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About half of America has zero net wealth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-21 02:17

Wealth is the value of everything you own: stocks, bonds, your home, your car -- minus your debts. And while income inequality has taken center stage in debates about the growing gap between rich and poor, what's happening with wealth paints an even more staggering picture.

The wealth share of the 0.01 percent, or the top 16,000 families in America, has skyrocketed. That tiny group now owns 12 percent of the wealth in America.

The wealth of the larger one percent  -- and even the .5 percent -- isn't rising.

These days, if you want to be among the biggest winners, says UC Berkeley researcher Gabriel Zucman, who co-wrote a new report on wealth, it helps to be in the 0.1 percent or better.

Around 50 percent of the US population, Zucman said, has zero net wealth. Their debts, effectively, equal their assets. 

Three killed in Yemen drone strike

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:57
Three more suspected al-Qaeda militants die in a drone strike in southern Yemen, reports say, bringing the total killed in three days to more than 40.

Player dies in Gabon after fatal kick

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:48
Goalkeeper Sylvain Azougoui dies on the way to the hospital after taking a kick to the head during a league match in Gabon

Will Netflix numbers confirm cable cutting?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:44

 Two things Netflix-related happened last week. One, Netflix released a trailer for the new season of Orange is the New Black. Two, we got more evidence that Netflix is the new cable. 

“People who use Netflix or Hulu are actually almost three times more likely to be in that cord cutter segment,” says John Fetto, senior analyst at Experian Marketing Services. Its data in a new report show nearly 1 in 5 homes with a Netflix or Hulu subscription has no cable. 

Until now, he says, those cord cutters were more hype than reality. “We had never actually seen a real uptick in our data. It was always within the margin of error,” Fetto says. 

But now, he says about six and a half percent of households have only internet service—that’s two and a half million more than in 2010. Not everyone is swayed, though. Live TV still has its perks. 

“Consumers want local news. They want live sports,” says Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates. He says some TV viewers are downgrading instead of cutting their cable when they sign up for Netflix.

And, of course, Netflix wins either way.

Mobile broadband's latest bidding war

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:33

As Americans buy more mobile devices, the airwaves become even more crowded with signals trying to reach their destination as fast as possible. Those airwaves carrying transmissions back and forth are referred to as "spectrum," and mobile providers like AT&T and Verizon can't get enough of them.

That's why the FCC is planning on purchasing spectrum from TV broadcasters and selling it to mobile broadband providers. It sounds like an easy solution to a big problem.

As chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler said when he appeared on Marketplace Tech back in November:

"That, hopefully, will be a marketplace means of determining what the highest and best use of the spectrum is, and then we will take that spectrum -- which we have bought back -- and resell it to the wireless carriers to be able to meet the climbing demand for wireless services."

However, Brian Fung, a technology reporter for the Washington Post, says it's not that simple. According to Fung:

"There are two big wireless companies: Verizon and AT&T, and they want to buy up as much spectrum as they can get. On the other side you have smaller companies like Sprint and T-Mobile who say that they’re going to be shut out of the bidding opportunities if AT&T and Verizon are allowed to buy up as much as they want."

 Even more troubling is the possibility that companies like AT&T and Verizon could buy up a bunch of spectrum, and then simply not use it -- instead opting to hold onto it so that other companies don't have access to more spectrum.

Still, that won't stop the larger companies from participating. AT&T has threatened to pull out of the auction if it doesn't get its way, and that would be bad news for the Government. The FCC needs larger companies to participate in order to make the auction profitable.

Huge fire on Leeds industrial estate

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:33
An inferno on an industrial estate in Leeds sends flames and a large plume of smoke up over the city.

Everest Sherpas demand better terms

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:30
Sherpa guides in Nepal demand more compensation for the families of 13 of their colleagues killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Flood defence assessment completed

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:25
For the first time in its history, the Environment Agency assesses the state of all flood defences in England following 'unprecedented' winter storms.

VIDEO: Russian 'outrage' at Sloviansk attack

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:07
Ukraine has said it will launch an investigation into a fatal attack in the east of the country, which has further increased tensions between Kiev and Moscow.

In Asian-Majority District, House Race Divides Calif. Voters

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 01:02

The U.S. mainland's only Asian-majority congressional district sits in California's Silicon Valley, where two Indian-American candidates are trying to oust Japanese-American Congressman Mike Honda.

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Victoria Coren makes poker history

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:59
Journalist and broadcaster Victoria Coren Mitchell becomes the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour.

VIDEO: Welsh on book inspired by fitness

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:51
Author Irvine Welsh has said his latest novel, which is written from a woman's perspective and set in Miami, had its genesis when he saw a fitness trainer berating a woman.

'Hillsborough words inspired us'

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:23
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall inspired his team to victory at Norwich.

Captain America holds on to top spot

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:22
Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier claims a third week at number one in North America, while Johnny Depp's latest movie falls flat.

Pub attack death suspect charged

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-21 00:09
A man is charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in hospital after disorder outside a pub.

VIDEO: 'Surprising fun at 4mph'

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:57
The Disabled Ramblers Association wants to make it easier for people who use a wheelchair or have other mobility issues so that more people can enjoy routes and trails all over Britain.

Japan warns over China ship seizure

BBC - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:52
China's seizure of a Japanese cargo ship over a pre-war debt could hit business ties, Japan's top government spokesman warns.

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:44

Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source software OpenSSL for their core business. Two-thirds of websites use it. But no one pays for it and it's never had a complete security audit.

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How Do Companies Boost 401(k) Enrollment? Make It Automatic

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:42

More Americans are saving for retirement through their employers' 401(k) programs. That follows a move to automatically sign up workers to participate in the retirement savings plans.

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For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 23:41

When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.

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