Business

2:54pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Technology

Europe Pressures U.S. Tech On Internet Privacy Laws

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:34 pm

Demonstrators with Guy Fawkes masks protest changing privacy policies on March 31, in Vienna.
Ronald Zak DAPD/AP

America's big technology companies are negotiating the details of a new privacy system called "Do Not Track," to let people shield their personal data on websites. There's no deal yet, but people inside the talks say the main reason American companies are even considering "Do Not Track" is the pressure they're feeling from Europe.

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12:55pm

Mon April 30, 2012
Business

In Cell Era, Timepieces Are Fashion Trend To Watch

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 3:34 pm

Even as more people rely on cellphones to tell time, retailer American Apparel has found that novelty watches are selling well.
Kaomi Goetz for NPR

Cellphones were once simple tools for making calls on the go. But the phones have quickly become all-purpose devices, used to send email, read articles, find restaurants — and tell time.

And as more people carry that tool in their pocket or purse, fewer are relying on wristwatches to keep on schedule.

Monica Espitia is one of them. "Since I've had a cellphone, I pretty much stopped wearing watches," she says. "Until I went on vacation and I didn't know what time it was."

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11:11am

Mon April 30, 2012
Agriculture

Colorado Ag Exports Starting Off Strong for 2012

Free range cows
photo by elenm1 Creative Commons/Flickr

Colorado’s agricultural exports are continuing to grow in the first two months of the year. Compared to the first two months of 2011, Colorado’s ag exports this year are up 25%, at roughly $222 million overall.

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11:11am

Mon April 30, 2012
Business

Energy Transfer Partners To Buy Sunoco For $5.3B

Sunoco operates about 4,900 gasoline stations around the United States.
Alex Brandon AP

Natural gas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners is buying Sunoco in a deal valued at about $5.3 billion.

The acquisition would give Energy Transfer the capability to transport crude and other liquid hydrocarbons that are being produced in greater quantities thanks to the boom in shale drilling. Sunoco's pipelines crisscross the country, connecting the Great Lakes and Northeast to America's refining center along the Gulf Coast.

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10:26am

Mon April 30, 2012
The Two-Way

British High Court Order Big Internet Providers to Block The Pirate Bay

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 12:03 pm

Supporters of the website The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top illegal file-sharing websites, demonstrate in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2009.
Fredrik Persson AFP/Getty Images

Britain's High Court has ordered the country's major Internet service providers to block one of the oldest and biggest file-sharing websites.

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