National / International News

Man jailed for brick-smash murder

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:43
A law degree drop-out is jailed for life for battering a stranger's head with a brick while high on a synthetic drug.

Vanuatu cyclone: Devastation mapped

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:43
The devastation Cyclone Pam caused in Vanuatu

Day in pictures: 16 March 2015

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:39
Images from around the world: 16 March

The perils of feeding bread to ducks

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:27
The unexpected perils of feeding bread to ducks

Silk Road staffer pleads guilty

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:25
An Australian man who worked for the Silk Road pleads guilty to charges of drug trafficking and money laundering in the US

Blair role 'set to be reconfigured'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:19
Tony Blair may get a new role in the Middle East amid question about his current job as a peace envoy in the region.

In-form Bale shuts out noises off

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:17
Gareth Bale responds to criticism of his Real Madrid form by covering his ears as he celebrates scoring against Levante.

Dolce and Gabbana say 'Boycott Elton John'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:14
Fashion designer's attempt to fight back

VIDEO: Putin back in front of the cameras

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:09
President Vladimir Putin appears in public for the first time in 10 days - an absence which fuelled intense speculation about his health.

Adams' US meeting not going ahead

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:07
A planned meeting between Gerry Adams and a high level US State Department official in Washington this week will not now happen, the BBC has learned.

Cherries' Ritchie gets Scotland call

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:04
Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie receives his first call up to the Scotland squad as they face Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Iggy Pop to join 6 Music roster

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 04:03
US garage punk legend Iggy Pop is to host a new weekly show on BBC 6 Music after a successful stint on the station last year.

Former AOL CEO Steve Case on the web's 'third wave'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:57

This week Marketplace Tech is exploring South by Southwest Interactive, the tech-oriented event that draws tens of thousands of people to Austin, Texas. That audience comes to talk about what’s next in tech and to pitch their ideas.

Steve Case is no exception. The Billionaire and AOL CEO turned venture capitalist is here to advocate for tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley. We sat down with him to talk about the past, present and future of the Internet.

Twenty years ago, AOL had just hit 1 million subscribers. That feels like centuries ago, not decades ago.

It was a long time ago. I agree with that. And we had actually been at it for more than a decade at that point. We started AOL 30 years ago this year. At the time only 3% of people were online, and they were only online an hour a week. It’s also worth remembering it wans’t until 1982 that it was even legal for people to connect to the internet. The first wave of the internet in the 70s and 80s was restricted to government use and university use, so scientists and educators and bureaurats could use it, but real people couldn’t.

What’s shocked you about the way the online world has changed since you first got in the game?

Well actually, what shocked me the first time was it actually took longer than I thought for the idea to take hold. PC manufacturers didn’t want to build in communications modems, because they thought, “Most people don’t want this, so why would we add that?”

Every start up needs a true believer

Every concept needs a tribe of true believers.

Speaking of which, talk to me about Washington

Well Washington, actually, is emerging very quickly as a hot startup center. It was not true 30 years ago when we started AOL in Virginia, across the river from D.C., and now you see the debates around net neutrality and other things, and the government role is heating up again. I think key parts of our economy are going to require more interaciton with the government as a regulator and a customer. The government spends more money on learning and health than any other organization. It’s going to require a different kind of entrepreneur.

You mention net neutrality. How do you feel about that issue? Where do you come down on it?

I think it’s important. AOL could not have been possible without breaking up the phone company. The key ruling there said that companies like AOL could connect to the telecomm system. Up until then, they couldn’t.

Is Facebook the next AOL?

In some ways it is, because our core was always people. Facebook has taken that baton and developed a strategy with a broad global footprint that’s really been quite impressive.

It seems like they’re trying to build a place where you go to do everything. In the early days it seems like AOL was similar. You were going into a space that was controlled by one company, even if there was plenty of community within that space.

That’s partially true. Our strategy was really to be the internet and a whole lot more.

Were most of your users getting outside of it?

In the early years the vast majority of the use was custom services that were exclusive to AOL. Over itme the broader internet services got more traciton. But even when I stopped running the company 15 years ago, the majority of the services used were the services that were part of the AOL package of unique services.

Tell me about the third wave of the internet.

The first wave was 1985 to 2000. That was really building the internet. And the second phase, over the last 15 years, has been building on top of the internet. But the next phase, the third wave, is going to be integrating the internet more seamlessly and pervasively in our everyday lives.

We’re asking a lot of people what they’re here to pitch. What’s your pitch?

It’s really what we’ve been talking about. I think there’s a new wave of innovation that’s about to break. And it’s going to be around this third wave of the internet, which is disrupting sectors like education and healthcare and energy. If you’re an entreprenneur in St. Louis or Des Moines or Minneapolis or Pittsburgh, you’re gonna have great opportunities to build companies on the back of these trends, but you need to know what battle you’re gearing up for.

And, because we couldn’t resist...

Final appeals before Israel election

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:54
Rival party leaders in Israel are making their final appeals to voters on the last day of campaigning ahead of Tuesday's keenly contested elections.

UKIP but not Greens 'are major party'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:46
The UK Independence Party has been added to the list of parties entitled to at least two party election broadcasts, regulator Ofcom announces.

Met probed over abuse 'corruption'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:43
An investigation into alleged corruption in the Met Police will examine claims it covered up child sex offences involving police officers and MPs.

Grant Thornton sued for £49m

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:39
The big accountancy firm Grant Thornton is being sued by the Manchester building society for £49m for the negligent auditing of its accounts.

French police trial for teen deaths

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:39
Two French police officers are to appear in court accused of failing to help two boys whose deaths prompted weeks of rioting in 2005.

Teen 'planning to head to Syria'

BBC - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:36
An 18-year-old man has been arrested at his Birmingham home on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to join IS, police say.

Vanuatu President Calls For Help After 'Monster' Cyclone

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-16 03:33

President Baldwin Lonsdale told The Associated Press that the storm, which hit over the weekend, damaged or destroyed 90 percent of the buildings in the capital. Six are confirmed dead, he said.

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