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How do authors make money from library books?

Jul 25, 2016
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Andy Uhler

You’ve probably got some music on your phone, or you might stream it through apps like Spotify or Pandora. Every time you click on one of those songs, the artists gets a little bit of money. And yet, it's called your music “library.” But when you check out a book from the library, it's free. Well, it's sort of free.

Marco Marin was looking through the online catalog at a kiosk in the lobby of the Los Angeles County Central Public Library. He said he goes there to check out books at least once a week. He likes apocalyptic tales.

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Donna Tam

A well-paid CEO does not necessarily equal a high-performing company, according to a study released Monday. In fact, it seems more likely you're getting a lot less bang for your buck.

Research firm MSCI tracked roughly a decade of performance and pay for some of the highest-paid CEOs in the U.S., and found that higher-paid CEOs underperform when comparing their companies to those of their lesser-paid counterparts.

Continuing its push into Web content and advertising, Verizon is buying Yahoo Inc. for about $4.83 billion in cash, the two companies confirmed Monday morning, ending a purchase process that began months ago.

The deal comes more than a year after Verizon paid $4.4 billion to acquire AOL, in a deal that was viewed as hinging on AOL's ad software and mobile video content.

The death of email may be exaggerated

Jul 25, 2016
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Gigi Douban

The latest big email hack, involving 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee, has Democrats in damage-control mode as their convention starts. There have been many, many others. And they all reinforce the notion that email just isn’t secure.

People have been saying for years that email is going to die, that one day people are just going to stop using it. That’s what people told Eva Galperin, global policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Jul 25, 2016
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The financial role of a party's political chair

Jul 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and the broader question of how a political chair can affect fundraising efforts; China's decision to shut down several online news operations; and a North Texas town run entirely by students. 

Economy is fodder for politics

Jul 25, 2016
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Mitchell Hartman

The state of the economy will affect voters’ decision making in November and also provide talking points for both parties’ presidential candidates on the stump.

Economist Michael Strain at the American Enterprise Institute said that a midsummer snapshot shows a pretty healthy U.S. economy.

“For July 2016, I think you’d have a very good grade,” said Strain. “The last jobs report was extremely good. The unemployment rate is quite low. Stock prices are looking good.”

And consumers appear confident, as their spending has been very strong in recent months.

Verizon to purchase Yahoo for $4.8 billion

Jul 25, 2016
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Lane Wallace

Verizon Communications has confirmed it will purchase the main core of Yahoo’s internet business for $4.8 billion, a paltry sum compared to Yahoo’s value in its heyday.

In Texas, kids learn money doesn't grow on trees

Jul 25, 2016
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Bill Zeeble

Enterprise City is a tiny North Texas town where the government and every business are run by students. The kids get paid too, even though they’re underage. And it’s all legal.  Enterprise City was launched to teach government and commerce. Now that Texas requires financial literacy courses through eighth grade, the little town’s getting additional interest.

In a large school classroom in Richardson, just north of Dallas, Enterprise City is bustling. Fifth graders, like 11-year-old Jay Thompson from Lakeside Elementary, are busy being in charge of things.

Paid internships more likely to lead to job offers

Jul 25, 2016
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Ashley Milne-Tyte

It’s summer, and interns are trying to make their mark at workplaces all over the country. A lot of them hope their efforts will lead to a job offer. A new student survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers says your chances of getting that offer vary depending on the type of internship you take. 

Almost three-quarters of paid interns in the corporate world got a job after finishing an internship. About 44 percent of unpaid interns did.

2 killed, 17 shot at Florida nightclub

Jul 25, 2016

Two people have been killed and more than a dozen shot at a nightclub in Fort Myers, Florida, authorities said.

As many as 17 people have been shot in the early Monday shooting at Club Blu, police Capt. Jim Mulligan said.

Three people have been taken into custody and there are two active crime scenes, Mulligan said.

The area was later deemed safe, but Mulligan said a street was still closed as authorities investigated.

Marketplace Tech for Monday, July 25, 2016

Jul 25, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about a Yahoo-Verizon deal; interview author David Sheff about his book "Game Over: How Nintendo Conquered the World"; and speak to people who are still fond of VCRs.

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about Verizon's planned $5 billion purchase of Yahoo's core business; the current state of the economy; and the lessons Washington Post columnist Allan Sloan has learned about bond investments.

 

The duct tape economy

Jul 24, 2016
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Kim Adams, Andrea Seabrook and Katie Long

From the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we hear from locals about what really matters to them in this election, and whether the convention is an opportunity or a waste of time.

Yahoo has found a buyer for its core Internet business: the nation's largest telecom provider, Verizon Communications. The two companies are set to announce a $4.8-billion deal on Monday, according to Bloomberg.

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