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Canada's Tech Firms Capitalize On Immigration Anxiety In The Age Of Trump

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:46am

"We feel that Canada has a window of opportunity here to be able to attract the best and the brightest," says one Canadian tech leader.

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Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us A Try

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:33am

The fast-food chain is often knocked for its Americanized spin on Chinese food. But as American palates expand, it wants to keep up by offering more traditional Chinese recipes ... to an extent.

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A Little-Known Climate Fund Is Suddenly In The Spotlight

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 8:10am

It's the Green Climate Fund. It was called out by President Trump last week, who said he'd cut off U.S. "billions." What does it do, exactly, and what will be the impact of the cutback?

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The Faceless Boss: A Look Into The Uber Driver Workplace

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 6:10am

To recruit drivers, company leaders are fond of saying that at Uber, you can "Be Your Own Boss." But NPR found that many Uber drivers feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, yet faceless.

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Changing Pay Rates Keep Uber Drivers On The Road Longer

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:03am

Because of supply and demand, pay rates for Uber drivers shift. They never know how much they're going to make. To reach a goal, some drivers stay on the job at least 14 hours — sometimes longer.

Economic Opportunities Are Bleak For Russian Single-Industry Town

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:03am

Many Russian towns have had a hard time transitioning from communism to capitalism. In a single-industry town 200 miles north of Moscow, the population and job opportunities are dwindling.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Still Could Use More Planning

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am

The president's infrastructure proposal still has a few holes to fill in, and it also may not be the job engine he thinks it will be. Here are four questions he may want to think about.

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House Passes Bill Aimed At Reversing Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:54pm

The GOP-led House approved legislation that scales back the massive set of Wall Street regulations created after the 2008 financial crisis. The Financial CHOICE Act faces dim prospects in the Senate.

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Uber Drivers Criticize Company For Shady Firing Practices

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:31pm

Two words you probably never want to hear: you're fired. Now imagine that instead of your boss telling you — eye-to-eye — you instead get the news as a pop-up alert on your smartphone. That's how it works at Uber, and it turns out, the Uber app's move to fire is sometimes made in error.

Spies In The Field: As Farming Goes High-Tech, Espionage Threat Grows

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:00am

Recent cases involving Chinese nationals conspiring to steal trade secrets — from gene-spliced rice to corn seed — have highlighted the risk of intellectual property theft from U.S. companies.

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Uber Drivers Don't Feel Like Their Own Bosses

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:09am

Uber says drivers can each be their "own boss." But in an NPR survey, hundreds of drivers said they don't feel that way. They feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, and yet faceless.

Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

Suddenly aware of repetitive feedback loops in his life, Max Hawkins created apps that decided where he should go, what strangers' parties he should attend, even how he should spend Christmas.

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Trump Administration Names More Former Lobbyists With Ethics Waivers

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 5:29pm

The White House has put out the names of federal agency officials who sought dispensation from ethics rules. But critics question whether the list reflects the full scope of conflicts of interest.

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Solar Firms Plan To Return To Nevada After New Law Restores Incentives

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:18pm

The governor plans to sign a bill that will let homeowners sell excess electricity to their utility at retail rates. Solar companies stopped seeking new customers because incentives were phased out.

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Why Have American Teens Stopped Looking For Summer Jobs?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Ben Steverman of Bloomberg about the steady decline in the number of teenagers who have jobs.

Amazon Lowers Prime Membership Rate For Low-Income Customers

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:38am

Amazon and Walmart are in a battle for low-income shoppers, and Amazon has fired the latest salvo. It is offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

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Trump Deals In Saudi Arabia May Ultimately Be Less Than Advertised

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:13am

U.S. officials were slow to provide details about the agreements announced during Trump's trip abroad. Many of the deals were nonbinding — others had been in the works since Obama's administration.

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News Brief: Iran Attack, Russia Probe, Uber Workplace-Misconduct Report

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Iran state media report multiple attacks in Iran. Senate launches 2 days of testimony about the Trump campaign's Russia ties. A report commissioned for Uber catalogues its record on sexual harassment.

Uber Fires 20 Employees After Sexual Harassment Claim Investigation

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:57pm

On Tuesday, the company gathered its staff to discuss the review's findings, according to a source familiar with the meeting. A broader report on addressing Uber's workplace culture is due next week.

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Uber Fires 20 Employees After Internal Investigation Into Sexual Harassment

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

Ride hailing company Uber announced on Tuesday the firing of about 20 employees as a result of an internal investigation into what some critics have called a corporate culture that tolerates sexual harassment and other misconduct.

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