Business

2:49am

Mon December 16, 2013
Parallels

Battle Of The Bottom Feeder: U.S., Vietnam In Catfish Fight

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:17 pm

Freshly caught catfish wriggle in large nets in Doddsville, Miss.
Jackie Northam NPR

Bill Battle peers through the window of a pickup truck at his catfish farm, Pride of the Pond, near Tunica, Miss. The land is pancake-flat, broken up by massive ponds, some holding up to 100,000 pounds of catfish.

Cormorants fly low over the ponds, keeping an eye out for whiskered, smooth-skinned fish. Battle keeps a shotgun in the front seat; business is hard enough without the birds cutting into his profit.

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6:56pm

Sun December 15, 2013
Europe

Ireland Exits Bailout Program, But Economy Still On The Mend

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:24 am

On Sunday, Ireland became the first country to formally exit the bailout program funded by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.
Peter Muhly AFP/Getty Images

Ireland was one of the countries hardest hit by Europe's debt crisis. On Sunday, it passed a big milestone when the nation became the first country to formally exit the bailout program funded by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union.

After three years of the bailout program, it isn't hard to find signs of improvement in Ireland and of an economy coming back from the dead.

"Don't get me wrong, it's been bad in a lot of ways, but there's a silver lining in every cloud," says Conor Mulhall, a 41-year-old father of three.

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8:43am

Sun December 15, 2013
The Salt

Sriracha: First, The Crisis. Now, The Movie

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 2:20 pm

Can't get enough of Sriracha? Now it can fill your belly and your screens.
Nick Ut AP

Lately, it seems as if news about Sriracha has been as ubiquitous as the much-loved hot sauce itself.

First, there was the panic over a potential shortage, after a judge ordered the California factory where Sriracha is made to partially shut down, as our friends on the Two-Way blog have reported.

Now, this red hot culinary phenomenon is starring in its own documentary.

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5:32pm

Sat December 14, 2013
Digital Life

Tug Of Authority Over Legal Gap In Online Privacy

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Even the most mundane online tasks require us to hand over sensitive data. Privacy policies pass by with an easy click. Yes, each company has its own legal language about the risks we take on, but the standards for consumer protection are murky.

"There is no one law in the United States that mandates that websites and phone applications have good data security," says law professor Woodrow Hartzog, who focuses on the area of privacy law and online communication.

So if there isn't one set of rules, who's working to keep your personal information safe?

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5:13pm

Sat December 14, 2013
Business

A Woman Takes The Wheel At GM

For the first time, a woman has been named CEO of a major U.S. automotive company. Mary Barra, 51, breaks a glass ceiling in one of the most male-dominated industries in the nation. But women buy more than half the cars in America, so the question is why it took so long.

4:20pm

Sat December 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Going The Distance: Mileage Running On Marathon Flights

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:58 am

David McNew Getty Images

Travis MacRitchie is at his Los Angeles apartment packing a single carry on bag for a flight halfway across the world.

"I'm going off on a pretty ridiculous adventure, so fingers crossed that it'll go okay," he says.

He's headed to the Middle East on a flight to Bahrain and he'll be back home in just three days.

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6:56pm

Fri December 13, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Movement To Bake Online Privacy Into Modern Life, 'By Design'

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:46 pm

"The death of privacy has been predicted repeatedly over the years," says Ann Cavoukian, Ontario's privacy commissioner. "And my response to that is, 'Say no to that,' because, if you value your freedom, you will value your privacy."
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As we become a more digitally connected society, one question has become increasingly pervasive: Is the expectation of privacy still reasonable?

Ann Cavoukian, the privacy commissioner for Ontario, Canada, thinks so. She contends that privacy — including privacy online — is foundational to a free society. She developed a framework for approaching privacy issues back in the 1990s that's been recognized around the world.

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6:21pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Around the Nation

States Settle Into Wooing War With Bids For Boeing Plane Plant

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

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Negotiations between Boeing and the machinists union in Washington State broke down again last night. The union rejected Boeing's latest contract offer. The deal would've guaranteed that production of the new 777X airplanes would stay in the Seattle area. Now, the aerospace giant may be taking those planes and thousands of jobs elsewhere.

Other states are eagerly courting them. But Michael Tomsic of member station WFAE in Charlotte reports that landing the aerospace company won't come cheap.

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5:31pm

Fri December 13, 2013
The Salt

Call the FBI! China Is Trying To Steal America's Seeds!

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:54 pm

Seed corn sits in the hopper of a planter.
Scott Olson Getty Images

If you think grains of rice or kernels of corn are free gifts of nature, think again. Seed companies — and the FBI — take a very different attitude, and walking off with the wrong seeds can land you in very serious trouble indeed.

In two apparently unrelated cases this week, federal prosecutors arrested citizens of China and charged them with stealing seeds that American companies consider valuable intellectual property.

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10:45am

Fri December 13, 2013
Technology

Tech Companies Take Step Toward The 'Internet Of Things'

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 1:45 pm

Tech companies want to make your smartphones, TVs, lights and other appliances all work together, regardless of brand.
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Several companies have made what some see as a small step toward TVs, locks and household appliances all talking to each other.

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