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eBay Co-Founder's Media Company Launches Digital Magazine

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:00am

In the coming weeks, we'll be offering a periodic look at media organizations which are trying to figure out how to report and present the news while paying for that amid major changes in the industry. In our first story, we hear about a new news organization funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire co-founder of eBay who wants to sustain aggressive investigative reporting. It's called First Look Media.

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House Has 6 Working Days Left To Raise Debt Ceiling

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:00am

With time running short, House Republicans held a caucus meeting Monday night to map out their plan to deal with the debt limit. Speaker John Boehner last week indicated he would need Democratic votes to pass a debt limit increase because he was not likely to get enough Republican votes to reach a majority.

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U.S. Delays Obamacare Deadline For Some Businesses

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 4:00am

The Obama administration on Monday announced yet another postponement in implementing the new federal health care law. This time the administration is giving small businesses affected by the law another year to comply. Businesses with 50 to 99 employees have until 2016 to comply.

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GM Says New CEO Will Earn 60 Percent More Than Male Predecessor

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 5:55pm

Based on erroneous figures, the automaker was criticized for paying Mary Barra too little. To correct the record, GM took the unusual step of releasing full details of their new CEO's pay package.

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Worker Productivity Is Up, But Are Employers Sharing The Wealth?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:01am

The latest jobs report showed that the economy added 113,000 jobs in January. Wages have pretty much stayed stagnant, while worker productivity is higher than ever. Host Michel Martin talks about how workers feel about increased productivity, and what it means for the long-term unemployed with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.

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Hollande's U.S. Visit To Send Signal To French Entrepreneurs

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

French President Francois Hollande arrives in the U.S. on Monday. In addition to a stop at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Virginia, Hollande will travel to Silicon Valley. The French president has been seen as anti-business, but he is trying to send a positive signal to French entrepreneurs with his visit to the world's high-tech capital.

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'Dumb Starbucks' Mocks Coffee Behemoth

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

"Dumb Starbucks" opened on Friday, serving free "dumb lattes" and other coffee drinks all weekend. The coffeehouse categorizes itself as a parody, protected by the "fair use" doctrine.

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Does Congress Have Enough Political Will To Reduce The Debt?

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

When the bi-partisan budget deal was announced in December, supporters heralded cuts that would balance spending increases. Among them, a slight reduction to the pensions of working-age military retirees. But a bi-partisan consensus emerged to undo it — calling into the question whether Congress has the political will necessary to make any cuts that reduce the long-term debt.

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Chinese Tech Giant Lenovo Extends Its Reach In U.S.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

In January, Lenovo struck deals with two American companies. In a span of one week, the company spent roughly $5 billion to purchase both IBM's low-end server business and Google's Motorola mobile phone business. The moves help establish Lenovo as a global player.

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Why Europe Is Interested In Closer Ties With Cuba

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 4:00am

Foreign ministers from the 28 nations of the European Union are meeting in Brussels Monday to discuss boosting trade with Cuba. The EU lifted diplomatic sanctions on Cuba in 2008. Now Spain is leading an effort to lift commercial restrictions too.

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Funeral Home Kiosks Offer Shoppers The Ultimate Deal

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 3:18pm

To see what services the Forest Lawn company has to offer, there's no need to go to an actual funeral home or cemetery. In shopping centers across Southern California, the business is setting up kiosks that look like they could as easily be marketing homemade pottery instead of urns.

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Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender In 2012 Fire That Killed 112

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 8:00am

The deaths in the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, which supplied U.S. and European retailers, were blamed on blocked exits and managers who prevented workers from escaping.

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Blowing Away The Limits Of Convention

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 4:00pm

A Tunisian inventor has come up with a new design for wind turbines that may be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Ozy.com has this and more stories about moving beyond expectations, from HBO's True Detective to smart technology that's making us better tippers.

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French Court Orders Google To Display Notice On Its Search Page

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 10:35am

The Internet giant has been ordered to publish a public notice that it violated French regulations on user privacy.

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Panama Canal Expansion Suspended Over Cost Overrun Dispute

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 9:23am

A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.

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Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 8:51am

The very first car developed by Ferdinand Porsche was not a sleek speed machine. The wooden-framed, open-carriage P1 was recently unearthed in a garage in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Achim Stejskal, director of the Porsche Museum about the surprising find.

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January Job Growth Disappoints, But Unemployment Drops

Sat, 02/08/2014 - 8:44am

The U.S. added just 113,000 jobs in January, instead of the 180,000 analysts had predicted. Despite the anemic gains, the unemployment rate inched down to 6.6 percent, the lowest level since October 2008.

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Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 3:19pm

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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How The Meritocracy Myth Affects Women In Technology

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 12:43pm

The breathtaking lack of women in the tech industry has a real effect on one of America's most important economic and innovation engines. Join our running conversation on the cultural changes at play and what to do about it.

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Jobs Report: Unemployment Ticks Down; Payrolls Tick Up

Fri, 02/07/2014 - 10:26am

The government's latest unemployment report showed the economy still struggling to bounce back from a weak report in December. Employers in January added 113,000 to payrolls, far less than expected. The unemployment rate did notch down to 6.6 percent.

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