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Special sauce, special sale

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:30
$258 million

That's how much Google Ventures initially invested in Uber in August 2013. It's put more money in the e-hailing service since then and a Goggle exec sits on Uber's board, but the companies could soon go from friends to bitter enemies, if they haven't already. Bloomberg dropped the bomb late Monday that Google is prepping its own ride service, likely connected to its self-driving cars. It would be a blow and a huge new threat to Uber, which is investing in its own self-driving cars now.

$10 billion

That's how much the college bookstore industry is worth — and now Amazon wants a piece of that market. The online retailer will establish an on-campus distribution system at three universities to deliver textbook orders within one day. It will also offer deliveries of other goods in one day for students who purchase a discounted Prime plan at $49 — Amazon's customer loyalty program, which also includes access to its streaming video service.


The number of measles cases recorded statewide in California as of Monday night, nearly a third in Orange County alone. This outbreak has been largely attributed to the anti-vaccination movement that's gained momentum in the past several years and threatened to become a partisan issue Monday. It was perfect timing for the new episode of Retro Report, which explores how debunked autism research, celebrity and false balance in the media pushed down vaccination rates in some parts of the U.S.


At least that many court cases in the past two months have had to wrestle with the use of emoji in texts, Facebook posts or other online chatter being admitted as evidence. We told you about one already, and the Marshall Project has outlined several more. They also created a nifty tool that pairs a random movie line with a random emoji to show how the context changes.


That's the year Edsac, the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator and one of the UK's earliest computers, first ran calculations. A piece of that computer was recently discovered in the U.S., as reported by the BBC.

25 milliliters

That's the size of a tube of McDonald's Big Mac secret sauce, now on sale in Australia until supplies run out. 

Williams family fights over estate

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:28
Robin Williams' widow and children go to court in a dispute over the late comedian's estate.

10 reasons to watch rugby league in 2015

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:26
A new structure, new signings and the chance to see a lesser-spotted Crowe - what does rugby league have to offer in 2015?

Murderer loses whole-life challenge

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:04
A triple murderer loses his challenge at the European Court of Human Rights against his whole-life prison sentence.

Birds take it in turns to lead

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:01
Like cyclists in a peloton, birds solve their flocking dilemma by taking it in turns, research reveals.

Ocado reports first annual profit

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 01:00
Online grocer Ocado reports a full-year pre-tax profit for the first time since launching in 2000 as sales jump to almost £1bn.

Automatic prison early release ends

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:48
The Scottish government announces it is ending automatic early release for prisoners jailed for more than four years.

Water bills to fall 2% in next year

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:44
Water customers in England and Wales will see their bills fall by an average of 2% - or £9 - over the coming year, the industry has announced.

Labour rejects fresh City criticism

BBC - Tue, 2015-02-03 00:27
Labour rejects fresh criticism from senior business figures, including ex-M&S boss Lord Rose, suggesting attacks on its policies are politically motivated.