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Sony to sell off VAIO brand, expects $1bn loss

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:54

The once-mighty electronics giant Sony said today it's no longer expecting to make a profit this year. Instead the forecast is for a loss of more than $1 billion. And Sony said today it will sell off VAIO, it's personal computer-laptop business. The BBC's Rupert Wingfield Hayes joined us from Tokyo to help explain.

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Derby's transport gifts to the world

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:47
The city that gave us planes, trains and automobiles

Pink toys for girls 'hurt economy'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:32
Companies marketing toys at just boys or girls are damaging the economy by causing fewer women to take up science and engineering, a minister says.

Tennessee Promise to make state's community colleges free

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:30

The governor of Tennessee wants to make community college or technical school free for all high school graduates in the state. Republican Governor Bill Haslam calls his proposal the Tennessee Promise. It's part of a broader workforce development strategy in a state that lags behind in higher education, but wants a technically savvy labor pool.

If the Promise succeeds, Tennessee will be the only state to offer associate's degrees and technical certificates free. David Baime with the American Association of Community Colleges says many students are right on the brink, financially.

"So when a message is sent out loudly and clearly that for qualified students community college is free," says Baime, "We think that it could make a big difference in terms of people's willingness to enroll in our institutions."

The governor says he'll pay for the Tennessee Promise with lottery revenue. The proposal builds on a growing number of smaller place based scholarship programs. Michelle Miller-Adams studies the Kalamazoo Promise in Michigan and says the lure of college scholarships for Kalamazoo students prompted many families to move there.

"The Kalamazoo public school district has grown by 25 percent over the last seven years since the Promise was announced," Miller-Adams says.

She says that's a local economic bump that wouldn't be felt in a statewide program. But the focus on community colleges could do a lot to develop the local workforce.

Facebook death review after dad plea

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:23
A father's plea to watch a video based on his dead son's Facebook page provokes the network to look again at how families can remember loved ones.

Railway worker struck by train dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:22
A railway worker who was hit by a train while working at a station in Newark has died from his injuries, police reveal.

Review of young deaths in custody

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:16
The government is to set up an independent review of the deaths of children and young adults in custody.

Bath in cross-code talks with Burgess

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:11
Premiership rugby union side Bath are in talks to sign England rugby league international Sam Burgess from South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Bodies found in South Africa mine

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:10
Rescue workers at the Doornkop gold mine in South Africa say they have recovered eight bodies after a fire, with one miner still unaccounted for.

It's Freezing, And Power's Out For Hundreds Of Thousands

NPR News - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:05

This week's snow and ice knocked out electricity to more than 500,000 customers in Pennsylvania. Tens of thousands of others in neighboring states are also without power. Utilities warn that it will be another day or two, at least, before repairs are finished.

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UK interest rates remain on hold

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:03
The Bank of England keeps UK interest rates unchanged at 0.5%, as expected, with all eyes now on the publication of a key report next week.

Avoiding government surveillance at the Olympic games

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-02-06 05:03

The winter olympics start tomorrow in the Russian city of Sochi. Olympians, officials, and reporters have been arriving all week, with lots of devices in tow. And that means there's been a lot of talk about digital surveillance. Russia's government doesn't have the best record in, say, protecting freedom of the press. Ars Technica's senior business editor Cyrus Farivar has been looking at how to use technology while at the games and joined us to help explain.

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Captain Brown axed for Calcutta Cup

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:57
Scotland drop captain Kelly Brown in one of three changes for the Calcutta Cup match against England at Murrayfield.

Audit office attacked in council row

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:55
A council criticises a public spending watchdog in an escalating row over a pledge to cover costs in a libel case.

Laudrup considering legal action

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:55
Michael Laudrup says he is taking legal advice and claims he has still not been told why he was sacked by Swansea City.

Day in pictures: 6 February 2014

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:49
24 hours of news photos: 6 February

Cancer 'envy' campaign criticised

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:44
A campaign to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer is criticised for suggesting patients wish they had other forms of the disease.

VIDEO: Taliban 'capture US military dog'

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:41
The Taliban claim to have captured a dog belonging to US troops during fighting in eastern Afghanistan last December.

VIDEO: House of Commons

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:33
Eric Pickles outlines an overhaul of emergency financial help for local authorities.

Fresh impact crater spied on Mars

BBC - Thu, 2014-02-06 04:30
A Nasa spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet has spied a fresh impact crater on the Martian surface.

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