Business

7:42am

Sat April 5, 2014
Your Money

Money Might Change Your Wallet — And Your Very Nature

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:18 am

Having money can make you callous and uncaring. For the TED Radio Hour, University of California Berkeley psychologist Paul Piff explains the research to back up this conclusion.

5:26pm

Fri April 4, 2014
The Two-Way

McDonald's Shuts Its Restaurants In Crimea

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:21 pm

The McDonald's fast food restaurant in Sevastopol, Crimea, in a photograph taken on Friday.
Anton Pedko EPA/Landov

McDonald's, citing the "evolving situation" in Crimea, said Friday it was closing its three restaurants on the Black Sea peninsula, but the move has prompted one prominent Moscow politician to call for the fast-food giant to be booted from all of Russia.

"Due to operational reasons beyond our control, McDonald's has taken the decision to temporarily close our three restaurants in Simferopol, Sevastopol and Yalta," a spokeswoman said.

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4:49pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Business

Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:37 pm

Employment and wages are increasing, along with hopes for more consumer spending, analysts say.
Matt Rourke AP

As winter loosens its grip, employers are taking on more help.

Hotels, bars and restaurants added 33,000 workers, while retailers tacked on 21,000 jobs in March, the Labor Department said Friday. Economists say those increases suggest employers are growing more confident that Americans will be spending more this year.

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4:45pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Economy

Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:11 pm

Josie Maisano poses with her congressman, Democrat Sander Levin of Michigan. Levin says if Congress can't respond to people like Maisano, "we've failed."
Tamara Keith NPR

There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.

"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. "Listening to President Obama, it was just very, very heartwarming."

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3:46pm

Fri April 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:18 pm

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich in 2010.
Drew McLellan Flickr

The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich spent his life's work defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. It raises questions about how a company leader's personal convictions should be judged.

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3:24pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Parallels

U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:18 pm

Gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is at the heart of the recent U.S. oil and gas boom. Here, an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in McKittrick, Calif.
David McNew Getty Images

The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.

If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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2:58pm

Fri April 4, 2014
The Salt

Cuisine And Culture Transform A Dallas Neighborhood

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:18 pm

Trinity Groves, a sprawling food incubator in West Dallas, has attracted diverse chefs and huge crowds.
Rebecca Combs Courtesy of Trinity Groves

Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from the glittery downtown.

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2:01pm

Fri April 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Nest Halts Sales Of Smoke Detector, Disables 'Wave' Feature

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 2:28 pm

The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

The Google-owned Nest Labs has halted sales of its smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, the company announced on its website.

In a letter from CEO Tony Fadell to customers, he said the company was concerned that users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of it.

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12:04pm

Fri April 4, 2014
The Salt

Tasting French Fries For A Living Can Be A Pain In The Mouth

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:18 am

Food companies invest heavily in running their products through taste tests with trained sensory panelists. Here, a blind taste testing event at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., in 2012.
Bloomberg/Getty Images

Behind all of the mass-produced food that's churned out by fast-food restaurants and cafeterias is a hidden army of workers: professional taste testers, or "sensory panelists." Their job is to evaluate every aspect of a food product — from the texture to the spice combination to the salt levels — before it hits consumers' plates.

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8:07am

Fri April 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 1:09 pm

This recruiter was waiting to meet with job seekers at a career fair last year in King of Prussia, Pa.
Matt Slocum AP
This post has been updated.

The nation's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Meanwhile, there were 192,000 more jobs on public and private payrolls last month — a bit under the 200,000 or so economists had expected but still above the average growth in previous months.

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