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Uber Drivers Don't Feel Like Their Own Bosses

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:09am

Uber says drivers can each be their "own boss." But in an NPR survey, hundreds of drivers said they don't feel that way. They feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, and yet faceless.

Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

Suddenly aware of repetitive feedback loops in his life, Max Hawkins created apps that decided where he should go, what strangers' parties he should attend, even how he should spend Christmas.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Max Hawkins)

Trump Administration Names More Former Lobbyists With Ethics Waivers

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 5:29pm

The White House has put out the names of federal agency officials who sought dispensation from ethics rules. But critics question whether the list reflects the full scope of conflicts of interest.

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Solar Firms Plan To Return To Nevada After New Law Restores Incentives

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:18pm

The governor plans to sign a bill that will let homeowners sell excess electricity to their utility at retail rates. Solar companies stopped seeking new customers because incentives were phased out.

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Why Have American Teens Stopped Looking For Summer Jobs?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 3:40pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Ben Steverman of Bloomberg about the steady decline in the number of teenagers who have jobs.

Amazon Lowers Prime Membership Rate For Low-Income Customers

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:38am

Amazon and Walmart are in a battle for low-income shoppers, and Amazon has fired the latest salvo. It is offering a discount on its Prime membership for people who receive government assistance.

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Trump Deals In Saudi Arabia May Ultimately Be Less Than Advertised

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 6:13am

U.S. officials were slow to provide details about the agreements announced during Trump's trip abroad. Many of the deals were nonbinding — others had been in the works since Obama's administration.

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News Brief: Iran Attack, Russia Probe, Uber Workplace-Misconduct Report

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 4:20am

Iran state media report multiple attacks in Iran. Senate launches 2 days of testimony about the Trump campaign's Russia ties. A report commissioned for Uber catalogues its record on sexual harassment.

Uber Fires 20 Employees After Sexual Harassment Claim Investigation

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 5:57pm

On Tuesday, the company gathered its staff to discuss the review's findings, according to a source familiar with the meeting. A broader report on addressing Uber's workplace culture is due next week.

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Uber Fires 20 Employees After Internal Investigation Into Sexual Harassment

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:34pm

Ride hailing company Uber announced on Tuesday the firing of about 20 employees as a result of an internal investigation into what some critics have called a corporate culture that tolerates sexual harassment and other misconduct.

The Internet Of Things Is Becoming More Difficult To Escape

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:30pm

In coming years, human and machine connectivity will continue to progress, despite concerns about vulnerabilities, making it increasingly difficult to withdraw from online tools, experts say.

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Solar's Future Is So Bright… But Clouds Are In The Forecast

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 9:06am

A new report suggests solar jobs have grown 17 times faster than the overall U.S. economy. But now that President Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, what's the future of solar power in America?

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'Pink Slime' Case Pits S.D. Meat Producer Against ABC News

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 4:00am

The company that made "pink slime" is suing ABC News, saying the network's 2012 coverage was defamatory and hurt its operations. Opening statements began Monday.

Disability Advocates Fear Impact Of Medicaid Cuts In GOP Health Plan

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:44am

Evan Nodvin has lived on his own since after high school. But since he has Down syndrome, he does that with help from Medicaid. The Trump administration is threatening deep cuts to the program.

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Russian Businessman With Ties To Ex-Trump Campaign Official Comes Under Scrutiny

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 5:13pm

Oleg Deripaska sued over a report that he paid former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to further the Russian government's interests. The story brought new focus to the billionaire and his career.

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Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 4:17pm

The speaker is powered by Apple's personal assistant Siri and marks the long-awaited entry of the tech giant into competition with Amazon's and Google's smart home devices.

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Mayors, Companies Vow To Act On Climate, Even As U.S. Leaves Paris Accord

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:41pm

President Trump has announced he will withdraw the U.S. from the global agreement to fight climate change. But more than 1,200 mayors, governors and business leaders say they're still on board.

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Audible Offers Lottery For Employees To Live 1 Year Rent-Free In Newark, N.J.

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 3:38pm

The headquarters for Audible are in Newark, N.J. Earlier this year, it offered a lottery for employees — free rent for a year to live in an a building in downtown of the much-maligned city.

An Ancient Spanish Style Of Cider Takes Root In America

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:38pm

The tart, funky-tasting "sidra natural" can taste a bit off to first-timers. but as America's craft hard-cider market grows, and sour beer becomes more popular, people are warming up to the drink.

(Image credit: Alastair Bland for NPR)

Trump Announces Plan To Privatize Air Traffic Control

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 11:06am

It's an idea long supported by most of the commercial airlines and the union who say the system is inefficient under the Federal Aviation Administration.

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