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MPs back TV licence fee change

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:52
MPs vote in favour of plans to give the government power to decriminalise non-payment of the TV licence fee.

Can Fear Of Cancer Keep College Kids From Binge Drinking?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:42

College students tune out warnings about the risks of heavy drinking. Pointing out that drinking increases the risk of cancer may help, researchers say. But will that matter on Saturday night?

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How to unsend an email

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:36

Is there anything more horrific in these modern times than an erroneous reply all, an in-progress draft that gets sent, or a mistaken cc:? The answer is yes, there are many things that are much worse. However, nothing is quite as embarrassing.

Consider the case of Ben Sherwood, the newly-announced president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. Back in 2004, when Sherwood was executive producer of Good Morning America, he sent an encouraging holiday email to his employees lauding them for their work. Unfortunate for him, he also attached the editorial comments from his wife from when he was drafting the email.

A pretty harmless mistake, unless you count the use of "doll"as harmful to one's image. Some of you would. But an email that gets sent to the masses when it was intended for only one recipient can also be a motivator. Take Bill Cochran, for example. A creative director for ad agency Richards Group, he successfully pitched a Super Bowl commercial to Bridgestone Tires in 2010, and was looking to repeat his success in 2011. When an email from his boss jokingly pitted employees against each other for landing a successful Bridgestone pitch, Cochran meant to reply to just his art director with a derisive email about his fellow competitors.

Instead, he emailed his trash talking response to the entire company. Cue panic. After being thoroughly embarassed, Cochran turned the experience into his ad pitch. It went on to become the 2011 Bridgestone Superbowl commercial. 

In fact, a lot of humor can come out of a mistaken email chain. When Hollywood producer Nathane Kahane moved offices, his assistant sent an email notifying the A-list clients in Kahane's list of contacts. His mistake was in cc-ing the recipients instead of bcc-ing. Huge celebrities like Judd Apatow and Warren Beatty were treated to an email chain comprised of humorous reply-alls from people thoroughly enjoying the mistake, with Apatow leading the way.

Here's the thing. We're all familiar with the pitfalls of email, so there's a certain amount of forgiveness when a co-worker accidentally loops everyone in on their private business. In some instances, it even leads to a Super Bowl campaign. Mostly, though, it's just embarassing. So do yourself a favor. If Google's Gmail is your preferred messaging medium, check out the slideshow above to turn on the "unsend" feature. 

Last Chance To Ask About Health Law Before Sign-Up Deadline

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:36

A 19-year-old claimed on his parents' tax return as a dependent doesn't plan to buy health coverage. Forgoing insurance will trigger a penalty. Who will be on the hook for it?

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PM: Russia faces 'growing isolation'

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:29
The decision to axe the G8 summit shows Russia faces "growing political isolation", David Cameron says.

Axe migration target, Tory MP urges

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:18
David Cameron is urged to drop his pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands by a new Tory campaign group.

Disney buys Maker Studios for $500 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:10

The Walt Disney company will pay $500 million for Maker Studios, and is willing to add $450 million more to the deal if Maker meets performance goals. 

Fueled by a subscriber base of some 380 million people, Maker's content gets more than 5 billion views per month. 

Disney may excel at producing big-budget blockbusters, but Maker Studios is producing what kids and teens increasingly want: short-form videos they can watch on their cellphones.

And since young people are flocking to YouTube productions, so are advertisers. Brad Adgate, a Senior Vice President of Research at Horizon Media says forecasters predict sales of $5.7 billion in online advertising this year.

Adgate says it is unclear whether Maker Studios will be expected to fall in line with the family-friendly Disney brand and focus on PG-rated content, or whether Disney is willing to spice things up a bit for the sake of the particular demographic, among whom, Maker's content reigns supreme: teenagers. 

Disney buys Maker Studios for $500 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:10

The Walt Disney company will pay $500 million for Maker Studios, and is willing to add $450 million more to the deal if Maker meets performance goals. 

Fueled by a subscriber base of some 380 million people, Maker's content gets more than 5 billion views per month. 

Disney may excel at producing big-budget blockbusters, but Maker Studios is producing what kids and teens increasingly want: short-form videos they can watch on their cellphones.

And since young people are flocking to YouTube productions, so are advertisers. Brad Adgate, a Senior Vice President of Research at Horizon Media says forecasters predict sales of $5.7 billion in online advertising this year.

Adgate says it is unclear whether Maker Studios will be expected to fall in line with the family-friendly Disney brand and focus on PG-rated content, or whether Disney is willing to spice things up a bit for the sake of the particular demographic, among whom, Maker's content reigns supreme: teenagers. 

Moyes right man for Man Utd - Charlton

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:08
Sir Bobby Charlton says he is "absolutely certain" Manchester United were right to appoint David Moyes as manager.

Six options for new flood defences

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:05
Six options are being considered to help avoid a repeat of floods in which a person died and 400 homes were overrun in St Asaph, Denbighshire.

Radio phone-in language complaints

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:02
A live BBC Radio Wales phone-in programme about the Welsh language received more than 20 complaints, said media watchdog Ofcom.

MP Evans 'staggered' at rape arrest

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 06:00
The MP Nigel Evans told detectives he was "staggered" at being arrested over an alleged rape, a trial hears.

Lloyds 'cut' its PPI compensation

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:58
Lloyds Banking Group has been cutting compensation it pays to PPI claimants, a BBC investigation has discovered.

Fines rise as frequent truancy falls

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:50
Record numbers of parents in England have been issued with truancy fines, as the number of pupils persistently missing school falls, data shows.

100 jobs created at Belfast firm

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:42
One hundred manufacturing jobs are to be created in a £40m investment at west Belfast firm Delta Print and Packaging.

National Guard To Join Search In Washington State Mudslide

NPR News - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:42

The number of dead stood at 14, while 176 people were still unaccounted for three days after the massive slide near Oso, Wash. But officials caution that the number of missing might go down.

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VIDEO: Royal Mail plans to cut 1,600 jobs

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:36
Royal Mail is planning to cut 1,600 roles, mostly head office managerial jobs, as part of a drive to cut costs.

AUDIO: Prison book restrictions "sensible"

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:33
Prisons minister Jeremy Wright has defended regulations which prevent prisoners being sent books and other items.

US girl breaks cookie-sales record

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:30
A 12-year-old US Girl Scout breaks the organisation's national record by selling 18,107 boxes of cookies over a period of seven weeks.

Google Glass in Ray-Ban tie-up

BBC - Tue, 2014-03-25 05:29
Google wants its smart eyewear Glass to be desirable to everyone, not just tech-savvy enthusiasts.

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