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VIDEO: Upside-down yoga catches on in Oz

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:37
An unusual airborne workout revolving around a hammock hanging from the ceiling has become the latest exercise fad in Australia.

Inflation, ambulance row and Big Brother 'walkout threat'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:32
The 0.5% rate of inflation, accusations that ambulance operators are "playing God", and yet another Celebrity Big Brother row, are among the topics on Wednesday's front pages.

Rep. André Carson To Become First Muslim On House Committee On Intelligence

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:29

In a 2014 interview, Carson said it's impossible to combat the threat of global terror without help from Muslims.

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VIDEO: What if you could print your next car?

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:19
Arizona-based Local Motors made car history recently when it became the first firm to 3D print a driveable car. The BBC's Samira Hussain was given exclusive access behind the wheel.

Royal Assent for trafficking bill

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:18
A bill which means Northern Ireland is the first part of the UK to make paying for sex a criminal offence becomes effective after receiving Royal Assent.

VIDEO: Clint Eastwood on war and violence

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:13
Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood speaks to Will Gompertz about American Sniper.

College Football Championship Sets A New Cable Ratings Record

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:13

The championship game between Oregon and Ohio State was a hit with viewers, turning in the highest ratings in the history of both ESPN and cable TV. The broadcast averaged 33.4 million viewers.

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Will ICC help or hinder Palestinian cause?

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:06
Will membership of war crimes court backfire for Palestinians?

Why my grandfather translated Mein Kampf

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:05
Why my grandfather translated Hitler's Mein Kampf

Wildlife crime prints 'breakthrough'

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:02
Scientists say they have made a forensic breakthrough in the fight against wildlife crime by recovering fingerprints from feathers.

Obama seeks to tighten cyber laws

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 15:00
US President Barack Obama unveils proposals to strengthen cyber security laws following a spate of attacks against high-profile US targets.

The economics of Woody Allen and Amazon

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:50

The Tuesday announcement was a showstopper: Woody Allen will produce his first television series. His distribution partner: Amazon Studios.

It came on the heels of a big weekend for Amazon, which won its first two Golden Globe awards for the series "Transparent."

Here's how the 79-year-old Allen characterized the deal in a written statement: "I have no ideas, and I'm not sure where to begin."

Nevertheless, in its latest move to challenge the streaming dominance of Netflix, Amazon has ordered a full season of whatever show Allen comes up with.

This rivalry could be good for Hollywood.

"The dynamics have changed rapidly in the last several years," says Steve Ennen, president of entertainment research firm Centris. "And that means the consumer has a greater ability to find ... quality content of their choosing through digital distribution. And it's starting to show in the numbers."

Here are a couple of those numbers:

11

That's how many new or returning original series Netflix will release this year.

$100 million

That's how much Amazon spent on original content in just one quarter of 2014.

"That's part of the mission of these types of companies. Investment in good original content has a lot of value for them," Ennen says.

Andrew Wallenstein, co-editor-in-chief at Variety, says the investment has been paying off.

"It was just three or four years ago where the notion of getting the kind of quality entertainment you get from broadcast or cable on the Internet was really almost laughable," Wallenstein says.

Still, the vast majority of content being watched on streaming services remains shows from traditional TV, even as those traditional channels see their audiences abandon them for streaming services. Wallenstein says those dynamics could mean networks may reconsider their willingness to sell older content to Netflix.

"They're making money from Netflix, good money, by licensing their shows. But if it hurts their own network ratings, you may see a dramatic pull-back at some point," Wallenstein says.

That's further incentive for streaming sites to make their own content. Netflix already has two critically praised shows: "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." But it made less of an impact with the $90 million "Marco Polo" that debuted at the end of 2014 with much fanfare but few positive reviews.

Meanwhile, Amazon has been getting critics' attention with "Transparent."

"Amazon is starting to come up with content that rivals Netflix," says Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter, who keeps close watch on the streaming world.  Competition for high-quality shows could set off a bidding war in Hollywood, he says. With more stars in the mix, writers, directors and actors could be seeing bigger paydays.

"Amazon very much wants to cut into the Netflix market share. And Amazon has a much bigger checkbook," Pachter says.

That ultimately could mean that everyone in the entertainment game could be paying more for content, Pachter says.

Stay tuned. Or stay streaming, that is.

Five weather warnings for Republic

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:50
Five weather warnings are issued by the meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland.

Politicians 'cowardly' over science

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:22
Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, says politicians often show a "total lack of leadership" in ignoring scientific findings.

For Some Immigrants, Temporary Life In U.S. Can Mean A Long Stay

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:19

A little-known program allows some immigrants to stay in the U.S. when a disaster strikes their home country. Designed to be short-term, Temporary Protected Status can sometimes last for many years.

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VIDEO: West Ham-Everton shootout in full

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:16
Watch all 20 penalties as West Ham progress into the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating 10-man Everton 9-8 on penalties in a thrilling cup tie.

West Ham United 2-2 Everton (9-8 on pens)

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:16
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian is the hero as the London side beat 10-man Everton 9-8 on penalties in a dramatic FA Cup tie.

Sir David Murray companies wound up

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 14:11
A number of companies run by former Rangers owner Sir David Murray are being wound up, according to papers filed at the Court of Session.

VIDEO: CDC Director optimistic on Ebola

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 13:32
Dr Tom Frieden warns against complacency in fighting the outbreak

England forced to cancel meeting

BBC - Tue, 2015-01-13 13:30
England manager Roy Hodgson is forced to cancel a dinner meeting with his players because they are too busy.

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