Business

2:09pm

Tue September 16, 2014
The Two-Way

In Germany, A Magazine For The Dog-Tired

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 6:57 pm

Not everyone's a dog lover. A new magazine in Germany caters to the haters.
Aaron Kohr iStockphoto

Here's something to chew over:

With such magazine titles as Mein Hund & Ich ("My Dog and Me") and SitzPlatzFuss ("SitStayHeel"), Germany's newsstands have been basically a canine lovefest.

No more.

The recent launch of Kot & Köter (Poop & Pooches) is already taking a bite out of the admittedly small but vastly underserved niche market of dog haters.

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11:03am

Tue September 16, 2014
The Two-Way

Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 3:07 pm

Marriott is putting envelopes like this one in thousands of rooms at its hotels, hoping to boost the number of guests who tip the housekeeping staff.
Marriott

A new program to encourage guests to tip the housekeeping staff at Marriott hotels is meant to make it easier for people to show their gratitude to workers. But the plan, part of an initiative from Maria Shriver's group A Woman's Nation, is raising questions over how the company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

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10:37am

Tue September 16, 2014
Parallels

Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 4:37 pm

The Saltire, the flag of Scotland, flies near the Union Jack in Gretna in Scotland. Some economists say Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts.
Andy Buchanan AFP/Getty Images

Does news of Scotland's independence vote make your eyelids feel heavy?

Americans may feel a yawn coming on when told of a political squabble playing out in a distant land less populated than metro Atlanta.

But economists say this Thursday's vote is no snoozer. You may wake up to find its outcome has triggered another global financial upheaval.

To understand the risks to your economic health, let's first review a couple of basics:

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7:31am

Tue September 16, 2014
Business

Coca-Cola Revives Surge, A Citrus-Flavored Soda

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in Business is a surge of nostalgia. Yesterday Coca Cola revived Surge, its 1990s-era citrus-flavored soda.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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6:39am

Tue September 16, 2014
Business

Hachette Authors Take Their Case To Amazon's Board Of Directors

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:59 am

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5:17am

Tue September 16, 2014
Your Money

With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:36 am

Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose struggle to pay their bills as $760 is garnished from their paychecks every two weeks by debt collectors. Twice, Goetzinger's bank account has been emptied by collectors after he failed to payoff a loan for a laptop.
Eric Francis AP for ProPublica

Kari Fiotti moved back to Omaha, Neb., in 2009 after a decade living in Italy. She had divorced her husband and returned to the U.S. to start a new life.

Then, Fiotti, 44, took a pricey fall.

"When I came back, I fell and I broke my wrist without insurance," she says.

Her doctor, she says, rejected her offer to make partial payments. So, like millions of Americans, her debt — which had grown to $1,640 with interest and fees — was turned over to collectors.

Fiotti soon learned how hard they would try to collect her unpaid bills.

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3:43am

Tue September 16, 2014
Energy

With U.S. Oil Supply Climbing, Some Call For End To Export Ban

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:37 am

Pump jacks are seen in an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation near Lost Hills, Calif. Much of the U.S. oil industry wants to lift an export ban that followed the 1970s energy crisis.
David McNew Getty Images

An oil drilling boom that has made the U.S. the world's leading oil and petroleum product producer has some people urging an end to the four-decade ban on exporting domestic crude.

Some in the oil industry are launching a campaign to lift the ban, and they hope to win over a skeptical public.

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3:41am

Tue September 16, 2014
Planet Money

Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 3:32 pm

Will Davidson and his Minecraft creation, modeled off the Santa Cruz Mission
Steve Henn

Minecraft is deceptively simple video game. You're dropped into a virtual world, and you get to build things. It's like a digital Lego set, but with infinite pieces.

It's simplicity makes it a big hit with kids, like 10-year old Will Davidson. Last year, Will built a Spanish mission for a school report. He modeled his off the Santa Cruz Mission. "I made a chapel over here," Davidson says. "I also have a bell tower."

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3:40am

Tue September 16, 2014
Business

GM Ignition-Switch Defect Now Linked To 19 Deaths

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 11:03 am

Kenneth Feinberg, who is administrating a crash victims fund, testified before a Senate commerce subcommittee hearing in July that was examining accountability and corporate culture following GM recalls.
Lauren Victoria Burke AP

A special compensation fund for victims of GM's faulty ignition switch has issued its first report, and it makes clear that GM will pay claims for more than the 13 deaths the automaker says were linked to the defect.

GM established the voluntary compensation fund as part of its ongoing mea culpa for delaying an ignition switch recall for a decade.

The program is only for Cobalts, HHRs, Saturn Ions and a few other GM models, all no longer in production, and only for those killed or injured when their airbags did not deploy because the ignition switch had turned off.

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6:13pm

Mon September 15, 2014
All Tech Considered

With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 9:46 am

Two youngsters play in a Minecraft tournament Aug. 9 in Ascot, England.
Miles Willis Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

The video game world saw a massive acquisition Monday when Microsoft confirmed it was buying Mojang, the company behind the immense world-building game Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

Now let's be clear: While the ink on the deal might say Microsoft bought Mojang, they really just bought the game franchise Minecraft. The company has created and published a few other small games, but nothing in its portfolio is on the level of Minecraft.

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