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Trump Administration Restricts H-1B Worker Visas Coveted by High Tech

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:15pm

It's another step in fighting potential fraud and abuse in the program that brings 85,000 highly-skilled workers into the U.S. every year. More detail is required on why the workers are needed.

Gothamist Properties Will Be Revived Under New Ownership: Public Media

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:04pm

WNYC will buy Gothamist, KPCC will acquire LAist, and WAMU is taking over DCist. The move is funded by two anonymous donors "who are deeply committed to supporting local journalism initiatives."

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Atlanta Is Experiencing A Film And TV Production Boom

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:35pm

More than 70 film and TV projects were shot in and around Atlanta in 2017. So many, the area has developed a permanent production industry.

How 1 Tweet From Kylie Jenner Caused Snap, Inc. To Lose $1 Billion

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Will Oremus, a senior technology writer at Slate about how a recent tweet by Kylie Jenner caused Snap, Inc. — the parent company for Snapchat — to lose more than $1 billion.

Why Major Companies Are Severing Ties With The NRA After Parkland Shooting

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bloomberg reporter Polly Mosendz about why major companies are severing ties with the Nation Rifle Association in the wake of protests over the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.

Guns And The Trump Slump

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 3:04pm

Today more than two thirds of the guns in America are owned by just 20 percent of gun owners. That's not always good for gunmakers.

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One By One, Companies Cut Ties With The NRA

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 2:24pm

Advocates for stricter gun laws have coalesced under the hashtag #boycottNRA, and several companies appear to have heeded the call a little more than a week after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

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Despite Frigid Weather, The Snow In Pyeongchang Is Fake

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 1:48pm

Between 90 and 98 percent of the snow at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games is man-made, says Joe VanderKelen, president of the Michigan-based company that is supplying the snow machines.

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Hungary's Leader Pushes For 'Stop Soros' Laws Against NGOs That Help Migrants

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:56am

Hungary's government has proposed a series of bills it says will curb illegal immigration. Critics say the motivation is to cripple NGOs linked to U.S. financier George Soros.

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The Hungarian Prime Minister's Feud With George Soros Escalates

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 6:56am

Hungary's government has proposed a series of draft laws it says will curb illegal immigration. Critics say the motivation is to cripple NGOs linked to U.S. financier George Soros.

Clear Plastic Bag With Designer Stamp Sells For $590

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 5:12am

The clear plastic bag looks pretty much like a grocery bag expect that it has a designer label. Celine Paris is stamped on it. Prepare to shell out nearly $600 to have that bag.

Trump Trade Action Could Boost Steel And Aluminum Makers, Hurt Others Industries

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:05am

President Trump is weighing tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum imports. But a backlash is brewing by aerospace companies and other manufacturers, who say such moves will drive up costs.

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This 'Gray Hat' Hacker Breaks Into Your Car — To Prove A Point

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:05am

Everything from cars to thermostats is being connected to the Internet, raising security concerns. Samy Kamkar, who once hacked MySpace, hopes exposing vulnerabilities will make these things safer.

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Coal Jobs Have Gone Up Under Trump, But Not Because Of His Policies

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:00am

The number of U.S. coal jobs rose slightly during the president's first year in office. But energy analysts credit short-term market forces and say they won't stop long-term decline.

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POLL: The 'Inappropriate' Office Behaviors Most Pervasive In Workplaces

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 4:00am

Over 9 in 10 people think both gossip and deliberate touching are inappropriate at work, and many have seen it happen. Yet, almost no one admitted to doing either in a new Ipsos/NPR poll.

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New Report Finds Climate Change Could Take A $1 Billion Bite From Winter Sports

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:12am

As the climate warms, a new report finds that low-snow years like this one can cost the U.S. winter sports industry up to $1 billion. That can bring economic pain well beyond ski resorts.

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Iran May Follow Venezuela In Launching Its Own Cryptocurrency

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 7:33pm

The move, announced by a government official in a tweet on Wednesday, raised fears of rogue states using virtual currencies to evade sanctions.

NPR Board Faces Tough Questions Over Sexual Harassment Handling

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:40pm

NPR's senior management and board members faced skepticism as they sought to rebuild trust with the network's workforce. Some comments appear to have stoked fresh anger from staffers.

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Disney's Promised Bonus To Its Workers Comes With A Catch

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:55pm

Not long after the big tax cut bill passed, Disney joined other corporations in promising bonuses for its workers. In Disney's case, the bonus was set at $1,000, but for 36,000 unionized workers at Disney, it turns out there's a catch. They must agree to the wage offer on the table in contract negotiations before they can receive their bonuses.

Take A Peek Inside The Market For Stolen Usernames And Passwords

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 3:20pm

Our usernames and passwords, to all kinds of websites, are for sale on the dark web. Some, like bank account passwords, are obviously valuable. But hackers can extract money from this information in all kinds of creative ways.

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