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Van Gaal defends 'strong personality'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:37
Louis van Gaal describes himself as a "democratic" manager in his first news conference as Manchester United boss.

Blues musician Johnny Winter dies

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:30
Blues guitarist Johnny Winter, known for his energetic solo performances, has died at the age of 70.

After Thor, Marvel Announces Big Change To Captain America

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:29

Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will carry Cap's shield. He's the second African-American to take on the iconic role. Also this week, Marvel announced that Thor will be female.

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Israel-Gaza ceasefire deal denied

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:28
Israel's foreign minister and Hamas deny earlier reports of a truce deal to end fighting in Gaza between Israel and Palestinian militants.

Microsoft to end Android smartphones

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:22
Microsoft will stop developing Android-powered smartphones, focusing instead on low-cost Windows Phone devices, the BBC understands.

Rosetta heads for 'space duck'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:17
Europe's mission to land on a comet was always going to be difficult, but the pictures released this week of the giant ice ball illustrate just how daunting the task will be.

UK temperature rises to 2014 high

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:11
The UK has seen its hottest day of the year so far, the Met Office says, with temperatures set to climb even higher on Friday.

Microsoft: biggest job cuts ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:00

Microsoft announced it will be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year; the biggest job cuts in the company’s history. The layoffs are part of a plan to re-align itself after its acquisition of Nokia in April. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella broke the news in an all-staff email, saying the layoffs are necessary to streamline the company. 

"We plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers," Nadella writes.

The move comes as Microsoft tries to shift more of its business toward cloud and mobile computing, as well as become more efficient.

“People view Microsoft as being sluggish," says Colin Gillis, a senior tech analyst at BGC Financial. "The new management want to change that and change the culture. We’ll see how this works."

Gillis says two thirds of the workers losing their jobs are former Nokia employees who became part of Microsoft after the companies merged. According to the announcement, the layoffs will mostly be complete by the end of this year.  

 

Microsoft: biggest job cuts ever

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-17 07:00

Microsoft announced it will be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year; the biggest job cuts in the company’s history. The layoffs are part of a plan to re-align itself after its acquisition of Nokia in April. 

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella broke the news in an all-staff email, saying the layoffs are necessary to streamline the company. 

"We plan to have fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, to accelerate the flow of information and decision making. This includes flattening organizations and increasing the span of control of people managers," Nadella writes.

The move comes as Microsoft tries to shift more of its business toward cloud and mobile computing, as well as become more efficient.

“People view Microsoft as being sluggish," says Colin Gillis, a senior tech analyst at BGC Financial. "The new management want to change that and change the culture. We’ll see how this works."

Gillis says two thirds of the workers losing their jobs are former Nokia employees who became part of Microsoft after the companies merged. According to the announcement, the layoffs will mostly be complete by the end of this year.  

 

Injured Carrick faces 12 weeks out

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:59
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is set to be sidelined for 10 weeks after suffering an ankle injury.

Airbnb logo faces Twitter backlash

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:47
Airbnb's new logo has been criticised and mocked by social media users, although others have praised the rebrand.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:45
Take our test to see which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities

Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:44

Researchers who looked at two years of records from the Manhattan district attorney's office found that race was a significant factor in determining how prosecutors resolved cases.

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Leader 'regrets' abuser shortfalls

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:31
Pembrokeshire council leader Jamie Adams expresses his "deep regret" for shortfalls in the case of sacked child abuser Mik Smith.

Commission 'failed to probe donor'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:31
The Electoral Commission is refusing to apologise after a watchdog ruled it had failed to properly investigate a Lib Dem donor later convicted of fraud.

Three charged over Abu Khdair murder

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:28
One Jewish man and two youths have been charged by Israeli prosecutors with the murder of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdair, Israel's justice ministry says.

Recorded sexual offences 'up 20%'

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:24
Figures indicate 20% increase in sexual offences in England and Wales - a rise partly attributed to the Jimmy Savile scandal - while overall crime remains static.

Tunisian soldiers killed in attack

BBC - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:22
At least 14 Tunisian soldiers are killed in a militant attack, said to be the most deadly incident in the country's history.

California Bank Robbery Ends In Violent And Deadly Car Chase

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:14

"The suspects had massive amounts of ammunition either taped to or strapped to their bodies," says the police chief of Stockton, Calif. Two suspects and one hostage died.

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Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 06:07

The tax was imposed on about 350 of the nation's top polluters under the country's previous center-left government.

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