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PODCAST: Shrinking office space

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:00

As the second half of 2014 gets underway, a look at the S&P 500 index. Plus, with the number of jobs recovering since the Great Recession, a look at why office space doesn't tend to increase at the same rate. Also, is the "sharing economy" all it's cracked up to be? With big money flowing through businesses like Airbnb and Lyft, not everyone is on as equal a playing field as promised.

When the 'sharing economy' doesn't really play fair

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-07-01 03:00

A "sharing economy" can be as simple as a neighborhood with a shared lawnmower, but companies with big cash flow – think ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, as well as room rental places like Airbnb – are increasingly considered part of this model.

Oakland, California-based reporter Susie Cagle writes of her experience attending "Share," a conference on the sharing economy sponsored by Airbnb, Lyft, and eBay. She left the conference thinking the word "sharing" is getting stretched completely out of shape.

In her article, "The Case Against Sharing: On access, scarcity, and trust," Cagle recognizes the opportunity in these peer-to-peer economies, but thinks larger businesses like Airbnb and Lyft should be treated as just that: a business.

Click the media player above to hear reporter Susie Cagle in conversation with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Prisoner caught with pet rabbit

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:56
A prisoner is disciplined after he is found to be keeping a pet rabbit in jail.

IBM's Watson Is Out With Its Own Barbecue Sauce

NPR News - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:55

The supercomputer first showed off its intellectual prowess on Jeopardy. Now after analyzing a massive number of recipes, Watson has come up with its own sauce.

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Iraq Kurdistan referendum planned

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:51
The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Region, Massoud Barzani, tells the BBC he intends to hold a referendum on independence within months.

Gross failures over meningitis death

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:50
A hospital made "gross failures" over the death of schoolboy given paracetamol instead of antibiotics for meningitis, a coroner rules.

Cow in harbour sparks rescue effort

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:47
A rescue effort is launched after a cow got into the water at Aberdeen Harbour.

Murray Mound renamed on Google Maps

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:43
The unofficially-named Murray Mound at Wimbledon reverts back to Henman Hill on Google Maps as defending champion Andy Murray reaches quarter-finals.

School bans playground football

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:36
A school bans children from playing football at lunchtime after some pupils broke rules and used "inappropriate language".

Charges dropped in Black murder case

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:35
Charges have been dropped against a man charged with the murder of County Tyrone prison officer David Black.

Carbs boost tree drought resilience

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:34
Higher levels of a compound known as non-structural carbohydrates boost tropical trees' chances of surviving droughts, a study suggests.

'Cheat' Vincent is banned for life

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:28
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent is banned for life and admits he is a "cheat" who "shamed" the sport by match-fixing.

VIDEO: Maggie: 'I am a complete Anglophile'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:24
Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about her latest role in a British television series

German Schulz to lead MEPs again

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:24
New MEPs meeting for the first time elect German Socialist Martin Schulz to lead the European Parliament again.

VIDEO: Heathrow sorry for baggage backlog

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:21
The new Chief Executive of Heathrow John Holland-Kaye apologises to passengers affected by a problem with the airport's baggage handling.

BNP Paribas to pay $9bn to US

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:17
France's largest bank BNP Paribas agrees to a record $9bn (£5.1bn) settlement with US prosecutors over allegations of sanctions violations.

AUDIO: Trident 'an effective deterrent'

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:15
Sir Menzies Campbell says it is in the UK's national interest to maintain its nuclear capability.

EU roaming fees fall for phone users

BBC - Tue, 2014-07-01 02:08
Charges for surfing the internet on smartphones while travelling in the EU have been cut by half as new rules come into force.
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