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How far will tech fitness products run?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:16
Are fitness tech products on a road to nowhere?

Voters warned: Don't take selfies

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:12
Polling station staff will try to stop voters taking selfies on Thursday in case they accidentally break the law.

Two editors leaving Media Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:06
Editors at two of Wales' newspapers are leaving their jobs, it is announced.

Scotland pick Lamont for Games Sevens

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:00
International wingers Sean Lamont and Tommy Seymour are included in Scotland's Sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.

Austen's hidden note linked to novel

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 02:00
A handwritten note by author Jane Austen "hidden" for 150 years on the back of a scrap of paper is revealed for the first time.

Couple to be extradited to US later

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:52
A British couple facing extradition to the US on fraud charges are to be flown out of the UK later, their solicitor confirms.

House sales 'strongest since 2007'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:51
Northern Ireland house prices are rising, according to new figures covering the first months of 2014.

VIDEO: Voice judges want Jacko 'holograms'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:49
The judges of the show, American Voice, say they would like to have 'holograms' made of themselves.

Retail sales growth at 10 year high

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:46
UK retail sales rose by 6.9% in April compared with the same month a year earlier, new official figures show.

The England captain who married her team-mate

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:21
"It's a shame you can't be open in football," says Kate Richardson-Walsh, England hockey captain and partner of team-mate Helen.

AUDIO: Parents 'may give up' on child support

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:17
Janet Allbeson and Steve Webb discuss changes to child maintenance arrangements.

Supreme Court Ruling Not Enough To Prevent Debtors' Prisons

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:01

In 1983, the high court ruled judges can't jail someone because they're too poor to pay their fines and fees. But an NPR investigation found judges still use jail time as punishment for non-payment.

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Whisk offers a different model for getting around town

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-21 01:00

When you think of the iconic images of New York City, certainly the yellow taxi cab comes to mind. It makes sense - NYC makes up 40 percent of the for-hire vehicle industry's business in the United States. It's why Michael Ibrahim, CEO of a startup called Whisk, thinks his business couldn't have gotten started anywhere else.

Unlike other phone apps with on-demand car services (think Uber or Lyft), Whisk doesn't deal in recruiting drivers to be part of its service. Instead, it serves as a platform for users to locate the nearest  black car or livery business vehicles. Also, unlike its competitors, users can watch their ride fare in real time on their phone, not unlike riding in a yellow taxi. 

Ibrahim says that working with multiple businesses that offer cars for hire allows Whisk to avoid a common problem found in other ride-sharing programs:

"There’s actually a predicative problem about knowing where rides are going to come from at what time and helping to deploy drivers. And what we get, because of our model, is we have all these partners that are helping us do it."

McIlroy ends engagement to Wozniacki

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:53
Two-time major winner Rory McIlroy ends his engagement with former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

Man held after body found in river

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:51
A man is arrested after the body of a woman is recovered from the River Clyde in South Lanarkshire.

Obesity op rules stricter in Wales

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:34
People in Wales needing bariatric surgery to help lose weight have to meet stricter criteria than patients in England, a report finds.

Greens' message resonating - Bennett

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:30
The Green Party of England and Wales is "on track" to make gains in Thursday's European elections, its leader says.

Search for missing boat resumes

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
The search for a fishing boat missing off the north east coast of Scotland resumes, as the two men on board are named locally.

Is bubbling property really the greatest threat?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
Is bubbling property the greatest threat to UK’s recovery?

Arrests in Syria charity fraud probe

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-21 00:28
Counter-terrorism police arrest five men in West and South Yorkshire over suspected fraud at a Syrian aid charity.
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