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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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The United Nations said today that production of the plant used to make heroin has hit a record high in Afghanistan. This comes after more than a decade of trying to wean the Afghan economy from this deadly cash crop, which is now expanded to more than half a million acres. And, last night at Christie's, a triptych by Francis Bacon went for $142.3 million. That's the most ever for a work of art, which sold after what the auction house called six minutes of fierce telephone bidding. At Sotheby's in New York tonight, it's possible the new record will be broken again when Andy Warhol's "Silver Car Crash, Double Disaster" goes on the auction block.

Facebook warns some users to change their passwords after hack

A massive hack last month is having a continuing impact on the social network.
Posted In: Facebook, hacking, Adobe

New guidelines could have more people on statins

New guidelines say not to focus too much on your cholesterol levels.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, Health

PODCAST: How to give to the Philippines in a way that matters

The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that could weaken union-organizing efforts. Sports Authority stores in Chicago are getting hit by "flash robs," gangs of shoplifters who are triggered all at once. And, people around the world want to help the Philippines. But what’s the best way to donate after disaster strikes?

Mark Zuckerberg's sister thinks you should spend less time on social media

Randi Zuckerberg has two new books out about achieving balance between life and technology.

A painting that gets better as art if it sells for $100 million

Last night, a Francis Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million. Tonight, an Andy Warhol painting may top it. And one art critic says that may actually make it better as art.
Posted In: art, andy warhol, Christie's, auction

What's the best way to give to the Philippines?

People around the world want to help the Philippines. But what’s the best way to donate after disaster strikes?
Posted In: philippines, super typhoon, natural disasters, Charitable giving

Boom times for opium cultivation in Afghanistan

516,000 acres in Afghanistan are dedicated to growing opium poppies.
Posted In: afghanistan, war on drugs

Could the Supreme Court deal another blow to unions?

The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that could weaken union-organizing efforts.
Posted In: unions, labor, blue collar, Supreme Court, scotus

How do you prevent a 'flash rob'?

Sports Authority stores in Chicago are getting hit by "flash robs," gangs of shoplifters who are triggered all at once.
Posted In: flash mobs, Crime

Netflix overhauls user experience for consoles and smart TV watchers

Netflix hopes to keep customers coming back with a new, unified user interface that looks the same on all different kinds of smart TVs and gaming consoles.
Posted In: netflix

In Geneva, a debate over killer robots

This week, the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons may decide whether to consider a ban on autonomous machines of the future that could kill without command.
Posted In: military, robots

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