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3:30 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost

Oil trains sit idle on the BNSF Railway's tracks in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 3:30 pm

The federal government's new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides.

The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren't strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

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All Tech Considered
6:27 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

As Fitbit Goes Public, It Will Have To Outrun Competition

Fitbit stock begins trading publicly Thursday. The Fitbit Force is shown at the 2014 International CES, the consumer technology trade show, in Las Vegas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:51 pm

Fitness trackers — the wristbands or watches you can wear to track your heart rate, steps, sleep — are getting a shot in the arm. The most popular brand, Fitbit, is going public on Thursday. It's the first startup in the burgeoning wearable tracker industry to begin trading on Wall Street. It plans to raise more than $600 million.

Fitbit recently got a shout out, sort of.

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Business
5:25 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Disney Suddenly Cancels Layoffs For Technology Employees

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 12:48 am

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The Two-Way
5:21 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

A man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. The California Labor Commission has ruled that one Uber driver in California is an employee of the company, and is owed certain benefits.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 10:15 am

In a decision that could have major implications for the entire sharing economy, the California Labor Commission has ruled that a San Francisco Uber driver is a company employee, not a contractor. In that decision, the commission awarded Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick $4,152.20 in employee expenses, including mileage reimbursements, toll charges and interest.

The ruling was made public when Uber filed an appeal Tuesday in a state court in San Francisco.

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Business
4:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

California Rules An Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not A Contractor

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 2:11 pm

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A ruling in California could have big implications for Uber and its business model. Uber is the big ridesharing company.

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All Tech Considered
4:05 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Gaming Industry Pushes Virtual Reality, But Content Lags

An attendee at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles plays Sony's Project Morpheus London Heist video game with a virtual reality headset and Move controllers.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 7:23 pm

Video game makers are in Los Angeles this week showing off their latest releases. Along with updates of big franchises like Tomb Raider, game developers are showcasing immersive virtual reality games. But virtual reality may not inspire love at first sight when it starts hitting the consumer market.

Even if you haven't played a video game, it's likely I could describe it to you pretty vividly because you've played other video games. But with virtual reality, there isn't much out there yet to try.

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The Two-Way
9:33 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Data Hack Leads To Call For OPM Chief's Resignation

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta testifies today at a House committee hearing about the cyberattack on OPM's personnel records.
Cliff Owen AP

At a contentious hearing in Congress today, members of a House committee grilled the director of the Office of Personnel Management over the hacking of agency computers, and later called for her resignation.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta came under attack from Republicans and Democrats for her agency's handling of the breach that hit the computers where the personal information of most federal employees is kept.

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Sports
5:50 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Alleged Hack Of Astros Database Included Player Information

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

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And we're going to hear more now about this alleged baseball hack. I'm joined by longtime baseball writer, Richard Justice. He is a columnist for mlb.com.

Richard, welcome to the program.

RICHARD JUSTICE: Thank you, Melissa.

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Sports
4:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

FBI Investigates St. Louis Cardinals For Alleged Hack Of Astros System

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:20 am

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Television
4:30 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Amazon's 'Catastrophe' Isn't One — Unlike Some TV Rom-Coms

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney co-star in the new Amazon romantic comedy, Catastrophe.
Ed Miller Channel 4

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 8:06 pm

Amazon's new romantic comedy Catastrophe begins with a whirlwind tryst that could have been ripped from the latest contemporary romance novel.

Rob is a handsome, witty American advertising executive in London on business. After a chance meeting in a bar, he has an amazing week of romance and sex with a sharp, beautiful Irish schoolteacher named Sharon.

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