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View-Master gets the 21st century upgrade

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:52

Listeners of a certain age will remember viewfinders, those binocular-like things you hold up and look through with the circular discs of slides that flip around.

Yeah, well, could you be more old fashioned?

Mattel and Google are coming out with an update, including virtual reality and augmented reality.

Also, there'll be a slot where you can slip your Android phone in when the thing debuts in the fall.

A mere $29.99, and its yours.

Iceland's pagans reach new height with first temple

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:25
Iceland's Asatru movement builds first temple

Rally held over Tesco store closure

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:19
A rally is to be held in a bid to persuade Tesco to do a U-turn on its decision to close its Kirkcaldy superstore.

Gary Owens, 'Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In' Announcer, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:05

Owens, known for his baritone, parlayed his role on Laugh-In into a long career of voice-over work in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows. He was 80-years-old.

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VIDEO: Stilt walkers tower over Rio carnival

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:04
This year's Rio's carnival is witnessing a new trend with several groups parading on stilts for the first time.

Cumberbatch's Valentine's Day wedding - papers

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:47
Love is in the air on some front pages, as the press marks Valentine's Day by reporting the wedding plans of Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch.

Villa would not faze Sherwood - Allen

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:36
Tim Sherwood, linked with the vacancy at Aston Villa, believes in his own ability, says Spurs academy coach Bradley Allen.

Delhi to swear in anti-fraud activist

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:34
Tens of thousands are expected to watch anti-fraud activist Arvind Kejriwal's swearing-in as Delhi's chief minister, after his historic election win.

VIDEO: Nursery hit ahead of Ukraine ceasefire

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:33
Fighting across Eastern Ukraine is showing no signs of letting up as the deadline for a planned ceasefire approaches.

Are 'yoga pants' indecent?

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:25
Are yoga pants a threat to public decency?

Weekly roundup: In the media, some tough goodbyes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:23

Here are some of the highlights from Marketplace this week, on air and online.

Fun Fact: The average American eats about 70 pounds of chicken a year. That's five times the amount we consumed in 1950. Meanwhile, the chickens Americans farm have nearly doubled in size.

12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some

Fun Fact: But the average American's consumption of eggs has fallen to 250 eggs a year.

Our per capita consumption of eggs has plunged from a high of 400 eggs a year in the 1940s. The decrease has been attributed to warnings about cholesterol. But fear not, egg lovers: It appears health officials are rethinking the whole cholesterol thing.

Dietary update: Cholesterol-rich foods aren't so bad

And finally, what a week it's been for media. 

On Wednesday, NBC announced it would suspend Brian Williams for six months as anchor of the Nightly News after he acknowledged making misleading statements about his experiences during the Iraq War. The scandal caused viewership of NBC's news broadcast to drop by some 36 percent. But NBC isn't the only network experiencing declines.

Changing fortunes of nightly news shows

Also on Wednesday, self-proclaimed fake news anchor Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving "The Daily Show" at some point in 2015. That's bad news not just for fans of Stewart but for parent company Viacom, which has ratings problems with a host of its programming.  

What Jon Stewart's departure means for Viacom

And, like many around the country, we're mourning the loss of  journalist David Carr, 58, who died Thursday in New York. He was was a media and culture columnist for The New York Times, and his wit was as grand as his heart.

Another major loss for journalism: Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died this week in a New York City car crash. He was 73.

Marketplace Tech spoke to Carr last year. Have a listen.

Ferguson story highlights Twitter's role as source

On Valentine's, saying "#LOVE" with candy hearts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

It's Valentine's Day... what candy are you buying?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include: "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

UK delivers armoured cars to Ukraine

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:00
A consignment of former British military Saxon armoured vehicles has been delivered to Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has confirms.

Déjà vu All Over Again: Northeast Braces For Another Blizzard

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:54

February has already become the snowiest on record for Boston, but this weekend's storm may bring up to a foot of more snow.

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Obama Calls UNC Murders 'Brutal And Outrageous'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:51

The president spoke a day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the killings of three Muslim university students as a possible hate crime.

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Obama Calls For Better Response To Cybersecurity Threats

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:43

President Obama signed an executive order that aims to stem attacks by hackers. The order encourages companies to share information about cyber threats with each other and the federal government.

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GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:38

Government regulators have approved the first genetically modified apples, which don't turn brown when you cut them open. But planting these trees will be a gamble since consumers may not want them.

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Chinese have their own Internet censorship song

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:23

Here's one of the New York Times' odder dispatches from China:

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration is the government agency in charge of Internet policy over there, which you can rightly take to mean Internet censorship.

Turns out they have their own anthem:

Devotedly keeping watch over the space every day, / Taking up our mission as the sun rises in the east.

And then it ends strong:

An Internet power: Tell the world that the Chinese dream is uplifting China. / An Internet power: I represent my nation to the world.

Watch the whole thing here, translated by ProPublica:

Chinese have their own Internet censorship song

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:23

Here's one of the New York Times' odder dispatches from China:

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration is the government agency in charge of Internet policy over there, which you can rightly take to mean Internet censorship.

Turns out they have their own anthem:

Devotedly keeping watch over the space every day, / Taking up our mission as the sun rises in the east.

And then it ends strong:

An Internet power: Tell the world that the Chinese dream is uplifting China. / An Internet power: I represent my nation to the world.

Watch the whole thing here, translated by ProPublica:

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