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1:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

The Sick Turn To Crowd Funding To Pay Medical Bills

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
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Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:14 am

Surely you've heard of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter that have helped thousands of filmmakers, musicians and painters leverage Facebook and Twitter to raise money for creative projects.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Here's The List: 63 Barnes & Noble Stores Where Crooks Hacked PIN Pads

A Barnes & Noble store in San Bruno, Calif. It's on the list.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:41 am

If you shopped recently at 63 Barnes & Noble stores in nine states and used a credit or debit card there's a chance that thieves got hold of data about your accounts and your PIN.

As the company has announced:

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Business
11:36 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Mortgage Interest Deduction Could Be In Play

About 34 million taxpayers take the mortgage interest deduction, for a typical savings of approximately $600 a year.
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Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:23 pm

In coming months, Congress will begin an epic struggle to get the federal budget deficit under control. One tax break almost certain to come into play is the mortgage interest deduction.

Both President Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, have suggested ways to scale back the deduction's value for wealthy taxpayers. And many economists are cheering them on, saying that now — when interest rates are low — would be a great time to reduce or even phase out the deduction.

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Equal Pay For Equal Work: Not Even College Helps Women

Barnard College graduates listen to President Barack Obama at commencement ceremonies on May 14, 2012.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 7:55 am

A startling new report finds freshly graduated college women will likely face this hurdle when entering the work world: they're worth less than equally educated men.

The American Association of University Women is releasing a new study that shows when men and women attend the same kind of college, pick the same major and accept the same kind of job, on average, the woman will still earn 82 cents to every dollar that a man earns.

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Business
5:47 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Apple Unveils Pencil-Thin iPad Mini

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 4:36 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Let's talk a little more about a small screen. Of course, Apple has dominated the tablet computer market with its iPad. The company says it's sold 100 million of them, but it's had some competition from smaller rivals - smaller screens, that is. Amazon's Kindle and Google's Nexus can easily fit in a purse, or even a jacket pocket. So, as expected, yesterday, Apple introduced a smaller version of the iPad - bigger than an iPhone, smaller than the iPad, the iPad Mini. NPR's Laura Sydell reports.

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Business
5:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Resorts Try To Lure Skiers Back After Last Year's Bust

There's a palpable anxiety in mountain resort towns this fall. After last season's abysmal skiing and snowboarding revenues, these towns are counting on heavy snow this year to make up for the loss. Now, analysts say without early snow, resorts may suffer a "hangover" from last year's disappointment. Luke Runyon reports for Aspen Public Radio.

Business
5:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Mobile Ad Sales Help Boost Facebook Earnings

Facebook beat analysts' expectations, posting solid sales in the third quarter Tuesday. Most important to the company's future, 14 percent of its revenues came from mobile advertising. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he wants to "dispel the myth that Facebook can't make money from mobile." Still, Facebook's mobile partner, game maker Zynga, is in trouble and announced it is laying off 5 percent of its workforce.

Business
5:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

U.S. Closing In On Saudi Arabia's Oil Production

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with an American oil boom.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Business
5:30 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Food For Hobbit Fans: Frodo's Roast, Smaug's Delight

Thanks to the success of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, lots of people now know about the indulgent eating habits of Hobbits. And as the Lord of the Rings prequel movie, The Hobbit, comes out in December, restaurants that think they see some kindred spirits among their customers are serving up special menus.

All Tech Considered
4:01 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Google's Street View Goes Into The Wild

Before Steve Silverman helped Google build its new Trekker, he built cameras for NASA to photograph the surface of Mars. Silverman says the Trekker is built to survive in intense conditions. It will boot up at 10 below zero Celsius or at 110 Fahrenheit. It will even work after being fully submerged in water.
Steve Henn NPR

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Google's Street View maps are headed into the backcountry. Earlier this week, two teams from Google strapped on sophisticated backpacks jammed with cameras, gyroscopes and other gadgets, and descended to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. But this is just the first step in the search giant's plan to digitally map and photograph the world's wild places.

Luc Vincent — who runs Google's Street View — met up with a small group of reporters on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon this week.

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All Tech Considered
4:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Hands On With The New iPad Mini: Lighter, Costlier Than Rivals

The new iPad Mini is displayed after its unveiling at an Apple event in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday.
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Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:29 am

  • Hear Laura Sydell's Story On Morning Edition

Apple has unveiled a smaller, cheaper version of its popular iPad tablet. NPR's Laura Sydell attended the event Tuesday in San Jose, Calif., and got a hands-on look at the new iPad mini. Below are her first impressions.

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Business
3:41 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Dow Falls 243 Points On Worst Day In Months

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:18 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. Now, some business news. This past Friday and again today, the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 200 points. The drop occurred after several big U.S. companies turned in disappointing results. NPR's Jim Zarroli explains.

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Technology
3:41 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Apple Unveils iPad Mini To Compete With Tablets

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:18 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

A positive message today from Apple executives in Silicon Valley. They took to a stage to introduce a new slate of product that will ship in time for the holiday season. The main attraction, as expected, was a smaller tablet called the iPad mini. NPR's technology correspondent Steve Henn was at the event.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

After Bad Day For Market, Facebook's Revenue Rise Boosts Stock

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 5:29 pm

Wall Street's bad day — the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 240 points (1.8 percent) — has been followed by something unusual these days: good news about Facebook's shares.

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The Salt
12:26 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Buying Food Past Its Sell-By Date Tough To Swallow For Greeks

Bargain-hunting Greek shoppers may soon have more options at the grocery store. The government is asking retailers to discount expired nonperishable products in response to rising food prices.
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Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 8:00 am

Austerity measures continue in Greece as the country sinks deeper into a recession. Incomes have dropped nearly 50 percent in some cases, but food prices are at record highs. The Greek newspaper Ekathimerini recently reported that the country has some of the most expensive food and the costliest dairy products in the entire European Union.

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Economy
9:44 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Homeowners' Deductions: Economic Boost Or Burden?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now to matters of personal finance. As we head to the last lap of the election, you might be getting familiar by now with some of the issues being talked about over and over again by the candidates.

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The Salt
8:52 am
Tue October 23, 2012

How Fly Farming May Help More Fish Stay In The Sea

The fly larvae in the AgriProtein factory feed on cow blood and bran.
Courtesy of Jason Drew

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:19 pm

What's the lowly house fly got to do with the $60 billion fish farming industry?

Quite a lot, says Jason Drew, a jet-setting British entrepreneur who is so enthusiastic about the potential of flies, he's just written a book called The Story of the Fly and How It Could Save the World. He thinks flies can solve one of aquaculture's most vexing issues: what to feed the growing ranks of farmed fish.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Apple Expected To Announce A Smaller Version Of Its iPad

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPad Mini during an Apple special event at the historic California Theater on Tuesday.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 12:35 pm

Update at 1:52 p.m. ET. Introducing iPad Mini:

Philip W. Schiller, the senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple, announced a new, smaller and cheaper version of its popular tablet, just minutes ago in San Jose, Calif.

"So, what can you do with an iPad mini that can't do with an iPad?" Schiller asked. "You can hold it in one hand."

The iPad mini is as thin as a pencil, weighs 0.68 pounds and has a 7.9 inch screen, Schiller said. The iPad has a 9.7 inch screen.

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Europe
3:53 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Greek Grocers Get New Rules For Expired Food

A new regulation in Greece is requiring supermarkets to label and reduce prices of nonperishable food sold after the recommended day of consumption. The government says such goods have been sold since 1989, but at the same price as nonexpired perishable goods. Now, supermarkets must set the goods aside on a separate shelf and mark the price down. Are Greeks welcoming the change or suspicious about lax regulation?

Business
3:53 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Study: Being Popular May Boost Your Income

The most popular kids in high school go on to earn higher wages than the least popular — as much as 10 percent 40 years after graduation, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers say students with better social skills do better when they enter the workplace.

Media
3:53 am
Tue October 23, 2012

BBC Roiled By Jimmy Savile Sex Abuse Scandal

The BBC is dealing with its worst crisis in decades. At the heart of the affair: allegations that the late BBC entertainer Jimmy Savile serially sexually abused underage women. The BBC now is having to defend how it handled an investigative report into the charges.

Media
3:53 am
Tue October 23, 2012

'Newsweek' Editor Brown On Print Edition's Demise

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:51 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The word tenacious can also describe Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, and also a regular guest on this program. She had made headlines at many magazines over the years and also made headlines on those magazines. Last week, Brown announced that Newsweek will end its print edition in January. But instead of going out of business, she says she wants to go on. She wants to turn Newsweek into an electronic magazine for tablet readers, like the iPad, supported by advertising and reader subscriptions.

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Business
3:53 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Deal Makes Russian Oil Company Biggest Producer

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Two of the world's biggest oil companies have announced a deal that will slurp up millions of barrels of crude and billions of dollars in earnings, if it works. The move would make Russia's state-owned company Rosneft the biggest publicly traded oil producer in the world - and it would give the British energy giant BP more opportunities in Russia.

NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Moscow.

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Business
3:41 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Yahoo's Profits Spiked In Third Quarter

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 3:53 am

Yahoo's new CEO Marissa Mayer got a lot of attention recently for her decision to cut short her maternity leave and return to work. But she returned to some good news: The troubled online company earned more than $3 billion, beating industry predictions.

All Tech Considered
2:38 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Microsoft, An Empire Under Siege, Makes Its Next Moves

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco in July. This week, Microsoft launches Windows 8, a radical redesign of its operating system, as well as a new set of tablet computers.
Jeff Chiu AP

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:49 pm

Microsoft, the company that defined the PC, is still enormously profitable — but not as profitable as it once was.

This week, Microsoft will try to regroup. It is rolling out the largest upgrade of its Windows software in more than a decade. All of this is meant to help the company break into the exploding market for mobile.

While the company still commands a formidable computing empire, it is now under attack.

Microsoft's CEO is Steve Ballmer, a big, bombastic, balding guy. These days he's riled up about Windows 8.

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All Tech Considered
2:35 am
Tue October 23, 2012

How Much Is A 'Like' On Facebook Worth For A Company's Share Price?

Investors and financial analysis firms are increasingly looking at "sentimental analysis" — such as Facebook "likes" and Twitter messages — to gauge a company's social popularity.
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Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 4:50 pm

High school was not a particularly awesome time in the life of Arthur J. O'Connor. That social fairy dust that some people seem to have? He didn't have it.

"I was a wallflower. I was a nerd," O'Connor says. "I was incredibly intimidated by everybody."

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Planet Money
12:34 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Why A Hedge Fund Seized An Argentine Navy Ship In Ghana

The Libertad is being held in port near Accra, Ghana.
Michael A. Mariant AP

The Libertad, a ship owned by the Argentine Navy, set sail across the Atlantic a few months ago. It was being tracked, via the Internet, by a U.S.-based hedge fund called NML Capital.

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Business
11:08 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Can U.S. Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power?

A Ford Focus on the assembly line in Wayne, Mich. "We have a lot going for us; we've got our problems, but others have problems that are as bad or worse," says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 12:28 pm

At Monday night's foreign policy debate, the first round of questions for the presidential candidates will involve "America's role in the world."

The answers from President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney likely will focus on military readiness and anti-terrorism efforts. That's what most Americans would expect to hear, given that their country has been involved continuously in overseas combat since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

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Business
6:11 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Swampy The Alligator A Hit For Disney Gaming

At Disneyland, the video game character Swampy the Alligator has edged his way onto gift shop shelves once solely dominated by film characters like Mickey Mouse and all those princesses. He's the star of "Where's My Water?" — Disney's first original mobile gaming hit, with over a hundred-million downloads.

Business
6:11 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Dish Reaches Settlement With Cablevision, AMC

Dish Network is settling with Cablevision and AMC Networks after a well-publicized and drawn-out fight in court and on the airwaves. Dish will resume distributing AMC and other channels as part of the settlement, and pay a hefty sum, too — roughly $700 million.

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