Business

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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4:40am

Mon March 11, 2013
Author Interviews

'Lean In': Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg Explains What's Holding Women Back

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 4:37 pm

Courtesy Knopf

Of all the posters plastered around Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters — "Move Fast and Break Things," "Done Is Better Than Perfect" and "Fail Harder" — Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg has a favorite: "What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?"

"[It's] something that I think is really important and I think very motivating," Sandberg tells NPR's Renee Montagne. " ... I wrote in my book, what I would do if I wasn't afraid is, I would speak out more on behalf of women."

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11:50am

Sat March 9, 2013
All Tech Considered

Could This Robot Save Your Job?

Baxter is billed by its makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks.
© Stephen F. Bevacqua Courtesy of Rethink Robotics

The man who invented Roomba, the robotic vacuum, is back — this time, with Baxter. Rodney Brooks, roboticist and entrepreneur, brought Baxter, his latest robot, to the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., last week.

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5:47am

Sat March 9, 2013
The Salt

Gluten Goodbye: One-Third Of Americans Say They're Trying to Shun It

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:47 pm

Michele Kelly, owner of Pure Knead bakery in Decatur, Ga., is one of many businesspeople catering to soaring demand for gluten-free baked goods.
John Bazemore AP

Sure, we know that gluten-free is the Jennifer Lawrence of food trends. But we were still startled to hear that one-third of Americans say they're trying to avoid gluten. Really?

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3:03pm

Fri March 8, 2013
It's All Politics

When A Good Jobs Report Is Bad For Political Spin

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:26 pm

Trader Warren Meyers works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Stocks opened higher after the government reported a burst of hiring last month that sent the unemployment rate to a four-year low. But both the White House and congressional Republicans reacted to the news in less than celebratory fashion.
Richard Drew AP

The February jobs report was just the latest proof that the economy doesn't really care how much it confounds the messaging strategies of Washington's political class.

News that the economy created 236,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level in more than four years, caught nearly everyone by surprise after economists forecast perhaps 171,000 new jobs.

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1:59pm

Fri March 8, 2013
Economy

5 Things The Jobs Report Tells Us About The Economy (Or Not)

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 3:02 pm

The job market showed strong growth in February. But questions about low wages, consumer debt and government austerity cloud the sunny picture.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you enjoy having a good argument, Friday's report on the labor market gives you plenty to chew over. Find a debate partner and let's get started.

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1:01pm

Fri March 8, 2013
All Tech Considered

In Open Source Rocket Competition, Collaboration Takes Off

A screenshot shows how a team would track changes to its rocket project on a Sunglass platform.
Sunglass

Here's the challenge: Build a rocket engine. Don't worry, you don't need much.

At the SXSW festival in Austin on Saturday, startup companies DIYRockets and Sunglass are launching a competition to create 3-D-printed rocket engines with open source (read: free) technology.

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11:24am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Salt

Nation's Biggest Honey Packer Admits 'Laundering' Chinese Honey

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 11:59 am

A Chinese farmer tends to bees producing honey to supplement her income at a farm in China's Anhui province.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

There was bombshell news from the world of honey two weeks ago, and somehow we missed it. Two big honey packers, including one of the largest in the country — Groeb Farms of Onsted, Mich. — admitted buying millions of dollars worth of honey that was falsely labeled.

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8:39am

Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Pleasant Surprises: 236,000 Jobs Added; Jobless Rate Dips To 7.7 Percent

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 9:54 am

The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this month.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

There were 236,000 jobs added to payrolls in February — many more than expected — and the jobless rate unexpectedly dropped by two-tenths of a point, to 7.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

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