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Soldiers killed in Mogadishu blast

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:56
At least 11 people, including six soldiers, are killed by a remote-controlled bomb in a restaurant in the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses say.

Iran dissidents 'killed in Iraq'

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:56
A rocket attack kills three members of an Iranian opposition group in Iraq, the group and its parent organisation say.

Okinawa Governor OKs Plan To Relocate U.S. Base

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:52

The project would involve land reclamation for a new base that would consolidate the U.S. presence on the Japanese island. Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima's decision Friday is a reversal of his pledge to move the controversial base out of Okinawa. His decision has been criticized.

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West Brom close in on new manager

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:45
West Brom hold talks with several managerial candidates on Friday as they close in on Steve Clarke's replacement.

Cardiff City sack manager Mackay

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:43
Malky Mackay is sacked as manager by Cardiff City after a meeting of the club's board of directors.

Christmas recap edition: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:40

It's time for Silicon Tally. How well have you kept up with the week in tech news?

This week, Zach Seward, senior editor for Quartz, talks tech and takes the test.

Play along at home, below.

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Patient infected with Hep C at ERI

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:25
NHS Lothian apologises for "failings" in procedures after a patient was infected with Hepatitis C through cross-contamination at ERI.

Body found on beach 'not suspicious'

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:24
A body found on a beach at Porthcawl in south Wales is that of a 24-year-old local man , say police.

South Sudan neighbours reject 'coup'

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:23
East Africa's leaders say they would not accept a violent overthrow of the government in South Sudan, where hundreds are believed to have died.

How Michael Bloomberg Became The Most Influential Mayor Of The Century (So Far)

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:19

By example and personal wealth, Bloomberg has changed not just city management in New York but also the way mayors all over the country approach their jobs. He steps down Jan. 1.

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What will happen in tech in 2014?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:18

Twitter's stock closed yesterday at a level that's almost triple its IPO price. Twitter's IPO was one of the biggest tech events of the year, and tt's been a very hot 12 months for tech all around. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson previews what's on deck for tech in 2014, including the idea that your TV and washing machine might be networked to one another -- a concept called "the internet of things." 

Army boss in Taliban attacks warning

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:16
The head of the British army warns the Taliban could re-take lost territory after UK troops leave Afghanistan, but says he is "extremely proud" of the Army's work.

Weather Channel free-for-all

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:12

If you happened to be channel surfing recently, you may have noticed new doppelganger of The Weather Channel. DirecTV subscribers now have WeatherNation, an all-weather channel located right next to The Weather Channel, a not so subtle move in what you might call the Weather Wars.

The unveiling of Weather Nation is the latest move in a series of battles between content distributions, like DirecTV, and content providers, in this case the Weather Channel. “I think this is a trend because rates continue to escalate,” says Laura Martin, a senior analyst with Needham & Company.

Those escalating rates are the subscription fees DirecTV pays The Weather Channel. Right now it’s  13 cents per subscriber according to SNL Kagan. If DirecTV can successfully replace The Weather Channel with Weather Nation it would save millions of dollars in subscription fees.  “So it might make economic sense for a lot of the distributors to do this,” says Martin.

Because The Weather Channel’s fee is already on the low end, it doesn’t have much room to negotiate. So instead, it’s trying to attract more viewers by expanding its content by offering not-so-weather related shows like Prospectors, a reality show about modern day prospectors in search of precious metals.

If programs like this succeed in attracting new viewers it will give The Weather Channel a little leverage in the negotiations. The current deal between DirecTV and The Weather Channel expires next week.

Tidal Bay heads Welsh National field

BBC - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:06
Paul Nicholl's Tidal Bay heads a 20-strong field of runners for the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on Saturday.

Athletes catch fire, or get burned, on social media

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:05

When an athlete’s profile rises, so does the potential for social media miscues -- which can range from minor slip ups like Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tweeting that Baltimore Ravens supporters are the “worst fan base,” to major PR problems, like homophobic tweets by NHL player Tyler Seguin earlier this year.

Even mascots mess up. In the NFL, Atlanta’s FreddieFalcon, recently apologized for a tweet about suicide and the team’s disappointing season.

But one rising NFL star is turning his social media habit into a business platform for his personal brand.

A group of social media marketing students at Emerson College was recently issued a challenge: Tweet at celebrities to get them to visit. They chose New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and tweeted invites at him with the hashtag #Edelman2Emerson. And one night in late October, the man also known as @Edelman11 showed up.

The wide receiver told the class social media is a great way to interact with fans, but players need to think before they tweet.

“You gotta be careful with social media," said Edelman, "especially as an athlete. A person that’s under the microscope.”

Edelman’s fifth NFL season has been a breakout year. But long before he became Tom Brady’s top target, the 27-year-old started tweeting for fun.

“The adage is true. The harder you work, the luckier you get," says David Gerzhof Richard, a marketing professor at Emerson. He says Edelman’s growing social media stats -- more than 130,000 Twitter followers and 90,000 Facebook likes -- mirror his on-field performance.

“He was working on his social media platform before he found himself in the limelight and so, I think he was very well-positioned to take advantage of that situation," he says.

That’s why Edelman hired the agency Superdigital.

Superdigital’s creative director Assaf Swissa says, “The second you start doing traditional endorsement stuff, that’s when everyone’s going to get turned off.”

He says, don't expect to see offers like coupons and promo codes from Edelman: “Twenty percent off and you know, five dollars off and that kind of thing. That’s a bummer. That’s not really what anybody wants to see.”

Swissa says Edelman is personally involved in every post, so his personality shines through. That authentic style just helped him land an endorsement deal with Puma. But Superdigital’s head of strategy Alan Ringvald says authenticity on social media is risky.

“These are just people. And sometimes they have opinions. And sometimes those opinions aren’t popular.”

Social media strategy is all well and good, but Edelman himself says when it comes to picking up a lot of followers, nothing compares to scoring a touchdown.

Power's Still Out For Many Across North And Into Canada

NPR News - Fri, 2013-12-27 05:05

From Michigan to Maine and parts in between, power outages that began before Christmas continue. Storms brought down power lines. More winter weather is forecast for coming days in many of the affected areas.

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