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Uber's blizzard pricing: 'Snow' laughing matter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:30
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Facebook and Instagram went down for 40 minutes Tuesday morning, leading some to question if a widespread hack was at fault. Facebook, however, claims it was the fault of its engineers. As reported by the BBC, Tinder was also down during this time.

$50-$75

Hundreds of thousands of homeowners who got a break on their mortgages during the financial crisis are about to see their monthly payments start going back up. Known as the Home Affordable Modification Program – or HAMP – the government project provided relief for struggling homeowners by reducing monthly mortgage payments for five years. But those rates are about to reset. Since rate increases are capped at a 1 percent per year, most homeowners will initially only pay around $50 to $75 more on their monthly bills (each year).

$889 million

What the Koch Brothers-backed Freedom Partners hopes to raise for the 2016 election, the Washington Post reported. It's about half of what the network of conservative advocacy groups spent during the 2012 presidential election, and it could give the organization a war chest rivaling those of the two major parties. Spending could start as early as the GOP primaries.

2.8x

What Uber will cap its surge pricing at during what's been dubbed Winter Storm Juno in New York City. Since a state of emergency has been declared, the company also says 20 percent of its profits will go to the Red Cross.

29,256

The number of retweets Denny's racked up, as of Monday night, for its September tweet "hashbrowns on fleek," a phrase that was being bandied about the Internet regarding a side dish at the restaurant chain. The tweet was a "masterstroke" of a very specific kind of real-time marketing, in which a brand works to build a social media voice as hip or irreverent as its young perspective customers, the Wall Street Journal reported.

hashbrowns on fleek

— Denny's (@DennysDiner) September 30, 2014

The strategy is being used by a growing number of brands, though actual financial benefits aren't clear and missteps can be cringe-inducing.

$468 billion

How much the U.S. budget deficit will decline this fiscal year, according to the the Congressional Budget Office. As reported by Business Insider, this marks the "end to an era of dramatically falling deficits."

2 percent

How much more valuable houses on named streets are than houses on numbered streets in the U.S., on average. In some cities, those houses are 20 percent more valuable, according to a New York Times column. A large set of real estate data reveals other interesting patterns in the way street names correspond to cost, and the Times has a tool that allows you to see how the name of your street might affect the price of your home.

$1,265

As a child, you may remember eating "ants on a log" – raisins and peanut butter on celery sticks. As an adult, you may find yourself eating literal ants on a shrimp so fresh it's still quivering. And according to Quartz, you'll also pay $1,265 for this delicacy at one of the world's top restaurants.

Uber's blizzard surge pricing is Snow laughing matter

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:30
40 minutes

Facebook and Instagram went down for 40 minutes on Tuesday morning, leading some to question if a widespread hack was at fault. Facebook, however, claims it was their own engineers' fault. As reported by the BBC, Tinder was also down during this time. So, resume swiping everyone!

$50-$75

Hundreds of thousands of homeowners who got a break on their mortgages during the financial crisis are about to see their monthly payments start going back up. Known as the Home Affordable Modification Program—or HAMP—the government project provided relief for struggling homeowners by reducing monthly mortgage payments for five years. But those rates are about to reset. So how will homeowners be affected? Since the rate increases are capped at a one percent per year, most people will initially only pay around $50-75 more on their monthly bills (each year).

2.8x

That's how much Uber will cap its surge pricing at during Winter Storm Juno in New York City. The company also says that because of the declared State of Emergency, 20 percent of its profits will go to the Red Cross.

$468 billion

That's how much the U.S. budget deficit will decline to this fiscal year, according to the the Congressional Budget Office. As reported by Business Insider, this marks the "end to an era of dramatically falling deficits."

$1,265

As a kid, you may remember eating "ants on a log" - raisins and peanut butter on celery sticks. As an adult, you may find yourself eating literal ants on a shrimp so fresh it's still quivering. And according to Quartz, you'll also pay $1,265 for this delicacy at one of the world's top restaurants.

Man cautioned over bin crash tweet

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:20
A Sunderland man who used social media to post an offensive comment about the fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow has been given a caution by police.

UK economic growth hits 2.6% in 2014

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:20
The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Pentagon Identifies World War II Veteran Featured In NPR/ProPublica Investigation

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:18

After a long legal battle waged by a family member, the remains of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder have been identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

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Police 'judge and jury', claims mum

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:17
The mother of a man who died after being struck by a police car at the scene of a reported burglary accuses the Thames Valley force of acting like "judge and jury".

Borrowing and saving 'picking up'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 01:09
Both borrowing and saving by customers of the UK's main banks picked up during 2014, according to figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA).

PM: Benefit cap 'encouraging work'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:53
David Cameron defends Conservative plans to reduce the annual benefits cap by £3,000 to £23,000 after the general election.

Council warns on battered city fish

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:45
People have been warned not to dine out on fish salvaged from the street after a lorry shed 600 mackerel in Belfast at the weekend.

Petty given credit on Sam Smith song

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:35
Tom Petty is given a song writing credit on Sam Smith's hit Stay With Me over the similarities to his 1989 track I Won't Back Down.

AirAsia recovery operation suspended

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:27
The Indonesian military suspends recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea after repeatedly failing to lift the fuselage.

Gross death suspect 'faced charge'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:19
The Metropolitan Police says it would have charged Arnis Zalkalns with the murder of Alice Gross if he had lived.

VIDEO: 3D printed heart saves girl's life

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-27 00:01
A two-year-old girl who was born with a serious heart defect has had a life-saving operation thanks to a 3D printer.

Owner backs team over 'deflate-gate'

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:54
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft denies any wrongdoing from the Boston side in the 'deflate-gate' row.

Two suffer 'chemical burns' in fire

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:51
Two people are taken to hospital with suspected chemical burns following reports of a fire and an explosion on an industrial estate.

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:47

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.

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'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:39

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Threats From Russia Underscores Europe's Need To Boost Military

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:37

A series of military confrontations and growing tensions between Western Europe and Russia means armed conflict in northern Europe seems plausible — and shows how ill-prepared the region is now.

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Facebook suffers widespread outage

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:22
Social networking site Facebook suffered from a widespread outage on Tuesday, before coming back online.

Survivors mark Auschwitz anniversary

BBC - Mon, 2015-01-26 23:18
Auschwitz survivors and visiting dignitaries gather at the site of the former Nazi death camp to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

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