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A Silent Life

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A loss of hearing affects your livelihood; and it's not sounding too good for your bank account either.

Dr. Nikolas Blevins is an ear, nose and throat doctor and professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. He says these days’ people are living longer, more productive lives. Unfortunately the later years is when hearing loss starts to set in, affecting your nine to five.

“We have a workforce that is being affected during a very productive part of their potential careers and that has a big societal impact.”  read more »

Internet Trolls

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For people in Britain hiding behind the internet could land you behind bars.

Under a new government proposal people found guilty of internet “trolling” could end up behind bars for up to two years. Trolling is a term for posting malicious and hateful comments on social media about or directly to someone. Government officials say the crackdown is to put a stop to cruelty and cyber bullying.

The parents of a missing girl are among the most recent victims of online aggression. And last month a man was jailed for 18 weeks for what is being called a campaign of hatred against a female lawmaker.  read more »

Caffeinated Perks

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Starting next year your morning pick me up will brew a little faster.

Starbucks has announced the planned launch of a new mobile app that will let customers pre-order their drinks and pick them up on arrival. The company says coffee lovers have been asking for a pickup service for years but it was only recently that Starbucks felt it could handle it. It says if a service isn't timed properly the coffee could sit out too long, get cold and turn people off.

Customers in Portland will be the first ones able to access the new service, then it will spread to the rest of the country. In addition to its mobile payment app Starbucks says pre-ordering drinks will help cut down on early morning wait times and long lines.  read more »

Ebola Toys

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While health care workers all over the world work to stop the spread of Ebola, one company is having trouble keeping it on the shelves.

Giant Microbes Incorporated specializes in stuffed toys based on various diseases, viruses and all around ailments. In the past few weeks the company says it has sold out of its entire stock of Ebola toys. It says its major buyers are the World Health Organization and the American Red Cross which are using the toys as teaching tools.

The toy which sort of resembles half a pretzel comes with a small fact based card about the deadly disease. It talks about incubation period, symptoms and treatment. The company says with the current outbreak, supply can't keep up with demand.  read more »

Unfriendly Facebook

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With more than one billion active friends, Facebook can afford to lose a few. And in this case it's the federal government.

Recently a New York woman filed a lawsuit against the Drug Enforcement Administration. She is accusing the DEA of using her name and pictures on Facebook to connect with suspected drug dealers. She says it happened following her arrest for being part of a drug ring.

The justice department initially said she gave consent for this when she handed over her cell phone which had her personal information on it. But now it admits the DEA might have gone too far when it used her identity to track down people it considered dangerous. And Facebook seems to agree.  read more »

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Podcast: Caffeinated Perks

  • Artist: Brian Banmiller
  • Title: Caffeinated Perks
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