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How to parent in the digital age

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:34

Lizzie O'Leary spoke with famed voice over actor Bill Ratner about his new book "Parenting for the Digital Age."

If you grew up watching "GI Joe" cartoons Ratner voiced "Flint." For years, his voice on television helped market and sell toys to kids. He then created a program called TV Cartoon Scandals--Media Awareness for Children. This brought media awareness to kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In "Parenting for the Digital Age" Ratner shares his own story of controlling media in his house. When his young daughter was glued to the television he decided to take action. He rewired his entertainment system and created a kill switch. This allowed him to turn off the television when he saw fit. Ratner also bans cells phones in his home at certain hours of the day.

When interviewing parents for the book Ratner came across two major concerns. The first issue was time, do kids have enough time to veg out and do other things? The second issue was who are these people creating the programming for children? They are strangers and have no idea what their values are.

Live: Obama's Year-End News Conference

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:31

The president is expected to discuss issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to the fight against the self-described Islamic State and his views on the Senate's "torture report."

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Vergne joins Ferrari as test driver

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:29
Ferrari hire former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne to work on car development in their simulator.

Belarus moves to protect currency

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:03
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Whips primed for election aftermath

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:58
It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.

'Stephen Colbert' now belongs to the ages

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:48
Reflections on Stephen Colbert’s legacy

Quiz: Hiding that standardized test behind a cute acronym

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:44
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Algorithms: the language of love?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:35

On Marketplace Weekend this week, we looked at algorithms in business, tech, and all areas of our life.

The internet's most intimate algorithms may be found in online dating sites and apps. Sites like OkCupid, Match, eHarmony, Hinge, and Tindr all use different algorithms -- with varying degrees of complications -- to pair users. Match pairs matches by gauging how interested users are in similar people. OkCupid users weight questions that they consider to be most important to them in order to find others that they have a lot in common with. A elaborate series of set questions on eHarmony pairs couples. On Tindr, things are simple...just a picture, and an answer from potential daters: yes, or no? 

Online dating has become much more common and widely accepted in recent years. Attitudes are shifting, and something that was once a secret for many people has become a social activity -- it's not unheard of now to see someone using a dating app in public, at a bar, with friends, to find someone nearby that they may want to go out with. 

Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OkCupid and the author of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) joined Marketplace Weekend to explain the algorithms on his site, what happens when you tell an algorithm a lie, and how dating algorithms mimic pain old un-technical dating. 

Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:31
A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:21
Tom Hanks uses the alias Harry Lauder, and more nuggets.

Device 'found under soldier's car'

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:19
A controlled explosion is carried out on a device found under a serving soldier's car in Portadown, County Armagh.

Peshawar prompts Pakistan executions

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:18
Pakistan carries out its first executions since lifting a moratorium on the death penalty in the wake of the Peshawar school massacre.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:14
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:14
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation says North Korea was behind a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures over a film about its leader Kim Jong-un.

Anti-abortion protester cautioned

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:11
A woman convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director is cautioned for breaching a court order.

Time capsule found at surgeons' hall

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:10
Two newspapers from 19 March 1909, two postcards and a list of names dated 26 March 1909 are found inside a snuff tin by workmen in Edinburgh.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:09
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Oxfam criticised over poverty tweet

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:09
An Oxfam tweet linking benefit cuts to poverty could have been "misconstrued" as party political campaigning, the Charity Commission says.

Fifa tarnishing football - Lineker

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:08
Former England striker Gary Lineker says football will not remain the beautiful game with Fifa in charge.

Cook removed as England ODI captain

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:00
Alastair Cook is replaced by Eoin Morgan as England's one-day captain, less than two months before the World Cup.