Business

10:52am

Mon December 15, 2014
The Two-Way

From Australia To France, Another Bad Day For Uber

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 2:37 pm

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Uber's troubles are mounting. The ride-sharing service was criticized in Australia after its "surge pricing" kicked in, quadrupling fares for some customers trying to flee the area in Sydney where a gunman took hostages in a cafe.

Here's a screenshot that one customer sent to Mashable with details of the increased fare:

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10:11am

Mon December 15, 2014
The Two-Way

Families Of Newtown Victims Sue Rifle Manufacturer

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 1:24 pm

A makeshift memorial with crosses for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre stands outside a home in Newtown, Conn., in December 2013, a year after the shootings.
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Family members of some of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used by the gunman to kill 26 people.

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5:01am

Mon December 15, 2014
Planet Money

YY Changes Its Tune After Karaoke Is A Hit

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 6:13 pm

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5:01am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

For This Holiday Season, Old Toys Are New Again

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

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5:01am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Texas Braces For A Drop In Production After Oil Prices Fall

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

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3:30am

Mon December 15, 2014
Your Money

Lockheed Martin Case Puts 401(k) Plans On Trial

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 7:16 am

Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin is being sued for choosing retirement funds that shortchanged its employees and charged high fees.
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A trial gets under way in St. Louis on Monday that could have a big impact on the way companies select 401(k) plans for their employees.

Lockheed Martin is being sued for choosing retirement funds that shortchanged its employees and charged high fees. The case tests the limits of a company's responsibilities to its employees at a time when 401(k) plans have become a central part of the nation's retirement system.

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3:26am

Mon December 15, 2014
Around the Nation

When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 10:42 am

The number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply.
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In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. According to recent U.S. census data, such families have increased by about a third over the past generation.

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9:57am

Sun December 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Gaza Tech Hub Finds Success In International Crowdfunding

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 4:23 pm

Gaza Sky Geeks, a startup accelerator, is drawing interest and crowdfunding from around the region and the world.
Gaza Sky Geeks

People in Gaza are getting impatient with the slow pace of rebuilding. International donors pledged $5.4 billion to help, but little of the money has made it to Gaza yet.

A Gaza tech startup accelerator has gone a different route — international crowdfunding.

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9:18am

Sat December 13, 2014
Arts & Life

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 9:56 pm

So bad it's ... good? Consumer appetite for ugly Christmas sweaters — the tackier, the better — has had an impact on how retailers stock for the season.
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Looking for a stylish sweater for the holidays? Forget cashmere. Instead, go for the light-up, dancing Santa.

This season, holiday shoppers are demanding the ugliest, gaudiest, tackiest sweaters out there. They need them for ugly sweater parties, ugly sweater fun runs — even an ugly sweater party cruise.

All that demand has had an impact on stores large and small. On the national level, Wal-Mart, Kohl's and Target all sell vintage-looking sweaters with all the bells and tinsel you could want.

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5:18am

Sat December 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Instagram Vs. Twitter And Europe Vs. Google

Instagram topped Twitter in active users in its latest count.
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If you've been too busy finalizing holiday vacation plans and buying gifts, we're here to catch you up on the tech headlines you may have missed from NPR and beyond.

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