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10:01pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Business

Other File-Sharing Sites: 'We're Not Megaupload'

Originally published on Tue January 31, 2012 8:50 pm

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alengo iStockPhoto.com

A week has passed since the landing of an indictment that shut down the website Megaupload for copyright infringement and racketeering. But it seems like it's still easy for people like college student Bobby Azarbayejani to find whatever music he wants.

He has used Megaupload before, but because that site is gone, he is using MediaFire. It's one of the many sites on the Internet where people share all types of files.

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10:01pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Planet Money

Jack Abramoff Explains The 'Lobbyist Safecracker Method'

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 8:39 am

Jack Abramoff in 2004. He's the one on the right.
Dennis Cook AP

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been making the rounds lately. He's out of prison. He has a new book. He's in a talkative mood. So I figured it was a good time to ask him about the business of lobbying — not about what he did that was illegal, but about the ordinary, legal stuff.

The firm he worked for was called Greenberg Traurig. I chose a year at random when Abramoff was working there, and picked a client I hoped would be fairly typical. I chose Tyco International, a multinational corporation that in 2003 gave Abramoff's firm $1.3 million.

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2:38pm

Thu January 26, 2012
All Tech Considered

Apple Continues To Be Plagued By Reports On Labor Conditions

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 4:05 pm

A new iPhone 4S at Apple's Beijing flagship store.
Feng Li Getty Images

Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for working conditions at plants making its products in China.

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2:10pm

Thu January 26, 2012
Business

Estes Park Entertains the 'Elkhorn Project'

Business leaders and town officials in Estes Park want to build a $50-million dollar, year-round ski area that includes restoration of the historic Elkhorn Lodge and the building of a performing arts center. Here to talk more about what’s being called the “Elkhorn Project” is Northern Colorado Business Report publisher Jeff Nuttall.

8:37am

Thu January 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Capping Worst Year On Record, Sales Of New Homes Drop In December

2011 was the worst year on record for sales of new homes. The dismal year was capped by a drop in home sales in December.

The AP reports:

"The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.

"About 302,000 homes were sold last year. That's less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making 2011 the worst year on records dating back to 1963.

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