Business/Economy

The Internet is just "the internet" now

8 hours ago
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Kai Ryssdal

Not that The New York Times gets to decide everything, but the paper announced this morning that the word "internet" will no longer be capitalized.

The Associated Press made the same decision a month or so ago, so the Times is really just following on this one.

Honestly, the AP is too — I've been pronouncing "internet" with a lower-case "I" for years.

How refugees are resettled in the U.S.

10 hours ago
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Tracey Samuelson

The U.S. has resettled nearly 40,000 refugees since the beginning of October. Only about 2,500 of those have come from Syria. Even so, the State Department says the U.S. is on track to accept the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama pledged to take this year.

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Shareholders at Exxon's annual meeting rejected several resolutions backed by environmentalists that would have pushed the company to take a stronger stand in favor of steps to limit climate change.

Marketplace for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

12 hours ago
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Annie Baxter

HP is spinning off its spin-off, Buzzfeed's podcast expert is striking out on her own and Gawker has found a new adversary in its legal fight with Hulk Hogan.

Silicon Valley is under a harsh spotlight

12 hours ago
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Sally Herships

We’re used to hating on Wall Street. Silicon Valley? Not so much. But though they produce different products — mortgage applications vs apps — look beyond the initial interface design and the two are actually not all that different.  

“If Goldman is a giant face-sucking squid then Google and Facebook are Predator and Alien,” said Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Hewlett-Packard is spinning off its spin-off

13 hours ago
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Annie Baxter

A new spin-off of the tech giant Hewlett-Packard is in the offing. 

Last year, the company completed a separation of its personal computer and printer businesses from its corporate-focused products and services. The latter took the name Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Now HP Enterprise is selling off its business focusing on call centers and maintaining networks for clients.

The all-stock deal with the Computer Sciences Corporation will create a new, as yet unnamed, company worth roughly $9 billion.

Kids won’t eat their apples? Try slicing them

13 hours ago
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Kai Ryssdal

It isn’t a secret that kids usually don’t want to eat their fruits and vegetables. But, some researchers at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab had an inkling they may have found the trick. In a pilot study conducted at several schools, they found that apple consumption jumped 70 percent when the fruit was sliced.

Roberto Fredman wrote, for the Washington Post, about this clever hack.

On today's show, we'll talk about Hewlett Packard's decision to sell its technology services division; Costco's switch from American Express to Visa as its exclusive credit card provider; and a startup that links Syrian refugees looking for work with students learning Arabic.

 

A startup sparks conversations with Syrian refugees

23 hours ago
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Reema Khrais

About once a week, Kelsey Norman plops into a chair at her kitchen table in Los Angeles, fires up Skype and dials Asalah Razzouk, a refugee living in the mountains of Lebanon.

A Syrian TV show echoes in the background as the two catch up. They chat about the weather, weekend plans and the trash piling up in Lebanon—all in Arabic. Razzouk listens carefully to Norman’s pronunciation and grammar, ready to give feedback.

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Kim Adams

Panama has been flying hundreds of Cuban migrants to Mexico, dropping them off close to the U.S. border so they can cross into America. The flights, expected to finish this month, are part of a deal with the Mexican government to relieve a backlog of migrants.

Panama is the latest of several Central American countries to close its border to Cuban immigrants trying to make it to the U.S., where they get special status upon crossing the border.

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