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No change parking meters make £300k

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:33
Cornwall Council is making more than £300,000 a year because its parking machines do not give change, it emerges.

The painting that shocked a suffragette

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:21
A century ago a painting in the National Gallery was slashed by a suffragette who objected to the way men stood around gawping at it.

Quarry dog attack: Man arrested

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:07
The owner of a dog that attacked a woman in Lincoln and left her with "devastating injuries" is arrested.

Homes 'to get £1,000 Gatwick cash'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:06
Thousands of households affected by noise from a possible second runway at Gatwick would be given £1,000 a year in compensation if it is built, the airport's boss says.

300 film sequel slays competition

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:05
300: Rise of an Empire, the sequel to 2006 hit 300, slayed the competition at cinemas this weekend, earning $45.1m (£27m) in the US and Canada and an additional $87.8m (£52.6m) worldwide.

QR barcodes plan for energy bills

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:00
Energy bills are to come with compulsory Quick Response, or QR, codes to help people switch supplier more easily, the government says.

The people's return of Veronica Mars

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:45
Fans bring TV series Veronica Mars to big screen

SXSW Frontlines: How to protect your data

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:40

If you're a famous musician, a tech company CEO, or a tiny startup with big dreams, chances are you or some of the people who work for you are spending time in Austin, Texas this week for the conference known as South By Southwest (SXSW). It's an event that draws thousands of people together ever year for an exchange of ideas, business cards, and plenty of deal-making.

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson joins Morning Report host David Brancaccio from Austin with the latest.

Man 'used drone to smuggle drugs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:40
A man is arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to smuggle drugs into a prison using a drone, Australian police say.

The people who believe in medical miracles

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:39
The evangelicals who believe the dead can be raised

Barclays' bonus muddle

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:28
Have the bank's bonuses gone up or down?

Missing Malaysia jet 'a mystery'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:27
The fate of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remains "a mystery", says Malaysia's civil aviation chief, with hijacking not ruled out.

VIDEO: Could robots help children with autism?

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:25
A robotic companion is helping children with autism learn and develop communication skills.

PODCAST: Seen at South By

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:16

SXSW Interactive is in full swing in Austin, Texas. With five days packed full of panels, parties, and of course, tacos, it's impossible to get to every can't-miss event. Fear not: Marketplace Tech has you covered. 

Throughout the festival, our producers and reporters are speaking to some of the biggest names in tech. 

Plus, China has issued a miserable little statistic about its economy. At a time when forecasters were expecting the country's exports to grow, they shrunk 18 percent last month. That has some economists worried about the growth of China's consumer economy. And yet, others are pointing out that the numbers were impacted by the Chinese New Year.

Loss will not damage City - Pellegrini

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:11
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says exiting the FA Cup will not affect their chances of winning more trophies.

Exchanging currency in Venezuela is a nightmare

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 01:00

Exchanging currency in Venezuela is a nightmare. The official exchange rate is six bolivars to the U.S. dollar, but on the black market, the rate is around 80 to one dollar.

The bolivar is like a hot potato. Rice University professor Mark Jones says the average Venezuelan has no confidence in the currency and “tries to get rid of it as soon as possible, especially with inflation that approaching around fifty percent right now.”

The country introduces a new currency exchange system today that’s meant to bring the official rate closer to the black market exchange rate. That could be good for U.S. companies, which have been unable to convert and export profits made in Venezuela.

Wolfgang Koester is CEO of FiREapps, which helps corporations manage their foreign exchange. He says Venezuela’s new system will not in itself “help corporations yet. But if they continue down this path and free their currency up, that will be helpful for corporations.”



Ward suffers battling defeat by Lopez

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 00:51
British number three James Ward is beaten 3-6 6-2 6-4 by Feliciano Lopez at the BNP Paribas Open in California.

Asian markets tumble on weak data

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 00:51
Asian shares fall after both China and Japan released disappointing economic data, worrying investors about a slowdown in the region.

Obesity fears over council cuts

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 00:18
Cuts to council leisure services will have a "depressing, alarming and disastrous" impact on attempts to tackle obesity, a leading doctor says.

VIDEO: A look inside the National Grid

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 00:12
Bang Goes The Theory returns on Monday, with a look behind the scenes at one of the most secret locations in the UK, the control room of the National Grid.

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