Business Story of the Day: Episodes

Apple computers have avoided most serious virus attacks, but that era may be over. As the company prepared for this week's developers conference, it was also taking steps to stop a malware "phishing" program.
According to one survey, nearly a third of American consumers reported problems in the past five years, especially with debit cards. More secure systems have been used in Europe for 20 years.
South African regulators have given Wal-Mart approval to buy a controlling stake in retailer Massmart. Liabo Setho, a business reporter for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, tells Renee Montagne there had been huge opposition to the deal from trade unions, suppliers and industry groups.
Some Native American tribes in Washington state are bailing out financially troubled local governments. Most native tribes are still among the poorest communities in the U.S. But in Washington, casino revenue has allowed tribes to make big donations to school districts and even to fund local government positions.
For two years, the website Kickstarter.com has helped artists, musicians and filmmakers fund projects, encouraging a lot of people to make small donations. But recently, entrepreneurs have been launching new products on the site, something the company's founders never imagined.
The tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar is hoping to go where others haven't gone before. This coming weekend, officials at the Doha Trade Fair are organizing an attempt to build the world's largest Monopoly game. The board will be well over 1,500 square feet.
Republicans in Congress and those in the financial industry are questioning the way this new agency was designed, arguing that it's not accountable. At the center of the dispute is the woman whom President Obama asked to set it up: Elizabeth Warren.
Economics professor Nouriel Roubini was one of the few people to predict the 2008 financial crisis. After that, investors, central bankers and political leaders followed his views. On Wall Street, his gloominess earned him the title of Dr. Doom. What's he think about the economy now? Aaron Elstein, of ...
Table saws are the country's most dangerous commonly used power tool. Each year, 40,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms with injuries — 4,000 of them suffer amputations. This week, consumer advocates are in Washington meeting with lawmakers to push for tougher safety regulations for the industry.
Germans' famous passion for automobiles has run smack into EU directives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The government is offering a fuel mixed with 10 percent ethanol, but many drivers refuse to use it, despite its lower cost and reassurances that it won't harm car engines.
Businesses improve when they experiment with new structures and formulas — and then actively analyze their mistakes, Tim Harford says. In <em>Adapt,</em> his new book, the <em>Financial Times </em>columnist examines the merits of failure.
As costs go up in China, they charge more for products and that means Americans pay more. Over the past 12 months, prices of things the U.S. imported from China, are up 2.8 percent. But five years ago, the price of Chinese imports were actually falling. David Wessell, of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, ...
LinkedIn is the first social networking site to go public. Renee Montagne speaks with Steve Blank, a veteran of Silicon Valley, about what makes Internet start-up companies worth billions of dollars, and when they are overvalued.
The unemployment rate in Aberdeen, S.D., is about half the national average, and more jobs are available than can be filled with local workers. The city has launched a public relations campaign to lure out-of-state workers. Now it's scrambling to make sure that when workers do come, they'll have a place to stay.
To ease fiscal troubles, Half Moon Bay — a California seaside town — has made big cuts, disbanding departments and laying off half its workforce. The police department is on the verge of closing, making the town dependent on the local sheriff's office for the first time in 50 years.
Hybrid and electric vehicles have been rolled out by many of the large Western and Chinese automakers. But analysts expect low consumer interest and a yet-undeveloped infrastructure to be major roadblocks to environmentally friendly vehicles in China.
Big oil wasn't the only target for lawmakers' anger Thursday. Over on the House side, Republicans on two committees, joined forces to lambaste an Obama administration proposal for more disclosure of political money. White House officials are drafting an executive order that would mandate disclosure from ...
While the U.S., the U.K. and much of Europe brace for spending cuts and austerity, Germany's economy is growing. As manufacturers add extra shifts, there's a new shortage of skilled workers — leading to renewed calls to ease restrictions on immigration.
Microsoft is buying Skype for $8.5 billion. Bloomberg News technology analyst Rich Jaroslovsky talks to Steve Inskeep about what the moves means for Microsoft.
Pumping music, heavy doors and slippery floors are just a few things that make a store less inviting to senior citizens. As their sector is set to grow in the next decade, some retailers are starting to make spaces more welcoming to this consumer group.
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