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Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:04
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

Yorke releases album via BitTorrent

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:03
Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases his latest solo album via BitTorrent in an attempt to bypass "the self-elected gatekeepers" of the music industry.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:00
Polar bears have changed their diet, and other nuggets.

Will .Health Make It More Likely That You'll Get Scammed?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:55

New websites ending in "health," "doctor" and "clinic" will soon start appearing online. But anyone can buy those names. Some public health researchers worry that they'll purvey bogus medical advice.

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VIDEO: What is it about Facetune?

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:33
The BBC's Mark Lobel visited the creators of the photo-editing app Facetune, based in Israel, to find out how they created a product which has sold extensively in over 100 countries.

EU and Canada detail trade deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:30
EU and Canadian leaders have announced a trade agreement, but it could still come unstuck.

VIDEO: MPs vote to launch attacks on IS

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:25
Members of Parliament have voted in favour of UK military intervention in Iraq, to confront Islamic State (IS) militants.

VIDEO: The female pilot taking on IS

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:24
The Emirati pilot battling Islamic State

Ai Weiwei creates Blenheim art show

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:22
The UK's biggest exhibition of works by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has been put together at Blenheim Palace with the help of 3D technology.

The numbers for September 26, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:20

The news has been dominated this week by U.S.-led airstrikes on ISIS compounds in Syria, and today is no different. After a seven-hour debate, the U.K. parliament voted Friday to take military action against extremist groups in Iraq, the BBC reported. After being recalled by Prime Minister David Cameron, Parliament supported airstrikes beginning as early as Sunday, in a 524-43 vote.

Here's what we're reading — and some other numbers we're watching — Friday:

25 percent

The portion of auto loans made last year that are considered subprime — a number that has jumped in the last five years, and caught the attention of federal regulators. There's a side effect of this new subprime boom: More cars are being outfitted with a device allowing lenders to shut the engine down remotely if the owner misses a payment. These devices have become more and more common, the New York Times reported, and borrowers are raising serious safety concerns.


That's how many requests the much-hyped, invite-only social networking site Ello was getting every hour on Thursday, BetaBeat reported. Ello has billed itself as a sort of anti-Facebook, pledging to stay ad-free and never sell user data. The site's staff was blindsided by the high traffic and considered temporarily freezing account creation, but resolved to limit new users to about five to ten invites instead. 

50 percent

Half of all mercury found in public water treatment plants comes from discarded dental fillings, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. To reduce waste, the EPA is pushing for dentist offices to use special devices that pull bits of mercury from water before it goes down the drain, the National Journal reported.


Surprise album releases are the new endlessly hyped album releases. Thom Yorke just put out a new solo record, "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes," on BitTorrent for $6. That model is meant as an experiment, Pitchfork reported. Yorke's band Radiohead has done stuff like this before, self-releasing new music through a pay-what-you like model, surprise announcements and even an iOS app.

Why We Won't See The Likes Of Eric Holder Again

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:11

The drama and conflict of the attorney general's tenure in office unfolded against the interracial tensions that torment our culture.

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 08:01
The week in numbers with our Go Figure images.

Mosques call for hostage's release

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:55
Mosques in north-west England call for the release of hostage Alan Henning, who has been threatened with execution by Islamic State militants.

Lights, Camera, Drones: Hollywood's Lens Gets A Little Larger

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:52

The FAA is granting six movie and TV production companies permission to use drones for filming. The move could pave the way for the unmanned aircraft systems to be used in other commercial ventures.

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EU hopeful of Ukraine gas deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:49
The EU's energy commissioner outlines plans for a deal between Ukraine and Russia to end their row over gas deliveries, after talks in Berlin.

CCTV operator jailed for voyeurism

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:39
A CCTV operator who was convicted of repeatedly watching a woman in north Belfast with a police camera is jailed for a total of eight months.

Date fixed for comet landing attempt

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:35
Europe's daring attempt to put a small robot on the surface of Comet 67P will take place on Wednesday 12 November.

Google urged to change privacy rules

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:30
EU data watchdogs move again to persuade Google to change its privacy policies which were consolidated two years ago.

The team that forgot how to win

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:23
Why are Leicestershire, who have not won a Championship game for two seasons, the worst four-day team in the country?

And The Million Dollar Hult Prize Goes To A Doc In A Box

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-26 07:18

The challenge: come up with a plan to improve healthcare in slums. There were 11,000 entries, featuring everything from bees to chewing gum as part of the proposal. And the winner is...

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