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Day in pictures: 2 September 2014

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 03:58
News images from around the world: 2 September

IS accused of Iraq ethnic cleansing

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 03:22
Amnesty International says it has proof Islamic State militants have launched a campaign of ethnic cleansing against minorities in northern Iraq.

Afghan militants 'may join IS'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 03:15
Fighters from a militant Islamic group in Afghanistan, allied to the Taliban, tell the BBC they are considering joining forces with Islamic State.

PODCAST: Facebook targets India

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 03:00

First up, there's a lot of data this week. The most recent indicator is the Small Business Jobs Index. It seems small business hiring has slowed slightly. Today, we talk about the prospects for economic growth as we head into the fall. And when Eric Cantor was in congress, he was well-liked on Wall Street. The former House Majority Leader raised a lot of money from folks in the financial services sector. Soon, he'll join their ranks. Plus, Facebook says eighty-one percent of its "daily active users" are outside the United States and Canada. The social media giant is huge in India. It has well over a hundred million users there. And, it's growing. India could surpass the U.S., as Facebook's top market as early as next year. As it focuses on expanding in emerging markets, Facebook has a new advertising tactic, and it involves the strength of cell phone signals

 

 

 

AUDIO: Is conflict good or bad for insurers?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:57
Bronek Masojada, chief executive of the insurance company Hiscox, analyses the effect of recent conflicts on the insurance market

Uber banned across Germany by court

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:57
A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

VIDEO: David Mitchell on The Bone Clocks

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:51
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell discusses his new novel The Bone Clocks on BBC Breakfast.

A cloud of uncertainty

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:40
How were leaked celebrity photos obtained?

VIDEO: Volcano continues fiery lava eruption

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:25
A dramatic lava eruption that began early on Sunday near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has continued into Monday.

Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:20
The EU is considering limiting the power of hairdryers but will this really cut energy consumption?

Has the rise of the e-reader changed how we read?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

All this week, Marketplace Tech is taking a closer look at technology and the ways in which it influences how we read.

Already, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson has spoken with Marketplace's LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill on how tablets are being used in schools as education tools, and author Jason Boog about his new book, "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." 

But how has technology changed the way adults read? Well, as you might expect, the answer is complicated. 

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Morning Report guest host David Gura in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

The benefits of developing an Ebola vaccine

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

This week, the National Institutes of Health begins testing an Ebola vaccine in humans. Given the need to quickly stem the deadly outbreak in West Africa, global health officials hope to push a vaccine to market.

While there's currently a market for an Ebola vaccine, it’s small, and Ebola isn’t a disease that keeps popping up year-after-year. 

“It’s not all about economics,” says Dr. Carlos Del Rio, chair of the Department of Global Health at Emory University. He says developing the vaccine is also about building good PR for a company. “There’s a value to that publicity, right?”

Right, says Kenneth Kaitin, director of the Center for Drug Development at Tufts University. But Kaitin says there is also the potential for a huge payoff, especially for smaller companies. 

Think of it as a pharmaceutical version of “Cap and Trade.”

“A program that the FDA put in place several years ago gives a priority review voucher to any company developing a product for a neglected or tropical disease,” says Kaitin.

Ebola is a perfect exampleThat pharma company can sell the voucher to another drug maker. The “golden ticket” gets the purchaser a fast track to federal regulators for any other drug in its portfolio.

One voucher recently sold for more than $67 million.  

How Facebook helps advertisers target ads in India

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

The social media giant Facebook has well over 100 million users in India, a nation that could overtake the U.S. as the top Facebook market as early as next year.

To capitalize in emerging countries like India, Facebook is now providing advertisers with data on cell reception and connection. The information helps match ads to user technology. For example, Coca Cola could send a video ad to people in cities with 4G LTE, or turn it into a text ad for people in rural areas where connections are spotty and data networks are limited.

It’s a way to help advertisers better reach the population they’re addressing, says Anne Nelson, who specializes in international media development at Columbia University.

This is important because most users in places like India are on pay-as-you-go data plans, says Nathan Eagle, the CEO of Jana, a mobile marketing platform.

“Advertising for most people in these emerging markets ultimately is taking money out of their pockets,” he says.

With over a billion potential Facebook users in India, that's probably not the best way to make a first impression.

 

The growing threat to our recovery

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 00:17
The growing threat to our recovery

Brain 'can learn to eat healthily'

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 23:53
The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food over unhealthy high-calorie foods, suggests a study from the US.

Man dies in Carryduff house fire

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:58
A man has died in a house fire in Carryduff, on the outskirts of Belfast.

Motorists warned of Nato disruption

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:58
Motorists have been warned to expect increased traffic disruption in south Wales as world leaders begin arriving for the Nato summit in Newport.

Brown issues warning over UK debt

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:42
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

FBI, Apple Investigate Claims Nude Celebrity Photos Posted Online

NPR News - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:32

The FBI is looking into allegations that online accounts of several celebrities had been hacked. Apple says it is determining whether its online photo-sharing service had been hacked.

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British activist in Thailand trial

BBC - Mon, 2014-09-01 21:29
A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

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