Business

1:49pm

Tue July 21, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Ghost In The Car May Be A Hacker

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:32 pm

Chris Valasek (left) and Charlie Miller talk about hacking into vehicle computer systems during the Black Hat USA 2014 hacker conference in Las Vegas last August.
Steve Marcus Reuters/Landov

Updated 1:39 p.m. ET July 24: NHTSA Investigating Chrysler Recall

Andy Greenberg was minding his own business, driving a Jeep Cherokee on the highway in St. Louis when the SUV's air vents suddenly started blasting cold air. Then the radio switched stations and began blaring hip-hop at full volume. Spinning the radio control knobs did nothing. Soon, the windshield wipers turned on and wiper fluid obscured Greenberg's view.

Then things started getting really interesting.

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11:21am

Tue July 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:48 pm

The IRS released preliminary figures that show about three-quarters of taxpayers indicated they had qualifying health insurance in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million returns received by the IRS so far this year checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.

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10:59am

Tue July 21, 2015
The Salt

Tea Sommeliers Are The Hot New Thing In Food Pairing

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:01 pm

Christopher Day, the dining room manager at Eleven Madison Park, is also the man behind its tea program. "My goal has always been to put together a tea list with the same standard and rigor as you would with wine," he says.
Kathy YL Chan for NPR

Even those of us who can't tell the difference between a pinot noir and a merlot are probably familiar with the basic rule of wine pairing: white wine with fish and red wine with steak. But when it comes to tea pairings, we're stumped.

Yet it turns out there is an art to unlocking new flavors in your food by pairing it with tea. Sipping oolong with a buttery, citrusy madeleine can highlight the flowery and milky notes of the tea, while a hot cup of green tea melts the texture of goat cheese and enhances its creamy notes.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Facing Tough Competition, A&P Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:02 pm

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Europe

The Greek Banks Are Open Again, But The Sales Tax Just Went Up

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:01 am

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3:33am

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:43 pm

Zappos.com tour guide Erika Newman (right) shows off the ball pit in the human resources department of the company's Las Vegas headquarters. Zappos eliminated managers and embraced a system of self-governance known as holacracy.
Sacramento Bee TNS/Landov

Jacqui Gonzalez once spent an hour and a half on the phone helping a customer. The Zappos.com employee enjoys being generous with the online shoe retailer's money, sending gift baskets and thank-you cards to people whose complaints she has solved.

And mostly, she's grateful that she doesn't have a manager to consult in making those decisions.

"We don't have to put someone on hold and ask permission," says the former customer service agent, who is now a tour guide at the company. "We don't have a manager that you need to be transferred to. How refreshing is that?"

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6:37pm

Mon July 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers?

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:56 pm

The rise of ad blockers threatens the business model that drives much of the Internet economy.
Danae Munoz Ikon Images/Getty Images

Advertising is the basic business model of the Internet. It's one reason we can view online content free of charge.

Millions of Web surfers already download software to block ads online, and that number is growing. Soon, Apple could be making mobile ad blocking easier.

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5:43pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Planet Money

Casinos Offer New Ways To Win With Games Based On Skill

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:37 pm

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3:30pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Greek Banks Reopen With Limits Still In Place

Greek banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, but weary Greeks were also greeted by higher prices on basic goods.

Joanna Kakissis, who is reporting for NPR from Athens, told Morning Edition Monday that cash withdrawals are limited to just under $70, "but in a slight relaxing of the rules people can now take a week's worth of euros at a time instead of standing in line every day."

Capital controls are expected to stay in place for at least the next few weeks.

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2:47pm

Mon July 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

More Health Plan Choices At Work: What's The Catch?

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:42 am

Steve Heller has worked for Minnesota's John Henry Foster company for 15 years. He says he likes the greater choice of health plans he now has because of the private exchange.
Mark Zdechlik/MPR

Until recently, John Henry Foster, an equipment distribution firm based in Eagan, Minn., offered its employees only a couple of health plans to choose from. That's common in companies across the United States.

"They just presented what we got," says Steve Heller, a forklift operator who has worked at John Henry Foster for 15 years.

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