Business

1:42am

Tue April 10, 2012
Business

For Freelancers, Landing A Workspace Gets Harder

Workers share office space at Grind, a co-working company in New York City. Those who want to use Grind's facilities are vetted through a competitive application process.
JaegerSloan

The recession brought widespread unemployment across the U.S., but it also prompted a spike in the number of freelance or independent workers.

More than 30 percent of the nation's workers now work on their own, and the research firm IDC projects the number of nontraditional office workers — telecommuters, freelancers and contractors — will reach 1.3 billion worldwide by 2015.

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1:16am

Tue April 10, 2012
Planet Money

Why Matzo Makers Love Regulation

Originally published on Wed April 11, 2012 9:06 am

Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz at the Manischewitz factory in 2007
Mike Derer AP

For more, see our video, Inside The Matzo Factory, and see Adam Davdson's latest NYT Magazine column

The matzo business may be the most heavily regulated business in the world.

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5:17pm

Mon April 9, 2012
All Tech Considered

Jack Tramiel, Man Behind Commodore 64, Has Died

Jack Tramiel, the man behind the Commodore 64 computer, died Sunday, according to reports. Tramiel, who was 83, came to America after World War II. He was a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp in his native Poland.

Update: This post has been updated to reflect Tramiel's liberation from the Ahlem work camp, after his time in Auschwitz.

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5:16pm

Mon April 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Jack Tramiel, Father Of Commodore 64 And An Auschwitz Survivor, Dies At 83

Originally published on Tue April 10, 2012 4:35 am

Jack Tramiel, seen in 1984, founded Commodore International as well as Atari Corp.
Sal Veder AP

Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore International, whose iconic Commodore 64 was one of the best-selling computers of all time, has died. He was 83.

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3:23pm

Mon April 9, 2012
All Tech Considered

Like The Instagram-Facebook Deal? Depends On Your Filter

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 4:00 pm

A photo illustration shows the photo-sharing app Instagram's fan page on Facebook's website. Facebook is acquiring Instagram for some $1 billion.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Facebook's decision to acquire Instagram for $1 billion set off strong reactions among Instagram users Monday, when the deal was announced. And if any users of Instagram's photo-sharing service were in love with the deal, they seemed to be keeping pretty quiet about it.

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