Stan Alcorn is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. He reports regularly for NPR and WNYC, where he has focused on business and the New York tech scene. He was a researcher and production assistant for Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 series with David Brancaccio until April 2012. His favorite interview for that show was speaking with Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto on creating jobs in Egypt. Alcorn previously directed multimedia content for the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at the Columbia Journalism School and produces documentary shorts for Danger Documentaries. In 2006, Alcorn was awarded the Writer’s Award, from the Yale Economic Review. He received his bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.

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Features by Stan Alcorn

How Enron changed regulation

J.P. Morgan Chase is reportedly in negotiations with federal regulators over charges the bank manipulated energy markets in California and around the country. This would have looked very different before the Enron scandal a decade ago.
Posted In: Enron, energy manipulation, JP Morgan Chase

Behold, the future of TV: The Internet

Is it really such a surprise that Google and Apple are exploring television-over-the-Internet?
Posted In: Google, apple, tv, Comcast, Time Warner Cable

WTC developer continues fight for 9/11 payments

The developer of the World Trade Center hopes to recover billions of dollars from United, American, Boeing and other aviation companies to pay for WTC's destruction in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Posted In: 9/11, september 11, terror attacks, world trade center

AT&T's new user plan: Buy another phone!

For the past decade, the big U.S. wireless carriers have been long-term commitment matchmakers, of a sort. In order to get you to buy expensive phones for affordable prices, cell phone companies have convinced customers to 'tie the knot' with their fancy new gadgets. Now, it seems, cell phone companies are becoming more like divorce attorneys. They want you to break up with your phone.

One week after wireless carrier T-Mobile announced a Smartphone-upgrades-allowed plan, AT&T has come out with its own competing plan. The details and requirements and costs for AT&T's plan are different than T-Mobile's Jump, but it has in common the ability to upgrade your phone more often, instead of locking customers in to long-term plans.  Why are all the phone companies making the same decisions?  Mobile phone analyst Tero Kuittinen told the New York Times that the problem is there are no 'killer' features in new phones and so users aren't upgrading as frequently:

“We’re entering a barrier of slow innovation,” Mr. Kuittinen, with Alekstra, said. “We’ve reached the limits of the camera and display.” Traditional cellphones with black and white screens had a similar slowdown before color displays came out, he added.

 

It's baseball all-star (spitting) time

Spitting is an even longer baseball tradition than the All-Star Game, especially if it's tobacco.
Posted In: baseball, Sports, tobacco, cigarettes, smoking

'World War Z': When movie tickets cost $50

What’s behind the movie ticket price creep?
Posted In: hollywood, movies, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas

After being removed, does storm debris have value?

Amid the destruction from hurricanes and tornados, some debris -- from trees to building materials and metal -- finds new life.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, construction, reuse, New York

California's crystal ball for health insurance exchanges

California is the biggest state to unveil details of health-insurance plans to be sold on a state-run exchange. The policies provide a first look at the affordability -- and future -- of the Affordable Care Act.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, Obama-care, health care, insurance exchanges

Freedom Tower enters crowded New York market to lure broadcaster antennas

Before 9/11, many local TV broadcasters transmitted from the World Trade Center. Now, they are being wooed back, but there's competition from other skyscrapers.
Posted In: news media, media, New York City, 9/11

The IRS's embarrassment creates free advertising for conservative groups

Revelations the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has raised their profile, and for some, their fundraising.
Posted In: IRS, tea party

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