Economy & Innovation

All Tech Considered
4:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

In EU, Google Faces Next Chapter With New Competition Chief

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009.
Francois Lenoir Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:28 am

In Europe, Google has avoided the prospect of steep fines in a long-running antitrust case over several of the company's business practices, but a new commissioner will soon take over the case and that has many wondering what Google could face next.

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. The biggest of those by far is Microsoft, which has its own competing search engine, Bing.

"Microsoft has been driving these complaints from the very start," says

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The Two-Way
7:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

An AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

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The Two-Way
6:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

Thousands participants march accross the Elisabeth bridge during an anti-government rally against the government's plan to tax Internet usage.
Attila Kisbenedek AFP/Getty Images

Some 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday to protest a proposed plan to tax Internet use.

The New York Times reports Balazs Gulyas, 27, a former member of the country's socialist party, set up a Facebook page, which spurred the protests. Gulyas told the paper that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan is an attempt to "create a digital iron curtain around Hungary."

The Times adds:

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Movie Interviews
6:16 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

At 83, Filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard Makes The Leap To 3-D

Jean-Luc Godard's dog, Roxy, is prominently featured in Goodbye to Language, wandering through the countryside, conversing with the lake and the river.
Kino Lorber Inc.

Back in the 1960s Jean-Luc Godard made his name in the French New Wave by breaking cinematic rules. Some 40 years later, he's still doing things his own way. Now, at age 83, he's taking on 3-D in a new film called Goodbye to Language, which shared the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

There are elements of Goodbye to Language you might find in any Hollywood movie — people arguing, a shootout — and even a dog, the director's own. (Roxy wanders the countryside conversing with the lake and the river that want to tell him what humans never hear.)

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Economy
5:29 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Janet Yellen Brings A Different Leadership Style To The Fed

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

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Economy
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve Votes To End Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

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Politics
4:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Stagnant Wages Could Drive Voters At The Polls Next Week

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:16 pm

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 7:35 pm

When the Great Recession kicked off in 2008, the Federal Reserve announced a stimulus program that bought up bonds by the trillions.

In a symbolic move that underlines the confidence the Fed has in the U.S. economy, today the Federal Open Market Committee said it was staying the course and ending the third round of economic stimulus, known as quantitative easing.

In a statement the FOMC explained:

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

It's partly because of bookshelves like these — and their digital equivalents — that publishers have had a positive open to 2014.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

E-book sales are standing on the shoulders not of giants, but of a much smaller set. According to new statistics released by the Association of American Publishers, the first seven months of 2014 showed marked growth in e-book revenue — largely thanks to young adult and children's literature.

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All Tech Considered
10:51 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Weekly Innovation: Friendly Roadways Just A Wave Away

The Wiper Wave, attached to your car's rear wiper, promises to take a bit of the tension out of the rough commute.
Tyler Fishbone

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 11:47 am

Picture this: You're sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. You're rushing to work, fighting your way home, or just picked the wrong time to "run" to the store.

Stuck in a sea of red brake lights, isn't it nice when you "let someone in" and they throw a quick wave to thank you?

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