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Facebook data row in top EU court

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:51
The future of how Europeans' data is shared with US companies is set to be considered by the EU's highest court.

Mulder and Scully to reopen X-Files

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:50
Cult sci-fi show The X-Files is to return to TV after a 13-year hiatus, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson reprising their FBI agent roles.

VIDEO: Germanwings crash site aerial video

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:47
Aerial video shows the crash site of the Germanwings flight 4U 9525, which was carrying 144 passengers and six crew.

Telefonica finalises £10bn sale of O2

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:45
Telefonica finalises a deal to sell its O2 mobile phone network to Hutchison Whampoa for £10.25bn.

House Panel Releases Video Of Secret Service Barricade Incident

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:40

A House panel released the tape and angrily questioned Secret Service Director Joe Clancy about why additional videos of the March 4 incident near the White House weren't preserved and made available.

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VIDEO: 'Sixteen of our students were on plane'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:38
Sixteen students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig school in the German town of Haltern are believed to be among the victims of the crash.

'Naked rambler' refused Euro appeal

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:38
A man known as the "naked rambler" has his claim to be naked in public rejected by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Short circuit slows LHC restart

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:37
The restart of the Large Hadron Collider is proceeding slowly, with one section of the vast machine trailing behind the other seven in its preparations.

Pop charts struggle to stay relevant

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:30
The move of the Chart rundown from Sunday to Friday is simply the latest development in a constant evolution, says Lizo Mzimba.

VIDEO: Last moments of Germanwings plane

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:28
Germanwings flight 4U 9525 carrying 150 people has crashed in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. Richard Westcott explains what we know so far.

'England could bid for 2026 World Cup'

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:14
England could consider a bid for the 2026 World Cup, says Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.

Twitch issues password warning

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:08
The video game streaming site said that names and addresses, among other personal details, may have been leaked.

Facebook seeks new friends in media companies

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:02

Facebook is reportedly in talks with a handful of major publishers — think The New York Times and Buzzfeed — about hosting their news stories directly on the social-media site.

Details are scarce on how this all would work — The New York Times Company wouldn’t even comment to its own reporters — but the basic idea seems to be that while users are looking at pictures of their friend's new baby, they could also seamlessly get the latest news about, say, the Iran nuclear talks without clicking to an outside site and waiting for that page to load.

News companies are already dependent on Facebook for the traffic it sends them, says Ken Doctor, a media analyst for Newsonomics. If publishers could cement their relationship with Facebook, plus get a share of advertising and access to data Facebook has on users, Doctor says that could be a deal worth making.

But there are still lots of risks and questions to be answered, says Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard. Questions include how much data will be shared, what happens to news organizations’ paywalls, and how will publications maintain their brand identities.

In sum: should media companies give up control in exchange for a bigger audience?

Facebook has 1.4 billion monthly users and it needs to keep those users happy, says Aaron Kessler, a senior research analyst with Raymond James. The longer users spend on the site or app, the more ads Facebook can serve them. 

Why There's A Big Battle Brewing Over The Lean Meat In Your Diet

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:01

Should the government recommend lean meat as part of a healthy diet? That's emerged as a political flashpoint. The panel working on federal guidelines says the evidence on lean meat is muddled.

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Banks struggle to create "living wills"

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:00

On Monday, regulators rejected the "living wills" drawn up by BNP Pariabas, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC.  These plans, required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation passed in 2010, are supposed to help end the era of "Too Big To Fail" by making systemically important financial institutions plan for their own demise.

But what is a "living will" for a bank? 

Oliver Ireland, partner in the financial services practice at Morrison and Foerster, says it's about having a plan that maps what happens after a bank's failure. "Is this going to solve all the problems? Probably not," says Ireland. "But, if you thought about it ahead of time, you're going to be in a lot better shape than if you haven't."

Mike Konczal, fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, says the shortcomings the Federal Reserve and FDIC have found in some banks' "living wills" are in part about inadequate analysis of interconnections. 

Rob Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, says inadequate "living wills" are themselves a product of incentives: Bankers would prefer to see their companies — and their stock options — bailed out.

"They have a stake in having a muddy or bad or not-credible living will," says Johnson. 

BNP Paribas, the Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC must submit new plans by Dec. 31.

Skrtel denies stamp on De Gea

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 09:00
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel denies an FA charge of violent conduct over an alleged stamp on Manchester United's David de Gea.

VIDEO: Public Accounts Committee

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 08:56
The Public Accounts Committee take evidence from former HMRC tax boss Dave Hartnett.

Afghan leader makes US troops plea

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 08:47
Afghan president Ashraf Ghani is to meet with President Obama to discuss the pace of the US troop withdrawal from his country.

Talent lost in black hole - Neville

BBC - Tue, 2015-03-24 08:44
Phil Neville feels a generation of English talent is disappearing 'down a black hole' due to lack of opportunity.

Here Comes 'The X-Files,' Back For More Mulder, More Scully, And More

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-24 08:42

Fox has announced that its beloved sci-fi series The X-Files will be back for six new episodes from creator Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

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