Business

5:47pm

Mon December 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

Teens Dig Digital Privacy, If Snapchat Is Any Indication

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

Three high school students in Oakland, Calif., swap photos using Snapchat.
Ike Sriskandarajah Youth Radio

The track record of commercial products designed with privacy as a top priority has been abysmal — at least until recently. The ephemeral texting app Snapchat is turning assumptions upside down about young people and their desire for digital privacy.

Fred Cate, director of applied cybersecurity research at Indiana University, is an expert on privacy in the digital age. But when it comes to the viability of tech products that promise privacy, Cate has always been skeptical.

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5:21pm

Mon December 9, 2013
The Two-Way

Government Sells Last Shares In GM, Loses $10 Billion

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 5:59 pm

General Motors Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson speaks to the media after a June 2013 GM shareholders meeting in Detroit. General Motors posted $152 billion in global revenues in 2012.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Critics of the federal auto bailout will no longer be able to refer derisively to GM as "Government Motors" — on Monday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the U.S. government has sold its remaining shares in the carmaker.

"With the final sale of GM stock, this important chapter in our nation's history is now closed," Lew said, announcing the sale.

The net? Taxpayers lost $10.7 billion on the deal.

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4:34pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Business

New American Airlines CEO Says Company Will Be Stronger

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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4:34pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Technology

Google VP: 'Pendulum Has Swung Too Far Toward Secrecy'

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 10:45 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. We begin today with All Tech Considered and the top tech news of the day. Eight major technology companies are calling on President Obama to reform government surveillance programs. Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are among the authors of an open letter to the president.

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12:46pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Money Coach

Sharing Matters Most When Trying To Buy Happiness

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee. This is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, infants are tested and screened for all kinds of illnesses, but a new report shows some hospitals are waiting too long to process those screening tests. The results could be bad. We're going to talk more about that in a few minutes but first, to happiness and the holidays.

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12:21pm

Mon December 9, 2013
The Salt

'In Meat We Trust' Argues We Got The Meat Industry We Asked For

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 10:36 am

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The meat on your dinner table probably didn't come from a happy little cow that lived a wondrous life out on rolling green hills. It probably also wasn't produced by a robot animal killer hired by an evil cabal of monocle-wearing industrialists.

Truth is, the meat industry is complicated, and it's impossible to understand without a whole lot of context. That's where Maureen Ogle comes in. She's a historian and the author of In Meat We Trust: An Unexpected History of Carnivore America.

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12:05pm

Mon December 9, 2013
Economy

Why A 'Living' Wage Doesn't Add Up

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 3:44 pm

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8:18am

Mon December 9, 2013
Business

WTO Nations Say Deal Will Boost Global Trade

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Officials of 159 countries have taken a big step forward in promoting global trade. This happened over the weekend at World Trade Organization talks in Indonesian.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here's NPR's Jim Zarroli.

JIM ZARROLI, BYLINE: The countries attending the WTO meeting agreed to a treaty that they say will lower trade barriers and speed up the passage of goods across borders. Officials say the deal could increase global trade by nearly a trillion dollars over time and also create millions of jobs.

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7:04am

Mon December 9, 2013
Business

New York's Insurance Exchange Readies For Holiday Rush

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 10:55 am

Joey Cappuccitti, who works at a Maximus call center, talks with a person looking for help with New York's insurance exchange.
Fred Mogul

New York's health insurance marketplace has been running relatively smoothly, compared with healthcare.gov, the site the federal government is running for 36 states.

But that's a low bar, and even though about 50,000 New Yorkers had signed up in the first two months, almost every day still brings complaints and glitches. Donna Frescatore, the head of the New York State Of Health, says there are no serious patterns of trouble, just individual issues that the state and its contractors address one by one.

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5:06pm

Sun December 8, 2013
Business

How NAFTA Drove The Auto Industry South

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 6:12 pm

President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement into law 20 years ago on Dec. 8, 1993. One of the clear beneficiaries over the past two decades has been the Mexican automobile industry.

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