Business

3:55am

Fri September 27, 2013
Business

TomTato Is The Latest Wonderplant

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 7:03 am

A British gardening mail order firm introduced the TomTato: a tomato-potato plant. Cherry tomatoes and white potatoes have been grafted together. The hybrid hit European garden centers this week.

3:55am

Fri September 27, 2013
Business

Is North America The Next World Capital Of Energy?

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:07 am

A perfect storm of sorts is leading some Western energy companies to step back from investments and operations in the Middle East. Companies see increased risk in the region because of the turmoil and violence following the Arab Spring. And, advances in technology have made it easier to produce oil in North America.

3:55am

Fri September 27, 2013
Asia

Shanghai To Open Free-Trade Zone To Boost China's Growth

Originally published on Fri September 27, 2013 6:07 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In the NPR business zone, we'll talk about an experiment in China.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: On Sunday, Shanghai will open a free trade zone that officials say will be a laboratory for reforming the world's second-largest economy.

As NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, the new zone is getting a lot of media attention in China but the details remain sketchy.

FRANK LANGFITT, BYLINE: The formula of low-wage labor and cheap exports that transformed China from a backwater into a global economic power has run out of steam.

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6:10pm

Thu September 26, 2013
The Salt

McDonald's Says Bye-Bye To Sugary Sodas In Happy Meals

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 8:29 pm

Fast-food giant McDonald's has made a commitment to stop marketing sodas as a beverage option in kids' Happy Meals.

Instead, the chain has committed to market and promote only milk, water and juice with the children's meals.

Now, if parents order a Coke or Sprite with their child's Happy Meal, they won't be turned down. But sodas will no longer be marketed or promoted visually in any of McDonald's advertisements or in-store visuals.

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4:51pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Business

Nine Japanese Auto Parts Makers Plead Guilty To Price Fixing

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 7:19 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

Most of the people who work in the auto industry don't work for car companies. Instead, they're involved with making the parts that go into the cars. It's a global network that manufactures everything from seatbelts to radiators. Well, now it's caught up in a widening federal investigation into price fixing.

NPR's Jim Zarroli reports the Justice Department said today nine Japanese companies have pleaded guilty to collusion.

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1:10pm

Thu September 26, 2013
The Two-Way

eBay To Acquire Payment Processor Braintree For $800 Million

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:51 pm

An illustration of online payment service PayPal at LeWeb Paris 2012 in Saint-Denis, France.
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Auction site eBay, which owns PayPal, is buying the online and mobile payment company Braintree for $800 million — an acquisition that eBay's CEO calls "a perfect fit."

The deal, announced Thursday, could help eBay as it tries to convince customers to ditch their credit and debit cards and use PayPal instead.

"Braintree is a perfect fit with PayPal," eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe said in a statement.

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1:06pm

Thu September 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

What You Emailed Us About Using The 'ACC'

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:16 pm

We're still combing through all your emails about the acc.
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This morning, I griped about the acc, our newly coined name for the practice of copying a third party on an existing email chain to undermine or pull rank on the original recipient. (The A can stand for angry, awkward, annoying ... or other A-words you might be thinking of ...)

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10:57am

Thu September 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Two Bodies Found Near Costa Concordia Wreck

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 12:40 pm

A Coast Guard patrols in front of the severely damaged right side of the Costa Concordia cruise ship after it was righted last week.
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The remains of two people, presumed to be a missing passenger and crew member from the ill-fated Costa Concordia, have been located by divers near the site of the wrecked cruise liner that was righted last week in a dramatic salvage operation off the Italian coast.

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9:04am

Thu September 26, 2013
The Two-Way

GDP, Jobless Claims Data Add To Signs Of Slow, Steady Growth

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 9:53 am

The two latest economic indicators both point to modest, steady-as-she-goes growth:

-- Gross domestic product grew at a moderate 2.5 percent annual rate in the second quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says. That's exactly what the agency reported the last time it estimated growth for the April-June quarter.

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7:18am

Thu September 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Worst Kind Of Email CC: Not A BCC, But An A(nnoying)CC

Consider your motivations before you add someone to the cc: field of an email.
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A middle school jab goes something like this: "We're having an A-B conversation, so you can C your way out." I bring this up because there's a workplace parallel to this that doesn't seem to have a name. It's when you're having an A-B email conversation and one party suddenly copies your boss, manager or someone more senior, in order to get an advantage in the discussion at hand.

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