National / International News

Chris Brown jail sentence extended

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:33
Singer Chris Brown will serve an additional 131 days in jail after admitting to violating his probation by getting into a fight last year.

Canada to extradite on bride killing

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:27
The mother and uncle of a Canadian woman killed 14 years ago have been ordered extradited to India in stand trial in her alleged "honour killing".

France's WW2 letters that evaded the censors

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:19
The letters which slipped past the censors from wartime France

Ecclestone trial hears from banker

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:09
A German banker who alleges he was bribed by Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone testifies for the first time at his corruption trial.

Bowel disease A-to-Z guide launched

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:05
Patients with bowel disease are to be able to access an A-to-Z guide to help them find a specialist doctor.

Claudia Winkleman made Strictly host

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 15:04
Claudia Winkleman is named the new permanent presenter of Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Sir Bruce Forsyth.

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 14:27

The move clears the way for gay couples to wed in the state. Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is expected to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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VIDEO: Nigeria 'ignored' school warnings

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 14:04
There are growing international calls for the release of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls.

Man arrested over flat fire death

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:53
A 44-year-old man is arrested in connection with a fire at a flat in north London in which a woman died.

ANC wins huge South Africa victory

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:42
South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) has won a commanding victory, gaining 62% of the vote, the electoral commission says.

Why Apple would want to buy Beats

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:40

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said the company was going to go on a shopping spree and now it looks like the company is making good on that. Apple has reportedly made a bid to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. Beats was started by Rapper Andre "Dr. Dre" Young in 2008. It's best known for its headphones: they’re colorful, stylish and cost about $200.

"It’s certainly clear that this is a huge growth category within retail," says Ben Bajarin, a tech analyst with Creative Strategies. He says status headphones are big business. And Beats’ revenue reportedly topped $1 billion last year.

Not everyone agrees. "They certainly don’t need the headphone company, which makes second rate headphones based on marketing," says music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz. He thinks Apple would be a lot more interested in Beats’ music streaming service. Steve Jobs famously opposed the subscription music model and, instead, championed iTunes' current model, where you buy a song outright.

"The paradigm is shifting as I speak," says Lefsetz. "Apple iTunes sales are down, streaming revenue is up. Apple caught flat-footed, they’re trying to solve this problem by buying Beats."

But Apple doesn’t need to buy its way in to the streaming business says James McQuivey, a media and technology analyst at Forrester Research. "The subscription business is something Apple could have done by lifting a finger at any point during its history," says McQuivey. "This is not a unique skill set, industry relationship, technology, none of that."

McQuivey thinks the possible Beats buy would likely be part of a larger strategy. After all, Apple is sitting on $151 billion in cash and its shopping spree has just begun.


Publicis + Omnicom ≠ Merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:38

This was the first line of the press release—"Publicis and Omnicom agree to terminate proposed merger of equals." Big news if you care about the advertising industry. But even for those who could give a flip about the ad business, there's that "merger of equals" thing to think about.

The term sounds like an enlightened modern marriage. And in fact, when Publicis Chairman Maurice Levy and Omnicom CEO John Wren first announced their "engagement" last summer, there were flowers, adoring looks, and the arc de triumph in the background.

Publicis Chief Executive Maurice Lévy, left, and Omnicom CEO John Wren at a news conference announcing the merger in July. (Via Bloomberg News and the Wall Street Journal)

"They looked like best friends," says Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York. It was like a portrait for a wedding announcement. "Big smiles. Great scenery in the back."

The ideals driving a "merger of equals" really are noble, says Lawrence Hrebiniak, emiritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. The conversation between CEOs who want to embark upon one usually goes something like this, he says:

"We're both competent, we're both good, we're both capable, so let's, like adults, get together and decide how best to run this new large company that benefits from both of our sets of skills and capabilities."

But you can probably guess how this romance usually ends. "How do I put this," says Hrebeniak. "There's no such thing as a merger of equals."

Instead well-intentioned attempts often turn into a clash of cultures and battle for control. Our financial person's better than yours. Our marketing head is more aggressive than yours. "You have divisions, you have politics, people pushing for one person or another to lead the show," Hrebeniak says.

The only successful merger of equals that Sri Zaheer, dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, can think of wasn't technically a merger of equals at all. And that helped, she says. "People don't start feeling that everything has to be absolutely split down the middle."

That was back in 1998, when Norwest bank acquired Wells Fargo, and took its name.

Weekly Wrap: Yellen's dark notes on housing

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:36

For a look at what's been happening on Wall Street and elsewhere Marketplace's David Gura talks to Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville and our own Lizzie O'Leary, who's recently been named host of our new show, Marketplace Weekend, which'll launch next month.

Up for discussion is Apple's rumored plans to purchase Beats Electronics, and Fed Chair Janet Yellen's Senate testimony on the housing market.

Click play above to hear more.

Overlooked Giggs 'not disappointed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:29
Manchester United interim manager Ryan Giggs says he is not disappointed to have been overlooked for the role permanently.

VIDEO: 'Blood bath' in Mariupol

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:23
At least seven people have been killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol in fighting around police headquarters.

Cook says ODI conditions 'borderline'

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:23
England captain Alastair Cook says conditions were "borderline" during their 39-run one-day victory over Scotland.

Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:14

A huge number of adults in Europe will be obese or overweight by 2030, a study predicts. Ireland has the dubious honor of leading the way.

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Home-Wrecker: Woman Doesn't Like Neighbors, Demolishes Their Home

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:11

Ana Maria Moreta Folch said she was doing her neighborhood in St. Johns County, Fla., a favor. She was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, and released on $10,000 bail.

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'Provocative' Putin visit denounced

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:01
The US and EU condemn the first visit by Russia's Vladimir Putin to annexed Crimea, as violence continues between troops and rebels in Ukraine.

The used cars with no previous owner

BBC - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:54
The used cars with no previous owner

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