Business

5:57pm

Fri November 22, 2013
All Tech Considered

Hard-Core And Casual Gamers Play In Different Worlds

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 6:49 pm

Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch.
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This holiday season, the video game industry is looking to reignite sales as two game titans, Sony and Microsoft, launch the next generation of game consoles.

Their target demographic is the group of dedicated players known as hard-core gamers. Dive into the wide world of video game culture on YouTube and you'll hear that term being thrown about.

So what exactly is a hard-core gamer?

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5:01pm

Fri November 22, 2013
Business

JPMorgan Says It Broke No Law. So Why Pay The $13 Billion?

Originally published on Sat November 23, 2013 1:20 am

The U.S. government says JPMorgan Chase & Co. knowingly sold faulty mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The bank says it's broken no laws.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

State and federal regulators have hailed Tuesday's $13 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over faulty mortgage assets it sold in the years leading up to the financial crisis as a big victory for the judicial system.

But like other big settlements to emerge from the financial crisis, the deal leaves unclear just what the bank did wrong.

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5:01pm

Fri November 22, 2013
All Tech Considered

To Test-Drive A Concept Car, Fire Up The PlayStation

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:21 pm

Mercedes-Benz introduced its AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. This is just a model of the car; the fully functioning version is virtual.
Jae C. Hong AP

Drifting is one of those crazy things you should only do in a video game, but I got to experience it in real life at Willow Springs racetrack in the California desert with race car driver and expert drifter Dai Yoshihara.

Drifting, Yoshihara explains, is "a controlled slide through a series of corners at very high speed."

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3:03pm

Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

$1.1 Million Dune Buggy: Youabian Makes Splash At LA Car Show

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:54 pm

The Youabian Puma has turned heads at the LA Auto Show, where attendees have been startled by its 20-foot length and unusual design.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Some cars are meant to be beautiful; some cars are meant to serve a purpose. The makers of the Youabian Puma say their car was created with one goal: "to stand out and be unique." And that's what they've done, as dozens of howling headlines attest.

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1:06pm

Fri November 22, 2013
The Two-Way

2015 Health Insurance Deadline To Be Pushed Back One Month

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 8:56 pm

The Obama administration confirmed early Friday afternoon that starting next year, it plans to push back the start of enrollment for coverage under the new health care law by one month.

NPR's Julie Rovner tells us via Twitter that White House spokesman Jay Carney says the Department of Health and Human Services "has indicated its intent to shift the 2015 marketplace schedule by one month."

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12:05pm

Fri November 22, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Video Gaming, Bitcoin And Landlines

There's a growing market for digital currencies like Bitcoin. A Sydney pub, seen here, is taking Bitcoins as payment for drinks.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Wow, suddenly we're at the end of the week already. If you missed the conversations about digital life and technology in the headlines and on NPR, here's a look back.

ICYMI

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7:07am

Fri November 22, 2013
It's All Politics

Wal-Mart Food Drive Unwittingly Fuels Talk Of Minimum Wage Hike

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 10:51 am

Dozens of people protest for better wages outside a Los Angeles Wal-Mart store on Nov. 7.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Wal-Mart's pay practices have long been targeted by advocates of America's working poor.

So it was no surprise that it became national news when the discount retailer, the nation's biggest employer, asked workers at an Ohio store to contribute to a holiday food drive — for fellow workers.

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5:07am

Fri November 22, 2013
Health Care

California Will Not Extend Canceled Health Policies

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 5:45 am

California has rejected President Obama's offer to extend canceled health insurance policies. The board that oversees the state's health insurance marketplace voted unanimously Thursday to let canceled policies expire. The board said it didn't want to confuse consumers and disrupt the state's surge in enrollment.

4:33am

Fri November 22, 2013
Business

Government To Sell Its Remaining GM Shares

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:23 am

The Treasury Department announced on Thursday that the U.S. government will sell its remaining 31 million shares in GM by the end of the year. The government received the stock when it bailed out GM during the financial crisis.

4:33am

Fri November 22, 2013
Business

Because Of Noise, Bar To Raise Drinking Age To 25

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 7:28 am

Phil's Crummy Corner, a bar in Brooklyn, announced it is raising its drinking age to 25. The restaurant manager told local news site DNA Info that the age limit will only be in place on weekend nights. It's an attempt to keep out loud and rowdy late night crowds.

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