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Hackers deface Angry Birds website

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 09:10
The Angry Birds website is defaced with a spoof Spying Birds image, following reports that the NSA and GCHQ made use of data provided by its apps.

VIDEO: Helicopter firm secures MoD contracts

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 09:05
Helicopter maker AgustaWestland is awarded two contracts from the Ministry of Defence valued at £760m which will secure 1,000 jobs in the UK.

PODCAST: State of the Union as heard from Europe

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-29 09:05

Last night's State of the Union speech was all about the American perspective. President Obama focused on income inequality, wages, jobs, and the U.S. middle class. Marketplace looks at how the speech is being received in the rest of the world.

Nintendo announces third quarter earnings today and things aren’t looking good. The game maker already slashed its full year outlook -- instead of profit it now expects a net loss. You could say Nintendo’s facing an identity crisis. For thirty years, it’s made games you can only play on Nintendo hardware. But does it have to change to survive?

It now costs 49 cents to send a letter. The price of stamps went up another 3 cents on Sunday, meaning that if you've been hoarding Forever stamps since forever ago, you've made a pretty good return

Malala set for Anne Frank Award

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 09:01
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage activist who was shot by the Taliban, is to receive the Anne Frank award for moral courage.

Government websites on rise again

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:51
Cabinet Office officials are engaged in a "nightmarish game of splat-a-rat" as they try to kill off mushrooming government websites, says Francis Maude.

Over-90s ambulance trips 'up 81%'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:41
The number of over-90s brought to A&E by ambulance in England has risen 81% over the past three years, figures highlighted by Labour show.

Tycoon's Lesbian Daughter Rejects Multimillion-Dollar 'Marriage Bounty'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:41

Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao initially offered $65 million to any man who married his daughter. Gigi Chao has since been flooded with marriage requests from eager men around the world. But in an open letter, she asks her father to accept her partner.

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Should Russia have surrendered Leningrad?

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:40
Poll on how WW2 events unfolded sparks Twitter storm

Syria talks take 'positive step'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:39
Syria's opposition has hailed as a "positive step" the government's willingness to discuss the Geneva Communique plan to end the conflict.

State of the Union: Tackling income inequality

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:37

Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama touched on several economic themes, including jobs, the middle class, health care, and something he has been talking quite a bit about recently -- income inequality. Sheldon Danziger, president of the Russell Sage Foundation, a progressive think tank, spoke to Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary about the president's goals and the wide income disparity between the rich and the poor in the United States.

On raising the minimum wage, Danziger said this:

“The minimum wage is lower than it was in the late 1960s, if one adjusts for inflation. I also like that he referred to an employer in Minnesota who raised the wages of his workers. And it would be great if a large corporation like Wal-Mart voluntarily raised their minimum wage.”

On whether the government has a role in correcting income inequality:

“We actually have pretty good evidence that if government does not do much, inequality increases. The best example of that is since the recession ended, the stock market is back to close to all-time highs, yet wages have not budged for the median worker. So we have strong evidence that  economic growth is not trickling down to the poor or even the middle class.” 

To hear the interview, click the audio player above.



Red Arrows seat mechanism 'useless'

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:27
A coroner describes part of an ejection seat that threw a Red Arrows pilot to his death as "entirely useless".

Dispatch from a woman stuck in her car in Atlanta

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:26

The city of Atlanta is in the middle of a giant two-day snow and ice storm that has left kids stranded at school, people in makeshift shelters, and commuters trying to get to or from work stuck on the roads in miles-long gridlock. 

LaTeefa Dancey-Gray, a cardiac monitor technician, was among those who were trying to get to work yesterday evening while on her way to work the 7pm to 7am graveyard shift. She pulled out of her driveway at 5pm to get to work, and between 8-9pm her car came to complete standstill. Traffic didn’t move again until 5:30 this morning. Dancey-Gray joined Marketplace's Lizzie O'Leary from her car to talk about the situation. Click the audio player above to hear the interview

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:18
Arsenal make Draxler bid, Rooney agrees to stay at United, Bertrand says he's open to Villa offer, plus more.

Using your brain to control an exoskeleton

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:12

This month, a neuroscientist and his team announced that the ceremonial first kick at this year's World Cup opening in Brazil would be completed by a paralyzed teenager using an exoskeleton attached to her brain. Prosthetic robotic devices connected to the human brain are becoming more common. You may remember video a few years ago of a woman at the University of Pittsburgh feeding herself chocolate with a robot limb. For today's installment of Marketplace Tech's sports and tech series, "Gaming the System," we'll hear from a guy working in this field.

Video of One Giant Bite: Woman with Quadriplegia Feeds Herself Chocolate Using Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

Dr. Michael Boninger, from the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, tells Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson about bioengineering and using brain signals to control exoskeletons and prosthetics.


House Passes Compromise Farm Bill

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:12

The $100 billion-a-year measure included cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved farm subsidies. The five-year bill now heads to the Senate.

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Oil Boom: See A Modern-Day Gold Rush In Motion

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-29 08:05

One of the nation's most remote places is now awash in oil money. In the heart of the boom, once-quiet farm towns are now wedged between semitrucks and dotted with "man camps." We sent a photographer to North Dakota to capture not just what it looks like but how it feels.

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Catching the mother of all bed bugs

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 07:52
The ability of bed bugs to return so quickly after human attempts to get rid of them has been explained by University of Sheffield researchers

Arrest after Heathrow weapons seized

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 07:51
A man from Swansea is arrested at Heathrow Airport as weapons including three stun guns and two flick knives are found in a piece of luggage.

State-owned bank plan to help firms

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 07:47
A new development bank for Welsh businesses could be on the cards as the economy minister presses ahead with plans to examine how it would work.

UK 'to act with urgency' on Syrians

BBC - Wed, 2014-01-29 07:46
The UK will act with "the greatest urgency" in offering the "most needy people" in Syrian refugee camps a "home in our country", says David Cameron.

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