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YouTube graffiti tracks cave water

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:24
Scientists are using YouTube videos to study a spectacular cave just outside Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.

Protests reignited over police killings

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:20
Protesters across the US have marched against police killings and treatment of minorities following two high-profile cases of white officers killing black men.

Labour launch women's manifesto

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:19
Working grandparents could share unpaid parental leave under plans being launched by the Labour Party in its women's manifesto.

HBO angered by Game of Thrones leaks

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:06
Games of Thrones broadcaster HBO sends "take down" notices to Periscope, the live-streaming video app owned by Twitter, after users of the app broadcast episodes of the hit show.

VIDEO: More manifestos on campaign day 17

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:49
Both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP launched their manifestos on day 17 of the election campaign.

Guilty conscience: the 1099 economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:44

Mat Honan is the San Francisco bureau chief for BuzzFeed News, and writes about the technology industry and its impact on society. Honan recently wrote about the guilt one may feel when taking part in the on-demand economy. The full article, "LOL Everything Matters When Everyone Is Connected,"can be found on BuzzFeed:

Our washing machine is broken. Or, at least, the pipe it drains into is. Despite all my attempts to fix it, crawling around on my belly with a pipe wrench and a plumber’s snake, all I have to show is a broken PVC pipe, a minor chemical burn, and a mountain of laundry that our family of four has piled up. So last night, I put in an order with Washio, an on-demand laundry service. And this morning, an extremely nice and highly professional woman showed up at our door, promptly at 7 a.m., took away our laundry, and left us with a chocolate pastry from a bakery in Oakland.

It was amazing, and I feel conflicted about it.

It’s the same kind of feeling I have whenever I take an Uber, or Lyft, or use Instacart to pick up groceries, rather than going myself. I found myself apologizing to the woman who picked up our laundry. “Our washing machine is broken,” I explained. “Well that’s good business for us,” she countered. And it’s true, I guess. Why wouldn’t she be happy to have work? A job is a job when you need one.

And yet my guilt stems not from whatever her own personal experience is as much as it does the remaking of the great American economy into a vast labor market of contract workers — the 1099 economy — whose days are dictated by the whims of mobile software and whose job security is often determined by the numerical star rankings of a capricious and harried market.

Continue reading, "LOL Everything Matters When Everyone Is Connected"

Record dive rescues sunken treasure

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:37
The deepest salvage operation in history rescues a treasure trove of silver rupee coins, sunk by a German U-boat in 1942 while en route from Bombay to England.

Ex-NFL player guilty of murder

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:32
Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is found guilty of first-degree murder over the death of a semi-professional player.

Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:26

In 2013, Aaron Hernandez was a three-year NFL veteran who was accused of killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday.

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IS 'pushed back' in Yarmouk clashes

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:22
Palestinian groups have advanced in clashes with Islamic State militants in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Palestinian officials say.

Why is the EU gunning for Google?

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:08
The BBC's Mark Ward explains why the European Commission has accused Google of "abuse" and wants changes to its search results.

When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:08

Young adults covered by their parents' health plans may balk at getting treatment for mental health or other conditions they would rather not have show up on family insurance statements.

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You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:03

The little box is for presidential public financing. At first, it was relatively popular but now fewer people are checking the box and more candidates are rejecting the funds.

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VIDEO: Protester jumps on Draghi desk

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:53
A protester jumped on the desk in front of European Central Bank President Mario Draghi at a news conference in Frankfurt.

VIDEO: Reporter confronts dog trafficker

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:38
BBC Scotland reporter Sam Poling confronts dog trafficker Brian O'Neill

Beckett play to put audience in dark

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:37
A play set in complete darkness is among the highlights of this summer's Enniskillen International Beckett Festival.

Indian police charged with murder

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:35
Preliminary murder charges are filed against police in India's Andhra Pradesh state after the killing of at least 20 suspected red sandalwood smugglers.

VIDEO: Hundreds of migrants feared drowned

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:20
About 400 migrants are feared drowned after their boat capsizes off Libya, according to the charity Save the Children.

VIDEO: Lib Dem and UKIP manifestos under scrutiny

BBC - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:18
Both the Liberal Democrats and UKIP have launched their manifestos and their opponents have given their reactions.

EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:16

Saying that Google abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.

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