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Babies 'rapid brain growth revealed'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 15:40
A new scanning technique shows babies' brains grow most rapidly immediately after birth.

The designer taking his Xhosa heritage global

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 15:33
The South African fashion designer taking his heritage global

Actor-Comedian Robin Williams Dies At 63

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 15:33

Williams was found in his California home Monday. The cause of death is believed to be suicide, according to a statement by the Marin County Sheriff's Office.

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VIDEO: Yazidis cling on to aid flight

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 15:26
The BBC's Jiyar Gol reports from one of the helicopters dropping aid to the Yazidis in Mount Sinjar, desperate to avoid the advance of the Islamic State in Iraq.

Heads warn about Trojan overreaction

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 15:14
There are warnings that anti-extremism measures for schools in the wake of the Trojan Horse inquiries are rushed and could have unintended consequences.

Moncton police killer pleads guilty

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 14:15
A Canadian man accused of killing three police officers in June in Moncton, New Brunswick, has pleaded guilty to all charges.

Barneys Agrees To Settlement Over Racial Profiling Allegations

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 14:03

The retailer will pay a fine of $525,000 in connection to charges that its flagship store in New York was disproportionately suspecting black and Hispanics of credit card fraud and shoplifting.

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Who on Earth are the Zonians?

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:42
A patch of smalltown America transported to the tropics

Man City complete Mangala signing

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:39
Manchester City sign France international defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto for a fee understood to be about £32m.

The Man Who Might Be Iraq's Next Prime Minister

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:31

Haider al-Abadi, a prominent politician for the past decade, has been nominated as prime minister. But a potential confrontation looms with Nouri al-Maliki, the man who's had the job for eight years.

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Majority of Scots back using pound

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:30
A majority of Scots think an independent Scotland should continue to use the pound, according to the Scottish Social Attitudes survey.

In pictures: Exodus of Yazidis

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:29
Yazidi refugees fleeing violence from Islamic State militants

After Factory Layoffs, Struggling To Stay On The Economic Ladder

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:29

Lynn Eldredge has had six different jobs since he was laid off from a tractor manufacturer in 2000. Fourteen years later, he makes the same amount of money at his current job that he did back then.

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Foreign Office minister resigns

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:22
Junior Foreign Office minister Mark Simmonds resigns from the government, saying he "has to put family life first".

Academic must return boy to Japan

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:22
A Cambridge University academic is ordered to return her seven-year-old son to his father in Japan, a family court rules.

Anti-fracking vigil at borehole site

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:22
Anti-fracking protesters celebrate a decision to block permission for an exploratory borehole for shale gas in County Fermanagh.

Aid mission to Ukraine 'agreed'

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:20
Ukraine and Russia say they agree to a Red Cross-led humanitarian aid mission to the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Luhansk.

British hopes high for Zurich gold

BBC - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:20
Established stars and talented British youngsters can shine at the European Athletics Championships, writes Tom Fordyce.

Are your sneakers real?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:16

The World Customs Organization, an international association of customs and law enforcement agencies, is out with its annual report on seizures of illegal goods and counterfeiting.

The product most likely to be counterfeited or illegally traded last year was pharmaceuticals, at a whopping 76 percent of all seizures.

The most counterfeited brand, on the other hand, was Nike. Followed by Apple, Rolex, Samsung and Adidas

 

Why BuzzFeed might be worth $850 million

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-08-11 13:16

BuzzFeed, the website that blessed us with the listicle revolution, just raised $50 million from some very prominent venture capitalists. That investment values the company at an estimated $850 million. To put this in context, the Washington Post recently sold for $250 million dollars. So, how did that valuation happen?

For one thing, BuzzFeed boasts that 150 million people visit it every month. By contrast, the New York Times gets 53.8 million visitors, according to comScore. But it's not just the number of visits that’s valuable, it's who those visitors are. Paul Sweeney, an analyst at Bloomberg Industries, said most of BuzzFeed’s audience is 35-and-under, a demographic that’s catnip to advertisers.

"It’s been harder and harder for advertisers to reach a younger demographic," Sweeney said. "The younger folks are the ones who are spending more time on the Internet, more time off of traditional media like newspapers, magazines or television."

A lot of BuzzFeed’s traffic comes from people sharing its stories on social media sites. Sweeney says that's a risky strategy. BuzzFeed’s audience would be decimated if social media sites excluded its content.

But investors are betting that BuzzFeed will grow beyond listicles, said Ethan Kurzweil, a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners. He said investors expect BuzzFeed to become a go-to-platform that offers all kinds of content from video to news and who knows what else.

"I assume they’re betting on a modern media tech company," Kurzweil said. "Sort of a modern People Magazine, ESPN all in one, all in one, all in one property."

In fact, BuzzFeed is using its newest round of funding to expand into movies, said Rebecca Lieb, an analyst at the Altimeter Group. She says don’t expect BuzzFeed to compete with 20th Century Fox or Paramount by making traditional films.

"I really don’t think that’s going to be the case," she said. 

Lieb predicts BuzzFeed will redefine movies and create ones that cater to its digital-first audience.

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