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Schools corporate greed warning

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:39
England's education system is being "destroyed through corporate greed", teachers claim.

The next time you 'Google' it may be via drone

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:34

Millions of people in developing countries still don’t have access to the Internet. Google would like to change that, which is why it’s acquired Titan Aerospace, manufacturer of solar-powered drones. 

The world's most famous search engine plans to send the drones up to hover high in the atmosphere, beaming the internet down to earth. More people could 'google', but will these people like having drones peering down at them? 

We asked Patrick Egan, editor of the drone-focused sUAS News website, about privacy concerns: 

“I don’t think in this case it’s going to be a privacy issue. They’re going to fly at really high altitudes.  They probably won’t even have cameras on them.”

Google’s already experimented with aerial hot spots, using balloons, but drones are expected to be more reliable. 

“The winds at altitude can be pretty strong. So, the more controllability you have the better,” says Kurt Barnhart, director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State University.

Plus, Titan says its drones can stay aloft for years, without refueling.

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:18
Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.

Clifford jury considering verdicts

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:16
The jury in the trial of publicist Max Clifford, who is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault, retires to consider its verdicts.

Ever find it difficult to talk to your boss - or your boss's boss?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:07

Talking to your boss, or even worse –your boss’s boss, can be one of the most awkward parts of office life. Chris Colin and Rob Baedeker are here to help with this excerpt from their new book, “What to Talk About: On a Plane, at a Cocktail Party, in a Tiny Elevator with your Boss’s Boss”. 

The doom of the unknown co-worker:
You should know this guy’s name by now -- he’s in sales and you’re in marketing.  You run into him every two weeks. He looks like a Scott, but he’s not a Scott.

What to do?

Visit the Social Security Administration web site -- they have a list of the most popular birth names by year. Guess the unknown co-worker’s age, study the top names for those years, and be ready to play the odds during your next encounter.

The Interview:
Most of us try to be too original during job interviews. Behold:

BOSS: We’re looking for a manager who can build our core competencies.

PROSPECTIVE NEW HIRE: I’m a Trebuchet m’lady, a War Wolf. I will hurl flaming orbs of competency at your charge d’affairs.

BOSS: …We'll be in touch.

To succeed in an interview, you’ve got to use the gift that’s given you -- listen to what the interviewer is saying and repeat her language.

BOSS: We’re looking for a manager who can build our core competencies.

PROSPECTIVE NEW HIRE: I hear you saying you want someone who can really build on your core competencies.

BOSS: You’re hired!

It's that easy – you're now on your way to a brown-belt in the talking arts. With your new mastery of conversation, you'll cruise through the next office holiday party, conference call, and trip to the water cooler!

VIDEO: Berlusconi to do community service

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 07:04
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must perform a year's community service in a home for the elderly, a Milan court has ruled.

Extremism in Birmingham schools?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:53
Investigating claims of Islamic "takeovers" of schools

Independence 'risks defence jobs'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:50
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

VIDEO: Tackling the world's coldest marathon

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:46
The world's hardest, and coldest, marathon has taken place at Russia's Barneo Ice Station in the geographic North Pole.

VIDEO: Anfield falls silent for anniversary

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:45
Crowds at Liverpool's Anfield stadium have held a minute's silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people died.

Pistorius 'heartbroken' over body

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:38
Oscar Pistorius tells his murder trial he was "heartbroken" at seeing the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, as the cross-examination ends.

PODCAST: Google's drones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:35

Millions of people in developing countries still don’t have access to the Internet. Google would like to change that, which is why it’s acquired Titan Aerospace, manufacturer of solar-powered drones. The world's most famous search engine plans to send the drones up to hover high in the atmosphere, beaming the internet down to earth.

Heartbleed continues to dominate the news and scare the daylights out of all of us. The massive data flaw has thrown a huge curveball to millions of companies and the collective fix is a big, expensive deal.

The deadline to file income taxes is April 15. For many businesses, deductions on things like labor and rent help to keep tax bills low. But that's not the case for marijuana dispensaries in states that have legalized medical or recreational use. Many licensed marijuana business owners file taxes. But because of an Internal Revenue Service code known as 280E—originally written for illegal drug traffickers—they can't write off retail expenses associated with the business.

Privacy fears over FBI database

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:33
A facial recognition database being built by the FBI could contain over 52m images by 2015 causing concern to privacy campaigners

The men who saved European rugby?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:31
A combination of TV experience and rugby relationships was key to reaching agreement, RFU chairman Bill Beaumont tells BBC Sport

What was the mysterious black ring in Leamington Spa?

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:24
A video of a mysterious black ring in the sky over Leamington Spa has left people scratching their heads. Just what might it have been?

Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:10

Italy's former prime minister was convicted of tax fraud. For a year, he must work at least four hours a week at a facility for the elderly. Also, a travel restriction will limit his politicking.

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Boston Stronger: City Marks One Year Since Marathon Bombings [Updated]

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:09

On this April 15, Americans are thinking about the Boston Marathon bombings of one year ago. A moment of silence was observed at 2:49 p.m. ET, the time of the first explosion.

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Villa suspend Lambert's assistants

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:08
Aston Villa suspend assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and coach Gary Karsa pending an internal investigation.

Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:06

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

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Tuesday's gossip column

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 06:05
Fernando Torres wants Atletico move, Arsenal interested Mandzukic and Manchester United want Barcelona midfielder, plus more.
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