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05.30.16 | 12:24 pm

NPR One users spend 145 minutes a week in the app

There are a number of factors influencing the two-plus hours retention rate per user the public radio/podcasting app is netting, reports Nieman Lab. But one of the most important factors isn't too surprising, says NPR One's new local editorial lead Tamar Charney:

The person who crunches data for us and I did some analysis to try to figure out what makes a top newscast. A lot of it isn't surprising. Newscasts can't be too long; if they go on too long, people start dropping off. They have to sound like they actually belong in NPR One. They can't sound like they were just grabbed out of Morning Edition.

Another major factor is the increased presence of local newscasts in the app, NPR points out.

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09.26.16 | 40 minutes ago

Trump denies calling pregnancy an “inconvenience” to business, though he said it in 2004

During Monday night's presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton accused Republican nominee Donald Trump of sexism: "This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs," Clinton said, adding that Trump had previously referred to pregnancy as an "inconvenience" for employers—a claim that Trump immediately denied on stage.

However, a video clip from an October 2004 interview on NBC's Dateline shows that Trump described pregnancy as "a wonderful thing for the woman, it's a wonderful thing for the husband, it's certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business."

The two candidates have put forth different plans for supporting working parents. Trump's child care proposal would offer six weeks of paid leave for new mothers (but not fathers), while Clinton's plan would offer 12 weeks of paid time off for new parents. Trump says he would pay for his program by reducing unemployment fraud, while Clinton says she would increase taxes on wealthy people to pay for her plan. 

09.26.16 | an hour ago

Howard Dean has a theory about why Trump has been sniffling all night

Donald Trump has been sniffling during the debate and Howard Dean thinks he might know the reason why:

09.26.16 | an hour ago

Trump calls Clinton out for “super predators”; Clinton fails to pounce with Central Park Five

Race has become a core issue in tonight's presidential debate, with moderator Lester Holt pressing both candidates on police brutality. The conversation took a somewhat surprising turn, however, when Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton out for her infamous, racially tinged "super predators" comment she made in '90s.

While she later brought up early lawsuits against Trump for refusing to rent to black people, the truly missed opportunity was her the chance to hit Trump on his 1989 campaign against the Central Park Five in New York City, in which five young black teens were wrongly convicted of beating and raping a woman while jogging in the park at night. Trump took out a full-page ad in The New York Daily News calling for the death penalty for the five teens. After DNA evidence freed them, Trump refused to offer an apology.

09.26.16 | 2 hours ago

Did Trump just confirm that he didn’t pay any federal taxes in some years?

During tonight's debate, Hillary Clinton suggested that Donald Trump hasn't paid his fair share of taxes. He has yet to release his tax returns, and Lester Holt asked him why. Trump evaded.

But during a face-off, Clinton pressed that Trump flat-out doesn't pay federal taxes. His response: "It would be squandered."

09.26.16 | 2 hours ago

Trump insists he never said global warming was invented by China (though he tweeted it in 2012)

During tonight's presidential debate, Hillary Clinton said that Trump believes global warming was invented by China. To which he responded, "I did not."

Though he sure seemed to believe it back in 2012:

09.26.16 | 2 hours ago

FWIW, Ford says not one American job will be lost in Mexico small-car move

It's a bit of a contrast from Donald Trump's characterization of the auto giant's decision to shift its American small-car production to Mexico over the next few years. 

Trump at the presidential debate against Hillary Clinton on Monday painted a different picture, saying "thousands" of jobs will be lost when Ford Motor Co. makes the move. 

Ford has repeatedly insisted this is not true. The Week has more. Decide for yourself what you want to believe. 

09.26.16 | 3 hours ago

Ready to live on Mars? Elon Musk is set to unveil a road map to the Red Planet

Sure, we haven't even been to the moon in more than 40 years, but Elon Musk is ready for the Red Planet. And tomorrow, the tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO is expected to unveil a plan for getting us there, Ars Technica reports. Musk is set to talk about his "Interplanetary Transport System," an ambitious spacecraft architecture that he says will be able to carry loads of cargo—or people—on the 33.9 million-mile trek to Mars. 

According to Ars Technica, Musk will make his speech at the International Astronautical Congress in Mexico tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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09.26.16 | 3 hours ago

Drug maker Mylan underplayed its profits to Congress 

After months of public criticism, Mylan CEO was asked by Congress to justify the price hike for its potentially life-saving allergen treatment. CEO Heather Bresch responded that Mylan's profit was $100 for a two-pack of the injectors, which seemed odd to many given the $608 list price. 

The Wall Street Journal had a few questions for Mylan. The company admitted that the number it initially shared included U.S corporate tax rates. Those are five times higher than Mylan's overall tax rate last year.

A filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission today shows that without the tax reduction, the company's profit is $83 per pen. Or $166 total. And that's a difference of millions. 

09.26.16 | 4 hours ago

Siri doesn’t seem to know there’s a debate tonight

I asked the same question Walt asked of Siri, and got a different answer. She helpfully provided me with the time of day here on the West Coast. Siri doesn't appear to know much about the candidates either: 

09.26.16 | 7:38 pm

Feds say Thiel-founded Palantir discriminates against Asian applicants

If you have a lot of government contracts and specialize in big data, as Palantir Technologies does, you should be very well aware if your own data suggests you're not treating all job applicants equally.

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor accused the software company, which was cofounded by Silicon Valley bigwig Peter Thiel, of treating Asian job applicants different than those from other races. And not in a good way.

"In a complaint, the Department of Labor accused the Palo Alto, Calif.-based data mining company of utilizing a hiring process since Jan. 2010 that prevented the hiring of Asian applicants on the basis of their race," Forbes wrote. "Asian applicants were 'routinely eliminated' in resume screening and telephone interview phases of the hiring process, despite being 'as qualified as white applicants' for engineering positions, according to the complaint."

Palantir has denied the allegations, which the Feds first brought to the company's attention nearly a year ago, Forbes wrote.

09.26.16 | 7:28 pm

Journalists covering tonight’s debate are paying $200 for a basic internet connection. What?

And if they try to use their own mobile hotspot to connect they could have their press credential revoked. That's the way they play at Hofstra University, where reselling Wi-Fi is apparently a big part of the payoff for holding the debate. Ken Vogel of Politico posted a pic of the fancy device the tech cops at Hofstra are using to locate and shut down mobile hotspot use. 

09.26.16 | 7:01 pm

Drake’s “Views” is the first album to stream more than a billion times on Apple Music

The record debuted April 29 and was available from Apple Music exclusively for a week. The Canadian rapper made the happy announcement on Instagram earlier today. Drake also debuted a 23-minute companion film to Views called Please Forgive Me on Apple music today, also an exclusive. 


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