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NBA and Twitter ink deal

Jul 20, 2016
D Gorenstein

Here’s a potential happy marriage: The NBA has inked a deal to produce exclusive programming for social media giant Twitter.

To capture more fans in the digital age, the league plans to pump out more behind-the-scenes content.

Twitter is betting that the money-making machine that is professional sports will bring in new ways to generate cash.

And let’s be clear, basketball is perhaps the most intimate sport, where it’s easy to see the players’ faces full of anguish, anger or elation.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about BuzzFeed's plans to unleash one of its newest reporters at the Republican National Convention: a journalist bot. We'll look at anti-plagiarism software following Melania Trump's speech on Monday night, and the revelation that it shared similarities with Michelle Obama's convention speech from 2008. Plus, we'll learn about a rewritable storage device that uses chlorine atoms and a tiny metal surface.


On today's show, we'll talk about Donald Trump becoming the Republican party's official candidate for president along with the latest news coming out of the GOP convention; dig into a new report from the Economic Policy Institute that looks at the gender wage gap; and interview fashion blogger Leandra Medine about her website "Man Repeller."

The Murdoch family is moving to oust the chairman of Fox News Channel after multiple women have accused him of sexual harassment, NPR's David Folkenflik reports.

Roger Ailes is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of the news channel. Multiple sources at Fox News tell David that the Murdochs, who are controlling owners of parent company 21st Century Fox, are moving to push Ailes out of his prominent, powerful role.

21st Century Fox released this statement: "Roger is at work. The review is ongoing. The only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement."

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The thing about the tech industry and employee diversity reports is they can feel like Groundhog Day:

  • Google, 2014: "Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity."
  • Google, 2016: "We saw encouraging signs of progress in 2015, but we're still far from where we need to be."

Roger Ailes reportedly out as head of Fox News

Jul 19, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

A quick follow to a story we brought you yesterday

One has to imagine this is the subject of much conversation in Cleveland — early reports in New York Magazine that Fox News chief Roger Ailes is on the way out after a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Citing "a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance," New York, Massachusetts and Maryland have filed civil lawsuits against Volkswagen, accusing the automaker of violating those states' environmental laws when it sold cars under the "clean diesel" label that were actually rigged to trick emissions tests.

Even among Republicans, the inside-outside line isn't always clear

Jul 19, 2016
Andrea Seabrook and Nancy Marshall-Genzer

Everybody’s talking about the news late Monday out of the Republican convention that Melania Trump’s speech last night may have lifted parts of Michelle Obama’s convention speech, back when she was the prospective first lady. The Trump campaign’s response to all this? That the “team of writers" who worked on her speech "included fragments that reflected her own thinking." For a candidate who says he’s a political outsider, that sure sounds like "insider" language.

The Smoggy Seas: Cargo Ships Bring Pollution, Health Risks

Jul 19, 2016

"Made in China" labels have multiplied over the past decades — and so have the trade ships docking in East Asian ports.

More shipping containers go through Shanghai than any other port in the world — and most of the world's 10 busiest ports are in China. Asian ports loaded or unloaded almost 50 percent of shipped goods in 2013, according to a U.N. report.

D Gorenstein

It seems like most every time there’s serious political unrest somewhere in the world social media plays a central role.

That certainly happened last week with the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.

When Twitter and Facebook were slowed down during the coup attempt, Eva Galperin with the Electronic Frontier Foundation said social media updates from those sources kept coming.

“These kinds of blocks are so common in Turkey, almost everybody who uses the internet is extremely familiar with how to circumvent internet censorship,” she said.

Eyeing fast-growing urban and suburban markets where demand for health care services is outstripping supply, some health care systems are opening tiny, full-service hospitals with comprehensive emergency services but often fewer than a dozen inpatient beds.

Why we're still talking about Glass-Steagall

Jul 19, 2016
Tracey Samuelson

Republicans have called for the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act in their party platform approved Monday, a last minute addition that's somewhat surprising, given the GOP is more typically associated with deregulation and the Depression-era banking regulation has been a significant part of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. It’s also in a draft of the Democratic party platform, which will be approved next week.

Marketplace for Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jul 19, 2016

We continue our election coverage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio; an interview with the President of Scott Free Productions for the latest installment of Corner Office; and landowners in West Texas have won millions of dollars in a settlement against a U.S. natural pipeline company that took their lands through the practice of eminent domain.

An Olympics without Russia: who stands to gain?

Jul 19, 2016
Andy Uhler

The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are less than three weeks away. And these games have already been full of controversy. Now, the International Olympic Committee is talking about banning the entire Russian team from the games after an investigation revealed a massive doping scandal.