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China Cut Its Currency — And Touched Your Life. Here's How.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:46pm

China lowered the value of the yuan, and that sent all sorts of prices lower. So you may soon be paying less for gas, food and lumber. But there are downsides too: U.S. stocks fell hard.

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Colorado Businesses Struggle As Toxic Waste Flows Through Animas River

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Roger Zalneraitis, executive director of the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, on plans to aid small business owners after the toxic waste spill.

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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:27pm

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?

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'8 CDs For A Penny' Company Files For Bankruptcy

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:06pm

The parent company of Columbia House, the music-subscription king of the '80s and '90s, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Two NPR music editors remember the good and the bad.

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U.S. Charges Hackers In $30 Million Insider-Trading Scheme

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Law enforcement officials charged 32 people in connection with an alleged international hacking and insider-trading scheme they say defrauded investors of more than $30 million.

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U.S. Reacts Warily To Devaluation Of Chinese Currency

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

China's large and surprising devaluation of its currency, the yuan, is rippling through financial markets. And if the devaluation continues, it could have an impact on everything from the price of commodities to the exports of U.S. companies.

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Cleveland Man's Twitter Feed Explodes After Google Reorganizes As Alphabet

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Google announced the name of its new parent company on Monday, Alphabet. NPR's Melissa Block talks with the owner of the Twitter handle, @alphabet, Chris Andrikanich, about the Twitter.

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Silicon Beach: Tech Entrepreneuers Flock Downstream To L.A.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 3:42pm

Los Angeles is home to an increasing number of high-tech startups drawn to what is being called Silicon Beach. The region is drawing entrepreneurs who are attracted to the beaches, the somewhat lower housing costs and the proximity to the movie industry.

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9 People Accused In $30 Million Hacking And Insider-Trading Scheme

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 12:50pm

Federal authorities say hackers from Ukraine and securities traders in the U.S. teamed up to steal more than 150,000 confidential press releases before they became public information.

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Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:04am

According to new research, vegetable farmers who clear away trees and wild vegetation from their fields aren't making their produce any safer to eat. But they are destroying animal habitats.

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Greece Says It Has Reached Bailout Agreement With Creditors

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 10:24am

The deal in principal would provide for loans of 86 billion euros over three years in exchange for essentially an overhaul of Greece's economy. The accord still needs eurozone political approval.

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Who Fixes Detroit? Young Black Detroiters Want To Resurrect A Lost Neighborhood

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 9:17am

Black Bottom was once a vibrant black oasis in Detroit, till it was demolished for a freeway. Now, young black visionaries in Detroit are experimenting with a new Black Bottom for the 21st century.

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Why Lowering Student Loan Interest Rates Isn't A Game-Changer

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 8:03am

Hillary Clinton wants people with student loan debt to pay lower interest. That kind of help may not boost the people who need it most.

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Facebook Probes How Posts And Comments Express Laughter

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 6:03am

The company looked specifically at haha, hehe, LOL and of course some kind of happy emoji. The winner: Haha is used most frequently. The emoji is in second place followed by hehe.

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Google Makes Changes. It's New Parent Company Is Called Alphabet

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

Founder Larry Page announced that the Internet giant is breaking up into smaller pieces — pieces that can be "more ambitious" and have "greater focus." The new parent company will be called Alphabet.

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North Korea's Millennials Demonstrate Entrepreneurial Spirit

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:01am

How are North Korean millennials different from the older generations? The "market generation," as millennials are called there, grew up buying and selling things — even if it was often illegal.

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Runner Nick Symmonds Out Of World Championships In Sponsorship Dispute

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 6:59pm

Symmonds has a deal to wear Brooks Running products, while the U.S. world championships team is sponsored by Nike.

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Google Creates New Parent Company Called 'Alphabet'

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 6:28pm

Google is will be part of the larger entity, along with businesses that co-founder Larry Page says are "far afield" from the company's Internet products. Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Google.

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Netflix Still Facing Questions Over Its New Parental Leave Policy

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:47pm

Netflix announced it would give employees who are new parents up to a year of paid leave to care for their children. The policy shift drew praise, but also questions and critique.

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Google Announces New Parent Company Called 'Alphabet'

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 5:47pm

Google announced a broad restructuring Monday in a blog post by CEO Larry Page. Under the new structure, Alphabet becomes the parent company atop of Google's ventures.

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