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Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:53
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:53

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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Art forger collection fetches £50,000

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:39
A collection of art by a master forger whose work fooled dealers and galleries around the world sells at auction for more than £50,000.

VIDEO: Ebola: Scenes of horror in Liberia

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:36
There have now been more than 4,800 reported deaths from Ebola, with Liberia the worst affected country. Around 50 new cases are being reported every day in the capital Monrovia.

UCI & Wada to appeal Kreuziger case

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:34
Wada and UCI will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Czech cyclist Roman Kreuziger is cleared of doping offences.

ACLU Challenges Miami Law On Behalf Of Homeless Sex Offenders

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 13:29

Miami-Dade County has strict limits on where sex offenders can live — so strict, many wind up living in outdoor encampments. Now the ACLU is challenging the law, which it says is harsh and arbitrary.

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Payout to mother of secret PC's child

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:59
The Metropolitan Police is to pay £425,000 to a woman whose child was fathered by a man she did not know was an undercover police officer.

What's My Risk Of Catching Ebola?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:57

Folks in the U.S. are in a panic about catching Ebola. Let's just say, you're more likely to be eaten by a shark. The situation in Liberia, however, is starkly different.

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Your favourite football no-no's

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:44
After Mario Balotelli's controversial half-time shirt swap, BBC Sport asked you for your pet hates in the game.

VIDEO: CCTV of Ottawa shooting suspect

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:28
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) releases video footage of the suspected gunman arriving at the country's parliament building during Wednesday's shooting incident.

Cigarette-Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking At Work

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:22

Until now, Reynolds employees have been able to light up at their desks. But come January, workers will have to either go outside or use specially equipped smoking rooms.

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:22

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 12:22

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

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Report Says UNC Grade-Boosting Scandal Involved Fake Classes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:49

An independent investigation found that the school's African and Afro-American Studies Department used the "paper classes" to inflate grades for more than 3,000 students, nearly half of them athletes.

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Kosovo minister in key Serbia visit

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:28
Enver Hoxhaj becomes the first minister from Kosovo to officially visit Serbia since his country unilaterally seceded in 2008.

A game of (porcelain) thrones

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:27

Data journalism may have just jumped the shark.

Real estate brokerage firm Redfin recently calculated the number of residential toilets per capita in the country's biggest metropolitan areas.

Boulder, Colorado is the winner, so to speak: 102 commodes per 100 people. That’s 305,200 total toilets, using more than 5.3 million gallons of water per day. Miami, Florida comes up last at 62 per 100, and the national average floats at 83.

Redfin says too few toilets in a home is often a deal breaker for many prospective buyers. After all, nobody likes standing outside the bathroom waiting for Dad to finish reading the newspaper.

Amazon earnings: the experiment (and losses) continue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:21

Amazon isn't quite what you'd call a blue chip, yet. In its quarterly earnings release after markets closed, Thursday, the giant online retailer reported an uptick in sales. But losses were up, too, nearly half a billion dollars in the third quarter alone. 

"You know that Wu Tang song, Cash Rules Everything Around Me?" asks Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson. "This has to be Jeff Bezos's mantra over the past several years... but he hasn't been making enough." 

 

From Fire phones, tablets and TVs to losses in streaming video, Amazon seems to be overwhelmed with its multiple business under one roof. 

"Selling retail, but also you should remember Amazon's cloud services," Johnson says, are some of the bright spots. Think: the company's $600 million cloud contract with the CIA. 

Amazon has long been subject to criticism that it is too many things in one, and will eventually have to pare down. But that moment doesn't seem to be coming any time soon. 

Bezos, Johnson said, seems to be looking toward a broad ecosystem, where Amazon is a part of nearly every aspect of our lives: from retail to gadgets, to entertainment, groceries and more. 

VIDEO: Art on motorbikes in Kampala

BBC - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:19
Artists in Uganda are using motorbikes to carry and display street art installations as part of the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival.

The numbers for October 23, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:15

More than 3,000 University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill students, about half of them athletes - took classes that didn't require attendance and only had one assignment, which was graded generously by a staff member. That's according to an eight-month investigation from Kenneth L. Wainstein and commissioned by the university. The report, released Wednesday, alleges 18 years of academic fraud encouraged by the athletic officials to keep students eligible to play.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the full story, along with a breakdown of key findings and the main players.

Many, many companies including Amazon, Microsoft, GM, Comcast and United are reporting earnings today. In the meantime, here are the stories we're reading - and numbers we're watching - Thursday.

50.7

The euro-zone's factory Purchasing Mangagers' Index, up from 50.3 least month and beating out Bloomberg's projected 49.9 contraction. Good news for the still struggling European economy.

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That's when the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act was passed, requiring telephone companies to make phone lines tap-able for law enforcement. FBI Director James Comey is pushing to broaden CALEA to get around new smartphone encryption measures from Apple and Google, the Hill reported.

20

That's how many days a month modern global CEOs are on the road, according to the associate dean of Yale's business school. Following the death of French energy CEO Christophe de Margerie on a Moscow runway, Bloomberg explored the grueling, "essentially homeless" lifestyle of traveling executives.

Catfish business leveling out in rural Alabama

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-10-23 11:12

Townsend Kyser has been raising catfish in rural Western Alabama for many years. 

"Farming drives the economy in our area, and catfish drives that farming," Kyser said. 

Prices are beginning to level out (about $1.15 pound for whole, live catfish), after some volatile swings in that past few years.

Listen to Kyser's reflections on the catfish economy and the future of jobs in his area using the audio player above

 

Meantime, if you've never cooked catfish before, give this rib-sticking recipe a try.

Southern Fried Catfish

Pat fresh catfish fillets dry
Batter with cornmeal and secret spices
Drop them in 350 degree oil for 3 min

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