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Scots polls suggest 'revolution'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:50
Professor John Curtice on why voting intention polls suggest the potential for a revolution in Scottish representation at Westminster.

Reprieve for China wife on death row

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:34
A Chinese court gives a two-year reprieve to a woman sentenced to death for murdering her abusive husband.

Railway rules thwart student adverts

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:25
Student posters calling MPs who broke their 2010 tuition fee promise "liars" have been removed from railway stations across England.

Car search in suspicious death probe

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:24
Police investigating the suspicious death of a 49-year-old man issue an appeal to find his car.

Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

NPR News - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:15

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Francois Hollande of France were among those who attended a ceremony in the Armenian capital. German lawmakers vote to call the event "genocide."

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Student murderer jailed for life

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 04:06
A Stoke-on-Trent man is jailed for life for murdering a student.

'Al-Shabab' kills Kenyan chief

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:56
Suspected al-Shabab militants have abducted and killed a traditional chief in northern Kenya, according to a local elder.

Rotherham handed points deduction

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:46
Rotherham are deducted three points and fined £30,000 by a disciplinary commission for fielding an ineligible player.

Expert in search for murdered girl

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:39
A geoforensics expert is enlisted to help find the remains of Lanarkshire schoolgirl Moira Anderson who has been missing since 1957.

Valve expands Steam 'mod' market

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:38
Game maker Valve has expanded its online store to let players who make 'mods' for games sell their creations.

China buzzing over President's first 'selfie'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:34
Chinese internet abuzz about photo of president

VIDEO: Watch: Ceremony marks Gallipoli campaign

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:17
Leaders from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey and Britain's Prince Charles are attending a ceremony marking 100 years since the campaign of Gallipoli.

Vatican link in 'al-Qaeda' arrests

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:13
Police in Italy arrest 20 people suspected of having links to al-Qaeda amid fears of a possible plot to attack the Vatican.

'Over 100' children killed in Yemen

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:12
At least 115 children have been killed in a month of fighting and air strikes in Yemen, UN children's agency Unicef says.

UK boy in court over Australia 'plot'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:09
A 14-year-old boy from Blackburn accused of inciting terrorism in Australia appears at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Ellen Pao faces $1m legal bill

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:05
The woman who challenged sexism in Silicon Valley now faces a $1m legal bill unless she agrees not to appeal.

German student death accused 'sorry'

BBC - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:05
The 18-year-old accused of causing the death of student teacher Tugce Albayrak cries in court as he admits hitting her.

Cable giants call off merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:00

Cable giants Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable are ditching out of their planned merger amidst a heap of regulatory scrutiny.

Combined, Comcast and Time Warner Cable would have had about 30 percent of the pay TV market and more than 50 percent of the broadband market.

Regulators worried that would thwart competition and mean higher prices for consumers.

“All that scale would give Comcast enormous discretion over what reaches Americans, what Americans pay, information flows, customer service—really unlimited power,” says Susan Crawford is co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Crawford also says President Barack Obama's push to have broadband providers regulated like utilities signaled the government would step up its scrutiny.

But Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey thinks regulators are taking an overly narrow view. He doubts a Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger would've kept other players out of the lucrative broadband market.

“Because broadband is going to generate billions of dollars of revenue and billions of dollars of profit in the next ten years, broadband competition is going to happen,” says McQuivey.

McQuivey says that means companies like Google, Amazon and even Facebook could eventually be motivated to enter the fray.

 

 

 

 

PODCAST: The merger that never was

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:00

The Comcast and Time Warner Cable deal is officially off. More on that. Plus, it's been two years since a terrible collapse of a clothing factory in Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 workers. Among the findings was that workers there had recognized things were wrong with the building a day before the collapse, but factory owners demanded the workers go back in. There have been various moves to improve working conditions in the years since, and one of the key recommendations was to make it easier to set up unions in Bangladesh. Now, the questions remains: if they had been given a stronger voice, the workers might have been able to refuse to go back into the building.

Silicon Tally: A Whale of a Tail Emoji

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-04-24 03:00

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

This week, we're joined by Fred Benenson, data lead at Kickstarter and the creator of an all-emoji translation of Moby Dick.

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