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Business
5:19 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Lenovo Holds Grand Opening For Its N.C. Assembly Plant

Johana Guardado assembles a laptop on Lenovo's new personal computer production line in Whitsett, N.C.
Leoneda Inge for NPR

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 8:14 am

Chinese computer maker Lenovo celebrated the opening of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Whitsett, N.C., on Wednesday. The company is trying to boost its brand and U.S. market share. Other high-tech firms, including Motorola, have announced plans to manufacture in the U.S.

The Lenovo plant celebration was a patriotic affair. A large sign was on display featuring the American flag and the words "Assembled in the U.S."

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The Salt
5:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Amazon's Grocery Delivery: A Trojan Horse To Get In Your Door

Amazon has been testing its AmazonFresh delivery service in the Seattle area since 2007.
Joe Nicholson AP

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 7:16 pm

Amazon already delivers everything from toothpaste to televisions to your doorstep. Now, it wants to bring your berries and beer, too.

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:42 am
Wed June 5, 2013

MIT's Magic Bag Of Sand

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Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:48 am

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Business
6:11 am
Wed June 5, 2013

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:58 am

Domino's Pizza has developed a prototype for aerial pizza delivery. A promotional video follows a custom-built, remote-controlled helicopter as it soars above the countryside carrying two large pizzas. But aviation rules make it unlikely that drone delivery will arrive anytime soon.

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Business
5:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Halo To Leap From Computer Screens To Mobile Phones

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:20 am

Blockbuster console game franchise Halo is going to have a new installment for mobile phones. Microsoft made the announcement Tuesday. It's a confirmation of the way the gaming industry is going, away from relying on $60 console games and closer to mobile and micropayments.

Business
5:33 am
Wed June 5, 2013

U.S. Trade Commission Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 9:20 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Apple could face problems with some of its older models of iPhones and iPads in the U.S. This, after the U.S. Trade Commission ruled yesterday that the devices violated a patent owned by Apple's archrival, Samsung.

The ruling is unlikely to have a big impact on Apple's earnings. But as NPR's Steve Henn reports, the decision raises more questions about how the U.S. patent system can be used.

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Planet Money
5:03 am
Wed June 5, 2013

How One Patent Could Take Down One Comedian

Astrid Stawiarz Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 5:32 pm

The comedian in question is Marc Maron. He does a popular podcast, called WTF, out of his garage in California. It's an interview show, with other comedians and artists. Maron recently found an extraordinary letter in his mailbox. This letter said, basically, that by doing his podcast, out of his garage, he was violating a technology patent. His podcast was, according to the letter, illegal.

"They sent a copy of the patent with this letter," Maron says, "which looks like a large bunch of legal gibberish."

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The Two-Way
6:55 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

U.S. Trade Body Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Tuesday that Apple infringed on Samsung's patents in its manufacture of some older models of the iPad and iPhone, including the iPhone 4.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 7:13 pm

A U.S. trade agency says Apple infringed on its Asian rival Samsung's patent in its manufacture of some older models of the iPhone and iPad.

Bloomberg reports on the order from the U.S. International Trade Commission: "It's the first patent ruling against Apple in the U.S. that affects product sales, covering models of the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G made for AT&T Inc."

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Beer Fridge Blamed For Cellphone Network Blackout

A row of beer cans in Australia, where a man's beer fridge has been blamed for playing havoc with the cellphone network in several neighborhoods.
Torsten Blackwood AFP/Getty Images

Faced with reports of a "black spot" that interfered with the mobile network in several neighborhoods, technicians at Australian cellphone provider Telstra say they recently found the source of the problem: a man's beer fridge in his garage. The refrigerator was tracked by "software robots" and workers wielding special antennas.

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Business
5:30 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Once High-Flying Game Company Zynga To Lay Off 520 Workers

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 8:10 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Things are not going do well for the online game maker Zynga. The once high-flying gaming company has been struggling and now plans to lay off almost 20 percent of its staff; that's more than 500 employees.

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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