Business

4:35am

Tue October 23, 2012
All Tech Considered

How Much Is A 'Like' On Facebook Worth For A Company's Share Price?

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 6:50 pm

Investors and financial analysis firms are increasingly looking at "sentimental analysis" — such as Facebook "likes" and Twitter messages — to gauge a company's social popularity.
iStockphoto.com

High school was not a particularly awesome time in the life of Arthur J. O'Connor. That social fairy dust that some people seem to have? He didn't have it.

"I was a wallflower. I was a nerd," O'Connor says. "I was incredibly intimidated by everybody."

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2:34pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Planet Money

Why A Hedge Fund Seized An Argentine Navy Ship In Ghana

The Libertad is being held in port near Accra, Ghana.
Michael A. Mariant AP

The Libertad, a ship owned by the Argentine Navy, set sail across the Atlantic a few months ago. It was being tracked, via the Internet, by a U.S.-based hedge fund called NML Capital.

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1:31pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Business

Can U.S. Still Lead In Economic And 'Soft' Power?

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:28 pm

A Ford Focus on the assembly line in Wayne, Mich. "We have a lot going for us; we've got our problems, but others have problems that are as bad or worse," says Nariman Behravesh, chief economist at IHS Global Insight.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

At Monday night's foreign policy debate, the first round of questions for the presidential candidates will involve "America's role in the world."

The answers from President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney likely will focus on military readiness and anti-terrorism efforts. That's what most Americans would expect to hear, given that their country has been involved continuously in overseas combat since the terrorist attacks of 2001.

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8:11am

Mon October 22, 2012
Business

Swampy The Alligator A Hit For Disney Gaming

At Disneyland, the video game character Swampy the Alligator has edged his way onto gift shop shelves once solely dominated by film characters like Mickey Mouse and all those princesses. He's the star of "Where's My Water?" — Disney's first original mobile gaming hit, with over a hundred-million downloads.

8:11am

Mon October 22, 2012
Business

Dish Reaches Settlement With Cablevision, AMC

Dish Network is settling with Cablevision and AMC Networks after a well-publicized and drawn-out fight in court and on the airwaves. Dish will resume distributing AMC and other channels as part of the settlement, and pay a hefty sum, too — roughly $700 million.

4:34am

Mon October 22, 2012
All Tech Considered

Six New Video Games That Will Get You Hooked

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 2:03 pm

Machinarium from Amanita Design is an adventure game centered a robot who has been sent to the scrap heap. Players solve puzzles to help the robot return to the city.
Amanita Design

Video game makers are rolling out their new titles — with a wide range of creativity and style — just in time for the holiday shopping season. Jamin Warren, founder of Kill Screen magazine, shares his list of video games you should keep your eye on:

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4:33am

Mon October 22, 2012
Television

Ratings Success? It's All In The (ABC) Family

Originally published on Tue November 27, 2012 5:09 pm

Broadway veteran Sutton Foster stars in the ABC Family show Bunheads, which, while focusing on adults, is still popular with ABC Family's demographic.
Adam Larkey ABC Family

In a sterile white boardroom in ABC Family's headquarters in Los Angeles, two young women are assiduously ignoring a spread of cookies in favor of two more important things: their laptops and a live broadcast of the show Pretty Little Liars playing on a large flat-screen TV.

Dalia Ganz, 28, is the show's social-media manager. She's patiently teaching one of the beautiful young actors on the show how to live-tweet this episode.

"Include #prettylittleliars in your answers," she instructs. That is a literal transcription of her words.

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4:28am

Mon October 22, 2012
How We Watch What We Watch

For Sports Fans, A Plethora Of Platforms To Watch On

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:11 am

Phil Coke and Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers celebrate after beating the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Through the power of modern technology, fans could experience the game even if they weren't in front of a television screen.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

While most American homes still have a television in the den, how we watch, and what we watch, is changing. Computers, tablets, smartphones, DVRs and video game consoles have redefined what television is.

Viewers have officially become a multiscreen culture. And that means the TV industry is changing, as well. Consider that 36 million Americans watch video on their phones, according to the Nielsen ratings company.

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7:18am

Sun October 21, 2012
Economy

Working It: Living Between Hope And Hardship

Originally published on Sun October 21, 2012 10:32 am

Many Americans face a demoralizing battle to find and keep a job.
Kim Green for NPR

Most of us know someone who's had a hard time finding or keeping a job over the past few years. It's an experience that often leaves people feeling defeated and demoralized. In Weekend Edition Sunday's Working It series, hear audio portraits of people whose daily lives are filled with uncertainty.

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5:00pm

Sat October 20, 2012
Technology

French Tweet Sweep Shows Twitter's Local Struggles

Originally published on Sat October 20, 2012 6:35 pm

Friday, Twitter agreed to pull racist tweets after a French organization threatened to sue. The company has resisted efforts to police its content. But hate speech is illegal in many European countries, and anti-hate groups there are grappling with how to deal with the challenge of social media.

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