Mon September 9, 2013

Verizon, FCC Go To Court Over Net Neutrality

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 7:25 am

Opening statements in the court case FCC vs. Verizon begin Monday. This case could determine the FCC's legal ability to enforce the principle known as net neutrality. At issue is whether the federal government may block Internet service providers from slowing or blocking certain online content.


Sat September 7, 2013
All Tech Considered

Baltimore Officials Want To Unplug Phones-For-Cash Kiosks

EcoATM kiosks dispense cash in exchange for used cellphones, MP3 players and tablets.

EcoATMs take old cellphones, MP3 players and tablets in exchange for cash. But the automated kiosks, operating 650 machines in 40 states, are getting bad reviews from police, who are concerned the machines are a magnet for thieves.

The transaction is fairly simple. The machine walks you through the process, scanning your ID to certify you're over 18 and verify your identity. An ecoATM employee inspects the transaction remotely in real time. Once the seller's identity is verified, the kiosk takes the device and assesses its value. You get the cash, and the device is recycled.

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Sat September 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Chobani Issues All-Clear After Yogurt Recall

Originally published on Sat September 7, 2013 2:18 pm

The Chobani Greek yogurt company says the mold that caused some of its products to bloat or swell is not normally harmful to people. On Thursday, Chobani said, "To be extra cautious, we have moved from a voluntary withdrawal to a voluntary recall."

After concerns over its product led the Chobani Greek yogurt company to issue a voluntary recall of some packages earlier this week, the New York-based foodmaker now says the mold that was identified as the culprit is not dangerous.

"Through extensive testing and expert consultation, we now know that the mold found in the products we voluntarily recalled this week is a species called Mucor circinelloides," the company says. "Mucor circinelloides is not considered a foodborne pathogen."

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Fri September 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Job Applicants Made To Dance: 'Like A Scene Out Of The Office'

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 6:36 pm

Ricky Gervais, who played the role of boss David Brent in the original British version of The Office.
Associated Press

It sounds like something out of a sitcom; in this case, the original British television version of The Office: job seekers being compelled to dance for a chance at a sales position at a U.K. electronics retailer.

Applicant Alan Bacon, who hoped for a position at a Currys Megastore in Cardiff, was made to do "rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers" to the French electronic duo Daft Punk's "Around the World."

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Fri September 6, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Encryption Disrupted; Anonymity Online

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 4:09 pm

Circuit board
Marilyn Nieves

Monday's Labor Day holiday shortened our week, but there was no shortage of news in the tech space. Herewith, our weekly roundup to help catch you up.


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Fri September 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Antitrust Monitor Ordered For Apple Over E-Book Price Fixing

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 12:44 pm

Amazon's Kindle e-reader. Apple has been ordered to submit to a monitor to ensure it doesn't fix prices on e-books in future.
David McNew Getty Images

A federal judge who found Apple guilty of colluding with publishers in an e-book price-fixing scheme ordered the tech giant on Friday to modify its contracts and submit to oversight to make sure it doesn't happen again.

The injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan against orders the iPad maker to hire an external compliance monitor for two years to supervise the company's antitrust compliance efforts, The Associated Press reports.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple says it plans to appeal.

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Fri September 6, 2013

Five Years After Wall Street Collapsed, What's Changed?

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 10:36 pm



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later, it sounds like a bad walks-into-a-bar joke, but it wasn't. Recently, a representative of the KKK had a sit-down with members of the NAACP. This took place in Casper, Wyoming. Reporter Jeremy Fugleberg was there for the whole thing, and tells us what happened. That's in just a few minutes.

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Fri September 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 7.3 Percent; 169,000 Jobs Added

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:30 pm

A recruiter for Cigna greets a job seeker at a career fair in Philadelphia over the summer.
Mark Makela Reuters /Landov

The nation's jobless rate dipped to 7.3 percent in August from 7.4 percent in July as 169,000 jobs were added to public and private payrolls, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated Friday morning.

The figures were roughly in line with what economists had been expecting to hear.

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Fri September 6, 2013
The Two-Way

'Pretty Solid Jobs Report' Likely; Will Fed Then Dial Back?

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 9:35 am

The scene last month at a "Beyond the Dream" job fair in Brooklyn, N.Y. Data on the month's job growth and unemployment rate are due Friday morning.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Economists expect to hear that about 180,000 jobs were added to payrolls and that the nation's unemployment rate held steady at 7.4 percent last month when the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its highly anticipated report about the August employment situation at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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Fri September 6, 2013

Istanbul, Madrid, Tokyo Vie For Olympics, But Is It Worth It?

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 8:47 am

Fireworks at closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Alastair Grant AP

The International Olympic Committee will decide Saturday on the host of the 2020 Summer Games. Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo are vying for the honor.

As our reporters noted on Morning Edition, these are all world-class cities with strong selling points, but they also face some serious challenges.


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