Business

4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
Politics

Political Conservatives Stage App-Building Competition

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:54 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's no great secret that Republicans are behind in applying digital technology to politics. They admitted as much after the last presidential election. And in an effort to catch up, over the weekend, political conservatives staged an event called the Liberty Hackathon in San Francisco. The sponsor of the app building competition was the Charles Koch Institute, named for its benefactor the billionaire backer of the Tea Party Movement.

NPR's Nathan Rott went to the event and sent us this report.

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4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with another bad day for Chinese stocks.

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GREENE: The major indexes in China closed down more than five percent - making it the worst day of losses since 2009. And the plunge reverberated, weighing down markets across Asia. The losses we apparently caused by the Chinese government's ongoing attempt to reform its banking system. It's using high interest rates to cut down on risky loans, making access to cash very tight. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:54 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And our last word in business today comes from the Westin Hotel chain and it's: Running Concierge.

Now a hotel concierge is someone who is frequently on the run, trying to satisfy all the whims and desires of guests.

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4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
Energy

Can An Old Massachusetts Fishing Port Light The World Again?

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 4:21 pm

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick joined state officials, clean energy advocates and union representatives to break ground for the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.
Jesse Costa WBUR

A shabby old fishing port on the South Coast of Massachusetts was once known as the City That Lit the World. Its whale oil powered candles and lamps around the country.

Now, the city is trying to rekindle that flame with an alternative form of energy: offshore wind.

A Distant History Of Wealth

New Bedford's glory days are long gone. The city suffers from a long list of woes — high crime, persistent unemployment and poor public schools.

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4:45am

Mon June 24, 2013
U.S.

Why The AR-15 Is More Than Just A Gun

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 12:07 pm

"We've always sold more guns when Democrats are in office than we ever sell when Republicans [are] in office," says Mitch May, the general manager at Clark Brothers Gun Shop in Warrenton, Va.
Ailsa Chang NPR

Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insist that gun control legislation is not dead — they say they're strategizing on how to bring the issue back to the Senate floor.

Even if it does return, one proposal unlikely to survive is an assault weapons ban. Military-style assault rifles now form a nearly $1 billion industry supported by gun owners who spend thousands of dollars collecting these firearms.

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7:37am

Sun June 23, 2013
The Sunday Conversation

Breaking Into The Business World With 'Woman-Friendly' Model

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 1:16 pm

Stephanie Shirley says there have been improvements in flexible work schedules since she implemented the practice in the '60s.
Courtesy of Dame Stephanie Shirley

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Entrepreneur Dame Stephanie Shirley started a software company in 1962. FI Group, now known as Xansa, was "a company of women, a company for women," Shirley says. She wanted to create a new business model, encouraging women to work in the tech industry — with flexible schedules.

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9:46am

Sat June 22, 2013
The Two-Way

Southwest Airlines Computer Outage Causes Delays, Cancellations

Southwest jet at the gate at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in December 2011.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Southwest Airlines says some of its Saturday flights will still be affected by a network computer outage that snarled check-ins, forcing the cancellation of more than a dozen flights and temporarily grounding some 250 others – mostly on the West Coast.

Although the carrier's computer system was back up and running after Friday's problems, Southwest says there was still a backlog that could cause flight delays.

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5:20pm

Fri June 21, 2013
All Tech Considered

NSA Leak Could Be Bad Business For U.S. Tech Companies

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The disclosure of previously secret National Security Agency surveillance programs has left many Americans worried that the privacy of their personal data and communications is in jeopardy.

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4:53pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Monkey See

The Kendama: Can A Wooden Toy Be A Viral Sensation?

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 7:11 pm

The traditional Kendama is making a splash with kids.
Norasit Kaewsai iStockphoto.com

1:24pm

Fri June 21, 2013
The Two-Way

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Gets Two Years For Hacking And Fraud

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 2:22 pm

A co-founder of the file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been sentenced in Sweden to two years in prison for hacking into a bank computer.

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, 28, was arrested in Cambodia last year after Swedish authorities issued an international warrant. He was convicted and sentenced Thursday for hacking Sweden's Nordea bank and U.K.-based services firm Logica.

"The data intrusion has been very extensive and technically advanced," the court said in its ruling.

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