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The Salt
4:26 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

Ray Daniels inspects a glass of beer. A Chicago brewer, Daniels started the Cicerone training program five years ago.
Johnny Knight Courtesy of Ray Daniels

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 7:08 pm

If you've been to a fancy restaurant, you've probably seen a sommelier — those wine experts who make sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don't want a chardonnay or pinot? What if you want a nice cold beer?

A new program is working to bring this same level of knowledge to the world of malt and hops by turning out batches of certified beer experts known as Cicerones.

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The Two-Way
5:27 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

ESPN Says It Backs Reporting As It Pulls Out Of NFL Series

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:12 pm

  • Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis Discusses ESPN's Decision On 'All Things Considered'

ESPN President John Skipper released a statement Friday defending the network's journalistic integrity after it pulled out of an investigation of the NFL.

ESPN had been a partner with PBS's Frontline on a forthcoming series about concussions in the National Football League. A trailer for the two-part investigation says Frontline "investigates what the NFL knew and when they knew it" regarding the lasting effects of head injuries.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Discrimination Suit Dropped Against TV's Paula Deen

Cooking show host Paula Deen in an appearance on Fox & Friends last December.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:28 pm

An agreement has been reached to dismiss a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against Food Network personality Paula Deen and her brother.

The Associated Press reports that a document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., said the parties had reached agreement "without any award or fees to any party."

Lisa Jackson — a former employee of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers — charged that she suffered from sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

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Mercedes Supplier-Union
4:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ala. Mercedes Supplier Rejects UAW Bid

Employees at Faurecia Interior Systems turned down the UAW proposal by a vote of 86-to-62 on Thursday.
Credit Faurecia Corporate

Workers at a Mercedes-Benz supplier in Tuscaloosa have rejected a bid to join the United Auto Workers union.

Employees at turned down the UAW proposal by a vote of 86-to-62 on Thursday.

While UAW organizers urged workers to support unionization, a group of employees joined a group called Union-Free Faurecia to oppose the bid.

The company makes center consoles, instrument panels and other components for car interiors.

Workers at two other Mercedes suppliers in Cottondale voted to join the union last year. The Mercedes plant itself isn't unionized.

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Montgomery Schools-Altered Grades
4:14 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Montgomery School Leaders Surprised By New Claims

Montgomery school board members say they're being kept in the dark about allegations of improper grade changing and other issues.
Credit kootation.com

Montgomery school board members say they're being kept in the dark about allegations of improper grade changing and other issues.

Board members say they didn't realize an in-depth probe was being conducted by the state.

New allegations were contained in a letter sent from the state to Montgomery Superintendent Barbara Thompson. It was made public this week.

A number of issues were detailed, including more improper grade changes, teacher intimidation and an atmosphere that placed more emphasis on promotion than education.

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Business
4:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ballmer's Retirement Announcement Drives Up Microsoft Stock

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 8:12 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise announcement today. He'll retire within the year after 13 years at the helm. Microsoft experienced strong growth under Ballmer. But as NPR's Laura Sydell reports, he's been a lightning rod for critics of the company and his announcement immediately drove up Microsoft's stock price.

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Planet Money
4:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Cash, Cows And The Rise Of Nerd Philanthropy

A family in western Kenya received this cow as part of a Heifer International program.
NPR

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 8:12 pm

For more of our reporting on this story, please see our recent column in the New York Times Magazine, and the latest episode of This American Life.

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All Tech Considered
2:02 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Three Tips For Microsoft's Next CEO

Microsoft's next chief will face a host of challenges, including doing more to encourage innovation.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 3:30 pm

Speculation is already beginning about who will replace Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. The names being floated are as diverse as Stephen Elop, the head of Nokia, and Steven Sinofsky, who ran Windows.

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Drop In New Home Sales May Be Sign Higher Rates Are Biting

The scene earlier this year at a home construction site in Phoenix.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 12:59 pm

Proving once again that when it comes to economic data there's almost always a "but" to watch out for:

The housing sector has been one of the economy's stars in recent months, as we said Thursday when the news broke that sales of existing homes rose an estimated 6.5 percent in July from June.

But ...

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All Tech Considered
12:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Tech Week That Was: National Security, Privacy And Ballmer

Glenn Greenwald is the blogger and journalist who broke the story about widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency. His partner, David Miranda, was detained at London's Heathrow Airport earlier this week.
Sergio Moraes Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 4:27 pm

Each Friday we round up the big conversations in tech and culture during the week that was. We also revisit the work that appeared on this blog and highlight what we're reading from our fellow technology writers and observers at other organizations.

ICYMI

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Time Warner Offers Customers Free Antennas To Watch CBS

The CBS headquarters seen on August 2, 2013 in New York City.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 2:25 pm

Time Warner Cable has come up with an old-school solution for the CBS blackout: In an email to customers, the provider offered free antennas for subscribers who wish to watch CBS.

If you remember, Time Warner and CBS have been fighting over retransmission consent fees. The failure to reach an agreement means that for close to three weeks, Time Warner customers in some big markets have been unable to watch CBS through the cable company.

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Business
8:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Retire Within A Year

The company said Friday that Ballmer will stay on until his successor is found. He has been with the company for more than 30 years, and became CEO in 2000.

The Two-Way
8:34 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retiring Within The Next Year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at the Microsoft "Build" conference in San Francisco in June.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 1:52 pm

Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, the software giant announced Friday.

According to the company:

"In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most."

Ballmer says in the same statement that:

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Business
3:21 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Wal-Mart Promises To Buy More U.S.-Made Goods

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:25 am

After decades supplying the American consumer with every import imaginable, Wal-Mart now says it wants to stock its shelves with more goods made in the U.S. In Orlando Thursday, the giant retailer sponsored a conference aimed at encouraging U.S. companies to bring their production back home.

Business
3:21 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Technical Problems Force Nasdaq To Shut Down For 3 Hours

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 6:25 am

The stock market revealed its vulnerability again on Thursday, in this age of high-speed electronic trading. The Nasdaq, where more than 3,000 tech-related companies are publicly traded, was shut down for more than three hours.

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