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Secret sauce, public sale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:30
$258 million

How much Google Ventures initially invested in Uber in August 2013. It's put more money into the "e-hailing" service since then and a Goggle exec sits on Uber's board, but the companies could soon go from friends to bitter enemies, if they haven't already. Bloomberg dropped the bomb late Monday that Google is prepping its own ride service, likely connected to its self-driving cars. It would be a blow and a huge threat to Uber, which is investing in its own self-driving cars.

$10 billion

How much the college bookstore industry is worth — and now Amazon wants a piece of that market. The online retailer will establish an on-campus distribution system at three universities to deliver textbook orders within one day. It will also offer deliveries of other goods in one day for students who purchase a Prime plan  — Amazon's customer-loyalty program — discounted to $49. Prime includes access to its video-streaming service.

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The number of measles cases recorded statewide in California as of Monday night, nearly a third in Orange County alone. The outbreak has been largely attributed to the anti-vaccination movement that's gained momentum in the past several years and threatened to become a partisan issue Monday. A new episode of Retro Report explores how debunked autism research, celebrity and unclear reporting by the media have helped push down vaccination rates in parts of the U.S.

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At least that many court cases in the past two months have had to wrestle with the use of emoji in texts, Facebook posts or other online chatter being admitted as evidence. We pointed out one already, and the Marshall Project has outlined several more. They also created a nifty tool that pairs a random movie line with a random emoji to show how the context changes.

1949

The year Edsac, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator and one of the U.K.'s earliest computers, first ran calculations. A piece of that computer was recently discovered in the U.S., according to the BBC.

25 milliliters

The size of a tube of McDonald's Big Mac secret sauce, now on sale in Australia until supplies run out. 

Special sauce, special sale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:30
$258 million

That's how much Google Ventures initially invested in Uber in August 2013. It's put more money in the e-hailing service since then and a Goggle exec sits on Uber's board, but the companies could soon go from friends to bitter enemies, if they haven't already. Bloomberg dropped the bomb late Monday that Google is prepping its own ride service, likely connected to its self-driving cars. It would be a blow and a huge new threat to Uber, which is investing in its own self-driving cars now.

$10 billion

That's how much the college bookstore industry is worth — and now Amazon wants a piece of that market. The online retailer will establish an on-campus distribution system at three universities to deliver textbook orders within one day. It will also offer deliveries of other goods in one day for students who purchase a discounted Prime plan at $49 — Amazon's customer loyalty program, which also includes access to its streaming video service.

92

The number of measles cases recorded statewide in California as of Monday night, nearly a third in Orange County alone. This outbreak has been largely attributed to the anti-vaccination movement that's gained momentum in the past several years and threatened to become a partisan issue Monday. It was perfect timing for the new episode of Retro Report, which explores how debunked autism research, celebrity and false balance in the media pushed down vaccination rates in some parts of the U.S.

6

At least that many court cases in the past two months have had to wrestle with the use of emoji in texts, Facebook posts or other online chatter being admitted as evidence. We told you about one already, and the Marshall Project has outlined several more. They also created a nifty tool that pairs a random movie line with a random emoji to show how the context changes.

1949

That's the year Edsac, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator and one of the UK's earliest computers, first ran calculations. A piece of that computer was recently discovered in the U.S., as reported by the BBC.

25 milliliters

That's the size of a tube of McDonald's Big Mac secret sauce, now on sale in Australia until supplies run out. 

With Oil Prices So Low, What's That Fuel Surcharge For, Exactly?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:59

Many transportation and delivery companies began adding fuel surcharges when oil prices shot up a few years ago. Now, the cost of oil has plunged — but many of those fuel fees still linger.

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A Boy Who Had Cancer Faces Measles Risk From The Unvaccinated

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:57

The father of a young child who had leukemia has a plea for other parents: Please vaccinate your children because people with compromised immune systems, including his son, can't be vaccinated.

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The Oscar Nominees Are In; The Shanghai DVD Sellers Are Stocking Up

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:56

The Academy Awards are coming this month and if you're still trying to see all the nominated films, it may be easier to find them in China than the U.S. As long as you don't mind the pirated version.

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Would FCC Plan Harm Telecom Investment? Even Industry Opinion Is Mixed

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 23:55

The Federal Communications Commission will decide this month whether the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. In speeches, CEOs alternately have predicted a chilling effect or no impact.

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A Sigh Of Relief For The Murdoch Media Empire

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 21:32

The U.S. Justice Department decides not to prosecute Rupert Murdoch's media companies for their role in a cellphone voice mail hacking scandal.

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U.S. Walks Back Decision To Classify Info On Afghan Security Forces

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 15:39

A government watchdog had said that classifying the information would harm its ability to publicly account for the billions of dollars spent each year on Afghan forces.

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Sundance Festival Opens Doors For Minority Filmmakers

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 14:15

The festival has become a launching pad for emerging filmmakers of color who face challenges in historically white, male-dominated Hollywood.

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Fuhgeddaboudit: New York Accent On Its Way Out, Linguists Say

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 14:05

New York City is home to more than 700 languages, including distinct "New Yorker" accents. A new exhibit examines how changes in the city's population are contributing to their decline.

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Moving on from Teapot Dome, 90-plus years later

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:51

On Friday, the Department of Energy finalized a deal to sell off the Teapot Dome oilfield. Yes ... that Teapot Dome.

The oilfield, located in Wyoming, was central to the Teapot Dome bribery scandal that scarred the Warren Harding Administration in the 1920s.

Anyway, taxpayers got 22 million barrels of oil out of the ground over the years. We sold off the oilfield for $45 million.

Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:47

Many economists say a big missing piece of the economic puzzle are apprenticeships that give high school graduates access to good-paying, higher skilled jobs in the trades.

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How Unboiled Eggs Could Help Fight Food Waste

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:40

No yolk: Researchers have discovered how to unboil egg whites. The chemical technique could help the food industry and others utilize more enzymes for cheese or beer with less waste.

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'Adventures Of Beekle' Wins Caldecott; Newbery Goes To 'The Crossover'

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:19

The American Library Association awarded its top medals to Dan Santat's tale of an imaginary friend on a mission and Kwame Alexander's story of basketball-playing twins.

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Super Bowl XLIX Was Most Watched Show In TV History

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 13:08

According to ratings released by Nielsen, 114.4 million Americans tuned in to watch the Patriots beat the Seahawks. It surpassed the 2014 Super Bowl by 2 million viewers.

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Detroit Man Who Commutes 21 Miles A Day On Foot Will Get A Hand

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:55

James Robertson began walking to and from work a decade ago after his car broke down. His plight has led to an outpouring of help from people across the U.S.

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Lack Of Patients Hampers Ebola Drug And Vaccine Testing

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:45

Scientists launched a large trial Monday to test two vaccines. But testing Ebola drugs in West Africa is proving more difficult than expected because the disease is disappearing rapidly.

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WATCH: Groundhog In Wisconsin Bites Mayor's Ear

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:44

Perhaps because of the bite, the mayor of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, also apparently got the little critter's prognostication all wrong. Winter will end early this year, he said. So, we'll take it.

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Federica Marchionni goes from high-end to Lands' End

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:30

Former Dolce & Gabbana executive Federica Marchionni is the new CEO of American brand Lands' End, but why would Lands' End need a CEO with high-fashion experience? 

"Lands' End, I guess, needs a little shot of fashion," says Kate Betts, a fashion journalist.

The Lands' End brand was lost in the shuffle, leaving many confused as to what separates the American clothing maker from other similar staple brands. "It's definitely been in the shadow of very authentic American brands like L.L. Bean for awhile," Betts says.

What can Marchionni do to differentiate Lands' End's style?

"She's going to pick a merchandiser, and that merchandiser is going to be instrumental in making the floor of any sales space look unique in a way that catches the consumer's eye," Betts says. " And keeps the consumer coming back."

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

NPR News - Mon, 2015-02-02 12:29

Construction is starting in Chile on a new sort of telescope. One aim is to survey huge swaths of sky for faint signals of a "Planet X" that may be lurking on the farthest edges of our solar system.

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