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Mr. Johnson goes to Washington: This week's Silicon Tally

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

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

This week's guest is Marketplace's own David Gura. Gura joins us from the Washington, D.C. bureau where he reports on Congress and the White House.

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Does Diversity On Research Team Improve Quality Of Science?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

As science becomes more diverse, scientific collaborators are growing more diverse, too. New research exploring the effect of this change suggests the diversity of the teams that produce scientific research play a big role in how successful the science turns out to be.

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Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

Idaho is one of a few states where failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney can still be an effective campaigner. Romney has been stumping there for Gov. Butch Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson. Both are facing May primary challenges from Tea Party candidates.

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Energy Deal With Russians Puts Some In Germany On Edge

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The German government has intervened in a trade deal between a German arms manufacturer and the Russian military.

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U.N. Report: All Sides Committing Atrocities In Syria

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

U.N. investigators are gathering the names of people they suspect of war crimes in Syria. In their latest report, they say all sides in the conflict are committing atrocities against civilians. We hear from Karen Abuzayd, who is with the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria.

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Obama Heads To The Hague For Nuclear Summit

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

President Obama goes to The Hague for a nuclear security summit Monday. Although the crisis in Ukraine is overshadowing the event, there is a packed agenda independent of the tensions with Russia. This is the third time world leaders have met to discuss how to keep nuclear materials out of terrorists' hands.

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When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

NPR News - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The Pentagon's Defense Department Research Agency — DARPA — is pushing to build a semi-autonomous search and rescue robot. But scientists see obvious dual uses, for war.

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Everyone’s first tweets are boring

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-03-21 01:00

The tech world is full of big birthdays it wants you to celebrate in 2014: The World Wide Web turned 25, Facebook turned 10, and to celebrate its 8th birthday, Twitter wants you to find your first tweet.

Unlike Facebook's Look Back videos, a 62-second "life story" pulled from your account pictures, likes, friend posts, and status updates set to the most optimistic elevator music you've ever heard, Twitter is inviting tweeters to find and collect their own content. All of it to encourage users to take a deep sigh and nostalgically ask, "remember when?"

But 25, 10, and 8-years-old? It's just not that old in the scheme of things, and a look back tool for a short period of time has limited value. Twitter’s first tweet tool turns up mostly painfully boring results across the board. Even top executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs didn’t have their social media strategy together when they first joined.

A review of these first tweets shows most top executives joined to express their pride about the very act of using Twitter, and less about the self-promotional aspects the network is well-known for today: 

Jack Dorsey, co-founder, Twitter:

Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook:

Steve Case, former chief executive officer and chairman, America Online:

Martha Stewart, businesswoman, entrepreneur, and television personality:

Although, it appears some caught on quickly....

Donald Trump, businessman, television personality:

Twitter has seen an extraordinary rise tied to its exponential user growth of 140 percent over the last three years. While that growth has slowed down recently, not many companies can boast having 241 million potential clients at the tender age of eight. 

Hospitals feeling the pinch

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 00:59
Many hospitals are finding money is running out

Furnishers rapped over discounts

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 00:35
Carpetright and four other carpet and furniture chains have agreed to change pricing practices, following an investigation by regulators.

Nine killed in Kabul hotel attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-03-21 00:24
Nine people, including four foreigners, are killed when Taliban gunmen burst into a luxury hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul.

EU extends Crimea sanctions list

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 23:49
The EU extends sanctions to another 12 individuals over Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and prepares to sign a key accord with Kiev.

Warning over UK war criminal numbers

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 23:42
Official figures may significantly underestimate the number of suspected war criminals living in the UK, the former head of the UK Border Force warns.

What Wenger’s 1996 rivals made of ‘Arsene who?’

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 23:23
"Charming", "stubborn" and "ruthless". Managers from Arsene Wenger's first season in England discuss his 1,000-game reign at Arsenal

VIDEO: Flashmob for Syria refugee camp

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 23:14
A flashmob has taken place in New York's Times Square to raise awareness about the conflict in Syria and the situation at the Yarmouk refugee camp

VIDEO: Independence Square: One month on

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 22:36
As Russia consolidates its control over Crimea, and sanctions intensify, BBC News takes a look at the events that took place in Kiev exactly one month ago.

Pension supercars and Corden/Cameron - papers

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 22:15
Many papers are still digesting the effects of Wednesday's Budget, while the Sun gets its guest editor, the comedian James Corden, to interview the prime minister.

Advani agrees to Gujarat poll seat

BBC - Thu, 2014-03-20 21:47
Veteran Indian politician LK Advani agrees to contest the upcoming general election from the western state of Gujarat after initially rejecting the seat assigned by his party.

Rat Poison Kills 2, Sickens Dozens At Chinese Kindergarten

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 21:44

Investigators did not yet know how the children ingested the poison at the school in Yunnan province. It also wasn't clear whether the poisoning was intentional or an accident.

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Taliban Militants Attack Kabul Hotel, Killing 9

NPR News - Thu, 2014-03-20 21:20

The gunmen apparently entered the Serena hotel and made it through security with pistols in their socks. They were killed in a standoff.

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