Business

11:41pm

Tue February 7, 2012
All Tech Considered

Facebook: Lots Of Friends, But Stock Offering Has Risks

Analysts say that to succeed, Facebook needs to figure out how to sell ads on mobile platforms.
Saeed Khan AFP/Getty Images

When a company files to go public it has to lay out in black and white the biggest risks that face the firm. What could kill it? What could undermine its business? Wipe out all its investors' money? Executives are required to reveal this by law.

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4:10pm

Tue February 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Holding Source Code, Hackers Try To Extort $50K From Symantec

Symantec's pcAnywhere program.
Symantec

A case of what appears to be a high-tech extorsion came to an abrupt end last night, when hackers, which call themselves Lords of Dharmaraja, made good on their promise to release the source code of Symantec's PCAnywhere software, which allows a user to access their computers remotely.

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9:12am

Tue February 7, 2012
Planet Money

What An Economist Learned From Reading 21 Books About The Crisis

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 12:50 pm

Now read 15 more.
NPR

A while back, the MIT economist Andrew Lo set out to review a couple books about the financial crisis. Those books led to a couple more books, which led — you see where this is going — to 17 more books.

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9:15am

Mon February 6, 2012
Technology

Chinese Labor Practices Sour Apple Consumers

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 10:47 am

An injured man arrives at a hospital in Chengdu on a stretcher following an explosion at an electronics factory owned by Foxconn Technology Group, which makes many Apple products. Poor working conditions and low pay at such factories has made many consumers push for Apple to contract work more selectively.
AP

It's hard for those who have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to describe what the device is worth to them, but it may be harder to measure the human cost of manufacturing Apple products.

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3:33pm

Fri February 3, 2012
Planet Money

Who Killed Lard?

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 9:01 am

Old school.
Steve Snodgrass Flickr

Ron Silver, the owner of Bubby's restaurant in Brooklyn, recently put a word on his menu you don't often see anymore: lard. The white, creamy, processed fat from a pig. And he didn't use the word just once.

For a one-night-only "Lard Exoneration Dinner", Silver served up lard fried potatoes. And root vegetables, baked in lard. Fried chicken, fried in lard. Roasted fennel glazed with lard sugar and sea salt. Pies, with lard inside and out. All from lard he made himself in the kitchen.

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