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In what would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, Shuanghui  is proposing to buy Smithfield, a giant pork producer. What’s in it for each side? On the web, Facebook has gotten slack for putting offensive content next to advertisements. Is this the peril of targeting advertising? Plus, Freakonomics is back. Up this time? Driverless cars.

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Soon, an app to tell you when your microwave popcorn is ready

May 29, 2013
It'll listen to the bag popping in the microwave and algorithmically tell you exactly when to take it out.

Sequester cuts weigh on Head Start programs

May 29, 2013
Cuts to government-funded child development programs leave parents scrambling to find child care.

Freakonomics Radio: Baby, you can program my (driverless) car

May 29, 2013
Freakonomics takes a ride in a driverless car and looks at how they'll change technology on the outside.

Can HR snoop too much on social media sites?

May 29, 2013
Employers often search social media sites to learn more about job applicants. But some companies prefer to avert their eyes.

A pork-filled deal between Smithfield and Shuanghui, but who wins?

May 29, 2013
In what would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, Shuanghui proposes a $4.7 billion purchase of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer.

Did targeted advertising fail Facebook advertisers?

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May 29, 2013
Facebook apologizes for offensive content and advertisers have pulled out. How can advertisers really know where their ads are going?

Can Lisa Jackson improve Apple's green reputation?

May 29, 2013
Apple has picked the former EPA chief to head environmental efforts. But will it work?

Liberty Reserve seizure creates problems for online businesses

May 29, 2013
The Justice Department shut down online currency exchange, Liberty Reserve. For one business, that could mean bad news.

In what would be the largest Chinese takeover of an American company, Shuanghui  is proposing to buy Smithfield, a giant pork producer. What’s in it for each side? On the web, Facebook has gotten slack for putting offensive content next to advertisements. Is this the peril of targeting advertising? Plus, Freakonomics is back. Up this time? Driverless cars.