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5:38am

Tue July 23, 2013
Business

'Arrested Development' Boosts Netflix Earnings

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 7:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a streaming success.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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4:28pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:02 pm

Saltaire is one of the vacation villages on New York's Fire Island where Verizon has replaced copper landlines with home wireless connections.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, buckled boardwalks and ruined much of the infrastructure of the small vacation spot of Fire Island, just off the coast of New York. The storm also destroyed many of the island's copper phone lines. But the island's only traditional phone company has no plans to replace them. Instead, Verizon is offering customers a little white box with an antenna it calls Voice Link.

"It has all the problems of a cellphone system, but none of the advantages," says Pat Briody, who has had a house on Fire Island for 40 years.

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3:59pm

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

GlaxoSmithKline Embroiled In Bribery Scandal In China

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 9:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Britain's largest drug maker GlaxoSmithKline said today that some of its senior executives may have broken the law in China. The company faces allegations that it bribed Chinese doctors and hospitals to buy its drugs. NPR's Jim Zarroli has the story.

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2:38pm

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 1:17 pm

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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9:54am

Mon July 22, 2013
Parallels

As Cambodian Factories Expand, Conditions Are Criticized

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 11:14 am

Cambodian rescuers at the site of a factory collapse near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 16. Two workers were killed in the collapse. The garment industry has expanded rapidly in Cambodia, but last week, a new report pointed to a deterioration in working conditions in the country.
Heng Sinith AP

We've been looking at working conditions in Bangladesh where the collapse in April of a building that housed garment factories killed more than 1,000 people.

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5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

London Bookseller Forgoes Big Profit On J.K. Rowling Book

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Speaking of pouring a drink, how about raising a glass to this bookseller. Today's last word in business is one generous retailer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We learned last week that J.K. Rowling - of Harry Potter fame - was also the hidden author of the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling." She had released it under the nom de plume, Robert Galbraith.

GREENE: After that was revealed, the price of a signed first edition immediately jumped to more than $1,500 on sites like eBay.

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5:21am

Mon July 22, 2013
Business

GlaxoSmithKline Says Executives May Have Broken Chinese Laws

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:30 am

GlaxoSmithKline says that some of its executives appear to have violated Chinese laws. In response, the company is pledging changes in the way it operates — which would bring down the prices of some of its drugs in China. Chinese authorities accuse the company of bribing doctors and officials to boost sales and raise the price of medicines.

3:33am

Mon July 22, 2013
The Salt

New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:30 am

Tuthilltown Spirits in New York makes a clear corn whiskey, and the first legal aged whiskey in the state since Prohibition, among other products.
Joel Rose/NPR

A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.

Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.

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6:21am

Sun July 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 3:33 pm

Hey, isn't that ...? New facial recognition software is designed to help store employees recognize celebrities like Mindy Kaling — and other bold-faced names.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images

When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.

"I hadn't watched The Office," Twisselman says. Kaling both wrote and appeared in the NBC hit.

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5:34pm

Sat July 20, 2013
Business

What A Bankrupt Detroit Means For The Auto Industry

Detroit this week became the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR business reporter Sonari Glinton about what Detroit's fiscal woes means for the nation's auto industry, which is famously linked to the city.

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