National / International News

Sugar Man director Bendjelloul dies

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 23:00
Oscar-winning Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul - best known for the documentary Searching for Sugar Man - dies at the age of 36.

New abuse guidance for young and old

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:56
Prosecutors are to be given new advice to assist with bringing charges against those accused of domestic abuse involving the elderly or teenagers.

ITV confident as revenues rise

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:56
ITV sees total revenues rise in the first three months of the year and says it expects advertising revenue to rise 12% to 13% in the second quarter.

VIDEO: Capsule crew back down to gravity

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:53
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station has landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan.

VIDEO: BBC tests new HD drone

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:48
Consumer drone maker Parrot has unveiled the latest version of its wi-fi quadcopter, which streams live video to users wearing a virtual reality headset.

VIDEO: 'Scarred for life' from sunbed use

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:47
Liverpool council wants licensing powers to try to cut the number of young people in the city being diagnosed with skin cancer.

Call to double council tax charge

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:44
Council tax should be almost doubled for the most expensive Welsh properties and nearly halved for the cheapest, a leading economist says.

VIDEO: Coverage of Oscar Pistorius trial

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:41
Coverage of the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who denies the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

Rider critical after NW 200 crash

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:16
French rider Franck Petricola is in a critical condition after a crash at North West 200 practice on Tuesday.

Bieber accused of attempted robbery

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:11
Pop singer Justin Bieber is investigated by police in Los Angeles after complaints of attempted robbery.

VIDEO: Sony struggles to revive profits

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 22:02
Sony is struggling to revive sales and return to profit in the increasingly tough electronics sector.

Chinese tourists: 'Make UK visas easier!'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:59
'Make visas easier', say Chinese tourists

England 'some way off' Test team

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:28
National selector James Whitaker says places in England's team for the first Test against Sri Lanka are still up for grabs.

Sir and Miss for teachers 'sexist'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:20
Pupils addressing their teachers as Sir or Miss is depressing, sexist and gives women teachers who do the same job as men "low status", an academic says.

Google must 'rewrite history' - front pages

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:19
Several papers focus on the European Court ruling that people are entitled to ask search engines to remove links deemed "inadequate or irrelevant".

Account payment cost 'extraordinary'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:14
The amount a government accounting system spends to pay external suppliers is "extraordinarily high", according to Stormont's spending watchdog.

Pentagon OKs Manning Transfer For Gender Treatment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:52

Pvt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman.

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Yahoo buys messaging app Blink

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:24
Yahoo acquires Blink, a mobile application that allows users to share messages that self-destruct, in order to poach the talent behind it.

Eastern European jobs data expected

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:23
The first figures showing the number of Bulgarians and Romanians in work in the UK since restrictions on their movement were lifted are expected later.

A history of telecom mergers, charted

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:17

AT&T is reportedly close to making an offer to buy DirecTV in a deal that would value the satellite dish TV operator at nearly $50 billion.

According to the Wall Street Journal: 

"A deal could boost the flow of cash that AT&T could use to pay its dividend and fund a build out of its broadband Internet infrastructure, analysts have said. It also comes as AT&T increasingly views video—whether via pay TV service or delivered over the Web or its wireless network—as central to its future.

Adding satellite TV capabilities also could allow AT&T to free up valuable bandwidth on its Internet connections to customer homes."

The possible merger has us thinking about the history of media consolidation:

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