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    Dell Seals $24.2 Billion Buyout Deal; Founder Among Buyers

    "Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft," The Associated Press writes, in "the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this."

    The wire service adds that "the complex agreement announced Tuesday will end Dell Inc.'s nearly 25-year history as a publicly traded company. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. ... Founder Michael Dell will remain the company's CEO and largest shareholder."

    On Morning Edition, NPR's Steve Henn previewed the news and said that analysts aren't sure the deal will make the company more competitive. As Steve reported:

    "For Michael Dell to take the company he founded almost 30 years ago private, it will have to borrow in the neighborhood of $15 billion." That debt will be a drain on Dell's cash.

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    Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

    In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


    Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

    An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

    Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

    Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

    From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

    Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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