Business

6:24am

Mon February 24, 2014
Business

Netflix, Comcast Reach Streaming Agreement

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

Under the deal, Netflix will pay Comcast a fee to ensure its movies and TV shows stream smoothly. Consumers complain they encounter buffering and slowdowns when they try to access Netflix shows.

5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Politics

America's Richest Political Activists Pour Money Into SuperPACs

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Some of America's richest political activists are pouring money into new SuperPACs as they seek to influence the issues in upcoming Senate and House races. Billionaires including Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, and Fred Eychaner used SuperPACs to support their favored presidential candidates in 2012.

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5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Around the Nation

Pentagon Officials To Outline Defense Budget Priorities

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline budget priorities during a news conference on Monday. A key question for the Pentagon: How to curb growth of military pay and benefits?

5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Business

Shipping Container Of Cigarettes Washes Ashore

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And British smokers might be thinking of combing a rocky beach near East Devon this morning. That's where a shipping container carrying 14 tons of tobacco cigarettes washed ashore yesterday. Our last word in business is: soggy cigs.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The container is thought to be one of many lost from a cargo ship on Valentine's Day. More than 500 containers fell into the ocean after the ship was battered by 30-foot waves during a fierce storm.

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5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Business

British TV Criticized For Airing E-Cigarette Commercial

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And the first commercial for an e-cigarette has aired on British television - five decades after ads for real cigarettes were banned there.

Vicki Barker reports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

VICKI BARKER, BYLINE: The ad shows two fit, attractive 20-somethings running through a darkened cityscape, leaping into the future on a cloud of vapor.

(SOUNDBITE OF AD)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Pure satisfaction for smokers: Vype e-cigarettes - experience the breakthrough.

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5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Business

Apps That Allow You To Post Anonymously Gain Popularity

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:40 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right. Let's take a few minutes to think about social networking and identity. Do you remember when on the Internet, anonymity was the norm? Well, Facebook changed all that by forcing users to use their real names.

Now, with our reputations on the line, we often think long and hard about what to post or not post online.

NPR's Kevin Leahy tells us about a new market for social apps that let you share, like and chat without ever revealing who you are.

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5:05am

Mon February 24, 2014
Business

Moviefone To Go Silent, App Will Continue

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 7:34 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NR business news starts with good-bye movie phone.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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1:02pm

Sun February 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Father Plays Call Of Duty With His Son, Watched By Thousands

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 3:59 pm

Jason Munkel and his father stream their Call of Duty games online every night. In the past year, they've gained more than 120,000 followers.
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Jason Munkel and his father Bill are 39 years apart in age, but since last year, they've been sitting down together to play Call of Duty: Ghosts almost every night.

They also broadcast their gameplay to more than 120,000 followers, who watch the father-son duo pursue and shoot enemies on the screen, and talk to them during the game. Sometimes they do this for six to seven hours a day, and their audience has grown dramatically in just one year, though not all watch every day.

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5:00pm

Sat February 22, 2014
The New And The Next

Making The Coffee Shop Your Office, Without The Guilt

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 7:18 pm

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about pay-as-you-go coffee shops popping up around the world that offer a place to work "without any kind of moral shame" or pressure to spend money on coffee and snacks.

They also discuss how the rise of the bioscience sector in Cleveland is revitalizing the city's economy.

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4:36pm

Fri February 21, 2014
The Salt

How Tracing The Oil In Your Pop-Tarts May Help Save Rain Forests

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 8:57 pm

Kellogg, maker of Pop-Tarts, announced Feb. 14 that it will buy palm oil — an ingredient in Pop-Tarts — only from companies that don't destroy rain forests where palm trees are grown.
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If you think a small shareholder can't get the attention of the multibillion-dollar palm oil industry, think again.

Lucia von Reusner lives half a world away from the palm oil plantations in Southeast Asia that have become notorious for environmental, labor and human rights abuses.

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