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Pandora's New Deal: Different Pay, Different Play

NPR News - 15 hours 17 min ago

The Internet radio service offers greater exposure to artists in exchange for a lower royalty rate.

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For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

NPR News - 15 hours 17 min ago

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and akutaq, or Eskimo ice cream – salmonberries mixed with Crisco.

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Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

NPR News - 16 hours 12 min ago

Mississippi has long ranked near the bottom of the states in educational performance. In a bid to change that, 21 school districts are suing the state for more than $200 million in education funding.

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Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

NPR News - 16 hours 14 min ago

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.

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Be Thankful This Year For The San Antonio Spurs

NPR News - 16 hours 15 min ago

Just in time for Thanksgiving, commentator Frank Deford describes his gratitude for everyone's favorite team in any American sport. The Spurs, he says, are gentlemen, do right and are beloved by all.

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Thanksgiving Recipes From 'Morning Edition' Listeners

NPR News - 16 hours 16 min ago

'Morning Edition' listeners submitted their favorite — and, often, simplest — holiday recipes, via Twitter. We've compiled some of our favorites.

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Protests Of Grand Jury Decision Fan Out Across The Country

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 21:40

While several big cities saw large protests after the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on Monday, Tuesday saw protests and blocked highways in at least 14 cities across the country.

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Hong Kong Police Arrest Protest Leaders, More Than 100 Others

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 18:34

Authorities cleared a major pro-democracy protest camp in a blue-collar neighborhood Wednesday. The months of fruitless demonstrating has disheartened many protesters, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports.

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Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 17:36

After a stray dog met a team of Swedish adventure athletes in Ecuador, he ran for miles to stay with them. Now Arthur the dog is famous – and it all started with a meatball.

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Wilson Describes Confrontation With Brown In ABC Interview

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 16:16

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who killed Michael Brown, says he has "a clean conscience" about the shooting; he also says he's sorry for the loss of life.

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Obama: 'No Sympathy' For Those Destroying Ferguson

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 15:01

Saying he understands the frustrations of people who feel they're not treated fairly under the law, President Obama also said, "I have no sympathy at all for destroying your own communities."

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 14:15

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 14:15

Like many small farmers, Kate Stillman faced a big hurdle to getting her local birds to your dinner plate: no place to process them. So she took on big debt, and a little sexism, to build her own.

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Ebola Is Changing Course In Liberia. Will The U.S. Military Adapt?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 13:59

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 13:05

In Ferguson, Mo., some residents spent Tuesday cleaning up looted and vandalized businesses near the police station — some for the second time since the August shooting sparked public outcry.

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At Vandalized Ferguson Businesses, Anger And Tears

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 13:05

In Ferguson, Mo., some residents spent Tuesday cleaning up looted and vandalized businesses near the police station — some for the second time since the August shooting sparked public outcry.

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Social networks head to the office

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-11-25 13:01

Facebook is said to be testing an alternate version of its social network called “Facebook at Work,” targeted to people at their jobs, complete with file sharing and company-specific instant messaging, according to a report by the Financial Times. Business Insider notes that Facebook has already been using the service for its own employees. 

The idea of providing business-friendly social networking and collaborative tools is not new, but it has gathered urgency as employees increasingly adapt their own mobile devices, apps and social networking habits into the workplace. “Workforces have become much more virtualized,” says David Seimer, a managing partner at the tech venture capital firm Wavemaker, who has investments in enterprise technologies. “Having just a network drive or whatnot, used to be considered kind of collaboration, and now you need a lot better tools.” 

With a lack of such tools, a lot of employees have been using consumer-oriented networks, such as texting apps and cloud-based shared drives. That brings security pitfalls in open online communications, says Kabrina Chang, who researches business law and ethics at Boston University. 

“People posting on Facebook or saying on some sort of social media platform things as seemingly innocuous as my boss is at a meeting in Switzerland … doesn’t seem very meaningful … but to competitors … that actually might be an indication of something cooking,” Chang says, adding that the SEC might pay extra scrutiny to such communications.

With the need to re-secure enterprise networks, there are hundreds of companies now seeing new opportunities -- from start-ups to Internet giants.

“Part of this is a big land-grab. These vendors are really struggling with each other to sort of capture your content,” says Trevor Hellebuyck, Chief Technology Officer at Metalogix Software, which helps companies with Microsoft cloud computing. Helleybuck says it is important to capture businesses initially, as they are transitioning to cloud-based systems, because switching between systems later would be onerous. 

He also says the number of players are actually few, when considering which companies have multiple tools in one platform and thus may be most attractive for enterprise customers. “Enterprise social, file sync and share, team-based collab … there’s really only a couple players that have that out there. And it's Microsoft. It’s Google. It’s potentially IBM,” says Hellebuyck.

In fact, IBM added another player to the competition this past summer, when it signed an enterprise deal with one of the biggest players of them all: Apple.

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 12:49

Some of those who attended planning meetings with local officials blamed police and the county attorney's office for fueling the unrest by making the finding public at night and with little warning.

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Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 12:28

This problem exists nationwide, but in the nation's capital, there are more requirements and restrictions. For example, D.C. limits the maximum resale price and makes homeowners wait before they sell.

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In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class for 150 In A Cowshed

NPR News - Tue, 2014-11-25 12:28

In a remote village, poor children are on the front line of an education battle. The village's only educated person aims to teach them — and shame teachers who are paid but don't show up for work.

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