Business

2:38pm

Thu May 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Google's Privacy Shift Powers New Customized Maps

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:15 am

The new Google Maps features tailor-made results based on users' habits and search histories.
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This week, Google, already a leader in mapping, created more space between itself and its competitors by more deeply mining the data users provide the company when using its various services.

At the Google developers' conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Daniel Graf, director of Google Maps, crowed about the company's mapping app for the iPhone — and couldn't quite stop himself from taking a dig at Apple.

"People called it sleek, simple, beautiful, and let's not forget, accurate," he said.

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2:04pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Your Money

The Tricky Business Of Retirement: Hidden 401(K) Fees

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A couple generations ago, when older Americans retired they could rely on pension plans to support them. Then, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, many companies switched their retirement plans over to 401(k) accounts. The security of workers' retirement savings suddenly became subject to the vagaries of the stock market.

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1:59pm

Thu May 16, 2013
Economy

Will Strong Summer Travel Be A Turning Point For Airlines?

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:56 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

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1:59pm

Thu May 16, 2013
U.S.

Managing The $30 Million 'One Fund' To Aid Boston Victims

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Thirty million dollars is a lot of money, but how do you divide it among the families of the three people killed, the dozens maimed, the hundreds who spent time in the hospital, the thousands who witnessed the blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon last month?

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1:15pm

Thu May 16, 2013
The Salt

How Trace Amounts Of Arsenic End Up In Grocery Store Meat

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 11:18 am

Roxarsone, a drug linked to elevated levels of inorganic arsenic in chicken meat, is no longer used in broiler chicken farming, producers say. But another arsenic-based drug is still used to raise turkeys.
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A study published online recently in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives documented slightly elevated levels of arsenic in samples of chicken purchased at grocery stores in 10 cities in the U.S.

So how did trace amounts of this toxin end up in supermarket poultry?

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10:27am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Berkshire Hathaway's Credit Rating Knocked Down A Notch

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 10:53 am

Warren Buffett.
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Billionaire investment legend Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has had its credit rating lowered from AA+ to AA by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services.

In a statement, S&P says that even though Berkshire Hathaway has an "excellent business profile," the lower credit rating "better reflects our view of BRK's dependence on its core insurance operations for most of its dividend income." (S&P's statement is posted on its website, but you have to register to view it.)

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8:57am

Thu May 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Conflicting Signals From Latest Economic Indicators

Thursday morning's economic news:

-- There were 360,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up 32,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says. At 360,000, the pace was the fastest since the last week of March. But it remained well below the 400,000-and-higher rate that lasted from mid-2008 into 2011.

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5:16am

Thu May 16, 2013
Asia

Yen's Drop In Value Could Fuel Curency War

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Japan's economy is finally getting a lift. The stock market is soaring there. Companies like Toyota and Sony are seeing a surge in profits. And today, Japan's government reported the economy grew a three-and-a-half percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, a significant improvement.

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4:46am

Thu May 16, 2013
Around the Nation

Sequestration May Make Hurricane Season Stormier Than Usual

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 1:13 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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4:33am

Thu May 16, 2013
Business

Researchers Don't 'Wine' About The Cold, Their Grapes Thrive

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 5:58 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Minnesota. Vermont. South Dakota. OK. These are not states people normally associate with fantastic wine - or wine at all, for that matter. Grapes didn't always ripen in the state's short growing season. And even when they did, the grapes were better suited for jelly and juice. Their musty taste left little to really desire in a glass of wine.

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