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Google Says It's Beefed Up Encryption Because Of NSA Revelations

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 11:08

Google says it is now encrypting data as it moves between its servers and every session of Gmail will use a secure connection. The government has said tech companies knew the NSA was collecting data.

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Businesses take advantage of lax regulations on drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 11:07

The Washington Nationals baseball team got into a bit of trouble with the Federal Aviation Administration a couple of weeks ago. They were using a drone to take aerial pictures of spring training -- the kind of shots that are pretty much impossible for a human to capture.

The FAA said that nobody can do anything commercial with drones until it says so. The FAA has since lost a round in court on that issue, but while it works on new regulations, there are loopholes -- and business opportunities.

Josh Ziering runs a San Francisco-based company called QuiQui, which delivers pharmaceuticals via drone 24 hours a day. Ziering said he knows he has a battle on his hands.

“I would describe myself as a trouble maker,” said Ziering. “So we’re going to cause as much trouble as possible until they’re ready to create regulation and make this industry happen.”  

We asked Ziering what he would do if the regulations mapped out by the FAA prohibit him from running his business.

“We would love for the FAA to have regulations that allowed for drones,” said Ziering. “And if it unfortunately excluded us from those regulations that would be tragic. But at the same time, the FAA is only for America. So there is literally an entire world of people that we can deliver things to.”

Happy International Gary Oldman Day

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:30

Here's what's coming up on Friday, March 21, 2014:  

  • Actor Gary Oldman, known for roles in Sid and Nancy, The Dark Knight and Dracula, turns 56, so we should send up the bat signal and call for champagne. 
  • Jeweler Tiffany is scheduled to release its quarterly earnings.
  • The infamous Alcatraz penitentiary closed its doors in 1963. At any time, “The Rock” housed less than one percent of the total federal prison population, and more than one million tourists visit every year.

 

Reds Pitcher Expected To Recover After Line Drive To Face

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:23

Aroldis Chapman suffered fractures above his eye and nose, but only a mild concussion and no brain injury. The All-Star will have a plate inserted into his head and should return this season.

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AirBnB got 99 problems but going public ain't one

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:22

AirBnB is the enormously popular company that lets you rent out your home, apartment, or room to complete strangers.   It's not clear that it's technically always legal in every city, or even permitted by most leases.  The hotel industry is none too enthused either.  But the company is still considering going public, and may end up being valued as high as $10 billion.  In fact, such pressures are common for startups.  In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, companies will go public even before a drug is approved by the FDA.  As for any investment, there's always an amount of risk.  If the problems aren't an existential threat, it's all part of the game.  

AirBnB got 99 problems but goin' public ain't one

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:22

AirBnB is the enormously popular company that lets you rent out your home, apartment, or room to complete strangers.   It's not clear that it's technically always legal in every city, or even permitted by most leases.  The hotel industry is none too enthused either.  But the company is still considering going public, and may end up being valued as high as $10 billion.  In fact, such pressures are common for startups.  In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, companies will go public even before a drug is approved by the FDA.  As for any investment, there's always an amount of risk.  If the problems aren't an existential threat, it's all part of the game.  

Drought-resistant gardens can be more than gravel

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:19

As the California drought continues, it’s hard to look at all the lush lawns without thinking about the water that goes into keeping them green. In Los Angeles, the city will actually pay you to rip up your grass.

But a gravel-covered yard isn’t that appealing, unless you are a toddler with a taste for rocks.

“I think that the biggest myth that should be dispelled is that native plant gardens are wild and ugly and look dead during part of the year,” said Lili Singer, with the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants. With drought-resistant natives, you can have lush gardens with flowers.

But it takes time for them to grow in, and it takes some work. You can’t just pop a plant in the ground and walk away.

“When you first put in a drought-tolerant garden,” Singer said, “it isn’t drought tolerant the day you put it in. These are coming from a nursery, they’re little babies."

At Theodore Payne’s nursery, garden designer Wynne Wilson looks at buckwheat, sage, and heuchera, “I’m like a chocoholic in Candyland."

Low-impact gardens can be quite sophisticated.  You have to think about the soil, the sun, the plants, the texture, the time of year they’ll bloom, and how to get them water.

“It’s extremely important how we water these new gardens,” Wilson said.

Modern irrigation systems have moved well beyond sprinklers on timers. They waste less water and they have a lot of moving parts. There are computers, ground sensors, even a 6-inch satellite dish you put on your house that communicates with weather satellites about humidity and temperature.

“We just did a 2,000 square foot front garden, completely new, with the irrigation we did all of our beautiful systems, and that was approximately $3,500,” Wilson said. 

Of course, you don’t need a satellite or a $3,500 irrigation system to have a lovely drought-resistant garden.

Just some knowledge about plants, a $10 garden hose, and the time to water each plant one at at time. 

Everyone’s first tweets are boring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 10:02
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 04:00 FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter's logo

The tech world is full of big birthdays it wants you to celebrate in 2014: The World Wide Web turned 25, Facebook turned 10, and to celebrate its 8th birthday, Twitter wants you to find your first tweet.

Unlike Facebook's Look Back videos, a 62-second "life story" pulled from your account pictures, likes, friend posts, and status updates set to the most optimistic elevator music you've ever heard, Twitter is inviting tweeters to find and collect their own content. All of it to encourage users to take a deep sigh and nostalgically ask, "remember when?"

But 25, 10, and 8-years-old? It's just not that old in the scheme of things, and a look back tool for a short period of time has limited value. Twitter’s first tweet tool turns up mostly painfully boring results across the board. Even top executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs didn’t have their social media strategy together when they first joined.

A review of these first tweets shows most top executives joined to express their pride about the very act of using Twitter, and less about the self-promotional aspects the network is well-known for today: 

Jack Dorsey, co-founder, Twitter:

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook:

Steve Case, former chief executive officer and chairman, America Online:

Martha Stewart, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and television personality:

Although, it appears some caught on quickly....

Donald Trump, businessman, television personality:

Twitter has seen an extraordinary rise tied to its exponential user growth of 140 percent over the last three years. While that growth has slowed down recently, not many companies can boast having 241 million potential clients at the tender age of eight. 

by Tobin LowStory Type: BlogSyndication: PMPApp Respond: No

Sub-Hunting Planes Use High-Tech Gear To Search For Flight 370

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:43

Two of the most advanced maritime surveillance aircraft — Australian P-3 Orions and U.S. P-8A Poseidons — are scouring a stretch of the Indian Ocean for signs of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

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Screening Immigrants For TB Pays Dividends In U.S.

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 09:01

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says millions of dollars have been saved by testing immigrants and refugees for tuberculosis before they enter the U.S.

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Top Stories: Search For Missing Jet Narrows; Westboro Baptist Founder Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 08:43

Also: U.S. aims more sanctions at Russian officials; Army general gets no jail time in sexual misconduct case.

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Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Sr. Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 08:20

He led a tiny congregation in Topeka, Kan., that drew national attention for its protests at funerals of soldiers and celebrities. Phelps wanted to spread his views about homosexuality and abortion.

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Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk For All Women Everywhere

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:57

Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.

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Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:55

A female developer at GitHub resigns, saying the company has a clubby, intimidating culture, and debate brews over whether geeks can lead unwelcoming environments. Get caught up with these reads.

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Oprah and Starbucks are teaming up to make tea.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:35

Starbucks and Oprah are teaming up to make tea.

This would appear to be the corporate version of those comic books where The Penguin teams up with The Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler, and it just doesn't seem fair to the people of Gotham (until Batman shows up, of course... but until that moment, NOT COOL). We've got evil hench-penguins, very flexible, knife wielding circus ladies, and very difficult trivia questions. Before you know it, the entire subway has shut down and no one can get to work.

For a caffeine addicted female like myself, not only am I certainly in the "target audience," I probably won't be able to *not* buy this tea. Together, Oprah and Starbucks will probably activate a long-dormant chip in my brain, and, (again) before you know it, I'll be building fortresses out of boxes of this tea. And talking enthusiastically about it to all of my friends. And "liking" it on Facebook unironically.

"Teavana Oprah Chai" was personally developed by Oprah. It is said to feature strong notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom with a hint of clove.

This already makes me want to start crying and talking about my feelings at what was supposed to be a book club meeting, until everyone had one too many of the signature Love In the Time of Cholera cocktails I made in an attempt to one-up last month's annoyingly perfect "Middlesex homemade sushi" event, and the conversation devolved into how difficult it is to find love when nobody has cholera, and how maybe it would be easier if everyone had cholera, because that might really put things into perspective and how long should you wait to reply to a kind of meh text some guy sent after a date without seeming like the kind of girl who only demands meh texts, but also not seeming unavailable or, worse, like you're playing games, which, of course, you are, but everyone plays games and so you, genuine game-hater that you are, really have no choice.

Does anyone else feel like tea?

Tragically, no Teavana for us until April 29th.

 

The Making of Teavana Oprah Chai

 

U.S. To Impose Sanctions On More Russian Officials

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:27

By choosing to intervene in Ukraine and annex Crimea, Russia has isolated itself and violated international law, President Obama says. The U.S. is seeking to penalize 20 additional people and a bank.

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Oprah and Starbucks are teaming up to make tea.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 07:25
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 10:35 Oprah.com

Oprah and Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz announcing their partnership.

Starbucks and Oprah are teaming up to make tea.

This would appear to be the corporate version of those comic books where The Penguin teams up with The Joker, Two-Face and The Riddler, and it just doesn't seem fair to the people of Gotham (until Batman shows up, of course... but until that moment, NOT COOL). We've got evil hench-penguins, very flexible, knife wielding circus ladies, and very difficult trivia questions. Before you know it, the entire subway has shut down and no one can get to work.

For a caffeine addicted female like myself, not only am I certainly in the "target audience," I probably won't be able to *not* buy this tea. Together, Oprah and Starbucks will probably activate a long-dormant chip in my brain, and, (again) before you know it, I'll be building fortresses out of boxes of this tea. And talking enthusiastically about it to all of my friends. And "liking" it on Facebook unironically.

"Teavana Oprah Chai" was personally developed by Oprah. It is said to feature strong notes of cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom with a hint of clove.

This already makes me want to start crying and talking about my feelings at what was supposed to be a book club meeting, until everyone had one too many of the signature Love In the Time of Cholera cocktails I made in an attempt to one-up last month's annoyingly perfect "Middlesex homemade sushi" event, and the conversation devolved into how difficult it is to find love when nobody has cholera, and how maybe it would be easier if everyone had cholera, because that might really put things into perspective and how long should you wait to reply to a kind of meh text some guy sent after a date without seeming like the kind of girl who only demands meh texts, but also not seeming unavailable or, worse, like you're playing games, which, of course, you are, but everyone plays games and so you, genuine game-hater that you are, really have no choice.

Does anyone else feel like tea?

Tragically, no Teavana for us until April 29th.

 

The Making of Teavana Oprah Chai

 

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 20, 2014by Stacey Vanek SmithStory Type: BlogSyndication: PMPApp Respond: No

PODCAST: Veteran unemployment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:55
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 07:25 Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A brochure by Disney Corporation is placed on a table during a jobs fair for veterans called 'Serving Those Who Have Served' on the campus of University of Southern California on March 20, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The benchmark interest rate in America is higher now than it was before the new chair of the Federal Reserve's briefing yesterday. 2.77 percent is the 10 year yield versus 2.67 percent. We get our own briefing from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial in Chicago.

And, the Labor Department is expected to release its annual report on the job situation for veterans soon. The jobless rate for those who served after 9/11 has tended to be higher than the overall unemployment rate. Though typically highly skilled, disciplined and hard-working, veterans of recent conflicts often have more difficulty than civilians in finding work.

Meanwhile, more than two years after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Washington Monument, the U.S. National Park Service is readying to reopen it to tourists this spring. Examining and repairing the monument’s more than 30,000 stone pieces cost $15 million, but that work is being paid for in a novel way. The government split the tab with billionaire David Rubenstein.

Marketplace Morning Report for Thursday, March 20, 2014by David BrancaccioPodcast Title: PODCAST: Veteran unemploymentSyndication: All in oneApp Respond: No

Reprimand, $20K Fine, No Jail Time For General's Sexual Misconduct

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:52

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had been accused of sexually assaulting a subordinate. He struck a deal to plead guilty to lesser charges. He was not demoted.

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French-Fry Conspiracy: Genes Can Make Fried Foods More Fattening

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 06:33

Some people are more likely than others to gain weight from frequently indulging in fried foods, scientists say. You can blame Mom and Dad for passing on the obesity risk genes.

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