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4:32pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Technology

One Man's Mission To Keep AOL's Legacy Alive

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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Now a story about one man's mission to recall a moment in time when America first started going online with America Online.

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Ah, remember those days?

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4:27pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Business

Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55 Billion

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:17 am

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4:24pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Apple's Jony Ive Promoted To Chief Design Officer

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:27 pm

The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York. The company has just promoted designer Jony Ive to chief design officer.
Mark Lennihan AP

The news of Jony Ive's promotion was first revealed, oddly enough, in a long, fawning profile of Ive in the Telegraph, written by British comedian and TV host Stephen Fry. "Until now, Ive's job title has been Senior Vice President of Design," Fry wrote. "But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple's Chief Design Officer. It is therefore an especially exciting time for him."

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4:22pm

Tue May 26, 2015
U.S.

California's Drought Makes It Rain Big Bucks For Local Businesses

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:02 pm

Los Angeles started offering a $3.75 rebate on every square foot of grass replaced with a drought-friendly landscape. The drought is a boost in business for local conservation entrepreneurs.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty

When people call up Leigh Jerrard, founder of Greywater Corps, they're greeted with a recorded message: "Note that we are overwhelmed with inquiries right now, so it may be a while before we get back to you. But have faith."

Jerrard's company helps homeowners with the complicated process of installing their own Greywater systems. The system takes drainage from showers or washing machines and uses it to water lawns.

It sounds like a great idea now, but six years ago, when Jerrard started the company, few people were interested.

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3:53pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:21 pm

Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years.
Ted S. Warren AP

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

For seven years, Michael Hall has been guiding tourists to the top of Seattle's Space Needle and back. It's a unique vantage point from which to watch the ups and downs of Americans' paychecks.

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2:28pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Parallels

In Search Of Bandwidth, Cuban Entrepreneurs Head To Miami

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 2:56 pm

Miami swimwear entrepreneur Mel Valenzuela (right) explains online strategies to Cuban business owners Victor Rodriguez (middle) and Caridad Limonta (left) in Wynwood this month. Miami boutique owner Monica Minagorri (rear) watches.
Tim Padgett WLRN

When Cuban bikini maker Victor Rodríguez visited Miami this month, he was on a pilgrimage — not just for bathing suits but for bandwidth.

The most important stop on Rodríguez's schedule was lunch in Wynwood, Miami's high-tech district, with Mel Valenzuela, who owns the online swimwear store Pretty Beachy.

As Valenzuela showed Rodríguez how to do business online, his awestruck expression seemed to evoke José Arcadio Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude, who when he first touches ice declares it "the great invention of our time."

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12:50pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Malaysia Airlines Plans To Cut A Third Of Its Workforce

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:41 pm

Malaysia Airlines planes sit on the tarmac last year at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
Vincent Thian AP

Malaysia Airlines, which last year had one of its planes disappear off the face of the earth and another shot down over Ukraine, is about to undergo an overhaul — one that means layoffs for as many as one-third of its 20,000 employees.

In an interview with Reuters, the company's new CEO, Christoph Mueller, said he plans to run the restructured airline like a "startup." The news service reports:

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9:03am

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 1:11 pm

Protesters demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo last year.
Yoshikazu Tsuno AFP/Getty Images

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: It's huge.

The trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That leaves the U.S. House, and it's unclear it has the votes yet. If it passes, though, TPP, which has angered many in the president's party, would be by far the largest free trade agreement the U.S. has in effect.

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9:02am

Tue May 26, 2015
Media

Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

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3:38am

Tue May 26, 2015
U.S.

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 3:47 pm

Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home in November. Brown, who rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy, says he opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline.
Wayne Parry AP

In 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered state agencies to do whatever it took to build an engineered dune system along the entire Jersey Shore to protect from storms like Sandy.

Most oceanfront property owners have signed the necessary easements and dune-building is finally starting this spring on Long Beach Island.

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