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VIDEO: Chimp culture captured on camera

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:06
Researchers have captured the social spread of a new type of tool use in a wild population of chimps for the first time.

eBay to split off PayPal business

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:00
E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year.

Secret Service Chief On White House Breach: It Won't Happen Again

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 09:00

Going into Julia Pierson's hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, President Obama has expressed confidence in her and the agency she leads. Will that change?

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:57

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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Iran 'postpones' woman's execution

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53
Iran is reported to have postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, convicted of killing a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her.

VIDEO: Wildlife populations halved in 40 years

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:53
A new study has warned that wildlife populations around the world have dropped by more than half in just 40 years.

Police to review firearms policy

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:46
The controversial policy allowing police firearms officers to routinely carry guns will be reviewed by the national force, the BBC learns.

Doggone It, The World Can Wipe Out Rabies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:45

Rabies kills tens of thousands of people each year. Now scientists are hoping to mount a final siege against the virus globally. The trick? Getting all of our four-legged friends in for a shot.

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Verstappen 'could be F1 superstar'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:23
Sir Jackie Stewart says Max Verstappen could become a "superstar" if he impresses in his grand prix weekend debut at Suzuka.

PM vows seven-day GP access by 2020

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:20
David Cameron announces plans to ensure seven-day GP access is rolled out across England by 2020.

Wylfa nuclear plant given extension

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:16
Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey is given a licence to continue operating until December next year.

VIDEO: Henning's wife pleads for his release

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:16
The wife of British hostage Alan Henning makes a renewed direct appeal to the IS militants holding her husband.

eBay and PayPal split

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-30 08:00

What a difference eight months makes.  

Just last January, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe told analysts in a big conference call, “We and the board believe the best way to drive long-term shareholder value is to keep eBay and PayPal together.” 

But here's what Donahoe said in a different statement Tuesday morning, announcing that eBay will spin off PayPal into a separate, publicly traded company: “However, a thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively. The industry landscape is changing, and each business faces different competitive opportunities and challenges."

So, what’s changed? Well, there's been continuing pressure from activist shareholders like Carl Icahn. He’s said all along that PayPal could make more money if it were separated from eBay. Icahn thinks Ebay had a conflict of interest that held back PayPal’s growth. 

We can start seeing if Icahn’s right when PayPal becomes a stand-alone stock of its own. That’ll be after an initial public offering sometime later next year.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:43

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.

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Whyte given 15-year director ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:36
Former Rangers owner Craig Whyte is banned from being a company director for the maximum period of 15 years.

Corbisiero & Parling out for England

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:30
Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero and Leicester lock Geoff Parling will miss England's autumn games because of injury.

FCC dumps blackout rule

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:30

The Federal Communications Commission voted this morning to eliminate the controversial blackout rule. The rule, which mainly applies to NFL games, says if 85 percent of tickets aren’t sold, teams can prevent local broadcasts of games. 

If NFL teams decided to impose the rule for a game, free local TV couldn’t broadcast it. The rule further said cable and satellite TV couldn’t air it locally, either.

The NFL didn't want the blackout rule eliminated. It has said that without the rule, it could just move all its games to cable, putting them out of reach of low income fans who can’t afford cable. 

“The NFL is doing a lot of posturing here,” says Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College. He says NFL teams can still tell broadcasters and cable outlets to black out games. It doesn’t need the FCC to do that. “The NFL can still negotiate to black out the game whenever there’s a deficiency in attendance. So we’re unlikely to see any appreciable effect here.”

And, Zimbalist says, if the NFL did try to move all its games onto cable, it would violate a law called the Sports Broadcasting Act, which was designed to keep games on TV.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The numbers for September 30, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:25

Six people have hopped the White House fence so far this year. The latest incident — in which the intruder reportedly blew through at least five layers of security before he was caught — put Secret Service Director Julia Pierson under fire at a congressional hearing Monday. Lawmakers were also livid after the Washington Post reported the Secret Service was slow to respond when shots were fired at the White House in 2011. Pierson took full responsibility for the problems and pledged to review Secret Service procedure.

Here's what we're reading — and the numbers we're watching — Tuesday.

41 percent

The predicted drop in revenue for utilities if solar power gets just 10 percent of the market. Rooftop solar panels are getting cheaper all the time, although they only account for 0.4 percent of the energy produced in the U.S. now. Because 43 states have "net metering" laws allowing solar users to sell their excess energy back to electric companies, Vox reported, the proliferation of rooftop panels could put utilities in a "death spiral."

$7.2 billion

That's how much PayPal made in the past year, and their revenue is rising faster than parent company eBay's has. The company announced Monday it would spin off PayPal into its own company, Business Insider reports. EBay acquired the online payment system for $1.5 billion in 2002, and these days PayPal claims to facilitate one out of every six dollars spent online.

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As of last week, there are precisely zero Saturday morning cartoon programming blocks on TV. The last one, the CW's "Vortexx," aired for the last time on Saturday. The marathons, once a staple of American childhood and the ideal pairing with sugary cereals, were killed by a combination of FCC regulation and the spread of cable. /Film has a nice look back at the various cartoon blocks from the '80s and the commercials that aired with them.

Boris: Election win 'within grasp'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:16
Boris Johnson tells Tories that election victory is "within the party's grasp" and David Cameron has "permission to purr".

Boris v Theresa: Speech battle

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-30 07:05
They are both often named as future leaders. Who did best?
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