Business Briefs: Nuclear cutbacks alter NRC staffing

Business Briefs: Nuclear cutbacks alter NRC staffing

July 22nd, 2014 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Nuclear power tile

Nuclear power tile

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Nuclear cutbacks alter NRC staffing

U.S. nuclear regulators may need to shuffle staff as fewer nuclear plants are built and financial pressures prompt utilities to shutter existing plants, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane said Monday.

Macfarlane said NRC officials are in the early stages of researching how to reposition its roughly 3,800-member workforce as the industry's outlook changes. A recommendation is due in early 2015.

Just six years ago, electric utility companies proposed building 26 reactors at 17 power plants spread across the United States. Just three nuclear plants are under construction in Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Yahoo buying Flurry app maker

Yahoo says it will buy Flurry Inc., which helps other companies make apps and design mobile ad campaigns. Yahoo did not disclose how much it will pay for the San Francisco company, which also helps companies analyze the effectiveness of their advertising.

Flurry says its analytics are used by 170,000 developers.

Yahoo says the acquisition will give Flurry the resources it needs to work with more developers.

Yahoo Inc. says most of its users are visiting on mobile devices, and its mobile display and search revenue has more than doubled over the last year. Yahoo's competitors have similar services, and the move could help the company attract advertisers by creating ad campaigns and measuring their effectiveness.