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Maths teacher boost for colleges

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 17:10
Graduates who take up a maths teaching post at a further education college in England are to be given a "golden hello" of £7,500.

Pacific castaway 'mulled suicide'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:58
The castaway who says he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific has said he considered killing himself but was determined to survive.

New strain of 'deadly' bird flu

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:52
Experts are concerned about the spread of a new strain of bird flu that has already killed one woman in China.

Silk Road 'mastermind' charged

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:52
The US charges a 29-year-old California man alleged to be the owner of Silk Road, a drug website that brokered $1bn (£613m) in transactions.

NHS fraud rises by 42% in five years

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:39
A BBC Scotland investigation finds that fraud in the NHS has risen by 42% in the past five years.

Microsoft can still learn from Gates

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:39
What Microsoft's co-founder can still teach the firm

Satya Nadella and Bill Gates: Microsoft's Batman and Robin?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:33

Big news out of the world’s biggest software maker today: After a months-long search, Microsoft has officially hired insider Satya Nadella as its new CEO. The 22-year company veteran is its third chief executive.

Our own Ben Johnson of the Marketplace Tech Report has been following the story. He says the announcement isn’t a big surprise – Nadella had worked on Bing and Azure, Microsoft’s successful cloud computing platform.

The question now: What’s next for Microsoft?

Johnson says:

"They’re moving a lot of [their] software onto the cloud -- basically, [making] a way for us to access these kinds of powerful tools, either as a business or as a single consumer, via the internet. Now, there’s another side of this – there’s Xbox, there’s the  Microsoft surface, which not very many people I know have. And then there’s the Windows phone, which is a product of Nokia now, and a space for Microsoft to grow in the hardware area. My guess is that Satya Nadella is going to work on the former more than the latter… what [he] is going to be focused on is big data and innovation in this area of cloud computing."

 

The other interesting nugget to come out of the CEO announcement is that Bill Gates, the founder of the company, will be leaving his position as chairman and will be something of a special tech adviser to Nadella:

"It is a little bit confusing and a little bit weird that Bill Gates is still around. I think what this tag-team, Bill Gates-Satya Nadella, Batman-and-Robin thing might be about is Bill Gates is sort of getting back involved in the company. He’s going to be working at the company three days a week, instead of dealing with investors. And he’s going be a sort of support to Satya Nadella. He’s going to be the reminder that the person who built this company is still involved in the day to day."

Nadella's got some "I built this" cred of his own, however – his cloud computing department at Microsoft is now is a $19 billion business. 

Groves wants Froch defeat wiped off

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:31
George Groves calls for his defeat by Carl Froch to be declared "no contest", claiming the referee was wrong to end the fight.

In pictures: David Hockney prints

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:22
David Hockney's 'overlooked' career as printmaker celebrated

Look Ma, No Cables: Flea Cops To Playing Air Bass At The Super Bowl

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:20

The Red Hot Chili Peppers played to a track, but the vocals were live, the band's bassist admitted. Internet sleuths started questioning the performance, when they noticed the band's instruments weren't plugged in.

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Michael Schumacher: Coma challenges

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:16
What lies ahead for Schumacher as doctors seek to end his coma?

More Access To Health Care Means Millions Can Quit Or Cut Hours

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:15

A budget report estimates that about 2.5 million people will work fewer hours or not at all by 2023 because under Obamacare, they can get health care without holding down a full-time job. The news immediately became political fodder for critics of the Affordable Care Act.

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New York taxes rich to teach young

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:10
New York tackles the issue of teaching its youngest

Child labour: India’s hidden shame

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:09
The hidden plight of Indian children forced into domestic labour

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

NPR News - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:09

The long-held idea that cancer is a disease of the rich is slowly being undermined. The world now records about 14 million new cancer cases each year, a study found. The majority of these cases occur in developing countries, which aren't equipped to detect and treat the disease.

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Should a new boss come from within a company?

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:06
Should a company appoint a boss from within its own ranks?

Kevin Pietersen - always the man apart

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:04
Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce on why Kevin Pietersen's England end is both logical and a sad waste

VIDEO: Venezuela: Girls suffering for beauty

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:03
In the first episode of a three-part series about beauty, sex and money in South America, Billie JD Porter goes to visit 18-year-old Meyer, a contestant in the Miss Venezuela beauty contest.

VIDEO: Working Men's Clubs fight for survival

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:03
The future of Working Men's Clubs

Dodo bones, snow goggles and the Muggletonian view of the world

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 16:02
A glimpse at Cambridge University's little-known treasures from its eight museums.

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