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Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:39am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

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Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 6:03am

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.

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Tech Week: The Internet 'Slowdown' And Apple's New Crop

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:37am

In our weekly roundup, the battle against big cable showed up on many of our favorite websites. And Apple's new mobile payment system and watch announcement made it a big week for tech news.

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Tech Week: The Internet 'Slowdown' And Apple's New Crop

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 4:37am

In our weekly roundup, the battle against big cable showed up on many of our favorite websites. And Apple's new mobile payment system and watch announcement made it a big week for tech news.

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When Investors Buy Alibaba Shares, They Won't Get What They Paid For

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 3:21pm

When the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba goes public, it's going to the biggest public offering ever. But when investors buy their shares, it will be in a Cayman Islands-based holding company.

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Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:43pm

Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.

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Health Costs Inch Up As Obamacare Kicks In

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:44am

While there were increases in the second quarter of this year, they don't appear to be pushing the growth in health spending toward the painful levels of a decade ago.

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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:07am

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

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Is A-Rod Using LinkedIn To Find Work?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

The profile is for Alex Rodriguez, the founder, CEO and president of A-Rod Corp. No confirmation yet that it is for the N.Y. Yankees star suspended over alleged use of performance enhancing drugs.

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Survey: Companies Hold Back On Hiring Full-Time Workers

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep talks to Harvard Business School professor Jan Rivkin about his survey on U.S. competitiveness. He found many businesses prefer to use part-time workers rather than hire them full time.

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Additional EU Sanctions Target Russia's Actions In Ukraine

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:11am

The latest penalties target Russia's financial, oil and high tech sectors, and slap travel bans and asset freezes on more officials.

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:29am

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.

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U.S. Threatened To Fine Yahoo $250K A Day If It Didn't Release User Data

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 7:24pm

The company says it fought the order in a secret court and lost. Today, that same court finally unsealed documents of a pivotal decision that allowed the U.S. to spy on Internet users.

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SeaWorld Hopes New Orca Habitats Will Stem A Tide Of Criticism

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:27pm

The theme park says a 2013 documentary critical of its captive orca attraction has hurt its bottom line. Now, it's pushing back with a social media campaign and plans for new habitats for its whales.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Steve Inskeep has the Last Word in business.

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Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

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La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimping boats are docked this week, their nets dry. Shrimpers want more money for their catch. Current prices barely allow them to cover their fuel bills.

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Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 3:55am

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:24am

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smartwatch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone-for-shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.

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The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 2:21am

At first, Sun Han made a staggering 100-percent profit margin on his furniture. Soon everyone in his village was opening a furniture factory — and didn't need to raise pigs anymore.

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