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5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:06

While Republicans launched some effective counterattacks on the equal pay issue, keep in mind the White House is making a political case to voters — not a statistical argument to economists.

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VIDEO: Paedophile 'can keep victim photos'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 13:03
Police say they cannot destroy photos of a paedophile's young victim on his laptop because the images are not classified as indecent.

In which the government acknowledges Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:54
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 13:43 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images


And finally, it seems Congress has discovered the amazing powers of the internet. No joke.

From the Congressional Record, Senate Bill 2206 was introduced just last week, and which the legislative language tells us can be cited as the Let Me Google That For You Act.

S.B. 2206 would abolish the National Technical Information Service, collector and disseminator of almost 3 million government scientific, technical, engineering, and business reports, because, yes, you can just Google 'em for free.

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NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:54

Bloomberg reported that the spy agency knew about the critical Internet vulnerability for two years and used it to gather intelligence.

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VIDEO: Film Review - the week's new releases

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:52
Film critic Jason Solomons reviews the week's new film releases, including Irish black comedy Calvary, Mumbai romance The Lunchbox and Half Of A Yellow Sun - set in 1960s Nigeria.

US refuses visa for Iran's UN choice

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:48
The White House refuses to issue a US visa to Iran's nomination for UN ambassador, who was involved in the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Injured Afghan girl's joyous homecoming

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:46
Injured Afghan girl returns to joyous welcome

Foreign buyers dominate London market

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:44
Foreign buyers dominate London's luxury housing market

How digital media is reinventing comics

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:40
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 18:00

Comixology is an online platform that allows you to digitally buy, read, and discover comics.

For the uninitiated, the term "digital comic" might sound like someone simply scanned a paper copy of their favorite issues of Batman into their computer. The scope of the digital comic world is actually pretty wide, with artists and writers taking advantage of the medium to play around with what a comic can be, and how to distribute content.

Here's an excellent debrief on the world of digital comics. Plus, check out these examples of digital comics that capitalize on the possibilities of the medium.

News Comics

Among the freedoms of publishing a digital comic is the ability to stretch what a comic can be. The team behind Symbolia, for example, use the medium to tell news stories with sound, links, animations, and interactive charts. 

You can check out more about Symbolia here.


Digital comics also allow artists to self-publish and sell their own comics. Artist Dean Trippe's Something Terrible is an autobiographical work about how his interest in Batman helped him cope with being the victim of rape at a young age.

You can read more about Trippe's story here.

Free download of first issue

Not unlike the mobile game model known as "freemium," publishers of digital comics will sometimes offer a first issue for free in the hopes that readers will be hooked enough to purchase subsequent issues.

The critically-acclaimed "Saga" series, for example, offers its first issue free for download here.

Subscription Series

There's also the option of subscribing to a series, which is not unlike subscribing to a newspaper's phone or tablet app. In addition to regularly receiving new issues, subscribers often have access to classic comics that have been uploaded by the publisher. Access to Marvel's annual subscription costs $99.

You can check out more about Marvel Unlimited here.

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White fails to qualify for Worlds

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:38
Jimmy White fails to make it through qualifying for the World Championship after a 10-4 defeat by Ian Burns.

How 'Choose Your Own Adventure' was born

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:14
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 14:51 Sushiesque/Flickr/Creative Commons

A party for choose your own adventure.

Ed Packard was a lawyer for RCA records. But it wasn't his true calling. Ed wanted to be a writer, and one fateful night back in 1969 he was telling his daughters Caroline and Andrea a bedtime story about a character named Pete marooned on a desert island.

"I was tired from a long day at work, and I couldn't think of what should happen next in the story. So I asked them. I got two different answers. I could sense that this was an unusual approach. They could not just identify with the main character. They could be the main character." 

Ed penned his first book on the train from his home in Connecticut to his law office in New York. He got an agent at William Morris who told him his first book "The Adventures of You on Sugar Cane Island" would be a big hit. But after countless doors were slammed in his face by children's book publishers who told him his work was more like a game than a book, Ed gave up.

He put his manuscript in his desk drawer and left it there to collect dust.

It was only after he met a young literary agent named Amy Berkower through an old college buddy that the books finally got a good, hard second look a decade later. And with the help of another upstart in the publishing business, Joelle Delbourgo at Bantam, "Choose Your Own Adventure" exploded into a phenomenon that rewrote the book on children's literature.

This story is part of Marketplace's new collaborative series with Mental Floss Magazine. For the full story, follow the link here.

As fans of "Choose Your Own Adventure" books ourselves, we here at Marketplace decided to build a choose your own adventure story to navigate and re-live the week's business news. Try it out:

Marketplace for Friday April 11, 2014

In partnership with Mental Floss.

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Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:11

The lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.

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Royal Canada tour details revealed

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06
Details of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's forthcoming tour of Canada - including events to mark the World War One centenary - have been announced.

William Burns, Diplomat Who Led Negotiations With Iran, Will Retire

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06

President Obama said he has relied on Burns for "candid advice and sensitive diplomatic missions." Burns' back-channel talks with Iran are credited for jumpstarting nuclear negotiations.

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Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:06

In the hiring process, employers aren't allowed to ask certain things, like if you go to church or intend to have children. But is it OK for employers to check social media sites for this information?

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Osborne hails UK growth in US speech

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:04
Chancellor George Osborne hails the UK's economic recovery in a keynote speech in Washington DC.

The Latest Wacky Food Adventure: A Year Without Sugar

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:01

Is banning sugar from your home to chronicle the effects on your family a gimmick veiled in a health halo? Actually, there's a lot to learn from a memoir of obsessive label-reading and weird baking.

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Bus Accident Leaves 10 Dead On Trip To College

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

Federal and state authorities are investigating a deadly bus crash in California. A bus full of prospective students headed to Humbolt State University was hit by a truck that veered across the freeway median.

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The Ukrainian Prime Minister's Visit, As Seen From Behind Barricades

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

Ukraine's interim prime minister visited Donetsk Friday in an effort to reduce tensions in the east of the country. Pro-Moscow militants among the area's largely Russian-speaking population have seized two government buildings in the region and are demanding referendums on the area's future. NPR's Ari Shapiro has been behind the barricades at one of the occupations.

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Onlookers Show No Worry Over Market's Week In Tumult

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-11 12:00

The stock market endured a volatile week as investors sold off technology stocks. Weak bank earnings added to the sour mix. But the selloff hasn't triggered alarm, and indicators for the broader economy are mostly positive.

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