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12:03am

Tue March 10, 2015
Business

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 1:57 pm

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

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5:24pm

Mon March 9, 2015
All Tech Considered

Neighbors And Fans Are Curious About Apple's Massive New HQ

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:07 pm

The new doughnut-shaped building will be a mile in circumference. "The office areas are laid out in little wedges all around the building," says Dan Whisenhunt, Apple's vice president of real estate and development.
Anya Schultz KQED

In Silicon Valley, the world's largest Apple product is taking shape — a glass and concrete ring wider than the Pentagon.

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5:24pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Economy

Credit Rating Agencies Agree To Change Process For Reporting Errors

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:36 pm

The three major credit rating agencies reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Monday to change the way they handle errors on credit reports. Under the reforms, consumers can initiate a formal dispute to challenge inaccurate information and agencies must use trained employees to investigate the complaints.

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3:02pm

Mon March 9, 2015
The Two-Way

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Iowa Agriculture Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
Jim Young Reuters /Landov

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work measure Monday that makes his state the 25th in the nation with such a law. That effectively means that mandatory union membership and dues are banned at privately owned businesses — a move strongly opposed by unions, which say it restricts collective bargaining.

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1:35pm

Mon March 9, 2015
The Two-Way

#AppleWatchEvent: Apple Reveals Its Much-Anticipated Smart Watch

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 6:21 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook talks about the new Apple Watch at an event Monday in San Francisco.
Eric Risberg AP

Updated at 4:39 p.m. ET

The cheapest one will cost $349 and prices go all the way up to $10,000 for one that is gold plated. For that, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Monday, you can use your Apple Watch to make calls and send emails, check your heart rate and your Twitter feed and, yes, tell time, as well.

Apple, of course, has never been shy about touting its products, and Cook, at an event in San Francisco to announce the launch of the much-anticipated watch, called the device "the most advanced timepiece ever created."

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5:22am

Mon March 9, 2015
Business

As Commodity Prices Sink, Mining Equipment Makers Suffer

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 8:20 am

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4:00am

Mon March 9, 2015
All Tech Considered

As Apple Watch Launches, Taking Stock Of Competitors And Possibilities

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 9:32 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Sept. 9 during an event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif., where he unveiled the Apple Watch. The device officially goes on sale Monday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Like an elephant splashing down in a mud hole, Apple's entry into the smart watch market is expected to have a huge impact. How much of one is a multibillion dollar question.

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3:57am

Mon March 9, 2015
All Tech Considered

In Kansas City, Superfast Internet And A Digital Divide

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 1:35 pm

Since Google Fiber rolled out gigabit broadband in Kansas City four years ago, residents have enjoyed fast Internet connections, including what locals call "the world's fastest Starbucks."
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas City has some of the Internet's best service anywhere. Providers there jostle for customers who can now expect broadband that's about 100 times faster than the national average.

But, four years after Google Fiber landed in Kansas City, people are still trying to figure out just what to do with all that speed.

Kansas City's a modest, Midwestern place. Residents are proud of their barbecue and baseball team. But Aaron Deacon says that now there's something else: inexpensive, world-class Internet.

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3:02pm

Sun March 8, 2015
The Salt

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 12:00 pm

FDA tests have turned up residues suggesting a few dairy farmers are illegally using antibiotics.
iStockphoto

When it comes to the current controversy over antibiotic use on farm animals, milk is in a special category.

Lactating cows, unlike hogs, cattle or chickens that are raised for their meat, don't receive antibiotics unless they are actually sick. That's because drug residues immediately appear in the cow's milk — a violation of food safety rules.

Milk shipments are tested for six of the most widely used antibiotics, and any truckload that tests positive is rejected. So when cows are treated, farmers discard their milk for several days until the residues disappear.

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8:10am

Sun March 8, 2015
All Tech Considered

Developers Continue Push To Make Virtual Reality Mainstream

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 12:09 am

MindMaze Software Engineer Nicolas Bourdaud demonstrates a virtual reality system at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Josh Edelson AFP/Getty Images

I had a lot of experiences this past week: I shot birds out of the sky with my eyes, my fingers were on fire, I flew on top of a drone over the arctic and looked into the jaws of a dragon.

I did all this without leaving San Francisco, at the 2015 Game Developers Conference, where the people who make the video games we love to play come to the city by the thousands to check out the latest hardware and software for making games.

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