Business

3:58am

Tue March 12, 2013
The Salt

Mississippi Passes 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.

On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes. And lawmakers in Mississippi are taking the backlash against government regulation on food marketing one step further.

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3:49am

Tue March 12, 2013
Financial Basics For Baby Boomers

From Grief Comes A Mission To Make Estate Planning Less Daunting

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 5:17 am

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Estate planning may seem like a pain, but imagine the mess you leave to those managing your affairs if you don't draw up a will or get life insurance.

"It takes really just a few hours now, rather than a pile of hours and thousands of dollars to do it later when you really need it done," says Chanel Reynolds, who created a website geared to help people get their affairs in order.

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5:36pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Business

Betting Site Intrade Shuts Down Under Mysterious Circumstances

The online betting market Intrade has shut down. Intrade allowed customers to wager on the outcome of events such as presidential elections. The company says all betting is on hold until it can investigate possible financial irregularities.

4:09pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Business

In Trendy World Of Fast Fashion, Styles Aren't Made To Last

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:36 pm

Prices at stores like Forever 21 are so low, "it's virtually impossible to walk out empty-handed," says Elizabeth Cline, who writes about fast fashion.
Michael Buckner Getty Images

When she got out of college and moved to New York, Elizabeth Cline liked to shop at vintage-clothing stores. They were the kinds of places tucked away on side streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where a lot of hunting and a little luck might reward you with a great, inexpensive cocktail dress that no one else had.

Then she discovered the world of "fast fashion" — chains like Forever 21, H&M and Zara — and it redefined her whole notion of bargain shopping.

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1:54pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Planet Money

In One Key Way, The Housing Crisis Is Still Going Strong

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

The housing market is recovering. Prices are rising, the number of foreclosures is falling, and construction crews are finally starting to build again. But in one key way, housing remains in crisis mode: The U.S. housing market is still a ward of the state.

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10:34am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Add Its Own Demise To Intrade's List Of Blown Calls

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 10:49 am

Intrade

Who could have predicted this?

Well, apparently not "the world's most famous predictions market."

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8:09am

Mon March 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Tries To Claim '.book' Domain; Publishers Fight Back

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:52 am

Seattle-based Amazon wants control over new Internet domains such as ".book," ".author" and ".read."
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:20am

Mon March 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Most Talked About Tech And Culture Trends At SXSW Interactive

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:40 pm

The feline known as Grumpy Cat.
Elise Hu NPR

Everywhere you walk in downtown Austin, Texas, new names compete for the attention of the tens of thousands wandering the SXSW Interactive festival. Which of this year's emerging ideas and brands — MakerBot, Leap Motion, Geomagic — will break into mainstream consciousness? Here's a quick rundown of the conversation topics in coffee lines, and some notes on appearances and panels that caught our attention:

Beyond The Keyboard And Mouse

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5:10am

Mon March 11, 2013
Business

Alabama Weighs Protections To Entice Airbus

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 7:23 am

It's not unusual for states to offer up tax breaks and other incentives to lure industry. Now, Alabama is adding a new enticement for European airplane maker Airbus and its suppliers: protection from legal liability.

4:41am

Mon March 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

Controlling Your Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 8:48 am

Festival attendees experiment with Leap Motion technology.
Elise Hu NPR

If you've had wrist and shoulder pain from clicking a mouse, relief may be in sight. This spring, a new motion sensing device will go on sale that will make it possible for the average computer user to browse the Web and open documents with a wave of a finger.

The Leap Motion Controller is on display at the South by Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, for the first time. It's one of the most talked about startups at the conference, where some 26,000 people have gathered to see emerging tech companies.

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