National / International News

Viewpoint: What West must do in Ukraine

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:49
The West must show huge resolve if the Ukrainian ceasefire is to hold, writes Prof Anatol Lieven.

Falklands banknote leaves Argentineans underwhelmed

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:39
Why the Falklands banknote flopped

Can deaf comedy be funny for everyone?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:36
Can a deaf comedian make a hearing audience laugh?

Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:35
Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?

Historic objects return to Australia

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:27
A collection of rare objects, including a shield thought to have been picked up by Captain Cook in 1770, are set to return to Australia for the first time.

Kidnapped by North Korea - and forced to make films

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:13
The film stars abducted by North Korea and forced to make movies

VIDEO: The lost art of subway reading

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:10
The disappearing books of the New York city subway

VIDEO: The Iranian and Israeli who make chamber music

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:10
The Israeli and Iranian musicians who bonded over Bach

Quiz of the week's news

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:10
Did someone try to impersonate Scarlett on the red carpet?

'Unmasked: Jihadi John' - front pages

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:07
The identification of the Islamic State extremist who became known as "Jihadi John" leads most papers, which look into Mohammed Emwazi's past.

Are tablets falling out of favour?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:05
Are tablets losing their appeal?

Nuclear power: The future or the past?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:04
Some countries are turning their back on nuclear power, but others are pressing ahead with plans for a new generation of reactors.

Can technology help combat CV fraud?

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:01
The digital technology combating job application fraud

'Significant' rise in school meals

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:00
About three quarters of children in the early years of primary school are now taking school dinners, according to figures seen by BBC Scotland.

Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Trial With Mixed Feelings

NPR News - Thu, 2015-02-26 15:00

Five men are charged with planning the Sept. 11 attacks. When they appear for proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, people who lost loved ones that day are flown down to the courtroom, to bear witness.

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Why can't YouTube turn a profit?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:50

YouTube is to online video what Google, is to search: All but the default option for so many, far outstripping any competition. But unlike its parent company, YouTube isn't making a profit, and its competitors are growing.

"The thing that really hits you is how tough it is to run YouTube," says Wall Street Journal reporter Rolfe Winkler. "This isn’t a site that makes money." 

The company investing in tons of servers worldwide to make sure that you get speedy videos with no buffering. They are also spending a lot of money paying creators to produce the content available on the site. 

But YouTube is only breaking even, possibly because most people visit YouTube the way they would Netflix, instead watching linked or embedded videos on other sites.

Winkler says YouTube hasn’t expanded its audience beyond teens and tweens, which could be a contributor. Tee company is working toward offering subscription services, starting with a Spotify competitor that will offer ad-free music from YouTube's extensive library.  

 

 

Why can't YouTube turn a profit?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:50

YouTube is to online video what Google, is to search: All but the default option for so many, far outstripping any competition. But unlike its parent company, YouTube isn't making a profit, and its competitors are growing.

"The thing that really hits you is how tough it is to run YouTube," says Wall Street Journal reporter Rolfe Winkler. "This isn’t a site that makes money." 

The company investing in tons of servers worldwide to make sure that you get speedy videos with no buffering. They are also spending a lot of money paying creators to produce the content available on the site. 

But YouTube is only breaking even, possibly because most people visit YouTube the way they would Netflix, instead watching linked or embedded videos on other sites.

Winkler says YouTube hasn’t expanded its audience beyond teens and tweens, which could be a contributor. Tee company is working toward offering subscription services, starting with a Spotify competitor that will offer ad-free music from YouTube's extensive library.  

 

 

Why inflation is the new variable to watch

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:49

Jobs and the labor market have held our national attention for so long, it almost seems kind of strange to now talk about inflation.

The Federal Reserve has two main jobs, one is to maximize employment. The other is to keep inflation at a certain target. Why? Because inflation and growth go hand-in-hand, and the Fed aims for a "Goldilocks" rate of inflation that will ensure wage growth and economic well-being. 

The Fed’s target is 2 percent inflation. And once we hit that point, the Fed will start to raise interest rates, to be sure the economy doesn't overheat (Goldilocks, remember!).  But we're nowhere that point, not least because falling fuel prices are holding inflation down. And they may continue to do so. So we can expect interest rates to remain low for a while yet.

What will turn things around? TD Securities economist Millan Mulraine says keep an eye on wages. They are trending higher, and should ultimately push inflation back in the right, upwards, direction.

Man is charged with murder of woman

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:44
A 37-year-old man is charged with the murder of County Antrim woman Pauline Carmichael.

Greek violence ahead of debt vote

BBC - Thu, 2015-02-26 14:38
Greek police clash with rioters after the first protest against the left-wing government, ahead of a key German vote on extending the bailout.

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