cancer, according to a review of children’s imaging data published Wednesday in the British medical journal Lancet.
The researchers estimate that for every 10,000 computed tomography scans performed on children aged 10 or younger, one additional child will get a brain tumor and another additional child will get leukemia within a decade of the first scan. These cancers wouldn’t otherwise be expected, even if none of the imaging was done.
Elizabeth Cohen explains this new study and whether your child should get a CT scan.
"Siri," Apple's revolutionary voice-controlled iPhone app, is still in it's beta-testing phase, but it's already proven to be a game changer for smart phone technology.
Despite it's popularity, tech giant IBM has recently raised security and privacy issues over the app, choosing to ban "Siri" from its corporate networks. Christine Romans explains the decision on Early Start this morning.
Saneel Radia, head of innovation at Bartle Bogle Hegarty, discusses the controversy over his company's recruitment of homeless people to act as Wi-Fi hotspots at South by Southwest.