Business

3:51am

Tue July 30, 2013
The Salt

Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage'

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 8:22 am

People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers.
Justin Lane EPA/Landov

At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.

Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.

"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. We can't live off this."

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3:49am

Tue July 30, 2013
All Tech Considered

With Smarter Cars, The Doors Are Open To Hacking Dangers

Originally published on Tue July 30, 2013 7:46 am

The Toyota Prius, seen here at the New York International Auto Show in March, was one of the cars security experts Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller showed to be susceptible to attacks by hackers.
Mike Segar Reuters /Landov

Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller have been hacking into products for a long time. But they don't steal stuff or mess with people; instead, their purpose is to pressure companies into making their products more secure.

This week, they scored big. Their research on hacking cars has captured the attention of millions and has been featured in Forbes and on the Today show.

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5:27pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Law

Legal Battles Over Land Rights, Pipelines Are On The Rise

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 9:01 pm

The Crosstex NGL Pipeline is just one such project in the country that has forced long, unwanted legal battles between oil companies and landowners.
Mose Buchele KUT

At Margaret O'Keefe's farm in East Texas, they grow high-quality Bermuda grass. The fields are flat and vibrant green, surrounded by woods of a darker, richer green. The family loves this land. O'Keefe inherited it from her mother, who divided it among eight children.

"She used to call it 'enchanted valley,' " O'Keefe says.

But her "enchanted valley" also lies in the path of the Crosstex NGL Pipeline.

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4:46pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Amazon Goes On Hiring Spree To Staff New Facilities

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 2:24 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.

Tomorrow, President Obama visits and Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga. He'll be talking about job creation. That may help explain the timing of an announcement today from Amazon. It's going on a hiring spree, looking for 5,000 new full-time employees for its U.S. distribution centers. NPR's Wendy Kaufman has more on Amazon's plans to grow.

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4:46pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Ad Agency Merger Reflects New Realities Of Online Advertising

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 9:01 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's Paris meets Madison Avenue. Yesterday two of the world's largest advertising agencies announced plans to merge. The French ad company Publicis is combining with the New York-based Omnicom. The merger is largely a response to the growing dominance of Silicon Valley companies such as Google and Facebook.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

NPR's digital culture correspondent Laura Sydell joins us now to talk about what it all means. Hey there, Laura.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: Hello.

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11:39am

Mon July 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Amazon Says It Will Hire More Than 5,000 Workers In U.S.

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 1:53 pm

Amazon.com plans to hire more than 5,000 full-time workers for its warehouse and order-fulfillment centers, the retailing giant said Monday. Many of the jobs will be at Amazon outposts that are spread across more than 10 states.

"Median pay inside Amazon fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores," the company said in a news release announcing its plans.

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9:04am

Mon July 29, 2013
The Two-Way

BMW's Electric Compact May Come With An Optional SUV Backup

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 12:37 pm

BMW's electric i3 Concept is presented before the Paris Motor Show last September. The car was officially unveiled Monday; purchasers can reportedly opt for using a gas-powered SUV several weeks each year.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

As it unveils its all-electric i3 compact sedan Monday, BMW also plans to offer buyers the option of booking a gas-powered SUV for a few weeks every year, according to reports. The move is part of BMW's efforts to ease customers' concerns about relying on an electric vehicle year-round, particularly for long family trips.

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8:05am

Mon July 29, 2013
Parallels

Group Faults Apple For Labor Violations At China Supplier

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 11:53 am

Apple is under fire again for labor violations at its supplier's factories in China.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

There's been concern about working conditions at factories run by Apple's foreign suppliers since the story last year about Foxconn. At the time, the tech giant moved to address those concerns to show that it took them seriously. But more allegations surfaced Monday centering on Apple's effort to build a cheaper iPhone.

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6:25am

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Mega Merger Combines Ad Companies Publicis, Omnicom

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 7:07 am

France's Publicis and U.S.-based Omnicom announced Sunday night that they're joining forces. Together, they'll be the largest advertising holding company in the world.

5:08am

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Why Don't More People Care About Insider Trading?

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 7:07 am

David Greene talks to Vanity Fair financial journalist Bryan Burrough about the SAC hedge fund insider trading case, and how little the public cares, compared with the 1980s insider trading crackdown that was widely followed and became a part of popular culture.

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