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The Two-Way
6:32 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Book News: It's The End Of The Story For Sony's E-Bookstore

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Business
6:24 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Beats Profit Forecasts

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with growth for News Corp.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: The media company, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, reported profits that beat forecast. Its stock price climbed yesterday in late trading after the report was released. News Corp. posted gains in its digital real estate and book publishing services.

Still, the company, which publishes the Wall Street Journal, was hampered by declining advertising revenues in its newspaper business. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Book Reviews
6:02 am
Fri February 7, 2014

You'll Get Lost In The Haunted World Of 'Annihilation'

Eric Nyquist Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Originally published on Mon February 10, 2014 10:25 am

I sat down with Jeff VanderMeer's new book, Annihilation, on a snowy afternoon, cracked it open, and hated it from word one.

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The Two-Way
5:50 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 12:06 pm

Note: This post was updated several times after the jobs report was released at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The nation's unemployment rate slipped to 6.6 percent in January from 6.7 percent a month before, but employers added only 113,000 jobs to their payrolls last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

The jobless rate figure was expected. The job growth number, however, was well below the 185,000 that economists expected.

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Europe
5:38 am
Fri February 7, 2014

TV's Dr. House Helps Solve Medical Mystery

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

A patient in Germany had a combination of symptoms that was puzzling doctors for months: heart failure, blindness, swollen lymph nodes. He was referred to a diagnostic specialist, who happens to be a fan of the medical TV drama "House." The specialist was able to make a diagnosis based on an episode. The problem: cobalt poisoning from a hip replacement. The man is now OK, thanks to TV, though the attending doctor says a quick Internet search would have yielded the same diagnosis.

Race
4:27 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Coke Ad Sparks Cries On Social Media To 'Speak English'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

At some point during tonight's opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, NBC will run a much-talked about television ad for Coca-Cola.

(SOUNDBITE OF AD)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (Singing) Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: (Singing in foreign language)

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Business
4:12 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Designer Wants Your 'Social Currency' Instead Of Cash

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning is: social currency.

At one point, Facebook was valued at $100 billion.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's not forget that Instagram was bought for $1 billion.

MONTAGNE: And that by some accounts, Twitter is worth - well, it was worth over $18 billion.

GREENE: Well, now those socializing can get a bit of a profit pie. At Marc Jacobs' new pop-up shop in Manhattan, no cash is necessary. Social media is the capital.

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Politics
4:05 am
Fri February 7, 2014

GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle'

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 2:40 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. Today at the stroke of noon in Washington D. C. the U.S. Treasury statutory authority to borrow money will expire.

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Economy
4:03 am
Fri February 7, 2014

January Unemployment Numbers Expected To Rebound

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

On a Friday this is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. There's lots of anticipation about the government's monthly jobs report that will be released later this morning. Last month's job creation numbers were very disappointing - just 74,000 jobs added to the payroll - far below the recent monthly averages. NPR's John Ydstie joined us to talk about job creation and what it's telling us about the economy. Good morning.

JOHN YDSTIE, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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Middle East
3:58 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Syrian Activists Say Al-Qaida Stole Their Revolution

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 10:26 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

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