September 26, 2012 A federal Inspector General's report says there is no proof that Freddie Mac "obstructed homeowners' abilities to refinance their mortgages" to boost profits at the government-sponsored enterprise. Some of Freddie's investments rise when homeowners remain stuck in high-rate loans.
September 20, 2012 Minnesota gamblers no longer have to rip paper pull-tabs to see if they've won cash: As of this week, they can use an iPad to play games that give them instant feedback. The venture was sparked by a need to raise money to help for an NFL football stadium costing an estimated $975 million.
September 20, 2012 In his new book, The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, author David Cay Johnston examines the fees that companies have added over the years that have made bills incrementally larger. He tells Fresh Air that companies are misusing language to "confuse people."
September 12, 2012 Americans give billions to charity each year. But an investigative report has found one large, for-profit telemarketing company has kept a large percentage of the funds it has raised for charities — while also misrepresenting to donors how their contributions would be used.
September 11, 2012 In his first interview since Facebook's troubled IPO, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg emphasized the company's mobile-centered future, his commitment to mission over fun and explained why he doesn't code much anymore.
September 11, 2012 Annual family health insurance premiums rose about 4 percent to an average of $15,745 this year, a new survey finds. While the increase is less than the one seen last year, it exceeds both inflation and wage gains.
September 9, 2012 New tablets and smartphones (and rumors of more) have come so rapidly, it's been hard to keep up. The dilemma, when technology is concerned, has always been whether to buy now or wait for a better, perhaps cheaper, and shinier gadget to come along. So where does that leave you, the consumer?
September 6, 2012 As Europe's Central Bank announced the latest plan to deal with the Continent's debt crisis, markets on both sides of the Atlantic rallied. Now investors are turning their focus to Friday's U.S. unemployment report, searching for signs that the job market is strengthening.
September 5, 2012 Since January 2011, the government has knocked 2 percentage points off the payroll tax, which funds Social Security. But even as the economy appears to still be in a rut, there's little appetite to extend the tax holiday and its $95 billion price tag.
September 3, 2012 KQEDOn Kickstarter, the largest crowd-funding site, a handful of entrepreneurs have raised millions of dollars more than they expected. But if they fail to deliver their promised product, questions arise over whether the supporters are donating money or making a purchase.