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'Farmville' Makers Putting Stock In Virtual Goods

Zynga is a company that makes money by selling nothing. Or, to be precise, by selling imaginary things — like tractors that plow farms on Facebook. Zynga is America's first "virtual goods" company to file for an initial public offering, but how real is the company's value?
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Andy Rooney, '60 Minutes' Commentator, Dies

A distinctive voice — and character — in television news has died. Andy Rooney, who was 92, was a signature essayist for CBS News for decades. Rooney was one of the most famous curmudgeons in American public life.

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Teen Sex, Videos And The Law

A 14-year-old girl in Baltimore was recently videotaped performing a sexual act on a teen boy. The tape sparked heated debates about explicit online content, teen sexuality and social media. Host Michel Martin discusses the story with Laura Sessions Stepp, author of Unhooked; Malika Saada Saar, head of the Rebecca Project for Human Rights; and Brenda Joy Bernstein, a criminal attorney in private practice. ADVISORY: This conversation may not be comfortable for some listeners.
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'Rock Center': Serving Hard News, But Will It Sell?

NBC is rolling out a fresh newsmagazine — the first brand new example prime time has seen in nearly 20 years. Anchor Brian Williams means for it to be a vehicle for serious journalism — but TV writer Eric Deggans says audiences may no longer have the appetite.
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The News Tip: Don't Listen To Naysayers

The New York Times' pay wall was seen as a risky move at the time, but the Gray Lady's third-quarter profit reports are in, and the results are better than expected. The paper's profits are up, and the Times has seen a boost in digital subscribers.
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'Times' Advice Guy Answers NPR's 'Social Q's'

Philip Galanes talks about what it takes to get your modern-etiquette question answered in the Sunday New York Times — and takes a few questions from NPR listeners.
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Tribal Unrest In The New Libya

Bani Walid was one of the last pro-Moammar Gadhafi bastions to fall to revolutionary forces. It's also the seat of the Warfalla tribe, the largest in Libya. In the wake of Gadhafi's death, NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports the tribe is aggrieved and the city is seething.
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NFL Ratings Beat New Network Shows

The biggest thing on broadcast TV this fall is the NFL. It's beating the shiny new network shows and, get this, 13 of the top 15 broadcasts this fall were NFL games — the other two were Two and a Half Men. The NFL is killing on cable, too. AMC's The Walking Dead shattered records for a cable drama this year, with had an audience of more than 7 million viewers for its premiere. But another cable series that nearly doubles that number week in and week out is ESPN's Monday Night Football, averaging nearly 14 million viewers per game. It's not news that the NFL rocks the other sports in TV ratings, but for the past few years its ratings dominance has spread to all of TV. So why the rise? Are more women watching? Is it because it looks good in HD? Maybe it's because sports are made to be watched live?

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