National / International News

England 'some way off' Test team

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:28
National selector James Whitaker says places in England's team for the first Test against Sri Lanka are still up for grabs.

Sir and Miss for teachers 'sexist'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:20
Pupils addressing their teachers as Sir or Miss is depressing, sexist and gives women teachers who do the same job as men "low status", an academic says.

Google must 'rewrite history' - front pages

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:19
Several papers focus on the European Court ruling that people are entitled to ask search engines to remove links deemed "inadequate or irrelevant".

Account payment cost 'extraordinary'

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 21:14
The amount a government accounting system spends to pay external suppliers is "extraordinarily high", according to Stormont's spending watchdog.

Pentagon OKs Manning Transfer For Gender Treatment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:52

Pvt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman.

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Yahoo buys messaging app Blink

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:24
Yahoo acquires Blink, a mobile application that allows users to share messages that self-destruct, in order to poach the talent behind it.

Eastern European jobs data expected

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:23
The first figures showing the number of Bulgarians and Romanians in work in the UK since restrictions on their movement were lifted are expected later.

A history of telecom mergers, charted

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:17

AT&T is reportedly close to making an offer to buy DirecTV in a deal that would value the satellite dish TV operator at nearly $50 billion.

According to the Wall Street Journal: 

"A deal could boost the flow of cash that AT&T could use to pay its dividend and fund a build out of its broadband Internet infrastructure, analysts have said. It also comes as AT&T increasingly views video—whether via pay TV service or delivered over the Web or its wireless network—as central to its future.

Adding satellite TV capabilities also could allow AT&T to free up valuable bandwidth on its Internet connections to customer homes."

The possible merger has us thinking about the history of media consolidation:

Report decries tobacco child labour

BBC - Tue, 2014-05-13 20:08
Why US children as young as 12 pick tobacco
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