CNN Money's Maribel Aber has the latest business and financial news for Friday, June 16.
NEW YORK, NY (CNN) - CNN Money's Maribel Aber has the latest business and financial news for Friday, June 16.
Ron Breeding, a familiar voice as news and program director for KUAR-FM, 89.1 radio from 2000 to 2012, was found dead at his home on Thursday, the Little Rock NPR affiliate reported Friday. He was 54. In the article, KUAR said Pulaski County Coroner Jerome Hobbs said the death was not considered suspicious and that Breeding has a history of heart-related ailments. A memorial service is being planned, with details to be released later.
Apparently, hackers wanting to control PCs are wasting their time with elaborate botnets and vulnerability exploits -- all they may really need is some pocket change. A study found that between 22 to 43 percent of people were willing to install unknown software on their PCs in return for payments ranging from a penny to a dollar, even when their OS flagged the app as a potential threat that required permission to run. While you might think that respondents would naturally be a bit suspicious, that wasn't usually the case. As researcher Nicolas Christin notes, just 17 people out of 965 were running virtual machines that limited the possible damage; only one person went in fully expecting trouble, according to exit surveys.
Starbucks Corp. (SBUX), which has offered company stock for store workers for more than two decades, will now begin picking up most of the college tab for its employees. Starbucks workers who work at least 20 hours a week and enroll in Arizona State University's online bachelor's degree will get $6,500, about half of their tuition, for the first two years and full tuition for the final two, the company said in an e-mailed statement. "We've always known that our partners work hard every day," Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks' Americas region, said in a phone interview. "This is the best way we can serve them."
The Olympics are big. But they don't stack up to the World Cup, at least in terms of social buzz. The 2014 World Cup will be the most social sporting event ever, according to projections from the Adobe (ADBE) Digital Index, a study of online marketing. The month-long soccer championship is already is outpacing the Sochi Olympics and 2014 Super Bowl. The most famous athletes, such as Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, are getting millions of mentions each.