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Shiite Leaders Urge Iraqis To Rise Up Against Sunni Extremists

NPR News - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:25

The militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria already controls the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and has now taken towns in Diyalah province.

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New rights for online shoppers

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:22
Online shoppers now have longer to cancel orders while complaints calls should be cheaper, under laws that take effect on Friday.

Vettel told to ‘raise his game’

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:17
Red Bull champion driver Sebastian Vettel told to adapt his driving by his team while struggling earlier this season.

Kenya team sent to Brazil - to watch

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:11
Kenya's president pays for the national football team to go and watch some World Cup matches in Brazil to inspire them to qualify in future.

Gleision case 'fundamentally flawed'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:08
The case against a mine manager accused of manslaughter over the deaths of four miners who drowned is "fundamentally flawed," a defence counsel tells Swansea Crown Court.

Monty Python reunion set for TV

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:06
The final Monty Python reunion show at London's O2 Arena is to be broadcast live on Gold on 20 July.

VIDEO: 'Cost of electricity went up 300%'

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:00
Suzanne Vanhooymissen reports on the daily blackouts and rising cost of energy in Ghana, crippling many businesses there.

PODCAST: Open sourced electric cars

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:00

Elon Musk announced that Tesla would be opening up its patents for other companies to use. This open source policy could be a shrewd move for the company -- the more there is a culture around electric cars, the better chance they have of actually selling electric vehicles. Plus, President Obama makes his first visit to a Native American reservation as president. Also, with the U.S. market for fish being made up of 90 percent imports, its problematic that one third of that fish is caught illegally. More on the issues involved in combating illegal fishing.

Tesla's move to open source may be good for business

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 03:00

Tesla Motors is going open source. Its CEO, Elon Musk, says the electric car company will no longer enforce its patents, in effect allowing competitors not only to peek at the technology Tesla has pioneered, but to copy it.

“Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters,” Musk said in a statement. “That is no longer the case. They have been removed in the spirit of the open source movement for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.”

“It is important to understand that, in many ways, patents are a tradeoff,” says R. Polk Wagner, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania. “Just because you have patents doesn’t mean you get anything out of them, necessarily.”

Sure, they can be valuable, but getting them and enforcing them is expensive.

According to Andrea James, an analyst with Dougherty & Co., the reason Tesla is doing this is “to accelerate electric vehicle adoption and innovation.”

“Tesla is really far ahead, and I think they just want to grow the overall market,” she says.

To succeed, Tesla needs more Americans to feel comfortable driving and buying electric cars. If more companies were to make them, that would help.

“It’s not a charity move,” says Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst with “It’s a very smart business move.”

Competitors could use the network of charging stations Tesla is installing, or they could buy Tesla batteries.

Other car companies have charted a similar course in the past.  Volvo decided not to enforce its patent for the three-point safety belt. GM shared the technology behind its catalytic converter.

Tesla says the move is in good faith. The company will still apply for patents, and if necessary, Musk says the carmaker won’t be afraid to fight back.


Forced marriage calls rise - NSPCC

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:56
The number of calls to ChildLine from children worried about forced marriage has nearly trebled in the last three years, the NSPCC says.

VIDEO: Chocolate: A tasty profit?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:51
Without funding and more say in how their industry is run, chocolate is not so sweet for many cocoa traders and farmers in Africa.

Husband praises Baltacha's strength

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:48
The husband of Elena Baltacha praises his late wife's "incredible strength" during her treatment for liver cancer.

Obama will see problems on reservations first hand

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:47

President Barack Obama's visit to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota Friday will let him get a first-hand look at the challenges facing Native Americans. And there are many.

The Census Bureau says 27 percent of Native Americans are poor. Helen Oliff of National Relief Charities says on the reservations her organization serves, the poverty rate is actually higher, which exacerbates another problem: many Native Americans have little access to fresh, healthy food.

“You have a lot of convenience stores on the reservations," Oliff explains. "Many people are 30 to 60 miles away from the nearest regular grocery store.”

That leads many people to eat the pre-packed foods the convenience stores sell. 

Unemployment is also problematic, partly because it's hard to reach jobs from remote reservations.

“When our reservation area was created, back in the day, it really put us in a box, literally," says Scott Davis, a Lakota Sioux and head of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.

Davis says the Obama administration has given tribes more autonomy, and President Obama has included the Choctaw Nation in his Promise Zone program, which helps impoverished communities access federal resources. 













Iraq militants seize new towns

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:45
Islamist-led militants in Iraq seize two new towns, as the US says it is looking at all options to help embattled Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.

Hillary Clinton opposes 'Yes' vote

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:39
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells the BBC she would "hate" for Britain to "lose Scotland".

Missing cruise worker new probe call

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:37
The parents of a cruise worker who went missing on a Disney-owned ship in 2011, call for police to re-interview two people about their daughter's disappearance.

Setback for Cameron in Juncker fight

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:32
The main European Parliament groups back Jean-Claude Juncker as David Cameron steps up his campaign for an alternative candidate for the top EU job.

Data on our data: 100,000 malware implants

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:30

This month marks the first anniversary of the Edward Snowden leaks that changed our understanding of online privacy. Just like the subject matter of the leaks, the reporting over the last year has offered a deluge of information. So this week, we're posting a short series about all that data. Every day we'll bring you another number that reminds us how much we have learned in the last year about online surveillance and the reach of the NSA.


malware implants

This number refers to the bits of malicious software that the National Security Agency has put onto computers around the world. The software allows the government to conduct surveillance, but it's also essentially building a network of weaknesses in our vast system of computing devices.

“This often introduces vulnerabilities to computer systems, and can have far-reaching effects if criminals are able to learn from some of this highly advanced code being deployed by the government,” says Chester Wisniewski of the cybersecurity firm Sophos.

I think this last data point is really profound. No matter how we conduct war, it’s important to remember that when we build new weapons, we run the risk, and the threat, of those weapons being used against us. The question is when and if it's worth it.

VIDEO: Could hairdryers get girls to do PE?

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:25
The head of Sport England Jennie Price says providing girls with hair drying facilities at school could encourage the more image-conscious to get involved in PE.

Rooney wants to be England's Suarez

BBC - Fri, 2014-06-13 02:25
Rooney wants a partnership with Sturridge at the 2014 Fifa World Cup that emulates his colleague's success with Suarez.

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