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2:34 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Protesters at Apple stores demand 'ethical' products

Sarah Ryan, left, and Shelby Knox, with Change.org arrive at the Apple store at Grand Central to deliver petitions asking Apple to change its manufacturing practices.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Thu February 9, 2012 2:00 pm

In an effort to protest the working conditions in the Chinese factories that make Apple products, demonstrators delivered a petition to six different Apple stores in four different countries.

The petition, which asks the country to make "ethical" products, included about 250,000 signatures. Organizers said they were delivering them to Apple stores in Bangalore, London, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Sydney and New York City.

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Wine Business
9:29 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Kalama wine bottle plant to restart, kick out 100 million bottles

The Kalama plant should be ready to restart in July, producing 100 million bottles a year for West Coast wineries.
Fabio Coatti Flickr

KALAMA, Wash. — Workers have jackhammered out tons of glass that hardened in an electrical furnace after it failed at a wine bottle plant at Kalama.

The old furnace has been removed and the Bennu Glass company is installing a new furnace that will be fueled by liquid oxygen to heat molten glass to 2,800 degrees.

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Economy
8:29 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Stopping the 'brain drain' of the U.S. economy

Recent surveys show that a large percentage of graduates from the nation's top schools are taking jobs in consulting or financial sector.
Mary Altaffer AP

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 2:39 pm

Yale University student Marina Keegan received an email last May from Bridgewater Associates, one of the world's largest hedge funds, offering her $100 if she said why she didn't apply for a summer internship.

Keegan, an English major, decided to take Bridgewater up on its offer.

"It was only sort of once I was inside the room when I realized ... maybe I'm helping them perfect their recruiting machine, which is exactly what we were doing," Keegan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Blog Of The Nation
8:56 am
Sun February 5, 2012

The 'other' thing you may not know about Facebook

Did you know Facebook had this "Other" folder?
Facebook

Originally published on Sun February 5, 2012 3:57 am

Now that Facebook has filed to go public, there's a lot of reflection on how the social media site became the mammoth it is today. The site has gone through a lot of changes in its eight years. Remember when you had to have a college email address to join? Remember when you had to type "thefacebook.com"?

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Economy
4:53 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Economy does seems brighter to some Seattleites

The economy is looking a bit brighter to the Seattleites we talked to on Friday.
Cellular Immunity Flickr

The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in three years. The stock market is up.  But, are you feeling better about the economy? 

Maybe it was the economic news. Maybe it was the sun coming out for the first time in a while, but most people we talked to on the streets of downtown Seattle this afternoon said they were feeling positive.

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Boeing planes
1:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Glitches canceled two ANA Boeing 787 flights

All Nippon Airways had to cancel two of its first long-haul Boeing 787 flights on a new route between Tokyo and Frankfurt because of software glitches.

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Business
4:05 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Investors will get to friend Facebook by late spring

A giant "like" icon made popular by Facebook is seen at the company's new headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Robert Galbraith Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 2:58 pm

Facebook is about to find out just how many people like it.

The wildly popular social networking media company decided Wednesday to begin allowing its many "friends" in the public to buy its stock — likely in late spring.

The company, which has more than 800 million users, filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission saying it is going forward with an initial public offering. The company set the price to bring in $5 billion with those initial shares, making this one of the biggest market debuts in history.

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Tourism and poverty
3:55 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Gates Foundation opens the doors, a crack, with new vistor center

During the tour of the Gates Foundation's new visitor center.
Keith Seinfeld KPLU

If you’ve ever been past the huge new Gates Foundation campus near Seattle Center and wondered what goes on inside – your time has come.

The foundation is opening up its doors, at least a little bit. This weekend, a new visitor center opens to the public.

Read more at KPLU's Humanosphere.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Layoffs at Microsoft

Several news outlets, including the Seattle Times and ZDNet, are reporting layoff notices are going out at Microsoft today.

Ad Age is reporting 200 layoffs in marketing, including Chief Creative Officer Gayle Troberman.

The Two-Way
12:23 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Tech world abuzz with word of Facebook's imminent IPO filing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a special event in 2010.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 5:18 am

The tech and business world are buzzing this morning with the expectation that Facebook, the world's largest social network, will take the first step toward going public today.

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Economy
11:43 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Tentative labor deal averts Western Wash. refinery strikes

ConocoPhillips oil refinery at Cherry Point, Wash. Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 2:37 pm

The United Steelworkers union has reached a tentative deal with oil companies to avert a possible strike at dozens of refineries, including three important ones in the Northwest.

Negotiations over a new labor contract for refinery workers concluded mere hours before a late night deadline. The United Steelworkers and Shell Oil announced a tentative three-year deal that's intended to set the pattern for local agreements at unionized refineries nationwide.

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Labor contracts
2:43 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Oil refineries in Western Washington face possible strike

Bargaining is going down to the wire on new labor contracts at three of the five big oil refineries in the Northwest. Union members have been told to prepare to strike as early as Wednesday.

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Economy
8:49 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Boeing makes its largest-ever European sale

Oslo-based Norwegian Air Shuttle is the first European carrier to buy Boeing's revamped 737 MAX. Photo courtesy of Boeing

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 2:49 pm

The Boeing Company ended 2011 having sold about half as many airplanes as its France-based rival, Airbus. Now, less than a month into the new year, Boeing has inked its largest deal ever with a European airline. The aerospace giant is on track to overtake Airbus for the first time in years.

Oslo-based Norwegian Air Shuttle is the first European carrier to buy Boeing's revamped 737 MAX — 100 of them. The deal is seen as another industry vote of confidence in the updated version of Boeing's workhorse model.

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Digital Life
4:39 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Can capitalism keep Google from becoming evil?

A sign for Google is displayed behind the Google android robot, at the National Retail Federation, in New York. The announced changes to Google's privacy policy has drawn both positive and negative attention.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Sun January 29, 2012 2:28 pm

Let's start with a quick Google experiment.

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Business
6:35 pm
Sat January 28, 2012

Made in the USA: Saving the American brand

General Motors, headquartered in Detroit, recovered from near disaster after a financial bailout from the federal government.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 2:16 pm

A majestic building still dominates the skyline of Rochester, N.Y., the word "Kodak" shining brightly from the top. It's the legacy of George Eastman — the founder of the Eastman Kodak Co. — a company that helped Rochester thrive and gave it the nickname "Kodak Town."

In 1976, Kodak sold 90 percent of the film around the world. The company basically invented digital photography, but it couldn't figure out how to make the transition from film quickly enough to out-compete its Asian rivals. Of the 20 best-selling digital cameras in the U.S., not a single one is from Kodak.

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