Business

4:53pm

Thu April 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:17 pm

Google is among several companies putting money into a fund to help safeguard the Internet from possible security flaws in open-source software.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Google, Intel, Facebook and many other tech giants are pooling their money together โ€” for the first time โ€” to fix a glaring hole in cybersecurity. They're launching a multimillion-dollar fund to protect open-source code โ€” the code that anyone can use for free, and that often gets overused and underprotected.

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4:53pm

Thu April 24, 2014
Health

Despite Popularity, Mysteries Of E-Cigarettes Persist

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:17 pm

E-cigarettes are not new, but there is still much that's unknown about them. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, explains the latest research on e-cigarettes and offers his take on new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

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4:53pm

Thu April 24, 2014
News

With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:17 pm

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.

4:37pm

Thu April 24, 2014
The Salt

Should Figs Go The Way Of Apples And Become A Year-Round Fruit?

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 9:54 am

Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year รขย€ย” and maybe more.
anujd89/Flickr

True fig lovers are well-practiced in the art of patience. We watch the calendar, dreaming of summer and the fruit's silky, sappy flesh. The season lasts through June and July, with another crop from August to October. And then we're back to almost eight months of oranges, apples and, if we must, Fig Newtons.

But these figless days may be coming to an end.

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3:25pm

Thu April 24, 2014
All Tech Considered

Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:29 pm

Driving while distracted by your phone is a nationwide problem. A new proposed phone function from Apple could play a big role in helping teens โ€” and adults โ€” avoid accidents.
Nils Kahle iStockphoto

On a Wisconsin street, a woman in a white hoodie stands frozen in the act of stepping out of the road and onto the curb, her left hand reaching behind her. As part of a public service announcement, she explains why she's there, as string music slowly plays under her voice.

"I had my brother in my hand, and all of a sudden my hand was empty," Aurie says as a car drives past. Her little brother, 8 years old at the time of the PSA, was left paralyzed after being hit by a car driven by a texting driver.

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1:14pm

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:40 pm

U.S. journalist Simon Ostrovsky in Moscow in 2004. He was reportedly released on Thursday after being held briefly by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Alexander Nemenov AFP/Getty Images

Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist who was reportedly seized by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine earlier this week, has been released, according to his employer.

"VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health," the website reports on Thursday.

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1:07pm

Thu April 24, 2014
The Salt

Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 1:46 pm

A customer shops for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op in April 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. More than a dozen food cooperatives supported the bill that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods.
Toby Talbot AP

The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label products containing genetically modified ingredients.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin tweeted he will sign a bill state lawmakers passed Wednesday mandating that foods with GMOs be labeled as having been produced with "genetic engineering." The bill would also make it illegal for foods with GMOs to be labeled "all natural" or "natural."

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9:03am

Thu April 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Bounce Up From Earlier Weeks' Low Levels

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:57 am

More than 3,600 people lined up to apply for about 1,000 openings at a job fair earlier this month in New Orleans.
Ted Jackson The Times-Picayune/Landov

After two straight weeks in which the figures tracked near their lowest levels in seven years, the number of first-time applications for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week.

The Employment and Training Administration says there were 329,000 such claims filed, up by 24,000 from the previous week's slightly revised figure.

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7:20am

Thu April 24, 2014
Business

With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:30 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: SuperShoes.

This new high-tech offering is not exactly footwear. SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And inside those insoles are vibrotactile ticklers that are linked to your mobile device. You enter a destination and apparently these ticklers will guide your way, with a tickle to the left or a tickle to the right.

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7:20am

Thu April 24, 2014
Business

FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 7:30 am

On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.

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