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Evaluating The Benefits And Costs Of Patents

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

The electric car company Tesla recently announced it was putting its patents in the public domain. Our Planet Money team looks at what would happen if we got rid of patents all together.

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Proposal To Allow State Tolls On Interstates Hits Roadblocks

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 4:10am

President Obama has proposed allowing states to collect tolls on interstate highways as a way of raising funds to pay for reconstructing those roads. Most of the interstate system is toll free.

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Lotteries Take In Billions, Often Attract The Poor

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:39pm

Americans wager nearly $60 billion a year on lotteries. Revenues help states, which use the money to provide services. But researchers say the games often draw low-income gamblers who are on welfare.

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U.S. Sanctions Major Russian Banks And Energy Companies

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:33pm

The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.

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Visa Makes Big Move To Boost Consumer Spending Online

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:45pm

Ever try shopping on your smartphone and decide you don't want to put in your credit card number? Visa says it's a big problem and came up with a tool that combines improved security and convenience.

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Time Warner Rebuffs Rupert Murdoch's Big-Dollar Bid For Media Giant

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:06pm

Time Warner has rejected a buyout offer, reportedly as high as $80 billion, from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. A deal between the two companies would create a media powerhouse — and a thicket of challenges for anti-trust regulators.

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Don't Fire The Comcast Guy, Says Caller Who Tried To Cancel

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:20pm

The man whose frustrating call to Comcast went viral says the customer service rep should not be fired. Ryan Block says the problem he encountered is far more systemic than one person.

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Move Over Hong Kong: The World's Priciest Cities Are In Angola And Chad

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 10:45am

A new survey of the most expensive cities in the world puts Luanda and N'djamena at the top. How did these African capitals beat our perennial top dollar towns like Hong Kong and Tokyo?

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Murdoch Says His Bid For Rival Time Warner Was Rejected

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 9:32am

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox confirmed that it made an offer to buy the owner of HBO, Warner Bros., TBS and CNN but got shot down.

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Murdoch Confirms A Spurned Bid For Time Warner

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:54am

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox says that it sought to buy Time Warner last month, confirming reports of a deal with a price reported at $80 billion.

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EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:28am

Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says.

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Students React To The Closure Of A Giant For-Profit College

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 7:21am

The for-profit college chain Corinthian Colleges is closing or selling most of its 107 campuses and online programs.

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Marvel Comics Rewrites Thor Into A Woman

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

Series writer Jason Aaron points out, "This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor." She'll make her debut in October.

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Apple Teams Up With Former Rival On Business App

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

Apple and IBM were intense competitors 30 years ago — during the early days of the personal computer. But now, in the mobile age, the two companies have struck a deal to develop business apps.

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Senate Democrats Aim To Overturn High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:02am

The measure is unlikely to pass, however, they are hoping to give Democrats a boost in contested states this fall by getting single female voters fired up to head to the polls.

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Craft Beer Reaches New Depths As Mainers Brew A Batch From Seaweed

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:42am

A craft brewer in Maine is partnering with a most unusual item — seaweed. If the beer takes off, the state's emerging seaweed aquaculture industry may benefit.

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Coping With A Co-Worker's Body Odor Takes Tact

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:27am

Stinking on the job is a common problem, say pros in human resources, and a reluctance to use soap and water is rarely to blame. Medical conditions, diet or cultural differences can play a role, too.

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FCC Extending Net Neutrality Commenting Time After Site Buckles

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:28pm

Heavy traffic to the FCC's commenting site crashed it on Tuesday. That was the original deadline for the public to weigh in on a controversial Internet proposal. You now have until Friday to comment.

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Apple Teams Up With Former Rival IBM On Business Apps

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:09pm

The companies announced a deal Tuesday to sell Apple devices loaded with IBM software to big businesses all over the world

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Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:54pm

Nearly a million community college students don't have access to federal student loans, according to a new report.

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