Business

12:28pm

Wed August 28, 2013
All Tech Considered

Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 3:36 pm

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer oversaw a system called "stack ranking," which employees have called toxic.
David Becker Getty Images

In the flood of stories about Steve Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft, a troubling symbol of the company's office culture keeps emerging. It's called "stack ranking," a system that had corrosive effects on Microsoft employees by encouraging workers to play office politics at the expense of focusing on creative, substantive work.

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10:20am

Wed August 28, 2013
The Salt

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 12:57 pm

At Happy Boy Farms near Santa Cruz, Calif., Early Girl tomatoes are grown using dry-farming methods. The tomatoes have become increasingly popular with chefs and wholesalers.
Courtesy Jen Lynne/Happy Boy Farms

A week without water can easily kill the average person.

But a garden that goes unwatered for months may produce sweeter, more flavorful fruits than anything available in most mainstream supermarkets — even in the scorching heat of a California summer. Commercial growers call it "dry farming," and throughout the state, this unconventional technique seems to be catching on among small producers of tomatoes, apples, grapes, melons and potatoes.

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7:21am

Wed August 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Click Here For 'The New York Times' While It's Being Hacked

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 7:28 am

The New York Times' alternate site.
http://news.nytco.com/

The New York Times' website isn't working for us, and many other users, again this morning. As All Tech Considered reported Tuesday evening, the Times appears to be the victim of another hacking by the Syrian Electronic Army — a pro-Assad organization that has previously taken over the websites of other U.S.

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4:59am

Wed August 28, 2013
Around the Nation

Rim Fire Drives Away Business From Iron Door Saloon

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As the Rim Fire rages on, thousands of houses are threatened; over 100 have already burned. One of them was the home and the family ranch that Corinna Loh grew up on. Now she's struggling to keep her bar, the Iron Door Saloon, one of California's oldest, up and running. Good morning to you.

CORINNA LOH: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: It sounds like it's been a harrowing week. Tell us what has actually happened to you.

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4:59am

Wed August 28, 2013
Business

Magazine Touts Arizona's Foliage Over Vermont's Colors

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: say what?

That was roughly the reaction of Vermonters who read this magazine headline. Quote: "Autumn In Arizona and Why It's Better Here Than It Is In Vermont."

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

You see, leaf-peepers, those are the tourists who head north to look at the colorful foliage, are a huge part of the state's economy. An estimated 3.5 million people visit Vermont during the season, spending some $130 million.

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4:59am

Wed August 28, 2013
Business

JPMorgan Chase In Negotiations With Federal Government

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with settling suits for big money.

U.S. authorities are pressing JPMorgan Chase to settle lawsuits over bonds backed by subprime mortgages. And the Federal Housing Finance Agency is looking in the range of $6 billion to settle those suits.

JPMorgan Chase is still negotiating with the government. But here's another eye-popping number: The bank has spent about five billion for legal costs in each of the past two years. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:53am

Wed August 28, 2013
Business

Wal-Mart To Offer Same-Sex Health Benefits

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And news from the world's biggest retailer: Wal-Mart says beginning next year, it will extend comprehensive medical benefits coverage to domestic and legally married same-sex partners.

Jacqueline Froelich from member station KUAF reports on why Wal-Mart made the change.

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2:53am

Wed August 28, 2013
Business

Mayer Shines At Yahoo After Spotlight Dimmed At Google

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 12:33 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Yahoo yesterday announced a redesign of some of its major sites, the latest step in CEO Marissa Mayer's dramatic turnaround of the company. Since she took the helm last year, Yahoo's stock has surged. And a leading industry measure recently showed Yahoo topping Google in the number of website visits - which is something, since Marissa Mayer jumped to Yahoo after years of being a top player at Google.

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2:54pm

Tue August 27, 2013
All Tech Considered

Facebook: U.S. Wanted Data On 20,000 Of Its Users This Year

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 7:22 pm

Facebook has issued a report on government requests for its user data.
Flickr Scott Beale

In its first "Global Government Requests Report," Facebook has released details on the number of requests it has gotten from government agents for user data.

Facebook reveals that governments around the globe have made 38,000 total requests for user data in the first half of 2013, and the U.S. dwarfs the rest of the world in requests. Up to June 30, the U.S. government asked Facebook for access to accounts of between 20,000 and 21,000 users, the company said.

Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users globally.

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10:22am

Tue August 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Tesla Sales Hum In California, Beating Porsche, Land Rover

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 12:33 pm

Tesla Motors has outsold several luxury carmakers in California in 2013, on the strength of its Model S, seen here in the foreground. The Telsa Roadster is behind it.
James Lipman Telsa

It's been a good year for Tesla Motors, the luxury electric car maker, particularly in California, where it's selling more cars than Porsche, Jaguar, Lincoln, or Buick. In 2013, the company has sold 4,714 cars in the state, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

Here's a rundown of the state's vehicle sales rankings:

  • Tesla: 4,714
  • Porsche: 4,586
  • Land Rover: 4,022
  • Volvo: 2,982
  • Lincoln: 2,230
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