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Justice Department 'faces £47m cuts'

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:53
Justice Minister David Ford says his department is facing a budget cut of at least £47m, once further cuts are brought in in October.

Your pictures: Railways

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:52
Readers' photos on the theme of "railways"

VIDEO: William Morris inspires new computer game

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:50
The Strawberry Thief collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the gaming industry is bringing William Morris online.

Johnson 'must come clean' - Clegg

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:47
Boris Johnson will have to "come clean" about his political ambitions if he returns to the Commons, says Nick Clegg.

Baby killer's sentence under review

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:47
The nine-year jail sentence of the man convicted of killing baby Alfie Sullock is being reviewed by the Attorney General after complaints it is too lenient.

Clegg 'regret' over missing tribute

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:39
Nick Clegg says he regrets not being able to to write a personal message on a World War One anniversary wreath.

Gaza emergency appeal launched

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:38
British aid agencies launch an emergency appeal for people affected by the conflict in Gaza, saying it has created a "humanitarian emergency".

West Ham bid for four strikers

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:29
West Ham make bids for four strikers in an effort to bolster Sam Allardyce's squad, co-owner David Sullivan reveals.

VIDEO: Crane chicks reintroduced to UK

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:27
Almost 100 crane chicks brought over from Germany have been released as part of a project to reintroduce the birds to the UK.

Fire rips through hospital site

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:12
A huge blaze at a derelict hospital site in Northampton is tackled by more than 80 firefighters overnight.

Nurse admits falsifying records

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:05
A nurse pleads guilty to nine counts of wilful neglect at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

BBC chief defends Jeremy Clarkson

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00
BBC head of television, Danny Cohen, writes a letter to the Guardian, admitting there have been "significant issues on Top Gear in recent months".

A future we haven't imagined, but might forget

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-08-07 01:00

We've been covering the European top court ruling and subsequent battles over the "Right to be forgotten" for some months now. At this point, the motivations of the key players seem clear.

Google wants to organize all of the Internet's information without it saying "redacted" all over it.

A guy who had some debts but paid them -- and apparently 70 thousand other people -- felt like the top result when people search for his name infringes on his right to have that material wiped from the Internet record.

Government officials want to protect citizens and introduce some order to an environment that seems chaotic.

Each kind of party involved has gloomy predictions about the future if the right precautions aren't taken. And while I've envisioned all of those predictions as possible, there's one potential future I didn't imagine: What if only a small number of people request takedowns, but they're all the worst kind of people?

This is what dawned on me while I was reading the news about Wikipedia's first transparency report, which includes information about granted rtbf requests. Among the five Wikipedia entries and 50 links affected: One on an Italian criminal with four life sentences, an Irish bank robber, a musician, a chess player, and an Italian gang (Italy gets two!).

Wikipedia has discouraged us from assuming the anonymous requesters are always the same people whose entries are being impacted. But I feel like it's safe to say these do not seem like hugely important entries. So who is requesting the search results for them be changed? 

I worry that the new European policy will be manipulated not by waves and waves of people who want that awkward photo taken down, like tech companies would have us believe. Nor by people who have legitimate arguments (and we should be cognizant of the importance of second chances).

Instead the policy might be used by a very select few. People who have too much time on their hands (OK maybe not the end of the world). But perhaps also organizations and people that benefit directly from keeping the truth hidden or at least blurred. Even on a small scale, that kind of selective editing can be annoying, and even dangerous.

Grandmother Finds Grandson, Abducted In Argentina's Dirty War

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:59

Estela de Carlotto's grandson was taken as a baby when her daughter was a political prisoner in the 1970s. NPR's David Greene talks to writer Francisco Goldman, who has chronicled her struggle.

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NCAA Vote Could Boost Student-Athletes' Benefits, Big Schools' Power

NPR News - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:59

Major college sports programs could take a significant step toward sharing their wealth. The NCAA Board of Directors is to vote on a plan to restructure Division I athletics.

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BBC to broadcast DEC Gaza appeal

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:50
The BBC, along with other UK public service broadcasters, is to air an emergency appeal on Friday for people affected by the conflict in Gaza.

Fears grow for Derry tax jobs

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:48
Fears are growing for more than 40 jobs at Londonderry's main tax office, as the area's MP accuses Revenue and Customs of engineering the losses.

VIDEO: NY's 'Little Liberia' Ebola fears

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:26
BBC News speaks to members of the largest Liberian community outside Monrovia in Staten Island, New York.

JustPark and the sharing economy

BBC - Thu, 2014-08-07 00:08
Rory Cellan-Jones on JustPark and Mini’s app partnership
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