National / International News

Pitbull to perform World Cup single

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:42
We Are One (Ole Ola) will be performed at the opening ceremony at the Arena de Sao Paulo on 12 June.

Turns Out The Ancient Greeks Were Quite The Grill Masters

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:32

For a long time, archaeologists weren't sure what to make of the cookware excavated at ancient Mycenaean ruins in Greece. That is, until one researcher built replicas of the vessels to try to cook just like the Mycenaeans did.

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Alcott keen to seize Sochi chance

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:29
British skier Chemmy Alcott says she aims to repay the selectors' faith in her with a good performance at Sochi 2014.

Patience needed on economy, PM says

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:27
Prime Minister David Cameron says the UK economic recovery will take time and patience, and must be driven by manufacturing as well as services.

Amnesty raps Egypt over 'abuses'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:17
Amnesty International says Egypt has witnessed rights abuses and state violence "on an unprecedented scale" since President Morsi was ousted.

Watkins to challenge sentence length

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:14
Paedophile rock star Ian Watkins seeks leave to appeal against the length of his jail sentence for child sex offences, including attempted rape of a baby.

BBC 'ignored woman's Travis claim'

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:12
A woman who claims she was indecently assaulted by DJ Dave Lee Travis in the mid-1970s tells a court she was not listened to when she later complained to the BBC.

PODCAST: Are black people treated differently on Airbnb?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 09:10

The American economy in January could get frost bite. Economists often argue that the cold typically defers activity rather than destroys it, but not always.

A high-profile activist investor’s latest use of the megaphone is to call for an iconic tech firm to split up. Carl Icahn wants eBay to spin off PayPal, separating the online auction site from the digital payment service. eBay’s CEO wants to hang onto PayPal. He says keeping it provides that enduring corporate buzzword: synergy.

For many people, the rise and expansion of the “sharing economy” or “peer economy,” has made life cheaper and easier. The companies that facilitate this economy have allowed us to rent everything from apartments, to cars, to designer handbags. Proponents of the shared economy argue that it is both democratic and democratizing, but some companies may be replicating problems that exist in the traditional economy, according to research from two Harvard Business School professors who looked into Airbnb, a company that connects people looking to rent out a room, apartment or house, with those looking for a place to stay. 

Carney: No immediate rate rise needed

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:48
The Bank of England's Mark Carney says there is "no immediate need to increase interest rates", despite the jobless rate falling close to 7%.

Woman guilty of friend acid attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:46
A woman is found guilty of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a veil.

Bankers back in PM's tent

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:44
Why the PM is listening to the views of bankers once more

Tech worker-SF resident class war comes to Google engineer's front doorstep

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:41

Along with the long pattern of tech industry growth in Silicon Valley, there have been slow burning tensions in the San Francisco Bay Area. They're related to class, public services, and the idea of good and bad disruption. Private busing for tech workers in San Francisco has raised hackles of local residents for using public bus stops. And this week a bunch of protesters showed up outside the house of a Google engineer responsible for the self-driving car program. Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica has been reporting on the story for Ars Technica, and tells Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson the latest. Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

FBI Arrests Reputed Mobsters Linked To 1978 'GoodFellas' Heist

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:38

In a series of predawn raids, agents arrested five alleged mobsters in connection with the decades-old robbery of $5 million in cash and $1 million in jewels from a Lufthansa cargo building at JFK International airport.

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Call to ban far-right leader from UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:30
Calls are mounting for the Home Secretary Theresa May to ban Hungarian far-right Jobbik Party leader Gabor Vona from entering the UK.

South Pole record boy returns home

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:30
A 16-year-old boy from Bristol who became the youngest person to ski to the South Pole returns to the UK.

Hague delays Kenyatta trial start

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:26
The International Criminal Court postpones the February start of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's trial following prosecutor's call for three-month delay.

AUDIO: Premier League targets pubs over TVs

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:19
The Premier League is to bring legal action against 100 pubs it believes are showing matches illegally.

Hacking OKCupid to find true love

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:12

Online dating websites use all kinds of technology and calculations to help you find a mate. It could be as simple as giving a thumbs up or thumbs down to a photo, or as complicated as a long list of questions asked, points scored, and intense mathematical algorithms that play digital matchmaker. Mathematician Chris McKinlay was working on his doctorate and his love life at the same time, and found that he was unsatisfied with the calculations made. So he hacked an answer and in the process wrote "Optimal Cupid: Mastering the Hidden Logic of OkCupid." 

McKinlay says the problem with OKCupid is that it doesn’t tell you exactly what to do. “They just say hey, here’s a bunch of questions, and you don’t have any idea what questions necessarily the people you’re interested in might find important.” 

“One way to get the site to actually match you with people you are compatible with is to confine yourself to only answering divisive questions,” McKinlay said. “If say like, tattoo culture or motorcycles is important to you, answering a yes-no question about that and marking it mandatory is far more divisive -- guys who aren’t into that stuff aren’t going to score points with you.”

It took McKinlay 88 dates to finally meet the love of his life, and now he is engaged. He has his own operator’s manual to thank.

“All I did was write software that logged into the site as a profile, and then took all the data and came back to me.”

To hear more about how McKinlay used technology to maximize his chances of finding “the one,” click on the audio above. 

Ban rules Evans out of Six Nations

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:11
Lock Ian Evans will miss Wales' Six Nations defence after being banned for 12 weeks for stamping on an opponent.

VIDEO: Woman guilty of friend acid attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-01-23 08:11
A woman is found guilty of throwing acid in the face of a friend while disguised in a Muslim veil.

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