Business

11:16am

Tue April 8, 2014
All Tech Considered

Windows XP Users, It's Time To Upgrade. Here's How

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:59 pm

Microsoft is ending its support for the 12-year-old Windows XP software Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Microsoft is ending support Tuesday for Windows XP, which means the company won't be fixing any fresh problems that crop up with the 12-year-old operating system. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be truly protected," says a company statement.

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7:20am

Tue April 8, 2014
Business

Bliss Ends When Microsoft Pulls The Plug On XP Support

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Bliss.

That's the name of an iconic photograph that you might associate with this sound.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC FOR WINDOWS XP OPERATING SYSTEM)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Bliss is the default computer desktop image you see on your computer when you launch Microsoft's Windows XP operating system. The photo features rolling green hills, a blue sky with white clouds. The colors are so vivid you might think it's fake.

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5:21am

Tue April 8, 2014
Business

Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Lift Workers Out Of Poverty

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It is that time of year, millions of Americans are scrambling to file their tax returns before April 15th. Some owe money. Some who had too much withheld from paychecks will get refunds. And some workers will actually get money from the government. Not a refund - hard cash, in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit - one of the government's major anti-poverty programs. You might have heard about it. You might even qualify for it.

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5:19am

Tue April 8, 2014
Business

Fewer Complaints Help To Boost Airline Quality Ratings

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:09 am

The nation's airlines are running late more often and losing more suitcases. But passengers are complaining less, that's boosted airline quality ratings to their highest level ever.

3:42am

Tue April 8, 2014
Business

Just How New Is The 'New' GM?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:34 am

CEO Mary Barra told Congress that she sits at the helm of the new GM. Is the company new and improved? The answer is complicated.
Evan Vucci AP

During her grilling before Congress last week, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insisted the new General Motors is different and better than the old one.

So as GM begins to fix nearly 2.6 million vehicles for an ignition-switch defect that has been linked to at least 13 deaths, we decided to put that claim to the test.

Exactly how new is the new GM?

NBC's Saturday Night Live answered with a parody version of Barra's explanation:

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3:40am

Tue April 8, 2014
Planet Money

Why Women Don't Ask For More Money

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 10:17 am

Men are more likely to get venture capitalist support than women, and a new study found that attractive males get even more points — from both genders.
iStockphoto

When Emily Amanatullah was a graduate student studying management, she couldn't help noticing that a lot of the classic advice in the field was aimed more at men than women. Negotiation tactics in particular seemed tougher for women to master.

"You realize they're pretty at odds with how women comport themselves and how they're expected to comport themselves," she says.

She started to talk to other women and to examine her own behavior. All the women she spoke to said they hated advocating for themselves at work. But they had no trouble speaking up for colleagues.

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6:14pm

Mon April 7, 2014
The Salt

Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA?

Originally published on

Live tilapia are loaded into a truck bound for New York.
Dan Charles NPR

Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?

It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Farmed salmon come from big net pens in the coastal waters of Norway or Chile.

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5:23pm

Mon April 7, 2014
All Tech Considered

Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 9:22 am

Are we in a tech bubble about to burst? Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion earlier this year. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum speaks during a conference at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Spain.
David Ramos Getty Images

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups. Are we watching another tech bubble about to burst?

In this year's first quarter, Google and Facebook, alone, announced deals worth more than $24 billion on little companies that have almost no revenue. Those deals seem to have spooked Wall Street; last week, technology stocks plunged and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell nearly 1.2 percent Monday.

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4:46pm

Mon April 7, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:47 am

The 633-foot container ship Hanza Constitution runs aground in Hong Kong.
YouTube

Such are the hazards of living in a city that is also home to one of the world's busiest ports ...

Joggers are used to dodging bikers, skateboarders and even stray animals. But if you'd happened to be running on a popular path at the Stanley Ho Sports Center in Hong Kong's Pok Fu Lam district on Sunday, you might have come close to hitting a 633-foot container ship.

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4:23pm

Mon April 7, 2014
Economy

How A Regulation Helped Ease Way For Stock Market's 'Flash Boys'

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 7:29 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

And I'm Audie Cornish. In recent years, high speed computers have drastically altered the way the stock market operates. What's called high frequency trading has been getting renewed attention thanks to "Flash Boys," the latest book from Michael Lewis. In that book, he argues the changes have created a lot of new problems.

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