Business

10:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Affair-Enabling Website Ashley Madison Is Compromised By Hackers

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:43 am

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers who are now demanding that the service be discontinued.
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Ashley Madison, a website that helps millions of married people cheat on their spouses, has lost a trove of personal and confidential information to hackers who are threatening to release the data of more than 37 million users.

News of the data hack comes at a time when Ashley Madison's parent company has raised its profile by backing a related TV show; its leaders have also discussed a potential $200 million stock offering.

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8:40am

Mon July 20, 2015
Business

Mitsubishi Apologizes To U.S. World War II Veterans For Forced Labor

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7:01am

Mon July 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
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Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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5:09pm

Sun July 19, 2015
Business

Examining Hollywood's Pay Disparities

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 10:28 am

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Actress Amanda Syefried caused a stir in Hollywood this past week for telling an interviewer with Britain's Sunday Times she had been paid just 10 percent of what her male co-star received for a movie made a few years ago, but she didn't say which movie.

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3:32pm

Sun July 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Japan's Mitsubishi Apologizes For Using U.S. POWs As Forced Labor In WWII

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 6:14 pm

James Murphy, World War II veteran and prisoner of war, was photographed at his home in Santa Maria, Calif., on Thursday. Murphy received an apology from a senior Mitsubishi executive for being forced to work in the company's mines during the war.
Michael A. Mariant AP

Updated at 6:10 p.m. ET

Japan's Mitsubishi corporation is making a big apology. It's not for any recall or defect in its products, which include automobiles, but for its use of American prisoners of war as forced labor during World War II.

James Murphy, 94, traveled from his home in Santa Maria, Calif., to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, where a ceremony was held and Hikaru Kimura, a senior Mitsubishi executive, made the apology in person.

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7:44am

Sun July 19, 2015
Business

Zip-Up Nikes Deliver 'Amazing' Freedom For The Disabled

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 1:24 pm

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5:15am

Sun July 19, 2015
Around the Nation

Big News: Tiny Parks Coming Soon To A Parking Spot Near You

The parklet on K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., opened officially on July 14. It's the first parklet of its kind in the city.
Lydia Thompson NPR

Walking down K Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., almost everything is a shade of gray — light gray buildings, darker gray sidewalks, even the windows on the gray high-rises reflect their gray surroundings.

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4:46pm

Sat July 18, 2015
All Tech Considered

What Does Your Uber Driver Think Of You?

An Uber app is shown in Washington, D.C.
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Veteran Uber passengers are accustomed to rating drivers on a scale of 1 to 5 after each ride. But passengers aren't the only ones giving a rating. Drivers also rate passengers on a similar scale after every ride.

Enter Uber's mysterious passenger rating. As it stands now, that passenger rating is not visible to riders anywhere on the app. Your Uber driver is judging you, and the app won't spill the beans.

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10:49am

Sat July 18, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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10:13am

Sat July 18, 2015
Business

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 2:47 pm

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress — not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
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Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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