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VIDEO: MP: I see why people don't like politicians

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:34
A Conservative MP who plans to stand again in the 2015 general election, compares life at Westminster with being a "sheep going through a sheep dip", and how party whips are able to "bully the workforce".

VIDEO: The battle for 'more relevant' biscuits

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:33
United Biscuits is rebranding the business following research into the emotional role played by its products.

Cee Lo Green denies spiking drink

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:26
The US singer appears in court to deny putting ecstasy into a woman's drink during a dinner date in Los Angeles.

When you lose $200,000 on a video game

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:15

If you know about Massively Multiplayer Online Games, you know that as a player, you can spend both fake and real money to develop your character and amass stuff. And in certain situations, you can lose the stuff you spend all that real and fake money on.

Eve Online is the largest science fiction game like this. And recently, there was a giant space war over territory in the game. And it cost some players a lot of real money. A few other terms you should know; some of the biggest space ships in this game are called "titans." And you'll see references to the N3 coalition, which was on the losing side of the war.

For an inside view, we spoke with Alex Gianturco who is a kind of powerplayer in Eve Online and was one of the leaders on the winning side of the battle. Click play on the audio player above to hear to the whole interview.

For a summary of the battle itself, read the official report from the game's developer, CCP Games. The short version is that a player faction forgot to pay the virtual rent on a territory they controlled, which temporarily lost them their hold on the area, which had some strategic value for moving ships around, but more importantly housed a space station storing a wealth of valuable ships and resources. A rival player faction quickly swooped in to gain control of the territory, and both sides continued to escalate the battle until it raged out of control over the course of about 12 hours. Some hightlights:

  • Over 2,000 individual players directly took part in the battle, with thousands more helping in the background.
  • 75 Titans -- the game's largest and most expensive ships -- were destroyed. Each is estimated to be worth around $5,000 in real world currency.
  • While it was the most costly battle with over $200,000 in virtual goods destroyed, it wasn't actually the largest battle in the game's history. Another battle last year involved more than 4,000 players directly fighting.

You can also watch a video summary of the battle here.

Mars rover looks to 'jump' sand dune

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:11
Nasa's Curiosity Mars rover looks set to try to drive over a one metre-high dune that is currently blocking its path to smoother ground and its next science target.

Warburton leads Wales against Ireland

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 03:00
Captain Sam Warburton returns to the Wales starting line-up for Saturday's Six Nations match in Ireland.

Fire breaks out at power station

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:51
Firefighters tackle a blaze in a turbine hall at Ironbridge Power Station in Shropshire.

VIDEO: Super-hero runner 'is the daddy!'

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:51
One year since setting off on a challenge to become the first person to run coast-to-coast across Canada without support, 27-year-old Jamie McDonald from Gloucestershire has reached his goal.

Facebook at 10

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:47
Is Facebook over the hill or comfortably middle aged?

VIDEO: Has UK man surfed biggest wave?

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:38
UK surfer Andrew Cotton is waiting to hear if he has set the world record for riding the biggest wave.

'No doubt' union rigged Labour vote

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:37
There is "no doubt" the Unite union recruited Labour members in Falkirk in an effort to "manipulate" the party's selection of a parliamentary candidate, a leaked report by the party says.

Woman dies days after bag snatch

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:27
A 73-year-old woman dies four days after a thief on a bike snatched her bag as he cycled past her mobility scooter.

Mattress man's $7m Super Bowl payout

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:18
A Texas furniture store owes a staggering $7m after promising to refund customers if Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.

Losses widen at online grocer Ocado

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:10
Ocado reports widening losses, but the online grocer - which is yet to report an annual profit - says it has made "significant progress".

Language experts to help Nida search

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 02:01
Language specialists from police forces across the UK arrive in Newport to help with inquiries into the disappearance of Nida Naseer.

UAE president 'stable' after stroke

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:32
The president of the UAE is in a "stable and reassuring" condition after surgery following a stroke late last month, his half-brother says.

Equal access to care aim for bill

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:26
Plans to overhaul social services and make access to care equal no matter where a person lives are to be debated by ministers.

NHK governor denies Nanjing massacre

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:22
A governor of Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, denies the Nanjing massacre took place, days after a row over Tokyo's use of sex slaves engulfed the new NHK chief.

Winter storm damage bill reaches £4m

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:05
Winter storms have so far caused more than £4m damage in Cornwall, the local authority estimates.

Disabled girl stranded by car theft

BBC - Tue, 2014-02-04 01:03
The mother of a disabled child is devastated that a car adapted especially for her daughter's use has been stolen.

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