National / International News

Cook facing biggest test - Vaughan

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:21
Captain Alastair Cook will be judged on England's response this summer to the Ashes debacle, says Michael Vaughan.

Pistorius sent for psychiatric tests

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:18
A judge orders South African athlete Oscar Pistorius to begin daily tests as an outpatient to establish his mental state when he killed his girlfriend.

CAR condemns rebel reorganisation

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:14
The Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic say they have reorganised to increase control over their fighters - a move condemned by the government.

Inquest delay families to get £7,500

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:13
The families of six men killed by either police, soldiers or loyalist paramilitaries are to be awarded £7,500 each in damages because of delays in holding inquests.

Joss Stone death plotters win appeal

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:13
Two men convicted of plotting to kill UK singer Joss Stone win appeals that will see them serve shorter jail terms.

Glasgow to host Sports Personality

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:05
BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014 will be in Glasgow, in the year Scotland hosts the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup.

Follow Glasgow 2014 on the BBC

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 02:01
Glasgow 2014 will be BBC Sport's biggest ever Commonwealth Games with more than 1,300 hours of live action.

Colombia mourns bus fire victims

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:53
Colombians have been mourning the death of 33 children, who were killed when the bus they were travelling on caught fire in the city of Fundacion.

Libya leaders in bid to ease crisis

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:52
Libya's embattled government proposes parliament go into recess as clashes with militia raise fears of a possible descent into renewed civil war.

UK inflation rate rises to 1.8%

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:40
Higher fares for flights and ferries helped to push the rate of inflation up in April, the first increase in the rate for 10 months.

VIDEO: 'Worst is yet to come' for Libya

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:37
Fears are growing in Libya after the government accused renegade general Khalifia Haftar of planning a coup.

E-cigarettes 'help smokers to quit'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:34
Smokers who use e-cigarettes to quit are more likely to succeed than those who use willpower alone or buy nicotine replacement therapies, such as patches or gum, a study suggests.

Inside Gleision mine revealed

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:31
Pictures of the inside of a Swansea Valley mine, which flooded killing four workers, are shown to a jury at a manslaughter trial.

Police Federation faces bullying row

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:29
The Police Federation is meeting for its annual conference amid renewed claims of bullying in the organisation.

VIDEO: 'Best loudspeaker' goes on display

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:24
The 27ft loudspeaker is to go on display at London's Science Museum as part of a new art installation by Aleksander Kolkowski.

Pastor jailed over faked Hirst art

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:24
A pastor in Florida is sentenced to six months in jail after trying to sell fake Damien Hirst artworks to an undercover policeman.

Handbag thief must pay back £117,171

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:23
A woman jailed for stealing 905 designer handbags is ordered to pay back the £117,171 she made selling them on eBay.

China denounces cyber-theft charges

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:20
China denies it has conducted cyber espionage, saying the US is guilty of "double standards" for spying and conducting cyber thefts on other countries.

Malawians voting in tight race

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:20
Malawians are voting in what is expected to be one of the tightest elections in the country's history, with Joyce Banda facing three strong challengers.

Video gaming as a spectator sport

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-20 01:10

According to Variety, Google is in talks to buy Twitch, a live video game streaming service, for close to $1 billion.

According to the tech news site Re/code, "When Twitch started up in June 2011, it claimed five million users a month. In 2012, it was up to 20 million. By the end of last year, that number had jumped to 45 million. Broadband service provider Sandvine says Twitch now accounts for 1.35 percent of Internet traffic during peak hours in North America. That’s more than HBO Go’s 1.24 percent."

But how much can streaming video game play actually be worth?

"Streaming is essentially broadcasting yourself and your gameplay online in the gaming world," says former professional gamer Mike Rufail. "We have what is a growing sport, and there's a lot of interaction between the person who is streaming and the viewer."

Here's a live stream here:

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"Google would be interested in this from a pure investment standpoint," says Rufail. "It's grown to a point now where the advertising revenue generated from these online broadcasts rival major television networks and surpass many of them as well. So I think, a lot of people, are cutting off their televisions and taking in the things on the web."

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