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4:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Sad Men: How Advertisers Are Selling With Emotion

A screenshot of the well-known public service announcement from the 1970s about litter, which features a crying Iron Eyes Cody.
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Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:45 pm

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Business
12:22 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness

The government wants airlines to be more up front with passengers about the total cost of tickets.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

This week, the Department of Transportation hit Southwest Airlines with a $200,000 fine for touting a fare that did not exist. The carrier had said in a TV ad that customers in Atlanta could fly to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for just $59. But the bargain fare turned out to be too good to be true.

Southwest, which paid a fine for a similar problem last year, says the ad was a mistake. The airline pulled it as soon as the error was discovered.

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All Tech Considered
9:49 am
Sat May 31, 2014

With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wears Beats headphones before a preseason football game last August.
John Froschauer AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:39 pm

Apple's purchase of headphone maker Beats By Dre for $3 billion is a big payday for Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But what's in it for Apple?

Beats By Dre headphones are flashy, cool, a fashion statement. One critic called them the Air Jordans of headwear. Most reviewers, however, say Beats headphones aren't actually that good.

"Every time I've listened to them, I think, 'Oh, right, I really don't like these,' " says Whitson Gordon, editor-in-chief of Lifehacker.com.

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Simon Says
7:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

David Abbott brought strong opinions and a way with words to the advertising industry.
Courtesy of Julian Hanford

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 5:29 pm

George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

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All Tech Considered
4:20 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

Rapper Dr. Dre is an executive at Apple, now.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images for BET

The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:

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The Two-Way
8:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Investor Carl Icahn Reportedly At Center Of Insider Trading Probe

Billionaire financier Carl Icahn is reportedly at the center of an insider trading probe being conducted by the FBI and SEC.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 10:23 am

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, pro golfer Phil Mickelson and Las Vegas sports gambler "Billy" Walters are reportedly the target of an investigation by the FBI and Securities and Exchange Commission into alleged insider trading.

The Wall Street Journal says the agencies "are examining whether Mr. Mickelson and Mr. Walters traded illicitly on nonpublic information from Mr. Icahn about his investments in public companies, people briefed on the probe said."

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Media
7:02 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

An Old-Fashioned Newspaperman Takes The Helm In A Digital World

The Times is making headlines for more than just its change in leadership; an internal review, which leaked to the press earlier this month, was intensely critical about how the newspaper has adapted to the digital era.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 3:49 pm

The New York Times' new executive editor, Dean Baquet, took over just two weeks ago, yet he appears perfectly comfortable in his perch atop the worlds of journalism and New York. He smokes fine cigars to relax, wears elegant loafers and excuses his decision to keep his suit coat on during our conversation by saying that's just who he is.

But Baquet's identity is wrapped up in a city and a different reality more than 1,000 miles away.

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The Salt
3:46 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Oklahoma's Extreme Drought Has Wheat Farmers Bracing For Worst

Fred and Wayne Schmedt say the drought has withered their wheat plants down from an average height of 24 to 30 inches to just 6 to 8 inches.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oaklahoma

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 6:27 pm

Rainfall totals in southwest Oklahoma are more than 3 inches below normal. And that means that the wheat crop grown in brothers Fred and Wayne Schmedt's farm is several inches shorter than normal as well.

Laughter is key to surviving as a farmer here. Fred Schmedt looks out on his field, then down at his legs and laughs at how short the wheat stalks are.

"What would you call that, high-shoe-top high?" he says. "In a normal year — a really good year — it'd be thigh-high. So we're looking at plants that are 6 to 8 inches tall versus 24 to 30 inches tall."

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Business
6:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Chinese Entrepreneur Takes Wheeled Luggage A Step Further

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:36 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is traveling by suitcase. Maybe you're old enough to remember that moment, not so many years ago really, when somebody finally put wheels on luggage. Life for travelers got so much easier. No more lugging bags through airports and lobbies, down sidewalks. Well, now one Chinese entrepreneur has taken the concept a step further.

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Business
4:27 am
Fri May 30, 2014

IMF Predicts Europe's Economic Growth Will Continue To Be Weak

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 11:36 am

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