National / International News

'Culture of fear' in Met Police

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:53
There is a "culture of fear" in the Met Police due to the "draconian" use of performance targets, says the group that represents officers.

Ousted Guinea-Bissau leader dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:51
Guinea-Bissau's former President Kumba Yala, who was ousted in a coup in 2003 after three years in office, dies at the age of 61.

VIDEO: PM hails Dawlish 'orange army'

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:42
The main railway line through Dawlish in Devon has reopened after part of the track was destroyed during winter storms.

Glastonbury releases latest line-up

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:42
Sunday night headliners Kasabian, Jack White, Elbow, Rudimental and De La Soul are among 87 new acts announced to play Glastonbury Festival.

Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:34

It's been the home of the Cubs since 1916, and in all that time, the team has never won a World Series. So why do fans keep showing up? Locals say Wrigley's hallowed status isn't just about baseball.

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New French cabinet under Valls meets

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:16
French President Francois Hollande chairs the first meeting of his new cabinet, led by ex-interior minister Manuel Valls and including the president's ex-partner.

Can Muslim mums stop radicalisation?

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:05
The terror attack victim fighting radicalisation

Union urges UK help over refinery

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 01:04
A closure-threatened oil refinery should be saved by the UK government to meet the nation's energy needs and preserve the 400 jobs at the site, says a union.

Car sales see biggest rise in decade

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:51
Sales of new cars rose at their fastest pace for a decade, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) says.

Darth Vader 'out' of Ukraine election

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:41
Ukrainian officials reject a bid from a man calling himself Darth Vader to run in the presidential election.

Flash floods hit Solomon Islands

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:21
Flash floods kill several people and leave more than 10,000 homeless in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara, officials say.

Alan Partridge for Alpha Papa sequel

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:18
Henry Normal, co-founder of Steve Coogan's production company, announced the follow-up was in the pipeline.

House prices accelerate says Halifax

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:11
House price inflation has increased once again, according to figures from the UK's biggest mortgage lender.

Mozilla CEO resigns amid controversy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:11

After only 11 days on the job, Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned on Thursday. Controversy arose earlier this week when it was discovered that Eich had contributed to the 2008 campaign to ban same-sex marriage in California. Eich initially defended his position on same-sex marriage, arguing it would not affect his leadership role at the company. 

Many Mozilla employees began to voice concerns their new CEO was not fit to head what is seen as a progressive company. And dating website OKcupid earlier this week asked Firefox users to stop supporting Mozilla because of its CEO's politics. 

"In the past couple of days, there's been mounting pressure from people all over the Mozilla community urging him to resign," said Casey Newton, who has been reporting on this for The Verge. "The argument they're making is that he can't be an effective leader when his values opposing same sex marriage oppose those of Mozilla as an organization."

Eich does stand out from a tech community that largely supports gay rights. Jeff Bezos donated heavily to a 2012 campaign in Washington to approve same-sex marriage. However, Newton added that Mozilla as a company stands out from the tech company for another reason as well.

"Mozilla is a really unusual case because it has this policy of openness. And it actually encouraged its employees to get on the Internet, to write blog posts, to tweet about how they felt. So you had this extraordinarily public discussion that would be unimaginable in almost any other company," said Newton.

Stevie Wonder to headline Montreux

BBC - Fri, 2014-04-04 00:00
Stevie Wonder will be joined by Pharrell Williams and Damon Albarn when he headlines the 48th Montreux Jazz Festival in July

Forget the wearables: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 23:13

In this week's edition of Silicon Tally, the numbers we're discussing involve set-top boxes, billions in loose change and just how many of us actually wear wearables. Will Oremus, tech blogger for Slate, runs the following numbers:

$70 billion

The amount Americans spent on gift cards last year. (Marketplace)


The percentage of wearable computer consumers that end up abandoning their devices after six months of their purchase. (Guardian)


The price of Amazon's new set-top box, the Fire TV. (USA Today)


The amount of non-work related expenses claimed in 2013 by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for travel on the company's private jet. (Business Insider)

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