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Afghan militants 'may join IS'

BBC - 6 hours 3 min ago
Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State.

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

NPR News - 6 hours 18 min ago

A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.

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PODCAST: Facebook targets India

First up, there's a lot of data this week. The most recent indicator is the Small Business Jobs Index. It seems small business hiring has slowed slightly. Today, we talk about the prospects for economic growth as we head into the fall. And when Eric Cantor was in congress, he was well-liked on Wall Street. The former House Majority Leader raised a lot of money from folks in the financial services sector. Soon, he'll join their ranks. Plus, Facebook says eighty-one percent of its "daily active users" are outside the United States and Canada. The social media giant is huge in India. It has well over a hundred million users there. And, it's growing. India could surpass the U.S., as Facebook's top market as early as next year. As it focuses on expanding in emerging markets, Facebook has a new advertising tactic, and it involves the strength of cell phone signals

 

 

 

AUDIO: Is conflict good or bad for insurers?

BBC - 6 hours 21 min ago
Bronek Masojada, chief executive of the insurance company Hiscox, analyses the effect of recent conflicts on the insurance market

Uber banned across Germany by court

BBC - 6 hours 22 min ago
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

VIDEO: David Mitchell on The Bone Clocks

BBC - 6 hours 27 min ago
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell discusses his new novel The Bone Clocks on BBC Breakfast.

UK activist's Thailand trial begins

BBC - 6 hours 30 min ago
A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Targeting Al-Shabab Leadership, U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Somalia

NPR News - 6 hours 31 min ago

The Pentagon said it was still "assessing the results of the operation." Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.

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Watford appoint Garcia as new boss

BBC - 6 hours 32 min ago
Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

A cloud of uncertainty

BBC - 6 hours 38 min ago
How were leaked celebrity photos obtained?

UK construction growth surges

BBC - 6 hours 42 min ago
The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

Clacton by-election set for October

BBC - 6 hours 52 min ago
The Clacton by-election, triggered by Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP, is to be held on 9 October, the Conservative Party says.

VIDEO: Volcano continues fiery lava eruption

BBC - 6 hours 54 min ago
A dramatic lava eruption that began early on Sunday near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has continued into Monday.

VIDEO: Owners reunited with cliff rescue dog

BBC - 6 hours 54 min ago
The owners of Sprig the springer spaniel, who went missing more than a week ago and was found on a cliff ledge, have now been reunited with him.

Ecuador volcano increases activity

BBC - 6 hours 56 min ago
A massive ash cloud is rising from the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador as it shows increased activity with a series of explosions on Monday.

Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?

BBC - 6 hours 58 min ago
Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?

Thieving monkey hands out money

BBC - 6 hours 59 min ago
A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say.

Has the rise of the e-reader changed how we read?

All this week, Marketplace Tech is taking a closer look at technology and the ways in which it influences how we read.

Already, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson has spoken with Marketplace's LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill on how tablets are being used in schools as education tools, and author Jason Boog about his new book, "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." 

But how has technology changed the way adults read? Well, as you might expect, the answer is complicated. 

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Morning Report guest host David Gura in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

How Facebook helps advertisers target ads in India

The social media giant Facebook has well over 100 million users in India, a nation that could overtake the U.S. as the top Facebook market as early as next year.

To capitalize in emerging countries like India, Facebook is now providing advertisers with data on cell reception and connection. The information helps match ads to user technology. For example, Coca Cola could send a video ad to people in cities with 4G LTE, or turn it into a text ad for people in rural areas where connections are spotty and data networks are limited.

It’s a way to help advertisers better reach the population they’re addressing, says Anne Nelson, who specializes in international media development at Columbia University.

This is important because most users in places like India are on pay-as-you-go data plans, says Nathan Eagle, the CEO of Jana, a mobile marketing platform.

“Advertising for most people in these emerging markets ultimately is taking money out of their pockets,” he says.

With over a billion potential Facebook users in India, that's probably not the best way to make a first impression.

 

The benefits of developing an Ebola vaccine

This week, the National Institutes of Health begins testing an Ebola vaccine in humans. Given the need to quickly stem the deadly outbreak in West Africa, global health officials hope to push a vaccine to market.

While there's currently a market for an Ebola vaccine, it’s small, and Ebola isn’t a disease that keeps popping up year-after-year. 

“It’s not all about economics,” says Dr. Carlos Del Rio, chair of the Department of Global Health at Emory University. He says developing the vaccine is also about building good PR for a company. “There’s a value to that publicity, right?”

Right, says Kenneth Kaitin, director of the Center for Drug Development at Tufts University. But Kaitin says there is also the potential for a huge payoff, especially for smaller companies. 

Think of it as a pharmaceutical version of “Cap and Trade.”

“A program that the FDA put in place several years ago gives a priority review voucher to any company developing a product for a neglected or tropical disease,” says Kaitin.

Ebola is a perfect exampleThat pharma company can sell the voucher to another drug maker. The “golden ticket” gets the purchaser a fast track to federal regulators for any other drug in its portfolio.

One voucher recently sold for more than $67 million.  

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