Business & Education

The Salt
4:37 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 5:26 pm

Yesterday, we reported on a legal tussle over control of the country's top center of strawberry breeding, at the University of California, Davis. But there's a backstory to that battle. It involves the peculiar nature of the UC Davis strawberry program.

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Around the Nation
4:31 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:20 pm

In southwest Florida, county officials are fighting the state over a new oil drilling process that's known by many different names: acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation and acid fracking.

Collier County has charged that state regulators have been lax in their oversight of the drilling, jeopardizing public health and the environment.

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg addresses an interactive session organized by the women's wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Chandan Khanna AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:10 pm

Facebook's No. 2 executive apologized on Wednesday over an experiment that manipulated the news feeds of more than 600,000 users.

The Wall Street Journal reports Sheryl Sandberg said the study was communicated "poorly." The paper adds:

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Planet Money
3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

Paycheck
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:20 pm

Dane Atkinson is a tech entrepreneur who started his first company at 17 and has run almost a dozen more since. He's so friendly that he manages to sound cheerful while explaining the art of hiring workers for as little money possible.

"I have on many occasions paid the exact same skill set wildly different fees because I was able to negotiate with one person better than another," he says.

Some employees were worth $70,000 a year, but only asked for $50,000 a year. So, he says, he paid them $50,000 a year.

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Business
3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:20 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. It's the year of recalls in the auto industry, especially for General Motors. This week GM announced another slew of them, bringing its total to 54 recalls this year. Other automakers are also recalling more vehicles, but it's at GM where the pace is so fast, that it's hard to keep track. But NPR's Sonari Glinton is keeping track and he now joins us to talk about how the company is handling all of these recalls. Hi, Sonari.

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All Tech Considered
2:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

The slipper is made from thermosetting PVC material. Designer Satsuki Ohata claims that once it hardens to your foot's individual shape, the slippers can be worn inside and outside.
Satsuku Ohata

If you've ever struggled with finding shoes that fit your feet perfectly, take heart. A Japanese designer has taken that universal need to a whole new level — and it all started with cheese.

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Business
12:19 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble

The Supreme Court decision held that health care workers could not be forced to pay fees to the union recognized by the state of Illinois, because the state is not their direct employer. Some fear this will lead to further erosion of unions.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:39 pm

It wasn't the worst possible outcome for public sector unions. But that could still happen.

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The Salt
9:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

Mallika Padmanabhan (left) and Joshua Margolin order frozen yogurt from the Frobot in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas St. Fleur/NPR

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:32 pm

There has been a lot of talk of disrupting the food system lately. Bill Gates, among others, has said the way we produce meat is hugely inefficient — and is crying for Silicon Valley-style disruption. That's why he's investing in chicken-less eggs.

But frozen yogurt?

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:50 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Business & Education
6:25 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Hattiesburg Mail Processing Moving to Mobile

The Hattiesburg Post Office's Customer Service Mail Processing Center will be moving to Mobile, Alabama, in 2015.

Enola Rice, U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, tells The Hattiesburg American Hattiesburg, Grenada and Gulfport mail processing will be part of Planned Phase 2 of consolidating up to 82 facilities beginning in January.

Rice said the consolidations will be completed by the fall mailing season.

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Business
6:01 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Number Of U.S. Breweries Is On The Rise

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:53 am

Between 2007 and 2012, Census Bureau data show the number of breweries in the U.S. more than doubled to 869. And shipments from those breweries went up almost 34 percent.

Business
5:58 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Despite Recalls, GM Sales Jump By 1 Percent

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:53 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Business
4:11 am
Wed July 2, 2014

T-Mobile Accused Of Billing Customers With Bogus Fees

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:04 pm

The Federal Trade Commission says the illegal charges were for premium services customers didn't order. T-Mobile says the suit is unfounded, and that it stopped billing for the services last year.

Business
4:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Reliance On Systems At P&G Could Help VA Nominee McDonald

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:53 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

President Obama has nominated a former Army ranger to take over the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert McDonald is also the former CEO of Procter & Gamble. He spoke on Monday about the challenges he'll face if confirmed to head the VA.

ROBERT MCDONALD: At Procter & Gamble, we always focus on our customer. At the VA, the veteran is our customer. And we must all focus all day, every day on getting them the benefits and the care that they so earned.

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Economy
3:11 am
Wed July 2, 2014

A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment

Alexandria Roberts, 23, recently graduated from the University of Nevada but hasn't been able to find full-time work. She plans to join the military soon, unless her employment situation changes.
Will Stone Reno Public Radio

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 8:52 am

It makes some sense that young people might work less than their older counterparts. They are figuring out their lives, going in and out of school and making more short-term plans.

But a whopping 5.8 million young people are neither in school nor working. It is "a completely different situation than we've seen in the past," says Elisabeth Jacobs, the senior director for policy and academic programs at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

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