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Silicon Valley Venture Capital Pioneer, Tom Perkins, Dead At 84

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 6:24pm

Long before the boom of the California's tech scene, Perkins in 1972 co-founded a prominent venture capital firm, and used a new approach to investment.

Sourcing The Crowd: California Company Stages Phony Protests

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with This American Life contributor and founder of Found Magazine Davy Rothbart, who went inside the company "Crowds on Demand," a company you call when you need a crowd of people for any reason. This company sends fake paparazzi, pretend campaign protestors and pretend news crews to stoke more protest.

Charity Organizations Throw Strength Behind Risky Big Bets

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:25pm

The MacArthur Foundation wants to give away $100 million to a single project. This is part of a growing belief in the philanthropy world that piecemeal solutions aren't as effective as huge bets might be. But bigger bets can be risky.

21 States To Sue Delaware Over Millions Of Dollars In Unclaimed Checks

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:18pm

The suit will accuse Delaware of wrongly keeping abandoned MoneyGram checks instead of sending them back to the state where they were purchased. The states say up to $400 million might be at stake.

M-Battled: Swedish Court Bars M&M's Over Trademark Dispute

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 2:43pm

An appeals court in Sweden says M&M's should melt from the market, because they look too similar to another candy.

Billionaire Investor George Soros Sees Economic Trouble Ahead

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:30pm

The last time the hedge fund founder started making big defensive investing moves was right before the worst financial crisis to hit the U.S. since the Great Depression.

Why A Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants To Put Gawker Out Of Business

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:04am

Gawker's Nick Denton is at the eye of the storm as his media company faces legal threats financed by a Silicon Valley billionaire.

Union Voters In Ohio Are Not Satisfied With The Choice: Clinton Or Trump

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:04am

Trade is a motivating issue for many union members, and Donald Trump has made that a hallmark of his campaign rhetoric. That's weighing on the minds of union voters, even long-time Democrats.

If Elected President, Would Trump Put His Investments In A Blind Trust?

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 4:04am

Most presidents have tried to avoid conflicts by putting their investments in a blind trust. That only works for paper wealth, but Donald Trump wouldn't be like past presidents.

Drone Taxis? Nevada To Allow Testing Of Passenger Drone

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 4:30pm

A Chinese company called EHang and the State of Nevada are partnering to test the EHang 184, which can carry a single passenger.

Copycake: When Food Art Ideas Get Swiped

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 10:53am

Caitlin Freeman made a name for herself selling modern art-inspired pastries at the SFMOMA. The museum's cafe just reopened with a new caterer — whose desserts look suspiciously familiar.

A Guide To Britain's 'Brexit' Vote

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 8:35am

British voters on June 23 will cast what some have called the most important vote of their lives — on whether the U.K. should remain in the European Union. Here's a guide to the main issues at stake.

'Curious George' Learns How American-Muslims Celebrate Ramadan

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 4:10am

Curious George has celebrated Christmas, welcomed Easter and marked the eight days of Hanukkah. And now, the iconic little monkey is curious about another world faith: Islam.

Landowners And Federal Officials Dispute Red River's Boundaries

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 4:10am

The federal government is changing the border between Texas and Oklahoma. What's going on? That's what landowners along the Red River want to know.

Accused Energy Executive's Fatal Car Crash Was Likely An Accident, Police Say

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 5:50pm

The police findings stand in stark contrast to the thinking of many observers, who had speculated Aubrey McClendon, 56, had ended his own life rather than face the federal charge against him.

Washington, D.C., Is Latest To Raise Minimum Wage

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 5:26pm

D.C lawmakers vote unanimously to approve a measure hiking the hourly minimum wage to $15. The District joins a growing number of cities and states raising pay for some lower-wage workers.

Influential GOP Congressman Wants To Replace Key Bank Regulations

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 5:06pm

House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling is aiming at rules created after the 2008 financial crisis. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls the plan a "wet kiss" for the big banks.

This Is How Much Celebrities Get Paid To Endorse Soda And Unhealthy Food

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:57pm

Beyonce got $50 million to push Pepsi. Justin Timberlake: $6 million in a deal with McDonald's. A study describes the lucrative deals celebs popular with teens and young adults inked to sell food.

U.S. Lawmakers Scrutinize China's Bid To Buy Agrichemical Giant Syngenta

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 4:53pm

Although Syngenta is a Swiss company, it does more than a quarter of its business in the U.S. So the U.S. government is reviewing whether the sale will be a threat to national security.

U.S. Workers Are Skeptical, But China Says It Will Restrain Steel Output

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 3:54pm

At the end of a two-day meeting, U.S. and Chinese officials agreed to work on reducing the world's steel glut. But U.S. companies and workers said they were skeptical that China will really act.

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