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Uber has a rockin' New Year's Eve

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:00

In the run-up to New Year's Eve, there was a lot of speculation about whether Uber’s surge pricing would affect ridership. That means when demand goes up so does the cost of using the car-sharing service.

Uber reports that most of the trips subject to surge pricing happened between 12:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on what is technically New Year's Day.

More than 100,000 passengers were in an Uber at the stroke of midnight, and demand increased by 180 percent between 12:01 a.m. and 12:30 a.m., according to Uber.

New Yorkers took the most trips around 2 a.m. and Parisians took the most trips around 4 a.m., local time.

 

Something new from from something blue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:57

Making something new from something old. Marlo Fox is a denim designer at the Gap, Jeff Garza is a veteran of the war in Iraq. And he collects of odds and ends.

Together, they've built a new business called Fox Hole, and a second life of sorts for very well-loved clothes.

It all started with Jeff's dad's old Levis.

 

Obama Authorizes New Sanctions On North Korea Over Sony Hack

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:27

The executive order targets three North Korean entities and accuses the Pyongyang regime of "destructive, coercive cyber-related actions."

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Things that will cost you more this year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 10:20

It's a new year and some of the daily items we buy will see a price increase. Mark LoCastro, a shopping expert from DealNews.com sheds light on why things will cost more this year. We are talking about items that we can't live without  like coffee, chocolate, and bacon. One of the main reasons for this increase is that demand has outstripped supply. Another issue is mother nature and drought. But it's not all doom and gloom, we will see items like gas prices on the decline. This is great news for consumers because they end up with more money in their pockets. Which could put momentum into retail sales and the stock market. Check out LoCastro's full list.

Was Cuomo Destined To Be President Or Just Political Poet Laureate?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:30

It may never be clear whether the late New York governor passed on the 1988 and 1992 presidential cycles — his natural turn at bat — for reasons related to politics or his personality.

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No Yolk: Eggs Beat Most Other Foods In Our Blog Last Year

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 09:13

We looked back at the most popular posts of 2014 and found many of them were about eggs. So we asked: What makes this everyday food so intriguing?

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Your Daily Distraction: The Internet Tries To Unravel A Football Fan Mystery

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:41

Video shows a young woman seemingly consoling a young man sitting next to her by running her hands through his hair. Then she realizes something. The Internet is now rife with speculation.

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Kim Jong Un's Little Sister Reportedly Marries

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:39

Kim Yo Jong, who is said to have recently assumed a key leadership role, has reportedly married the son of the secretary of the ruling party.

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Your Wallet: Inheritance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:26

We all have inherited something from our family and the people we surround ourselves with. Whether it's money, habits or mind sets.

We want to hear your story. What are some of the things that you've inherited over the years?

Send us an email, or reach us on Twitter, @MarketplaceWKND

Deputy Attorney General Reflects On Controversies, Successes

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 08:25

James Cole says his decision to approve subpoenas for reporters' phone records, amid national security leaks, "was a very, very tough call. At the end of the day, I'd probably have to do it again."

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Along Shanghai's River, Buddhist Tradition Meets Greedy Fishermen

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 07:23

It's a scene that reflects China's competing trends: Buddhist monks release fish into Shanghai's Huangpu River to "free" them. A few yards downstream, fishermen quickly scoop them up.

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Chinese Gamblers See Macau As Bad Bet Amid Corruption Crackdown

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 06:28

Gambling revenue in the former Portuguese territory has fallen for the first time in more than a decade as Chinese officials fear a conspicuous display of wealth.

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In Exercise Accident, Sen. Harry Reid Breaks Ribs, Bones In Face

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 06:25

Reid, a former boxer, is fine and "will return to Washington this weekend and will be in the office Tuesday," his office said.

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Hundreds Of Syrian Migrants Abandoned On Ship Off Italy

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 05:37

The vessel, carrying about 450 people trying to reach Europe, has been taken under tow after smugglers jumped ship.

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Judge Says Florida Clerks Have Duty To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 05:10

The clarification to a previous opinion means gay marriages will begin in the state next week. The judge says the issue of gay marriage is settled.

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How Will You Work Out When CrossFit's No Longer Hip?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 03:38

Fitness programs typically don't have much staying power. People are already saying adios to Zumba and Pilates. The cheapest and simplest routines are more likely to be keepers. Think down dog.

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PODCAST: Maybe don't hit the gym

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 03:00

First up, a look at the great foreign currency shift of 2015. Plus, the children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. have been criticized for overly protecting his speeches and writings but also commercializing them for profit. One result: you can watch the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube, with a Doritos commercial. And January is the busiest month for health clubs to sign up new members, as people resolve once and for all to get fit in the new year. But many people don't go to the gym often enough to justify the expense. Economists have some theories about why that's the case.

WATCH: Mario Cuomo's Speech At The 1984 Democratic Convention

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:39

The speech catapulted Cuomo onto the national scene and cemented the three-time New York governor as one of the last avatars for New Deal liberalism.

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'I Have a Dream,' served with tortilla chips

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:10

When the movie "Selma" comes out in wide release Jan. 9, the speeches given by Martin Luther King Jr. will not be historically accurate. The studio didn't have the rights to use King's actual words. The King Estate, which controls his intellectual property, is known for aggressively pursuing those who use his speeches without permission. But not always. When someone posted the entire "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube, it stayed online, preceded by a Doritos ad.

Jennifer Jenkins, a copyright expert, says that's probably YouTube's Content ID system at work. Under that system, the holder of a copyright can block an unauthorized video, or collect the ad revenue from it.

Click the media player above to hear more.

 

 

"I Have a Dream," served with taco chips

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 02:10

When the movie "Selma" comes out in wide release Jan. 9, the speeches given by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will not be historically accurate. The studio didn't have the rights to use King's actual words. The King Estate, which controls Dr. King's intellectual property, is known for aggressively pursuing those who use his speeches without permission. But not always. When someone posted the entire "I Have a Dream" speech on YouTube, it stayed online, preceded by a Doritos ad.

Jennifer Jenkins, a copyright expert, says that's probably YouTube's Content ID system at work. Under that system, the holder of a copyright can block an unauthorized video, or collect the ad revenue from it.

Click the media player above to hear more.

 

 

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