Business

5:16am

Sun July 6, 2014
Strange News

It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding

Originally published on Sun July 6, 2014 12:50 pm

Jennifer Miller and Michael Bennett were married at the Smithsonian Natural History museum in Washington, D.C., using PopWed Co.
Maggie Winters PopWed Co.

You've heard of pop-up restaurants, flash mobs and other hipster happenings. Now comes a pair of entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., offering pop-up weddings for those who want to elope, but do it with flair.

Locations are never booked ahead of time, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you and your partner don't get asked to leave before you are pronounced husband and wife, or wife and wife.

PopWed Co., which started last January, procures the wedding license, chooses a creative location, takes the photographs and performs the ceremony.

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12:57pm

Sat July 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: The Facebook Fail, Internet 2025 And Fondue Footwear

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a developer conference in April. His company was unliked this week for manipulating users' news feeds to test their emotions.
Ben Margot AP

The world of technology keeps on spinning. Hang on, here's what happened this week in tech, from NPR and beyond.

ICYMI

Sell Your Spot: Trouble finding a parking spot? See if someone's selling one. New apps are popping up that allow drivers to buy and sell parking spots in high-traffic areas. But, as NPR's Aarti Shahani found, there are some problems with the concept.

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8:32am

Fri July 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Ex-Editor Gets 18 Months In U.K. Phone Hacking Case

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 10:12 am

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson arrives for the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London on Friday. He was jailed for 18 months for being complicit in phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited.
Neil Hall Reuters /Landov

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails, was jailed Friday for 18 months.

NPR's Ari Shapiro is reporting on the case for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

"During sentencing, the judge said phone hacking by journalists at Rupert Murdoch's News International picked up 'intensely personal' messages that caused people 'serious distress.'

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5:11am

Fri July 4, 2014
Around the Nation

Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.

5:07am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And where has evolution brought us now? The era of Facebook. News broke this week that Facebook manipulated nearly 700,000 of its users for a study about how emotions work in an online or digital setting. The move angered plenty of people, but the academic world was far less shocked by what the social media site did. Here's NPR's Aarti Shahani.

AARTI SHAHANI, BYLINE: Edward Miguel is an economist at the University of California Berkeley who manipulates human subjects all the time.

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5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

BMW Announces Plan To Build First Mexican Factory

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's Business News begins with BMW looking south. The German automaker has announced plans to spend a billion dollars on a new factory in Mexico. BMW says the plant, it's first in Mexico, will employ about 1,500 people and produce up to 150,000 cars a year. BMW's only other North American factory is in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This spring, BMW said it will invest a billion dollars in that plant as well to increase its production capacity to 450,000 cars by the end of 2016. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

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5:05am

Fri July 4, 2014
Business

It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

Originally published on Fri July 4, 2014 7:52 am

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.

5:45pm

Thu July 3, 2014
All Tech Considered

In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 11:05 am

By hijacking a user's computer, "bad" bots make it look as if she visits a website often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.
iStockphoto

As the Web turns 25, it's becoming a terrific place if you're a bot.

It began as a tool for human communication, but now, over 60 percent of the traffic on the Web is automated applications called bots talking to other bots, according to one study. And experts say about half of those bots are bad.

But first let's talk about the good bots.

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5:41pm

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:54 pm

Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. has agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve criminal allegations that it mishandled applications from homeowners seeking loan modifications under a federal program.

The deal with the Justice Department follows a similar settlement last month with SunTrust Mortgage over its mishandling of federally backed home loans.

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