National / International News

VIDEO: Footage of rare 'blood moon' eclipse

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 02:15
People in the Americas have been treated to a rare "blood moon" lunar eclipse. Jonathan Amos explains the science behind the colour change.

Elite marathon runner misses flight

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 02:14
A female London Marathon runner from Sierra Leone is missing after she disappeared and failed to catch a flight home.

Pistorius damaged but not destroyed

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 02:12
Pistorius damaged but not destroyed, says Andrew Harding

VIDEO: New rivals for One Direction

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 02:09
British Boy Band The Vamps talk about their fans and being compared to One Direction

Justin Bieber assault hearing set

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:56
The singer's next court hearing over his assault charge for hitting a limousine driver will take place in May.

VIDEO: Michael Morpurgo: How to mark WW1

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:56
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo on how to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

Donations surge for marathon runner

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:44
More than £40,000 is donated to charity in memory of a runner who died after collapsing at the finishing line of the London Marathon.

VIDEO: UK inflation fall announced

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:39
The UK inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 1.6% in March from 1.7% in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

VIDEO: Plane robotic sub mission cut short

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:34
The robot submarine sent to search for wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has had its first mission cut short.

Iran complains to UN over envoy ban

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:33
Iran complains to the United Nations over the decision by the US to refuse a visa for its newly appointed permanent representative.

AUDIO: Farage: Expenses complaint 'outrageous'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:27
Nigel Farage reacts to a complaint about how he has used his "general expenditure allowance" from the EU.

UK ready for Ukraine 'sacrifices'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:21
The UK is prepared to make economic "sacrifices" in its efforts to prevent Russia "destabilising" Ukraine, Foreign Secretary William Hague says.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:15
Author Donna Tartt is awarded this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her critically acclaimed third novel The Goldfinch.

Gold panner finds human remains

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:06
Police are called out after a man finds human bones while panning for gold in a south of Scotland village.

The GM hearings could be just for show

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:06

General Motors CEO Mary Barra has been getting a lot of heat from Congress for the troubles at GM. In a blog post yesterday, Barra promised "accountability" from senior leadership when it comes to dealing with future safety problems at the company.

We ask: just who is accountable? Marketplace regular Alan Sloan, senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine has been watching Barra, who's only been in the job since January 15th,  try to weather the storm which originated years ago. Sloan says Congress is villanizing the wrong person.

Click on the audio player above to hear more. 

Bleeding out

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-15 01:00

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. 

"When you add up all these IT hours as well as physical costs, you know, buying additional software for security reasons for these companies. I have to believe that the cost will probably be in the billions," says tech consultant Tim Bajarin.

Another blow that's a bit harder to calculate: the PR cost

"You first need to fix the issue. Plug the hole and then secondly, you need to re-instill confidence in your user base so that Heartbleed doesn’t continue to drain you, even after the fact," says data consultant Will Riegel. He says many consumers have scaled back online shopping and other transactions and coaxing them back will require outreach.

Riegel says it will take months before we can start to assess the full economic impact of Heartbleed.

Neel Mehta, Bug Bounty Hunter

Heartbleed is going to cost a lot of people a lot of money. But even before IT departments everywhere kicked into overdrive to install patches, there were already big bucks at play courtesy of a bug bounty paid to the man who discovered Heartbleed, Google security researcher Neel Mehta. For his discovery, he received $15,000, which he charitably donated to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, a group that was in the midst of crowd-funding for new encryption tools designed specifically for journalists. Though, some estimate that with the scope of security flaws like Heartbleed, future bounties could yield prizes closer to $100,000 - $500,000.

In the meantime, if you know an IT guy/gal burning the midnight oil, go ahead and buy them this shirt.

Obama presses Putin over Ukraine

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 00:46
The US president urges his Russian counterpart to use his influence to make separatists in eastern Ukraine stand down as the government moves against them.

VIDEO: Water quality at UK beaches 'excellent'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-15 00:43
A record 73% of beaches in the UK have "excellent" water quality because of last summer's dry weather, according to the Marine Conservation Society.

Quality of beach water improves

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 23:38
A survey has commended 54 Scottish beaches for having "excellent" quality water, the highest number to meet the standard in 27 years.

Debenhams sees profits fall 25%

BBC - Mon, 2014-04-14 23:35
Department store chain Debenhams reports a 25% fall in half-year profits after what it calls a "challenging" trading period.

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