Business

6:32pm

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Justin Bieber Destined For Outer Space

Singer Justin Bieber performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on May 19.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Singer Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to score a booking on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, destined for its first suborbital test flight sometime this year.

The Bieb and manager Scooter Braun join the likes of Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie on the elite passenger list of those willing and able to pay $250,000 for a seat on Richard Branson's commercial space-flight venture.

Sir Richard tweeted the news Thursday:

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1:23pm

Thu June 6, 2013
All Tech Considered

A Day In The Life Of The Relentlessly Tracked

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 1:45 pm

Today, every consumer click is an opportunity for companies to gather personal information.
David Goldman AP

Controversy is raging over a court order allowing the FBI and the National Security Agency to seize aggregate information of millions of Verizon customer phone calls.

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12:13pm

Thu June 6, 2013
Planet Money

NYT Excerpt: How Much Is Michael Bolton Worth to You?

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In his latest New York Times Magazine column, Adam Davidson looks at the secret science of scalping tickets. Here's an excerpt:

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10:31am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Microsoft, FBI Say They've Disrupted $500 Million Botnet

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 12:11 pm

Buttons with the Microsoft logo are seen at a Comp USA store in 2007.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Working jointly with the FBI, Microsoft says it has disrupted a botnet responsible for stealing more than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide.

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9:04am

Thu June 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Ahead Of Key Report, 2 Modestly Positive Signs On Jobs

The scene at a career fair in San Francisco on May 30.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

The number of first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 11,000 last week from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reports. There were 346,000 such applications.

While on the positive side, the figure is still in line with the recent trend. Since late 2011, claims have basically stayed in a range from the mid-300,000s to just under 400,000.

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6:12am

Thu June 6, 2013
National Security

NSA Collects Verizon Customers' Records

The National Security Agency is collecting the phone records of millions of Americans for three months. The news was first reported by the Guardian newspaper. The request for the records was placed with a special intelligence court days after the Boston bombings.

6:05am

Thu June 6, 2013
Business

Is Obamacare Hurting Hiring By Small Businesses?

The Affordable Care Act, which has become known as Obamacare, will require small businesses with 50 or more employees to offer health care coverage to their workers. Some have suggested that could be discouraging hiring by small businesses.

5:52am

Thu June 6, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 6:57 am

When the Transportation Security Administration recently said it was changing the rules to allow small knives and sports equipment as carry-on items on planes, that sparked an outcry over safety. The TSA is backing down and will require travelers to check those items after all.

5:52am

Thu June 6, 2013
Business

Amazon To Expand Grocery Delivery Service

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 6:38 am

Currently, Amazon.com only offers food delivery in Seattle, where the company is based. Food goes bad fast and it's hard to make a profit. But slim profit margins are what have made Amazon a juggernaut.

5:52am

Thu June 6, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 7:02 am

Detroit's Masonic Temple Theatre was headed to foreclosure until an anonymous donor paid off its $142,000 in back taxes. That donor is now revealed: former White Stripes singer Jack White. He has performed there nine times and hung out there as a kid. His mom was an usher.

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