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As Uber Expands, It Asks Cities For Forgivness Instead Of Permission

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 2:31am

In 2014, Uber became one of the most valuable privately held companies on earth. It expanded to more than 200 cities, but criticism and legal battles have ballooned in parallel with its revenues.

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Online Sellers Pop Up In Real Life, For A Limited Time Only

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

One-click shopping is changing the ways people shop and retailers sell their wares. But some online retailers are opening physical stores — some of which last as short as a day.

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How 'The Interview' May Change How Big Studios Do Business

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Sony's release of The Interview via streaming Internet services and in theaters at the same time is unprecedented for a major studio film and raises questions about the economics of future releases.

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Economy Weathers A Bad Winter And Other Storms To Finish 2014 Strong

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Early in 2014, the economy was floored by the polar vortex — plus, businesses and consumers were dazed by a government shutdown and debt limit fight. But it rebounded, and analysts are optimistic.

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Low Gas Prices Predicted For 2015 And Beyond

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Prices at the pump have dipped below $2 a gallon in some parts of the country this month, with average prices more than one-third lower than this summer. Analysts say that trend is likely to continue.

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Employers Help Legal Immigrants On Path To Citizenship

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Some firms are helping their legal immigrant employees by bringing citizenship workshops and legal assistance to the jobsite. About 100 companies in seven cities are participating in the program.

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Chicago Officials Spar With South Dakota Over Airport Ads

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:16pm

Ads touting the business climate in South Dakota will go up at Chicago's O'Hare airport in January. The city rejected the first round of ads, which compared Chicago's treatment of business to the TSA.

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Demand For Audio Books Keeps Penguin Random House Recording

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 3:52am

Audiobooks as we know them have been around for about 25 years. But the form really took off when MP3 players like the iPod came out.

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Christmas Tree Farmers Invest Long-Term In The Holiday Spirit

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:29am

Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.

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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:27am

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

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Pittsburgh Tries To Attract Enterprising Immigrants And Refugees

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 2:26am

Pittsburgh is the latest Rust Belt city hoping to lure high-skilled immigrants into its labor force by helping refugees and other immigrants land the kind of jobs they held back home.

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'Greening' Squeezes Florida's Citrus Industry

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:25pm

Florida's citrus industry has been hit hard by "greening," a disease that has already wreaked havoc in other parts of the globe. The disease has caused a sharp drop in the number of oranges, grapefruits and tangerines harvested in the Sunshine State.

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Sony To Stream 'The Interview' On YouTube, Other Sites Starting Today

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:09am

The studio said the comedy will also be available to rent on Google Play, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website at a price of $5.99. It's also being shown in more than 200 theaters.

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In Its Strange Journey, 'The Interview' Becomes An Art House Film

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 6:45am

In what scenario does a $44 million slapstick comedy become a good fit for independent theaters? Only one involving geopolitical intrigue, a humiliating hack and terror threats from North Korea.

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Despite Some Clouds, U.S. Economic Forecast Looks Sunny

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

Data indicate the U.S. economy grew at an impressive 5 percent rate in the third quarter. The stock market hit another record on Tuesday. David Greene talks David Wessel of the Brookings Institution.

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Lower Gas Prices Add Fuel To U.S. Economic Recovery

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

The average American is seeing a much bigger boost from falling gas prices than from pay raises. Cheap energy could finally put the U.S. economic recovery over the top.

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More Than 200 Theaters To Show 'The Interview' On Christmas Day

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

The controversial buddy flick The Interview will be shown on Christmas Day after all, in a small group of theaters. We explore the film's journey from major Hollywood release to art house film.

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Poker Players Use Science To Effectively Give To Charities

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

There's a new movement to get professional poker players to give a share of their winnings to charity — but most charities don't make the cut. Our Planet Money team explains why.

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Lower Oil Prices Drain Value Of Russians' Money

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 4:02am

In Russia, they are not celebrating lower oil prices. The price of oil could mean the difference between prosperity and recession. The ruble has lost about 45 percent of its value this year.

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The Year In Air Travel: Packed Planes And More Perks — For A Price

Wed, 12/24/2014 - 2:20am

Commercial airlines earned nearly $20 billion in profits this year. They're using the cash to buy new planes, update facilities and add amenities — but not all of those new comforts will be free.

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