Business

2:33pm

Fri October 25, 2013
The Two-Way

Administration: A Month Needed To Fix Obamacare Enrollment Site

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:37 pm

The HealthCare.gov insurance exchange site shown on Oct. 1, when it opened. Since then, it's been plagued with problems.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

A subcontractor that built a portion of the HealthCare.gov website that's now working relatively well is being promoted to oversee a thorough revamping of the entire glitch-prone portal, and work will be done by the end of next month, the White House says.

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1:26pm

Fri October 25, 2013
The Salt

San Francisco Kitchen Lends Low-Income Food Entrepreneurs A Hand

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 11:32 am

Two employees of Alicia's Tamales los Mayas prepare tamales in the La Cocina industrial kitchen. Alicia Villanueva, the owner, and her team produce 3,000 to 5,000 tamales every week to sell in the Bay Area.
Courtesy of La Cocina

San Francisco's Mission District is a cultural crossroads for food, where Mexican bodegas and burrito shops meet gourmet bakeries and cutting-edge California cuisine. It's also home to a kitchen where some of the most promising food startups in the region are getting a boost.

When 52-year-old Alicia Villanueva migrated to San Francisco from Mexico in 2001, she began preparing tamales at home to make a living. She found clientele for her authentic, quality food easily, but says that she struggled to grow the business.

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12:07pm

Fri October 25, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: U.S. Spying, Health Site Blame Game And New iPads

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 2:02 pm

An attendee looks at the new Mac Pro during an Apple announcement event in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

"Too big to succeed."

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6:43am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

What Small Businesses May Lose By Using Online Tools

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:58 am

Digital tools make starting a small business easier than ever. There are apps and websites to incorporate, find lawyers, make payroll, manage HR and marketing. Convenience can come at a price, however, if it means entrepreneurs aren't making personal connections as they establish their businesses.

6:43am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

Icahn Sinks His Teeth Into Apple's Stock Buyback Plan

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The billionaire Carl Icahn has been called a corporate raider and an activist investor. Now he's trying to tell Apple what to do.

NPR's Dan Bobkoff explains.

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6:06am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

It's Not Just You: Airline Seats Are Shrinking

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is rubbing shoulders. Last time you got on a flight, did you have an "Alice in Wonderland" moment and think to yourself: Is this seat smaller or did I somehow get bigger.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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6:00am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

Twitter Announces Share Price Range For IPO

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with the price of a tweet.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Twitter announced late yesterday that share prices for its hotly anticipated initial public offering will be between 17 and $20, far less than what many analysts were predicting the social media site would list for. With 70 million shares up for sale, the offering should raise about $1.4 billion. And according to The Wall Street Journal, this would value Twitter at about $11 billion total.

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3:29am

Fri October 25, 2013
Planet Money

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 10:34 am

Bernard Omondi got $1,000 from GiveDirectly.
Jacob Goldstein NPR

For more of our reporting on this story, please see our work in The New York Times Magazine and on This American Life.

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3:27am

Fri October 25, 2013
Business

A Family Bible And Other Heirlooms, Found Online

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 6:43 am

This poster from 1904 describes Charles Jamieson as a petty thief, crap shooter, "glib talker and general all-around crook and hobo." An online business helps reunite people like Jamieson's descendants with such pieces of their family history.
Joy Shivar

At the recent International Collectibles and Antiques Show in Charlotte, N.C., dealers spread out items in different booths. The warehouse looks like an old-school flea market, except for Joy Shivar's booth.

She's on her laptop, demonstrating JustAJoy.com. Enter a name in a database, and see if something hits.

The website bills itself as a family heirloom exchange for sellers and buyers. That's not unusual — there is eBay, after all.

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4:44pm

Thu October 24, 2013
The Two-Way

Twitter Sets Its IPO Price, Valuing Company At Around $11 Billion

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 5:03 pm

In this Nov. 8, 2011, photo, NASA fan David Parmet signs his name on a Twitter logo during a tweetup event for about 50 of NASA's Twitter followers at the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
Brock Vergakis AP

Twitter announced today that it plans on selling 70 million shares at $17 to $20 each, during its initial public offering.

Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal did the math and it means that the company is looking to raise about $1.4 billion and values itself at about $11 billion at the high end. This is the biggest tech IPO since Facebook went public in May of 2012.

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