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Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 6:46am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Ryan Grepper, creator of a cooler named Coolest, which has set a new record as the highest grossing Kickstarter campaign.

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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Sun, 08/31/2014 - 4:23am

Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.

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Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:25pm

The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 4:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 6:30am

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

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Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Sat, 08/30/2014 - 5:48am

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?

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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:02pm

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether they're from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

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Student Attendance Drops At College Football Games

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.

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Retailers Entice Shoppers To Get Ready For New School Year

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

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Case Could Jeopardize Washington State Recreational Pot Law

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

The lawsuit is over whether local governments have the right to ban pot businesses otherwise permitted under state law. The ruling could strike down the framework for regulating and selling pot there.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:38am

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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Google Aims To Build Fleet Of Delivery Drones

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:56am

The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to deliver merchandise.

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Market Basket Workers Win Return Of Supermarket's Former President

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.

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JPMorgan's Been Hacked, But Answers — And Fraud — Are Hard To Find

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:11pm

Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.

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Russian Hackers Reportedly Hit JPMorgan, Other Banks

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:34am

The FBI says it is working with the Secret Service to investigate the alleged swiping of account data, which it's thought might be in retaliation for U.S. sanctions on Moscow.

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Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About The Economy

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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Get A Russian Mortgage, Get A Cat

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

Much like your mortgage, the cat is a loan. Cats are delivered to the new residence for a two-hour visit. In Russia, it's considered good luck for a cat to cross the threshold of a new home.

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Has The Federal Budget Deficit Problem Been Solved?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

David Greene talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the federal deficit: after so much talk about it, the subject seems to have faded from attention.

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Supermarket Chain Workers Get Their Beloved CEO Back

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:01am

Arthur T. Demoulas has regained control of the company in a deal worth $1.5 billion. The move ends a battle between rival factions of the family that left store shelves bare and stakeholders angry.

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