Business

9:17am

Mon November 4, 2013
The Two-Way

BlackBerry Abandons Sales Plans, Will Replace CEO

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 10:43 am

BlackBerry's CEO Thorsten Heins officially unveils the Z10 smartphone in January.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

BlackBerry says it is abandoning a $4.7 billion deal to sell the struggling mobile company to a consortium of investors lead by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.

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4:37am

Mon November 4, 2013
Business

German Officials Locate Lost Artwork

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business: artwork, lost and found.

Authorities in Munich, Germany have uncovered a huge art collection that was thought to have been lost forever. Seized by the Nazis in the 1930s and '40s, this collection reportedly includes more than 1,500 pieces of art by masters like Picasso, Matisse and Chagall. All told, this collection could be worth over $1 billion.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:37am

Mon November 4, 2013
Business

Online Gambling To Be Allowed In Delaware

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with online gambling in Delaware.

The first state to ratify the Constitution is now leading the way in Internet gambling. Starting this week, Delaware gamblers will be able to play poker, roulette, blackjack and slots from the comfort of their own homes - or at a Starbucks somewhere - as long as they're registered through one of the state's three casinos and are physically in Delaware. If you're in Delaware, you can gamble online.

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4:11am

Mon November 4, 2013
Business

iPhone Users Face Dilemma Of When To Upgrade

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's talk about smartphones. And for iPhone users, an important decision: when to upgrade. Apple's latest iPhones, the 5S and 5C, have been out for a couple months now. But some people are resisting temptation. They're perfectly happy with their older iPhones, except for one thing, when they upgrade to Apple's new operating system, things slow down.

To talk about how to manage this decision, we're joined - as we often are - by Bloomberg technology columnist Rich Jaroslovsky. Hey, Rich.

RICH JAROSLOVSKY: Good morning.

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5:35am

Sat November 2, 2013
The Salt

Mash Donalds? Iranians Copy American Fast-Food Brands

Originally published on Sat November 2, 2013 2:37 pm

Is that Subway? Middle East analyst Holly Dagres is on a hunt for fast-food lookalikes in Tehran.
Holly Dagres

Iran may not love America politically, but Iranians love American food — especially fast food.

With no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries, though, it's rather hard to find a McDonald's or a Pizza Hut. But if you wander through the streets of Tehran, you might find a Pizza Hat or a Mash Donald's.

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5:34am

Sat November 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

So You Found An Exchange Plan. But Can You Find A Provider?

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 6:51 am

New York University's Langone Medical Center in New York City is considered in-network for relatively few of the health plans offered in the state marketplace.
Glen Argov Landov

Consumers shopping for coverage on the new health insurance exchanges have been focused on the lowest-cost options. But some shoppers are trying to determine which plans offer the widest array of doctors and hospitals — and are finding that can be trickier than it sounds.

John Batteiger applied for insurance coverage on the New York state exchange. But after he'd selected a plan, he had second thoughts: He'd forgotten to check if the plan he picked included a hospital near him.

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5:51pm

Fri November 1, 2013
Media

Why The Dearth Of Black Commediennes In 'SNL' Cast?

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:49 pm

Scandal star Kerry Washington's turn hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live this Saturday has revived criticism of the show's lack of black female cast members. The issue was raised earlier this year when SNL announced five new cast members — four male, all white. The show's lack of black women — only three have ever been cast in 38 years — forces the show's black males to dress as black women, which echoes historic, demeaning issues for black male comics.

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5:51pm

Fri November 1, 2013
Economy

Reduced Foodstamps Payouts Could Hurt The Economy

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:49 pm

Food stamp recipients will see a cut in their benefits starting Friday. For the hungry and unemployed, more cuts may be coming. That's a challenge for the affected families, but it could also be a drain on the broader economy.

5:30pm

Fri November 1, 2013
The Salt

Kraft Dims Artificial Orange Glow Of Its Mac And Cheese

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 6:35 pm

Some Kraft Macaroni and Cheese will no longer be so ... orange.
Matt York AP

One of the iconic foods of American childhood is becoming a bit less startlingly orange.

Kraft Foods plans to remove artificial food coloring from mac and cheese products that are marketed for children, starting early next year.

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3:52pm

Fri November 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Rule Change Allows Rollover For Flexible Spending Accounts

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:43 pm

Workers who put money into "use it or lose it" Flexible Spending Accounts each year could benefit from a new Treasury Department rule change letting them roll over up to $500 at the end of each year.

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