National / International News

Employers condemn student visa rules

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:21
Universities and business leaders call for changes in student visa rules, but the immigration minister says their criticisms are based on "myths".

How do you adjust after nearly half a century in prison?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:03
Notorious police killer Harry Roberts is to be released from prison after 48 years inside. How do you adjust after so long locked up?

NHS funds rise 'tough but possible'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 09:03
Increasing NHS spending in England by the £8bn health bosses warn will be needed by 2020 will be tough but possible, the health secretary says.

Day in pictures: 23 October

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 08:36
24 hours of news images: 23 October

VIDEO: Standing ovation for Kevin Vickers

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 07:15
Sergeant-at-Arms, Kevin Vickers, who shot dead the gunman who attacked parliament, is given a standing ovation as Canadian MPs return a day after the shootings.

Netanyahu blames Abbas over attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 07:10
Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu accuses the Palestinian president of incitement, after an attack which killed a baby in Jerusalem.

Boko Haram 'abducts more women'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:54
Dozens of women and girls have been abducted from two villages in north-eastern Nigeria by suspected militants despite a reported truce, residents say.

US-led Syria strikes 'kill hundreds'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:12
US-led air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have killed 553 people since September, including 464 IS fighters, activists say.

White House fence jumper arrested

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:08
A man who jumped the White House fence was attacked by dogs before being arrested, in the latest security incident at the US president's official home.

Microsoft: a tale of three CEOs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 06:00

Microsoft has had three CEOs since it was founded in 1975: Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, and Satya Nadella, who's been on the job eight months now. 

As Bethany McLean writes in this month's Vanity Fair magazine, this is a pivotal moment for Microsoft and its leadership as the company shifts focus to cloud computing and mobile devices.  

Click the media player above to hear Bethany McLean in conversation with Marketplace's David Gura.

VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 04:44
The Daily Politics meets some of the contestants, and their political owners, in the Westminster dog of the year contest.

VIDEO: Future-gazing at TechCrunch London

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 04:41
As the annual TechCrunch event for tech start ups comes to London for the first time, David Grossman goes to investigate.

AUDIO: 'Drunk' rape victim: 'I felt I wouldn't be believed'

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 04:04
Ched Evans' rape conviction has highlighted struggles that meet rape victims who are attacked when they have been drinking.

228 firefighter jobs under threat

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 04:00
More than 220 firefighters' jobs could be lost in north Wales if funding is not increased over the next five years, bosses warn.

VIDEO: Joss Stone's Poppy Appeal vigil

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 03:13
Singer Joss Stone has taken part in a vigil running from sunrise to sunset at the start of this year's Poppy Appeal at the Cenotaph.

Your pictures: Steps

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 03:11
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps"

PODCAST: Amazon search

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 03:00

This week, we've gotten good news about the third quarter from Yahoo! Comcast's revenue was up 4 percent. Boeing reported profit up 18 percent. This morning, we've heard from Southwest Airlines and Jet Blue. They both had record earnings last quarter. More on the current state of the markets.  And we know what Amazon sells, but how about what the company buys? Analysts say they're going to pay close attention to the company's investments. We take a look at why. Plus Marketplace's economics guy, Chris Farrell, has been thinking a lot about water. How we use it. How we pay for it. And he's been asking himself a lot of questions many consumers don't. More on that.

VIDEO: Will EU back UK's immigration plans?

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 02:07
As European leaders gather for a summit in Brussels, Ben Wright asks if David Cameron use the opportunity to push for limits on the freedom of movement within the Union.

In pictures: Feline focus

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 02:05
An online exhibition of cats

What Amazon's earnings tell us about its competition

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 02:00

Amazon announces third quarter results after the closing bell on Thursday, and one thing that analysts may be paying close attention to is Amazon’s investments: how much money Amazon is spending and on what.

"If you traditionally think of Amazon as a retailer, be aware that they’re growing a strong advertising business,” says Colin Gillis, a senior technology analyst and director of research at BGC Financial.

That strong advertising business, Gillis says, is competing with Google. As of 2012, Amazon accounted for about a third of e-commerce searches. Even Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that Amazon is the company’s chief rival in search.

"Google values customers who are searching to purchase products,” Gillis says.

Amazon has captured those customers through aggressive investment into its business. And while Gillis predicts Amazon will announce third quarter revenue of $21 billion, investors will likely not see a penny of that, as Amazon reinvests into more growth.

"The one thing I’d say to look for would be the stock market’s reaction," says Brad Stone, author of the book, "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.”

Stone says investors have historically been patient with Amazon as it increased revenue, but spent that money on itself instead of shareholders. But he says that arrangement is a potential source of vulnerability for the company.

"If investors start to waiver, maybe at some point Amazon needs to start providing returns to shareholders, and that means they can’t invest as much in the new business,” says Stone.

And if Amazon can’t invest, it might have less resources for its battle with Google. That battle has grown from search to a number of other areas, including mobile payments, smartphones, same-day shopping delivery, and cloud services.

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