Business

4:53pm

Mon September 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

When A Kickstarter Campaign Fails, Does Anyone Get Their Money Back?

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:48 pm

In seeking financial backers for her Ouya game console, Julie Uhrman was looking for about $1 million. The business received far more than that amount.
Kickstarter

Crowd funding began as a way to support the arts on the Internet. Artists could go online to pitch a new album, for example, in the hope that thousands would give small amounts. But now it's expanded to entrepreneurs, and the rules aren't quite as clear.

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12:03pm

Mon September 3, 2012
Business

Which Workers Need Unions, And Which Don't?

Union shops in the private sector have dwindled in recent decades. Now, public union leaders worry that they're losing political clout, bargaining power and members. That raises questions about whether unions fallen victim to their own success. Originally broadcast on June 7, 2012.

8:53am

Mon September 3, 2012
The Salt

No More Shame: Boxed Wine Now Comes In A High-End Fashion Purse

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:14 pm

Vernissage is trying to revamp boxed wine to attract a more sophisticated customer.
Vernissage

Ladies, if the thought of showing up at a party or a picnic with a box of wine seems a little gauche, there's now a product for you: Vernissage's "bag-in-a-bag" of wine. It's boxed wine, shaped like a handbag.

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7:43am

Mon September 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Trucks Full Of Cash: U.S. Firms Make Plans For Greece Euro Exit

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 8:41 am

A woman walks past a closed branch of the ATE bank in Athens, on July 30 as employees of the bank went on strike.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

European leaders have vowed to do all they can to keep the eurozone intact, but U.S. companies are making contingency plans in case Greece is forced to leave the currency union.

The New York Times said major U.S. banks and corporations are "preparing for what was once unthinkable" — Greece's exit from the eurozone:

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6:05am

Mon September 3, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 7:03 am

At least a dozen private equity firms are being investigated over their use of a questionable tax strategy, according to The New York Times. The state's attorney general is looking into whether the firms converted fees for managing funds into investment income — allowing it to be taxed at a much lower rate.

6:05am

Mon September 3, 2012
Business

Labor Day Check On The Jobs Market

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 7:23 am

At the end of this week, the government's latest snapshot of the job market will be released. David Greene talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about the unemployment rate.

6:05am

Mon September 3, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 7:19 am

According to U.S. Census data, 62 percent of women who've been giving birth held jobs at the time. Despite improvements in recent decades in attitudes and treatment of women in the workplace, many still face discrimination when the boss finds out they are pregnant.

4:04am

Mon September 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Charlotte Braces For Democratic National Convention

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 4:56 pm

A view of the skyline of Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday. Preparations for the Democratic National Convention are under way around Charlotte, where the party is expected to nominate President Obama to run for a second term.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Delegates, journalists and protesters are beginning to fill the streets of Charlotte, N.C. The city has a lot riding on the Democratic National Convention, which gets under way Tuesday.

Hundreds of protesters paraded around the downtown area of Charlotte — which residents call Uptown — gathering in front of Bank of America headquarters.

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8:03am

Sat September 1, 2012
The Salt

Want To Grill Like A Zillionaire? There's An App For That

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 4:14 pm

The iGrill on display at Macworld 2011in San Francisco.
Tony Avelar Bloomberg via Getty Images

There are so many cooking apps out there, it's easy to get lost. Good thing the iGrill has Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on its side.

Sales of the $80 device spiked by 400 percent after Zuckerberg updated his Facebook status on Aug. 19 with an enthusiastic thumbs up for the iGrill, a cooking thermometer that uses Bluetooth to connect to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

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6:12am

Sat September 1, 2012
Your Money

Saving For Retirement? Here's A Tip

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 5:05 pm

Anyone with a 401(k) retirement plan has been painfully aware of the gyrations in the stock market in recent years. The market has come back up lately, but the economy is still in low gear, so many analysts aren't too bullish in the short term. Also, treasuries and CDs are offering tiny returns.

So what's the average American trying to save for retirement to do? Answers are percolating at an annual economics retreat in Maine.

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