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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:52
The most efficient break is 17 minutes, and more nuggets

VIDEO: Glass ceiling sheds light on artworks

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:50
The Wallace Collection's Great Gallery, which contains paintings by masters including Rubens, Velazquez and Titian, has reopened after a £5m refurbishment.

Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:44
The week's big numbers visualised.

Thousands line up to exchange Ray Rice jersey

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:43

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a press conference today. He said, again, that he's sorry he handled the Ray Rice incident the way he did, that the NFL will do all it can to assist groups that fight domestic violence and that he hasn't thought about resigning.

But on a day when Apple fans lined up by the thousands to get their hands on the iPhone 6, so too did Ravens fans line up at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Also by the thousands.

To trade in their No. 27 Ray Rice jerseys.

This is not a line for the new #iPhone! Thousands line up to exchange @ravens #RayRice jersey at #M&TBankStadium pic.twitter.com/W3VBwJHjVX

— Kelly Blanco (@KellyNBC6) September 19, 2014

Syrian heritage destruction revealed in satellite images

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:31
Satellite images reveal Syria's heritage trashed by war

The Alex Salmond story

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 08:29
The life and times of Scotland's independence leader

Sarkozy announces return to politics

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:47
French ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy returns to politics, announcing on his Facebook page that he will seek the leadership of main centre-right party.

The power of a red dress

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:46
The power and allure of wearing red

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:43
Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

The numbers for September 19, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:39

Alibaba founder Jack Ma is having a great morning. After a record-breaking IPO, the Chinese e-commerce company began trading Friday at $92.70, the New York Times reported. That price values the company at more than $228.5 billion.

While we calculate just how much human hair you could buy with that, here are some other stories we're reading — and numbers we're watching — Friday.

55 percent

In a much more decisive vote than expected, the majority of Scots elected to keep the country in the United Kingdom overnight Friday. The full results show a huge turnout, and the BBC reported that the vote has resonated around the world, from secessionists in Spain to state media in China. 

23,000

That's the number of people killed annually by issues stemming form antibiotic-resistance. The White House launched a new initiative to combat the public health threat Thursday, the Times reported, with a $20 million prize for the development of a better resistance test and a suggested $1.7 billion in funding for research and other initiatives.

$400 million

In an unprecedented sponsorship deal, Microsoft reportedly paid the NFL $400 million to get hundreds of its Surface tablets on the sidelines and in coaches booths for the next several seasons. But the Los Angeles Times reported that announcers keep accidentally calling the tablets "iPads," showing just how much Microsoft's key rival owns the tablet industry.

Ukraine exits next year's Eurovision

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:32
Ukraine announces it will not take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest due to financial constraints.

VIDEO: Excitement builds for MTV Crashes

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:15
More than 20,000 music fans will be in Londonderry this weekend for one of the biggest music events of the year.

VIDEO: Alibaba shares begin trading in NY

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:15
Shares in Alibaba, the Chinese online retailer, have begun trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

VIDEO: Alice Gross: Police continue search

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 07:15
Police are continuing to search the home of Arnis Zalkalns, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross in west London.

The risks and rewards of Alibaba's IPO

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:54

Alibaba ticks two boxes that get investors very excited: China and technology.

That has investors “salivating,” says Steven Davidoff Solomon, a professor at University of California Berkeley School of Law.

The massive Chinese e-commerce site Alibaba will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange Friday, using the ticker “BABA.” Shares will start at $68, the top of the company’s price range.

There are more people and companies interested in buying stock than there are shares available, but some experts advise caution.

Davidoff Solomon says investors should be aware that the deal is structured in such a way that they’re actually buying into a Cayman Islands company that will receive profits from Alibaba.

“Let’s say that Alibaba China decides just not to pay on those profits,” he explains. “Shareholders would have to sue a Cayman Islands company, gain control of it, and have that Cayman Islands company sue in China. Good luck with that.”

Second, a small group of insiders will retain control of the company and appoint directors, even though they’ll own a small percentage of its shares.

The question then is whether the price is worth these risks.

Matt Turlip, an analyst with PrivCo, has done his own valuation and thinks Alibaba’s shares are actually worth $100 each.

“It’s a giant, profitable company right now that’s growing like a startup still,” says Turlip.

So buy or buyer beware – you decide.

eBay flaw has existed for months

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:38
A dangerous flaw that has exposed eBay customers to malicious websites has been affecting the site since at least February, the BBC has found.

Week in pictures: 13-19 September 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 06:19
Images from around the world over the past seven days

VIDEO: Hiding currency in the Dark Wallet

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:47
The developer behind the new Bitcoin tech on the fears it will hide criminal activity.

VIDEO: US jet in emergency landing

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:12
A JetBlue airlines A-320 flying over California has been forced to make an emergency landing when an engine problem caused smoke to enter the aircraft's cabin.

NI poll 'not needed after No vote'

BBC - Fri, 2014-09-19 05:04
A vote on the future of Northern Ireland's border is not necessary following Scotland's 'No' vote, says First Minister Peter Robinson.

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