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Employees Yearn For Return To Cubicles Amid Open Office Woes

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Planet Money team explores which is better for actually getting work done: an open office or cubicles. A maker of office furniture explains why many clients now want to go back to the cubicle.

North Korea Linked To Cyber Attacks On Asian Banks

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 3:31pm

Cybersecurity researchers are linking a recent spate of attacks against Asian banks to North Korea. The digital security firm Symantec says the recent breaches in Asia have identical lines of malicious software deployed in the high profile attack against Sony Pictures in 2014. The FBI has tied North Korea to the Sony attack.

Verizon, Labor Unions Reach Tentative Deal To End Weeks-Long Strike

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 2:54pm

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announced the agreement in principle and says he expects workers will be back on the job next week.

Is Virginia Health Insurer's Decision To Drop Bronze Plans An Omen?

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 9:57am

Bronze plans provide the least generous coverage of the four tiers on insurance marketplaces, paying 60 percent of benefits, on average, compared with 70 percent for the more popular silver plans.

With Shuttles Gone, Private Ventures Give Florida's Space Coast A Lift

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Five years after NASA's shuttle program ended, a new Florida aerospace industry is beginning to take shape. Firms, from those making jets to tiny Internet satellites, are adding factories and jobs.

Planet Money Tracks Down The Inventor Of The Open Office

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 4:25am

Open office plans have become common. Our Planet Money teams has the story of the man who came up with the idea to tear down cubicle walls, and why he thought it was a good idea.

Tech Billionare Peter Theil Comes Forward In War Against 'Gawker'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Theil revealed he was a backer of Hulk Hogan's successful invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker. Thiel has supported libertarian causes, futuristic startups and started a foundation that funds young people who skip college to work on entrepreneurial projects.

After Departure Of Uber, Lyft In Austin, New Companies Enter The Void

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Earlier this month, voters in Austin, Texas, rejected an effort to overturn the city's rules for ride-hailing companies. Uber and Lyft tried to prevent fingerprinting of their drivers, and now both have left town. A few other ride-share companies have popped up to help fill the void. NPR explores how people are getting around town without Uber and Lyft.

Tech Billionare Peter Thiel Comes Forward In War Against 'Gawker'

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37pm

Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel revealed he was a backer of Hulk Hogan's successful invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker.

Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 1:16pm

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.

Walk This Way: Let Your Shoes Tell You Where To Go

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 6:01am

Why stare at your smartphone screen to get directions when you can let your sneakers guide you to your destination using Bluetooth and vibrations?

To Survive The Bust Cycle, Farmers Go Back To Business-School Basics

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 3:37am

Farming is entering its third year on the bust side of the cycle. Major crop prices are low while expenses like seed, fertilizer and land remain high. That means getting creative to succeed.

We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:11pm

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.

ExxonMobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:01pm

But shareholders at ExxonMobil approved one resolution that could make it easier to one day nominate an environmentalist to the board.

Oil Refinery Strikes Spark Gas Shortages In France

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:31pm

Strikes are a part of life in France, and people take it in stride. But every once in a while, things get out of hand, and the escalating conflict over the government's changes to labor laws seems to fit that mould.

Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 2:24pm

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

Chinese Billionaire Takes On Disney With His Own Theme Parks

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:03am

Disney will soon open a $5 billion theme park in Shanghai, its second in China. A Chinese real estate mogul predicts he will leave Disney in the dust, as he builds the world's largest tourism company.

In A Lawsuit, New York Accuses Domino's Pizza Of Wage Theft

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 4:02am

It's the latest chapter in a long campaign against wage theft by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. His office has already recovered millions of dollars in wages for low-income workers.

Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 3:54am

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

Business Of Disaster: Insurance Firms Profited $400 Million After Sandy

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:28pm

More than three years after Superstorm Sandy, NPR and PBS's Frontline investigate the thousands still not home, the government agencies that failed to help and the companies that made millions.

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