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9:47am

Sat September 27, 2014
Business

Amazon's Original Content Primes The Pump For Bigger Sales

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 1:43 pm

Amazon recently premiered its new dramedy Transparent. The massive retailer is banking on its original TV content to rope in new customers.
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Amazon is betting that binge-watching will lead to more online buying. On Friday, the company put up all 10 episodes of a highly anticipated series called Transparent, a show about a transgender parent coming out to her children — just one of a spate of original movies and TV shows coming out this year.

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7:58am

Sat September 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Apple's Gaffes, Shellshock And Hello Ello

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks off stage after speaking during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
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It's time for your weekly look back at the tech headlines from NPR and beyond. Let's get to it ...

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6:15pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Salt

GMO Wheat Investigation Closed, But Another One Opens

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:38 pm

How did that genetically modified wheat end up in a field in Oregon? Investigators still don't know, but now they've found GMO wheat in Montana, too.
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Investigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) say that they cannot figure out how genetically engineered wheat appeared, as if by magic, in a farmer's field in eastern Oregon in the spring of 2013.

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5:39pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

The 'Bond King' Leaves His $2 Trillion Kingdom

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 6:24 pm

Bill Gross
AP

Heavy drama played out this week — and not just on Shonda Rhimes' TV shows.

The bond-investing world was roiled by news that Bill Gross — the man known as "The Bond King" — has abruptly left the huge investment firm he founded in 1971. The departure left a lot of people scratching their heads on Wall Street.

"The natural question is: What's going on at PIMCO?" said David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors. "There's all kinds of speculation" about why Gross left.

"And the answer is, it's speculation — and so we don't know," Kotok said.

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Business

PIMCO's 'Bond King' Quits Amid Reports Of Erratic Behavior

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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4:52pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Business

Cab Competition In San Francisco Benefits Riders

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 5:51 pm

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11:52am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Lights, Camera, Drones: Hollywood's Lens Gets A Little Larger

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:08 pm

A Parrot Bebop drone flies during a demonstration in May in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP

Hollywood is getting the green light to fly its own drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration is giving approval to six movie and TV production companies to use drones for filming. And the move could pave the way for the unmanned aircraft systems to be used in other commercial ventures.

The FAA will permit the six companies to use remote-controlled drones to shoot movies and video for TV shows and commercials, but there will be certain limitations.

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11:00am

Fri September 26, 2014
Shots - Health News

Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

There's just one catch: hospital care isn't covered.
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Lance Shnider is confident Obamacare regulators knew exactly what they were doing when they created an online calculator that gives a green light to new employer coverage without hospital benefits.

"There's not a glitch in this system," said Shnider, president of Voluntary Benefits Agency, an Ohio firm working with some 100 employers to implement such plans. "This is the way the calculator was designed."

Timothy Jost is pretty sure the whole thing was a mistake.

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10:43am

Fri September 26, 2014
Business

Former Fed Bank Examiner Says Secret Tapes Show Fed Leniency

A former Federal Reserve employee says that audio recordings show Fed examiners being too gentle with the banks they regulate.
David Karp AP

The Federal Reserve is among the most powerful institutions in the nation and also among the more private. But new audio tapes secretly recorded by a former employee provide a rare look into meetings involving officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In them, you hear officials considering how to oversee Goldman Sachs, and specifically, they discuss a financial transaction that one official describes as "legal but shady."

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10:32am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Salt

Belgium Likes Underground Beer. No, Literally

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:52 pm

The De Halve Maan Brewery prides itself on its family origins, its classic recipe, and the history of its beer, crafted carefully since 1856. But there's change brewing (pun intended) on the horizon: In 2015, its owners hope to open a pipeline of beer beneath the city streets of Bruges.

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