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Deep sea mining licences issued

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:55
The UN's seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

Porn filter shunned by UK net users

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:30
The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.

VIDEO: 'No arms sent to Russian forces'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:29
The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has insisted that Britain is not supplying Russia with military equipment.

Priority school places plan for poor

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:24
Schools in England could be allowed to offer priority places to the poorest children in their area under proposals put forward by the government.

Bank and business at odds over rates

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:23
Bank of England minutes show officials are still wary over raising interest rates while the Institute of Directors believes the Bank is being too cautious.

Key bridge blown up in Nigeria

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:18
Militant Islamists are suspected to have blown up a major bridge in north-eastern Nigeria, disrupting transport links with Cameroon, local residents tell the BBC.

AUDIO: Neighbours's first indigenous actor

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:15
Susan Bower, former executive producer at Neighbours and the University of Melbourne's Angeline Ferdinand discuss Neighbours's first indigenous actor.

'Trojan Horse' probe 'needs review'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:08
The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

VIDEO: Giant puppet creator on Liverpool show

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:02
Giant puppets are set to roam the streets of Liverpool as part of the World War One centenary. Writer and director Jean-Luc Courcoult explains how his characters come to life.

Police 'failing to use handbrakes'

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:00
Thousands of pounds of damage is caused to police cars and property after officers fail to apply the handbrake properly.

In search of better email encryption

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:00

Since the Snowden revelations, it has become clear that email as a basic internet protocol is essentially insecure, and other options -- texting, messaging apps, and the like -- are not much better. 

"If you really want to have secure communication, don't use email," says New York Times Tech Columnist Molly Wood.

There has been signifigant movement on creating simpler encryption tools -- Virtru, for example, is a browser plugin that encrypts messages for the recipient when emails are sent from a browser using the program.

However, even a potentially game-changing method like this has its issues: a third party is still being given the information. 

 

Little banks swing (and miss) at the big guys

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:00

Almost 80 percent of respondents in a recent Harris poll blame big banks for the financial crisis. The poll was commissioned by smaller banks.  

They're using it to smack the big guys by running TV ads that say, 'hey, we’re the good guys.'

But the commercials haven’t made a dent yet in big bank dominance. 

“If you go back to 1994, the community banks and credit unions had about a 70 percent market share. Today, the community banks and credit unions have less than 30,” says Gabe Krajicek, CEO of BancVue, which supplies high-tech services to small banks.

Krajicek says consumers think they can only get the latest mobile banking apps from the big banks.  

There’s another reason we stay with the megabanks, even if we hate them: convenience. 

“If you have to drive five miles to use your ATM, most people don’t like that,” says Bill Black, an economist at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Black says community banks are able to make a lot of small business loans, but only because the big banks won’t bother with them. 

See the infographic below to see some more stats about local banking:

(Courtesy:KASASA)

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story referenced Gabe Krajicek as CEO for Kasasa. He is the CEO of BancVue, which owns the product Kasasa. The text has been corrected.

Netflix goes global. Will it pay off?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-07-23 02:00

Stock in Netflix has been flirting with an all-time highs this week.

Investors are bullish about the company’s prospects overseas; Netflix plans to expand into European markets in September.

“International expansion has been a core part of Netflix strategy,” says Andy Liu, director at Standard & Poor.

But others believe the stock is overvalued.

Michael Pachter is a research analyst at Wedbush Securities. He anticipates that expanding into new international markets will be expensive.

“Each country requires separate technology spending. Each country requires a separate content deal,” says Pachter.

VIDEO: Danny Boyle judges cemetery film fest

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:54
Film-maker Danny Boyle is to judge a film festival being held in an east London cemetery.

France jails pro-Palestinian rioters

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:50
A French court jails three young men for rioting after a pro-Palestinian demonstration in a mixed suburb of Paris degenerated into anti-Semitic violence.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:45
The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

After 10 days & 8,500 miles... St Helena reach Glasgow

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:42
St Helena's Commonwealth Games team travel five days on a ship and then take two flights to reach Glasgow 2014.

Cancer girl charity is investigated

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:34
A cancer charity which helped fly terminally ill Aberdeenshire girl Olivia Downie home from Mexico is investigated.

Dog's life for Pudsey film flop

BBC - Wed, 2014-07-23 01:28
A film based on Pudsey, the dancing dog winner of Britain's Got Talent, flops at the UK box office as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the weekend.
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