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'Ryder Cup means more than cash'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:44
Rory McIlroy says a European Ryder Cup win at Gleneagles would mean more to him than winning the PGA Tour's £6m FedEx Cup bonus in Atlanta this week.

Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

NPR News - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:41

The Russian president also accused the West of staging the crisis in Ukraine in order to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance.

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Mercury Prize 2014: The nominees

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 09:07
A look at the 12 acts nominated for this year's prize

Travis 'assault was aggressive'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:54
Staff working on the BBC's Mrs Merton Show thought an alleged assault by Dave Lee Travis was "aggressive" rather than "playful, albeit ill-judged", comedian Dave Gorman tells a court.

Why Microsoft wants 'Minecraft'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:52

There's more to buying "Minecraft" maker Mojang than just putting the game in the Microsoft store.

Though playable on multiple platforms — including Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox One — "Minecraft" has yet to be made available on Windows 8. 

Which, says Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson, gives Microsoft the excuse they need to diversify their company offerings, and could potentially take the company in a new direction.

"When [Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella] first took the helm, we heard a lot about cloud computing, business software, enterprise — areas where Microsoft is really still pretty important. But like any big tech company that publishes stuff, Microsoft needs to be diversified," Johnson says. "Buying a company that makes a game like 'Minecraft' might help Microsoft sell people on the Windows Phone, for instance."

Microsoft's track record with buying gaming companies has been mixed. After they acquired Lionhead Studios, the company went on to create games from the "Fable" series exclusively, which garnered positive reviews. But their acquisition of Rare in 2002 was a disappointment; once known for landmark Nintendo titles such as "Banjo-Kazooie" and "Donkey Kong Country", Rare failed to live up to expectations in the years following the acquisition, and was restructured in 2009.

If the acquisition goes through, its success depends on how Microsoft reconciles company culture with Mojang, Johnson says.

"The big question is, how much is Microsoft going to interfere with what [Mojang] does, how much it can continue doing its indie-gaming stuff without Microsoft interfering? Maybe if Microsoft lets this company continue to exist and lets it do what it does best... it might be a pretty sensible partnership."

Johnson 'realistic' ahead of major

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:44
Scottish Open champion Trish Johnson says she needs to "putt the best she can" to win this week's Evian Championship.

US father faces five murder charges

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:36
A US father will be charged with murdering his five children and dumping them in another state, say police.

VIDEO: Warning over school leavers' skills

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:22
Too many courses for school leavers in England are not providing the skills needed to help them find work or go on to further education, Ofsted warns.

VIDEO: Expert says Scots oil will deplete by 2035

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 08:07
Scottish oil and gas revenue will reduce significantly by 2035 according to industry expert Sir Ian Wood.

Rwanda murder plotters jailed in SA

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:57
A South African court jails four men over the attempted murder of Rwanda's ex-army chief Gen Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa in Johannesburg in 2010.

AUDIO: 'I woke up during surgery'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:50
Research suggest one in 19,000 undergoing an operation under general anaesthetic wake up during surgery, based on the biggest study into the subject.

The numbers for September 10, 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:39

380 days. That's how long ago President Barack Obama first weighed airstrikes to "deter and degrade" Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. Wednesday night, hours before the 13th anniversary of 9/11, Obama will outline plans for "degrading and ultimately destroying" extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria through airstrikes in the region.

As we wait for Obama's address, here's what we're reading — and the numbers we're keeping an eye on — Wednesday morning.

$2 billion

The initial valuation of Mojang — the company behind the cult megahit Minecraft — as Microsoft nears an acquisition deal, according to The Wall Street Journal. The game's fan base is reportedly flabbergasted. The game has sold over 50 million copies, spawned a toy line and even worked its way into the classroom

5 percent

The portion of college and university assets that are invested in energy and natural resources — or, about $22 billion. Schools across the country are facing mounting pressure to divest from fossil fuels, and the University of California system is the latest institution mulling it over. The Wall Street Journal has a breakdown of several schools' endowments and their decisions on divestment.

$90 billion

The mobile payment market is expected to quadruple by 2017. With the announcement of its own mobile payment system yesterday, Apple is angling to get in on that action. The tech giant has secured deals with partner banks, Bloomberg reported, giving Apple a cut of the so-called "swipe fees" from each Apple Pay transaction.

VIDEO: Shopper snatches swag from robbers

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:26
A brave shopper has described how he managed to foil armed thieves at a jewellery shop in Birmingham.

VIDEO: Kerry: 'We cannot watch evil spread'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:23
US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the world 'will not stand by and watch the evil spread by IS militants', at the start of a Middle East tour.

Creating a buzz: Formula E on its way

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:09
In-race music, social media influencing the outcome and Leonardo DiCaprio - your guide to Formula E.

VIDEO: Spandau Ballet strike gold with award

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:05
Popular 80s music group Spandau Ballet have been awarded a Music Heritage Award at the site of their first gig.

Gates Foundation pledges Ebola cash

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 07:02
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is committing $50m to help step up efforts to tackle Ebola in West Africa.

Dying man ambulance delay apology

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 06:28
Ambulance chiefs apologise for a delay in investigating why it took so long to reach a dying man just 500 yards from a hospital in Llanelli.

Your pictures: Landscapes

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 06:24
Readers' photos on the theme of "landscapes"

Chlorine gas 'used in Syria attacks'

BBC - Wed, 2014-09-10 06:18
Chlorine gas was used in attacks in Syria earlier this year, according to the body that seeks to implement global laws banning chemical weapons.