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New robot's a real stunner

Jul 10, 2007
Taser and iRobot have announced an alliance to build a robot that comes equipped with a Taser. The companies plan to sell the robot for use in prisons or combat. Kai Ryssdal talked with John Pike of GlobalSecurity.org about the new product.
Posted In: Crime

Online 'gold farming' more than a game

Jul 9, 2007
Online gamers known as "gold farmers" harvest virtual items like magic swords and potions and sell them to other players for real money. South Korea has adopted laws restricting the practice. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Crime, Entrepreneurship

Landmark corporate trial gets underway

Jul 9, 2007
At issue in the civil case against Drummond is whether an American company can be held accountable for human rights violations committed elsewhere. The case is a first and its outcome could have far-reaching implications. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

Virginia is for slower drivers

Jul 6, 2007
A new law taking effect in Virginia this week raises speeding ticket fines as high as $3,500. It only applies to residents, so lead-footed passers-through can breathe easier, but the old fines are pretty high too. Jeremy Hobson has details.
Posted In: Crime

Reliable rumors or insider trading?

Jul 5, 2007
Some unusual stock-market activity reportedly occured before the announcement of Blackstone's purchase of Hilton Hotels. Kai Ryssdal talks with business professor Jim Angel about how some people snap up shares at a bargain, despite insider-trading laws.
Posted In: Crime, Investing, Wall Street

Happy 4th! Please return your kegs

Jul 4, 2007
Keg thieves are tapping into the beer industry's collective bottom line, siphoning off over $40 million a year, into scrap metal mostly. The Beer Institute's Jeff Becker tells us how they're making off with so many empty kegs, and what's being done about it.
Posted In: Crime, Entertainment

Big Tobacco's troubles spread to Africa

Jul 4, 2007
Can't find new smokers in the West? Why not try kids in Africa! The Nigerian state of Kano says that's what tobacco companies have done, and now they're suing. Times of London's Tosin Sulaiman fills us in.
Posted In: Canada, Crime

$1 million to rat out your company!

Jul 3, 2007
An alliance of software companies is offering up to a cool seven figures to whistleblowers who report their companies' use of pirated or illegally copied computer programs. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Crime

More bad news about Vioxx

Jul 3, 2007
The painkiller was pulled from shelves after studies found greater risk of heart attacks and strokes. A new study finds that even short-term use was dangerous, potentially opening Merck to more lawsuits. Dan Grech reports.
Posted In: Crime, Health

More than one way to diversify schools

Jun 29, 2007
The Supreme Court put a scare into supporters of affirmative action when it ruled public schools can't assign students based on race alone. But school districts are already trying other methods, such as family income. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Crime

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