Business

7:48am

Fri January 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata'

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 9:51 am

Nicolas Armer DPA/LANDOV

President Obama is expected to announce Friday morning that he is "ordering a transition that will significantly change the handling of what is known as the telephone 'metadata' " that the National Security Agency collects, officials are telling Reuters and NPR.

The wire service, which broke the story, writes that:

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7:00am

Fri January 17, 2014
Business

Colombia Aims To Improve Its Embattled Mining Industry

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Colombia is a country famous for its exports. It's well known that those exports traditionally include flowers and, also, unfortunately, cocaine. You may not realize Columbia is also the world's fourth largest coal exporter thanks in part to the Drummond Coal Company. The Alabama-based mining firm produces about 25 million tons of coal annually in the South American country.

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4:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
Business

DirecTV: Customers Balked At Weather Channel's Reality Shows

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:36 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This next story began as pretty much your standard contract dispute. The Weather Channel wanted more money for its programming, and DirectTV wanted to pay less.

So, at 12:01 Tuesday morning, the satellite service dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with a smaller producer of weather programming, which raises the question: How much do TV viewers really want or need weather information when they can get it from other sources?

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.

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4:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
Europe

Catalonia Pushes For Independence From Spain

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Many in the region of Catalonia in Spain are pushing to secede from the country, partly for cultural and partly for economic reasons. Naturally, the government of Spain opposes that. But yesterday, the regional parliament pressed the bid for independence a step further.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Lauren Frayer reports.

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4:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
Business

NBA's Sacramento Kings To Accept Bitcoins

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a slam dunk for Bitcoins.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Pro basketball's Sacramento Kings will now accept Bitcoins, the electronic currency, as payment for just about everything, from court-side seats, to a DeMarcus Cousins jersey. The Kings are the first major professional sports team to accept the virtual currency.

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4:51am

Fri January 17, 2014
Business

'Omaha' Businesses Back Peyton Manning's Foundation

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business is...

PEYTON MANNING: Omaha.

MONTAGNE: Yes, Omaha. It's more than just the biggest city in Nebraska. It's also a signal that Denver Bronco's quarterback Peyton Manning barked out repeatedly last Sunday during a playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.

MANNING: Omaha.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Denver.

MANNING: Omaha. Omaha.

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3:39am

Fri January 17, 2014
Planet Money

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage In America

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 4:46 pm

Franklin D. Roosevelt Libarary

In 1895, legislators in New York state decided to improve working conditions in what at the time could be a deadly profession: baking bread.

"Bakeries are actually extremely dangerous places to work," says Eric Rauchway, a historian at the University of California, Davis. "Because flour is such a fine particulate, if it gets to hang in the air it can catch fire and the whole room can go up in a sheet of flame."

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9:14pm

Thu January 16, 2014
All Tech Considered

By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 1:39 pm

While years of research remain to see if such a system is medically viable, Google's development of a tiny, flexible wireless computer embedded in a soft contact lens is a first.
Google

The latest project from Google X is a smart contact lens, a tiny, flexible computer capable of monitoring glucose levels in tears. Researchers at Google are hopeful that one day this technology might be used to help diabetes patients better control their disease.

"I think the Google X device could be a huge game changer," says Dr. John Buse, professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He's also chairman of the National Diabetes Education Program for the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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7:25pm

Thu January 16, 2014
The Two-Way

With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 7:44 pm

A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill has gained Senate approval, allowing Congress to send a wide-ranging bill to President Obama for his signature. The massive bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts.

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3:48pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Parallels

ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 4:39 am

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently moved to London and set up a bank account, reports that it can still be an expensive and time consuming process to transfer money internationally. Here, people pass by a branch of Lloyds Bank in London, on Sept. 17.
Sang Tan AP

When relocating to a new country, it's important to establish routines and traditions. My ritual here in London is spending an hour on the phone with the bank every day.

It's a strange thing about 2014 — we've got one collective foot planted squarely in the 21st century, while the other is stuck in back in the 19-something-or-others.

My email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts don't care whether I'm in Dublin or Dubai. I can jog along the Seine in Paris to the same music on Spotify that I listen to when I'm running along the Willamette River in Portland.

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