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10:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on Monday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:04 am

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

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All Tech Considered
8:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with Digits, a new Twitter service, would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password.
Twitter.com

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:07 am

Everyone hates passwords almost as much as they hate being hacked. The problem the traditional password is twofold. In order to be useful, they have to be complex and difficult to guess. Also, passwords become less secure the more often you use them.

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Business
5:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Record Those Work Hours, Get Some Beer

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Business
4:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

LA Manufacturing Industry Still Supported By Garment Workers

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:28 am

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Business
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

The Independent Oil Producer You Usually Don't Hear From

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Around the Nation
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:58 am

Think of California's Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area's famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

So it's no surprise that the oil industry there is feverishly organizing to fight a local ballot initiative — Measure P — that would ban controversial drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. One thing that is turning heads, however, is the sheer volume of money flooding in to this local race, mainly from large oil companies.

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All Tech Considered
3:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009.
Francois Lenoir Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:00 am

In Europe, Google has avoided the prospect of steep fines in a long-running antitrust case over several of the company's business practices, but a new commissioner will soon take over the case, and that has many wondering what Google could face next.

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. The biggest of those by far is Microsoft, which has its own competing search engine, Bing.

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

An AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

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The Two-Way
6:02 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Online Dating Site Used Fake Profiles To Get Members To Upgrade Service

A screen grab of one of JDI Dating's fake profiles.
Courtesy of the Federal Trade Commission

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:00 am

An online dating service has agreed to stop luring the lovelorn with bogus profiles of prospective dates. JDI Dating Ltd. made the settlement, announced today, with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC said FDI was computer-generating alluring, yet fake folks who would get people to upgrade to paid memberships.

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The Two-Way
5:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

Thousands participants march accross the Elisabeth bridge during an anti-government rally against the government's plan to tax Internet usage.
Attila Kisbenedek AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:21 pm

Some 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday to protest a proposed plan to tax Internet use.

The New York Times reports Balazs Gulyas, 27, a former member of the country's socialist party, set up a Facebook page, which spurred the protests. Gulyas told the paper that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan is an attempt to "create a digital iron curtain around Hungary."

The Times adds:

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Economy
4:29 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Janet Yellen Brings A Different Leadership Style To The Fed

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:16 pm

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Energy
3:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

T. Boone Pickens On The Plummeting Price Of Oil

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:16 pm

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The Salt
3:44 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.
Juliette Michel AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:08 am

As I scrolled through tweets about a panel on agricultural entrepreneurs at the SXSW Eco conference earlier this month, one caught my eye. The sender was Vance Crowe, Monsanto's director of millennial engagement.

Corporate America is currently caught up in a torrid infatuation with millennials, who befuddle and torment the companies who want their dollars.

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Business
3:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing?

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:16 pm

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