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PODCAST: Cable mega-merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:59

Comcast is trying to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion. Comcast, already the No. 1 cable provider in the U.S., will get 8 million more subscribers and 30 percent of the market. That figure includes a proposed divestment of about 3 million customers that Comcast is offering to assuage anti-competition concerns. Comcast would get access to cable markets in Los Angeles and New York City, and together the companies would save $1.5 billion in operating costs, more than half of which would be saved in the first year according to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

In California, there's an argument about whether the hub innovation known as Silicon Valley would be a richer or poorer place if left more to its own devices. This week,  we've heard about the case for moving innovation out to sea, outside the limits of regulation. There's also a bid to take Silicon Valley and make it its own state. Today, another sense of the word "island,"  the criticism that Northern California's tech community is sometimes insular: The bus.

 

 

Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:55

The men were released over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the 65 include some who have attacked soldiers and civilians. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai says there isn't enough evidence to justify holding the prisoners.

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Putin backs Sisi 'presidency bid'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:52
Russia's President Vladimir Putin says he backs Egypt's military chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in his "bid for the presidency" - a move not yet announced.

Power cuts continue after storms

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:50
Tens of thousands of homes in England and Wales remain without power and there is renewed transport disruption after hurricane-force winds.

Funeral held for drug link teenager

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:47
Hundreds of people attend a funeral service for a teenage girl whose death was linked to an ecstasy-like 'Mortal Kombat' tablet.

Cyber-thieves 'film victim activity'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:45
Cyber-thieves are increasingly grabbing video of how victims use their computer to better steal from online bank accounts, reveals a security firm.

Day in pictures: 13 February 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:42
24 hours of news photos: 13 February

Unconscious woman dies in garden

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:32
A 40-year-old woman dies after being found lying unconscious in an Edinburgh garden by a member of the public.

Lloyds boss defends £1.7m bonus

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:30
Lloyds Bank chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio says his deferred shares bonus worth £1.7m is aligned with taxpayers' interests.

Lazio insist player is 17, not 41

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:27
Lazio threaten legal action after the legitimacy of the age of their 17-year-old player Joseph Minala is questioned.

VIDEO: Armistead Maupin shuts down City

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:25
Tales Of The City, the hugely successful book series written by Armistead Maupin, comes to an end

WATCH: Cameras Capture Corvettes Being Sucked Into Sinkhole

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:20

Surveillance footage shows the floor opening up beneath some of the iconic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. Other videos, taken with cameras mounted on a small helicopter, show what it's like down in the pit.

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Call to upgrade social work training

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:15
The training of social workers in England needs upgrading, with more emphasis put on practical skills, government adviser Sir Martin Narey has said.

Majority direction for Travis jury

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:15
The judge in former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis's trial for indecent assault and sexual assault tells the jury he will accept majority verdicts.

Greece jobless rate hits new record

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:12
The jobless rate in Greece reached a record high of 28% in November, according to newly released government figures.

Venezuela protests end in violence

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 04:01
At least three people are killed in deadly clashes during anti-government student protests in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

UK fugitives sought in Netherlands

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 03:59
Some of the UK's most wanted men thought to be on the run in the Netherlands are named by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Has the Treasury killed Salmond’s sterling-zone?

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 03:52
Has the Treasury killed Salmond’s sterling-zone?

Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-13 03:45

The nation's No. 1 and No. 2 cable companies would come together if Comcast's plan to buy Time Warner for $45 billion goes through. Before that can happen, though, federal lawyers are expected to consider the effect of such a combination on consumers.

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Woods misses out on slopestyle medal

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-13 03:28
Great Britain's James Woods defies injury to finish fifth in the ski slopestyle as Joss Christensen heads an American clean sweep.

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