Business

8:18pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Debris In The Indian Ocean May Have Come From Vanished Airliner

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:46 pm

A piece of a wing, apparently from a Boeing 777, has been found on Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean. It's not clear yet whether the debris is from the Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared from radar during a flight last year.
Yannick Pitou AFP/Getty Images

Authorities on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean have found debris that may be from a missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

A source familiar with the investigation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that the debris appears to have come from a large passenger aircraft, but it remains unclear whether it's from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which vanished from radar on March 8, 2014.

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5:14pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Your Money

From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

Alyson Hurt and Paige Pfleger NPR

For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

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5:12pm

Wed July 29, 2015
All Tech Considered

Politics Overshadows U.S. Tech Firms' Hopes For Entering Iran

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:44 pm

Customers try out cellphones and tablets in a store in Tehran, in 2012. Financial sanctions make it difficult for U.S. firms to do business in Iran, analysts say.
Vahid Salemi AP

Iran has the potential to be a boom market for American tech companies. The majority of the population is under 30 and well educated, and over half the country has access to the Internet.

Many businesses have to wait until more sanctions are lifted, but certain tech companies can already go into Iran legally because the U.S. has lifted sanctions on various communication technology. They just aren't sure they want to.

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5:12pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Energy

Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:47 pm

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5:12pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Technology

Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Free Of Charge

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:56 pm

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4:51pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Birkin Bag Is Fine, But Namesake Actress Wants 'Birkin Croco' Rebranded

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:56 pm

The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
Sam Yeh AFP/Getty Images

A lot of people who want a Birkin bag — a handbag popular among celebrities that can cost more than $100,000 — will get on multiple-year waiting lists to get one. But its namesake wants nothing to do with one version of it.

Specifically, Jane Birkin no longer wants to be affiliated with the popular crocodile-skin version. Her request comes after PETA published a graphic video on how crocodiles are allegedly treated before being killed.

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4:19pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Goats and Soda

Nobel Prize Winner Thinks No One Should Ever Retire

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:53 pm

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Muhammad Yunus just had a milestone birthday. On June 28, he turned 75. It's a big moment for a man who's had many big moments in his life — most notably the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding Grameen Bank, which loans small sums, aka "microcredit," to the poor, mainly women, so they can start their own businesses.

Yunus stopped by NPR last week — he was in Washington, D.C., for a conference — wearing the long, open-necked "kurta" shirt of his native Bangladesh. "[A tie] looks funny on me," he joked.

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12:49pm

Wed July 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:15 pm

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
Microsoft

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

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6:46am

Wed July 29, 2015
Food

Sans McDonalds: Neighbors Want To Keep Paris Food Hub Historic

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 7:59 am

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6:34am

Wed July 29, 2015
Business

South Koreans Bristle At Growing Dominance Of Family-Run Conglomerates

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

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