Business

2:59am

Thu November 6, 2014
New Manufacturing Landscape

In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:41 pm

John Harris makes a weld for a test during a welding class at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, S.C., on Oct. 22.
Mike Belleme for NPR

Several years ago, South Carolina had a problem: a shortage of skilled workers and no good way to train young people for the workforce. So at a time when apprenticeship programs were in decline in the U.S., the state started a program called Apprenticeship Carolina.

"We were really, really squarely well-positioned at the bottom," says Brad Neese, the program's director.

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2:58pm

Wed November 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:19 pm

Participants in an ethical hacking contest at a Swiss security conference in Geneva in March. So-called bug bounty programs are becoming very popular in Silicon Valley's high-tech sector.
Salvatore Di Nolfi EPA/Landov

Somewhere around the world, someone is trying to breach the security system of a large company. These attempted intrusions happen all the time.

Some experts say that to defeat the bad hackers, you've got to partner with the good ones. Recruit them to find holes and bugs in software and, when they do, pay them for it.

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10:15am

Wed November 5, 2014

3:13pm

Tue November 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

Domino's Becomes A Tech Company That Happens To Make Pizza

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:20 pm

A stats board displayed at the Domino's flagship store in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Emily Fox Michigan Public Radio

If we asked you to name a few technology companies, Google or Microsoft might come to mind. But one tech company that isn't so obvious is Michigan-based but globally present Domino's Pizza.

In recent years, the company has gotten noticeably good at something that wasn't always its focus — developing technology products to get pizzas to people more easily.

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2:58am

Tue November 4, 2014
Energy

Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 10:35 am

Pumpjacks at the Inglewood oil fields in California in March. Some of the most controversial methods of oil extraction, like fracking, oil sands production and Arctic drilling, are also expensive. That's made them less profitable as the price of oil continues to fall.
Richard Vogel AP

Oil prices are down than more than 25 percent since June and are staying low for now. Drivers may appreciate that, but for oil companies, it's making some of the most controversial methods of producing oil less profitable — and in a few cases, unprofitable.

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