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VIDEO: Man falls 60 feet into Alps crevasse

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:40
Matt Allum survived a fall at high speed into a 60ft crevasse in the French Alps, near Chamonix.

VIDEO: Bringing internet to India's poorest

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:37
More than a billion Indians don't use the internet - and addressing that was the focus of a summit in Delhi where Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was the star attraction.

Sweden steps up 'mystery sub' hunt

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:27
Sweden steps up its search in waters off Stockholm and tells some civilian vessels to leave the area amid suspicions of a Russian submarine.

My night in the Texas Ebola hospital

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:27
My night’s stay in the Texas Ebola hospital

VIDEO: Why US man joined Kurdish fighters

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:22
The BBC's Jim Muir speaks to an American who has come to fight Islamic State militants on the frontline in north-east Syria.

Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:03

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

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The numbers for October 20, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-20 09:01

Apple Pay launches today, and many are predicting the company - at an advantage with millions of existing iPhone users - could bring mobile payments into the mainstream. Many banks are aggressively advertising the service, the Verge reported, as part of a race to become the default card on users' lock screens.

Apple will report earnings after markets close today. In the meantime, here's what we're reading - and the numbers we're watching - Monday.

43 people

At the 21-day mark since Thomas Duncan was admitted to a Texas hospital and diagnosed with Ebola, 43 of the quarantined contacts have been released, among them Duncan's fiance and her son. Officials pleaded for compassion as their reintegrations began, the Washington Post reported. Additionally, Senegal and Nigeria were both cleared of Ebola over the weekend.

20 seconds

The length of Snapchat's very first ad, a commercial for a movie based on a board game. Snapchat, which is valued at $10 billion, hasn't made money yet, but that could change with the introduction of ads. Universal didn't actually use Snapchat's camera to make a "native" video, AdAge reported, but it did edit the trailer for "Oujia" to look like the app's "stories."

1

That's how many albums have gone platinum this year. Only the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen," which has moved 3.2 million copies, has the distinction. Every other record has floated under 1 million in sales. By this time last year, Forbes reported, five albums had passed the 1 million mark.

10 percent

The approximate percentage of American Indian and Alaska Natives who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to about 30 percent of all U.S. adults. Natives have the lowest educational attainment rates of all ethnic and racial groups in America. The American Indian College Fund, founded 25 years ago, was created to assist the country’s more than 30 tribal colleges and universities. These are federally-funded schools located on or near native lands.

1 billion

The tech industry likes to talk about "The Next Billion." It's shorthand for the next billion people that will become online consumers and that makes them the target of tech giants like Google, Facebook and Samsung. This new, targeted market lives in emerging economies like China, India, Brazil and Africa, and have very different needs than the American smartphone user.

Exiled Nazis collected US benefits

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:47
The US has paid dozens of exiled Nazi war criminals millions of dollars in social benefits after forcing them to leave the country, a new report finds.

Four held 'over Iran acid attacks'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:41
Iranian police arrest four men following a string of acid attacks against women allegedly for not following the country's strict dress code.

Nepal Ends Rescue Efforts After Deadly Avalanches In Himalayas

NPR News - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:40

Locals and international tourists are among at least 39 people known to have died in blizzards and avalanches throughout the foothills of Nepal's Himalayan mountain range last week.

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What scares you the most financially?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:16

It's closing in on Halloween, so we're going to get financially spooky.

We want to hear your stories of the scary side of finance. Have you ever fallen victim to a scam? What was that like for you? What did you learn?

Tell us about it by email, or on Twitter, we're @MarketplaceWKND.

Double decker bus crash injures 45

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 08:07
A man is arrested after 45 people are injured in a collision involving a double decker bus and a car in Hertfordshire.

Quiz: Where school never stops

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:54

The number of year-round public schools is small, but growing fast, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service.

Which region of the United States has the most year-round schools?

Mystery clown 'disturbing' children

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:54
A mystery clown is scaring children in Portsmouth by lurking silently in streets and shops and stroking people.

AUDIO: Nursing morale at 'heartbreaking' low

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:43
A nurse claims "heartbreaking" levels of low morale are driving staff out of the profession

VIDEO: Gandalf offers pupils exam advice

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:34
On a visit to a school in Somerset, Sir Ian McKellen reprises his role of Gandalf the wizard to offer pupils an exam tip.

IBM will no longer make its own chips

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-10-20 07:00

IBM just announced that it’s no longer making its own chips, a part of its business that it was losing money on. IBM is paying $1.5 billion to GlobalFoundries Inc. — a company based in Santa Clara, California but owned by an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund — to take over its the division.

GlobalFoundries has a lot to gain by acquiring IBM’s chip division. The company will get access to IBM’s engineers and intellectual property.

“GlobalFoundries will also pick up some semiconductor process technology expertise that hopefully makes the company more competitive going forward,” says Needham analyst Quinn Bolton.

Fewer and fewer tech companies make their own chips. Apple, Dell, Qualcomm all rely on outside manufacturers. It makes sense economically because chip companies have the advantage of scale, says Gartner analyst Sergis Mushell. “If you are making ten of something vs a million of something from a price point perspective it’s more attractive when you make millions.”

The largest contract chip maker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, quadrupled its capital spending in the last five years from $2.5 billion to $10 billion. If you are a company like IBM you have to look at those numbers and ask yourself, does it make sense to take a loss in chip making when you could just buy them from someone else?

IBM’s answer as of today is no, it doesn’t.

Navratilova slams ITF over Williams

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:58
Martina Navratilova slams the International Tennis Federation's "silence" after one of its members mocks the Williams sisters.

Kobayashi's Caterham safety 'scare'

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:58
Kamui Kobayashi admitted to being "seriously troubled" about the safety of his Caterham during the Russian GP weekend.

Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66

BBC - Mon, 2014-10-20 06:35
Tributes are paid to British actress and TV presenter Lynda Bellingham, who has died at the age of 66 after suffering colon cancer.

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