Business

5:41pm

Sun September 1, 2013
Business

When Stress Takes Over, Employee Burnout Can Set In

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 7:16 pm

Pushing workers only goes so far, says one long-time human resources manager.
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As Labor Day honors American workers, stress weighs on many. A changing world — and therefore a changing workplace — has many employees on the job and staring at screens for hours upon hours. Some have reached a breaking point.

John Challenger, CEO of workplace consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, diagnoses burnout. He tells NPR's Jacki Lyden stress can manifest emotionally, mentally or physically. "It can be combined with doubts about your confidence or the value of the work you do," he says.

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9:14am

Sun September 1, 2013
Economy

Making It On Minimum Wage

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 11:23 am

Joanna Cruz, a New Jersey mother of three who works as a cook at a convenience store, wrote in an online essay that "too often, people think that individuals on public assistance programs are lazy. I would like for them to spend one day in my shoes." She shares what it's like to support a family on minimum wage with guest host Wade Goodwyn.

5:25pm

Fri August 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Apple Stores Launch Trade-In Program For Used iPhones

People hoping to upgrade their old iPhone for a newer model now have the option of trading in their phone to get credit toward a new device at an Apple store. The technology company announced the new option Friday, ahead of the expected Sept. 10 release of updates to its iPhone line.

The new trade-in program, which Apple says is available at its 252 U.S. retail stores, has several requirements:

  • The phone must be able to be powered up.
  • The phone cannot be water-damaged.
  • Any generation iPhone is eligible.
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5:24pm

Fri August 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Taking The Battle Against Patent Trolls To The Public

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 7:01 pm

A group of technology and retail groups is beginning a national ad campaign targeting so-called patent trolls.
The Internet Association, National Restaurant Association, National Retail Federation and Food Marketing Institute

Patent trolls — a term known more among geeks than the general public — are about to be the target of a national ad campaign. Beginning Friday, a group of retail trade organizations is launching a radio and print campaign in 17 states.

They want to raise awareness of a problem they say is draining resources from business and raising prices for consumers.

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5:24pm

Fri August 30, 2013
Technology

Firms Brace For Possible Retaliatory Cyberattacks From Syria

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:18 pm

With the possibility of a strike on Syrian targets, U.S. firms are trying to protect themselves from cyberattacks that may follow.
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The prospect of a military strike against Syria in the next few days has private U.S. firms bracing for retaliation — in cyberspace.

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4:03pm

Fri August 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook's Latest Privacy Changes: Tag, You're You

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 5:11 pm

A bigger facial recognition database could allow Facebook to collect more data about whom we are interacting with in the real world.
Dado Ruvic Reuters/Landov

Writing a post about Facebook changing its privacy policies can feel like a fool's errand.

Nearly everyone who has a pulse — and lives part of his life online — most likely knows how Facebook makes its money and understands why this service, which connects 1.1 billion people, is free.

But here we go again.

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1:07pm

Fri August 30, 2013
The Two-Way

Bag It, Trader Joe's Tells 'Pirate' Grocer In Canada

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 3:24 pm

"I bought the stuff at full retail. I own it," says Michael Hallatt, owner of the _irate Joe's grocery in Vancouver. His store faces a lawsuit from Trader Joe's for infringing on its trademark and possibly confusing customers.
_irate Joe's

For the past year and a half, Mike Hallatt has been driving across the U.S.-Canada border and back, bringing loads of groceries back to Vancouver. There's no food shortage in Canada — but there's an absolute lack of Trader Joe's grocery stores, and that created an opening for an entrepreneur who doesn't mind making a long drive.

Originally called Pirate Joe's, Hallatt's store serves a niche market: Canadians who wish Trader Joe's was in their country and who will pay a bit extra for triple ginger snaps and fanciful trail mixes.

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11:50am

Fri August 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Syrian Hackers And Google Intrigue

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 3:44 pm

A cyberattack, reportedly by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, forced The New York Times offline this week.
NPR

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers across the Internet.

ICYMI

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10:54am

Fri August 30, 2013
Business

More Americans Are In The Mood To Travel For Labor Day

Labor Day weekend travel may rise by 4.2 percent to the highest level since before the recession, according to AAA Travel.
Scott Olson Getty Images

After years of sticking close to home, more Americans are eager to shake off the recession's remnants and have a final summer adventure, according to experts who track travel.

"We've noticed that vacation plans increased quite a bit in August," compared with June, said Chris Christopher, an economist who focuses on consumer markets for IHS Global Insight, a forecasting firm.

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4:46am

Fri August 30, 2013
Business

Secret U.S. Spy Budget Revealed

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 9:51 am

Transcript

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NPR's business news starts a black budget illuminated.

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