Dan Bobkoff http://wwno.org en Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media? http://wwno.org/post/pushing-traditional-limits-vice-smacks-contradictions How did Dennis Rodman end up <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/01/173264406/add-north-korea-expert-to-dennis-rodmans-resume">having dinner with</a> Kim Jong Un in North Korea? It was the idea of Vice Media, which has grown from a counterculture magazine into a full-fledged youth media conglomerate.<p>Friday night, it premieres a documentary series on HBO, a kind of coming-out moment into the mainstream.<p><strong>'I Wish We Were Weirder'</strong><p>Vice Media's contradictions smack you in the face as soon as you step into its Brooklyn headquarters. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 32588 at http://wwno.org Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say http://wwno.org/post/farm-bills-sugar-subsidy-more-taxing-sweet-critics-say While you indulge in some Easter Peeps and chocolates this weekend, you might want to think about all that sugar. No, this isn't a calorie warning. In the U.S., raw sugar can cost twice the world average.<p>Critics say U.S. sugar policy artificially inflates sugar prices to benefit an exclusive group of processors — even though it leads to higher food prices. But this year, prices fell anyway. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 32172 at http://wwno.org Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence? http://wwno.org/post/can-smart-gun-technology-help-prevent-violence For years, many have dreamed of so-called smart guns, weapons that know their rightful owner and won't fire in the wrong hands. Think James Bond's gun in <em>Skyfall</em>.<p>A few major gun makers experimented with smart guns in the 1990s, but none came to market. Since then, it's been the domain of entrepreneurs and inventors.<p><strong>Developers</strong> <strong>And Technologists</strong><p>Jonathan Mossberg's company developed what he calls the <a href="http://www.iguntech.com/what.html">iGun</a>. It fires only if it recognizes a ring on a finger. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:13:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 31503 at http://wwno.org Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says http://wwno.org/post/americans-earn-more-their-parents-caveat-study-says Most Americans are earning more money than their parents, according to a new study from <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/income-and-wealth-in-america-across-generations-85899453568">Pew's Economic Mobility Project</a>. But those gains don't tell the whole picture.<p>Let's start with the good news. The Pew Charitable Trust study looked at actual pairs of children and parents. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 30110 at http://wwno.org Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales? http://wwno.org/post/too-soon-blame-payroll-tax-stagnant-retail-sales For Darden Restaurants, the company behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster, its earnings projections out last week were not pretty. Sales will fall, it said, and company CEO Clarence Otis called higher payroll taxes a "headwind."<p>After a two-year tax break, the payroll tax, which funds Social Security payments, went back up to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1. The 2-percentage-point increase is an extra $80 a month in taxes for someone earning $50,000 a year.<p>Other companies, including Family Dollar and Burger King, are also blaming the payroll tax increase for hurting bottom lines. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:53:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 30024 at http://wwno.org For The Publicly Traded, Going Private Can Be Risky Business http://wwno.org/post/publicly-traded-going-private-can-be-risky-business It's been a busy month for corporate America.<p>American Airlines and U.S. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 29678 at http://wwno.org What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund http://wwno.org/post/what-happens-when-someone-else-gets-your-tax-refund If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 29515 at http://wwno.org Feds Bust Huge Credit Fraud Ring http://wwno.org/post/feds-bust-huge-credit-fraud-ring Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're also tracking a story that federal authorities call one of the biggest credit card fraud rings in U.S. history. Eighteen people are alleged to have created an elaborate web of fake identities and sham companies to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.<p>NPR's Dan Bobkoff has more.<p>DAN BOBKOFF, BYLINE: To give you a sense of the scale of this fraud, let's start with some numbers. The fraud lasted at least six years. The 18 people allegedly created 7,000 fake identities. They used these to open 25,000 credit cards. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:36:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 28667 at http://wwno.org Employee Shopping: 'Acqui-Hire' Is The New Normal In Silicon Valley http://wwno.org/post/employee-shopping-acqui-hire-new-normal-silicon-valley Tech companies like Google, Facebook and Zynga are on a shopping spree. They're buying small startups with innovative products and apps. But, many times, the tech giants don't care about what the small companies were producing. They just want the engineers.<p>There's a new name for these deals: the "acqui-hire," and it could mean the end to your favorite app.<p>I first noticed the phenomenon this summer when Google <a href="http://sparrowmailapp.com/">swallowed</a> my favorite email app. I paid money for it, and now it's headed for a slow death. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 07:23:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 20555 at http://wwno.org