Business

4:25pm

Fri November 15, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

Recent disclosures about NSA surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. tech sector.

Cisco Systems, which manufactures network equipment, posted disappointing first-quarter numbers this week and warned that revenues for the current quarter could drop as much as 10 percent from a year ago — partly as a consequence of the NSA revelations.

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3:45pm

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Sharing Economy, The New PS4 And Snapchat

Originally published on Sat November 16, 2013 6:27 pm

The sharing economy was the feature of our All Tech theme week.
Are You Gonna Eat That Flickr

It's time for your week in review. In case you missed any of the technology and culture coverage on the airwaves and around the Internet this week, here's a look back:

ICYMI

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3:30pm

Fri November 15, 2013
Parallels

Google's India Strategy: One Teardrop At A Time?

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 5:21 pm

A screen grab from Google's ad about two friends separated by history and reunited through the Internet.
YouTube

1:37pm

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Will New PlayStation, Xbox Click Beyond The Hard-Core Gamer?

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 8:07 pm

The Sony PlayStation 4 sells for $399.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez Getty Images

12:34pm

Fri November 15, 2013
All Tech Considered

Internal Emails Reveal Warnings HealthCare.gov Wasn't Ready

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 4:42 pm

Henry Chao, the project manager of HealthCare.gov, is sworn in to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

HealthCare.gov could barely function on the day the health insurance marketplace debuted, and internal emails show at least some top health officials could see the failure coming.

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9:20am

Fri November 15, 2013
TED Radio Hour

What Are The Lives of Chinese Factory Workers Really Like?

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 3:06 pm

James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Misconceptions.

About Leslie T. Chang's TEDTalk

Behind all our material goods, from iPhones to sneakers, is a narrative of exploited Chinese workers with bleak lives. Reporter Leslie T. Chang says that's a disrespectful narrative. She sought out workers in a Chinese megacity and tells their stories.

About Leslie T. Chang

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9:11am

Fri November 15, 2013
The Two-Way

China Unveils Major Economic Changes

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 11:32 am

An investor is seen at a brokerage house in Shanghai, China, on Aug. 16.
Ding Ting Xinhua /Landov

We told you this morning about changes announced in China regarding the country's one-child policy, as well as an announcement that it was ending its system of labor camps. But those aren't the only policy shifts by the Communist Party.

China also said Friday that it would loosen restrictions on foreign investment in e-commerce and other businesses, and allow private competition in state-dominated sectors.

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7:48am

Fri November 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Google's Book-Scanning Program Is Ruled 'Fair Use'

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 8:43 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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4:50am

Fri November 15, 2013
Business

Lockheed Martin To Close Plants, Lay Off Workers

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 6:05 pm

Transcript

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with layoffs at Lockheed Martin.

As the federal budget goes, so go defense contractors. Lockheed Martin says it's forced to reduce costs as federal defense spending declines. The nation's largest military contractor announced plans yesterday to eliminate 4,000 jobs over the next year and a half. Lockheed Martin also plans to close plants in several states, including California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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4:50am

Fri November 15, 2013
Business

JPMorgan's Twitter Campaign Backfires Against Bank

Originally published on Fri November 15, 2013 10:49 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our today's last word in business today goes to the people who got the last word on Twitter. JPMorgan tried a Twitter public relations stunt. It announced that the company's vice chairman, Jimmy Lee, would take over the company's Twitter account. In other words, he could field questions from the masses.

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