National / International News

All to play for in EU jobs push

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 05:18
Who else will sit on the next European Commission?

The Who announce 'long goodbye'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 05:15
Rock band The Who say their 50th anniversary UK tour forms part of their farewell plans.

Deal boosts Cumbria nuclear plans

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 05:01
Plans to build Europe's largest new nuclear project in Cumbria take a step forward after Toshiba and GDF Suez sign a deal to develop the site.

Obama to name McDonald new VA chief

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:41
President Barack Obama is to nominate ex-Proctor and Gamble chief Bob McDonald to lead the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

Boy and toddler on motorbike crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:37
A 12-year-old boy riding a motorcycle and his three-year-old passenger are injured in a crash with a car.

Boy kept in foster care 'unlawful'

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:27
Mother sues a Welsh council for keeping her nine-year-old son in foster care unlawfully.

Games subway strike threat lifted

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:22
A ballot for possible industrial action by staff on the Glasgow Subway during the Commonwealth Games in the city next month is called off.

VIDEO: Fireball meteor filmed over UK

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:12
A fireball meteor which passed over the UK on Monday has been caught on camera by a Devon observatory.

President insults Fifa over Suarez ban

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:04
Uruguay's President Jose Mujica uses a strongly worded attack on Fifa over the ban given to striker Luis Suarez for biting.

Two American Men Will Likely Face Trial In North Korea

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-30 04:03

A trial date for the two, who were traveling separately when they were arrested this spring, hasn't yet been announced.

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Warming threat to emperor penguins

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:51
Climate change is likely to cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100, a study suggests.

Prince starts Wales summer tour

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:47
Prince Charles starts his annual summer tour of Wales with a visit to three family businesses in south west Wales.

VIDEO: Python motto: Leave them wanting less

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:34
Monty Python team describe their stage show revival ahead of the 10-night run at London's O2 Arena

Day in pictures: 30 June 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:34
24 hours of news photos: 30 June 2014

Pakistan troops move against Taliban

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:29
The Pakistani army launches a ground offensive against Taliban militants in the tribal region of North Waziristan after weeks of air strikes.

Harry wraps up tour visiting children

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:26
Prince Harry has completed his week-long tour of Brazil and Chile with a visit to a centre for children with mental and physical disabilities.

ISIS Declares Caliphate As Iraq Fights To Retake Tikrit

NPR News - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:24

The plan was unveiled one day before the Iraqi parliament will hold its first meeting since the April 30 national elections.

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150mph driver with toddlers jailed

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:14
A driver is jailed for speeding at 150mph (240 km/h) with four young children who were not wearing seatbelts in the back of his car.

Financial IT firm creates 484 jobs

BBC - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:02
First Derivatives, a Newry-based financial technology firm, is to create 484 jobs.

We hate Facebook for reminding us it's so powerful

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-06-30 03:00

Over the weekend, your Facebook feed may have exploded with anger— at Facebook. Researchers from the company, in collaboration with academic social scientists, published the results from a study in which the company manipulated the news feeds of hundreds of thousands of users. Some users saw news feeds full of negative material, others saw material that was positive. The idea was to see how those two conditions made people feel.

Well, the answer was that people felt really, really mad.  

“This study has been characterized as Facebook deliberately trying to depress people,” says Michelle N. Meyer, a bioethicist at the Icahn School of Medicine. “Which, put that way, strikes people as potentially dangerous— and rude. People don’t like to feel like they’re being jerked around.”

Getting manipulated isn’t especially new, she says.  “We’re manipulated all the time. Every day. You know, your mother wants you to eat brussels sprouts.”

However, it may be rude of Facebook to rub users’ faces in its ability to manipulate what they see.

That highlights an uncomfortable reality, says Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain, who studies the internet and society.

“We are relying more and more on just a handful of intermediaries to offer us a view of the world,” he says. “And the view that they offer is produced by a secret sauce that nobody reviews.”   

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