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VIDEO: The secret world of London's Mail Rail

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 16:03
Explore the 'total darkness' of London's Mail Rail

Do children make good entrepreneurs?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 16:02
The secrets of being a young entrepreneur

VIDEO: Airbnb chief responds to controversy

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 16:01
Airbnb is shaking up the travel industry by allowing home owners to rent out rooms to tourists - but its business model is facing controversy.

VIDEO: State of the Union: Is anyone listening?

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 16:01
Ahead of President Obama's State of the Union address, the BBC's Katty Kay asks Washington insiders what he can achieve in 2014.

'The harder we tried, the worse things got'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 16:00
England bowler James Anderson examines why the defence of the Ashes down under went so disastrously wrong

Council reverses Bible play ban

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 15:55
A council in County Antrim reverses a decision to cancel a play that some councillors had said was blasphemous.

Apple shares plunge on flat earnings

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 15:22
Shares in tech giant Apple fall 9% in after-hours trading, after the firm reports flat profits of $13.1bn (£7.9bn) during its first quarter.

'Crazy' And 'Surreal': Figure Skater Jason Brown's Road To Sochi

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 15:10

Weeks after he turned 19, Jason Brown placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with an electrifying performance that became a YouTube sensation. "I'm so blown away and so shocked — beyond shocked. It's so surreal to me," he says.

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Sport, Scotland and the impact of independence

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 15:00
What would happen for sport in the event of "yes" vote

Newcastle agree Cabaye fee with PSG

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 14:51
Newcastle and French champions Paris St-Germain agree a transfer fee for midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

VIDEO: Egypt army 'backs Sisi candidacy'

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 14:38
Egypt's top military body has given its approval for army chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to run for the presidency, according to state media.

U.S. Agencies, Tech Firms Agree To Rules On Surveillance Info

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 14:31

While the agreement gives tech companies more options in publishing data about government requests for information, it also includes several limitations. It's part of President Obama's plan to change how U.S. intelligence agencies handle personal data.

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Key Senate Republicans Offer Their Plan To Replace Obamacare

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 14:25

"Obamacare just isn't working," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said on the Senate floor Monday afternoon. So he and two of his more influential Republican colleagues have proposed yet another plan to rewrite the Affordable Care Act.

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Worries About Bird Flu Curtail Chinese New Year Feasts

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 14:00

Serving chicken, pigeon or duck for the holiday may be harder this year for some families in China and Hong Kong. As the deadly H7N9 virus continues to spread, officials in China have closed many live poultry markets, while agricultural workers in Hong Kong plan to cull thousands of chickens this week.

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A high-tech shopping spree: Is Google trying to take over the world?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:55

Jan. 26, 2014: Google purchases artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies for (the rumored price of) $625 million. There’s not much information on what DeepMind is making, but according to The Guardian: "[their] technology would be built into Google's search systems, rather than becoming part of its fast-expanding robotics division. Google has bought eight robotics companies, including Bot & Dolly which made the computer-controlled cameras used in the film 'Gravity.'"

Jan. 13, 2014: Google buys Nest Labs, creators of internet-enabled thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion. Though the two companies will remain separate, VentureBeat thinks Google wants to get involved in the "connected home, the notion that all of our appliances and gadgets will soon communicate with one another."

Dec. 10, 2013: Google buys robotics company Boston Dynamics to protect humankind from the inevitable robot uprising, or to help ship packages. You be the judge:

June 11, 2013: Google acquires Waze, a crowdsourced navigation app for smartphones, for $966 million. If you’ve noticed Google Maps better equipped to find a new route because the 405 freeway (or I-95, or the Beltway, or ...) is closed, again, you can thank Waze’s accident and construction reports.

June 4, 2012: Google buys Meebo, an instant messenger service, for $100 million. The service is now closed, and Meebo employees now focus on Google+.

Sep. 8, 2011: Google buys restaurant review company Zagat, for $125 million. The restaurant’s reviews and ratings are now embedded into Google’s search results, Google Maps and Google+ for free.

Aug. 15, 2011: Google purchases cell company Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion. The purchase includes Motorola’s portfolio of patents and phone manufacturing, but Motorola remains an independent company from Google and even pits their own Android smartphone against Google’s phones.

Unrest overseas ripples into U.S. economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:49

The bottom fell out of the emerging currency market – relatively speaking. Argentina made headlines, and other countries also had problems including Ukraine and Turkey.

“A lot of economies around the world, countries that were doing pretty good…have been running into some troubles in the last six months to a year,” says Tim Fernholz, a business reporter at Quartz. He says those problems all came to a head late last week.  

In some ways we--or rather, the Federal Reserve-- are to blame. As interest rates here rise, some expect that more and more money will come back to the United States, and to other developed economies. 

“People are worried.. that we're leaving these emerging economies outside without a coat,” Fernholz says.

Fernholz says we’re feeling a ripple effect because some of the biggest corporations in the U.S. – including those on the S&P 500 Stock Index – make half of their revenue from outside U.S. borders: “And if economic problems are happening overseas, their bottom line isn’t’ going to look so good. Their stock numbers are not going to look so good.”

Which is what we saw on Friday.  That tumbling stock market in turn means that things tied to the stock market, like your retirement account, probably also took a fall. 

You've Got Mail, And It Smells Like 18th Century Paris

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:36

The oPhone device (the "o" is for olfactory) will be able to send and receive whiffs of preprogrammed aromas remotely. Created by a Harvard professor, it's intended to add the sense of smell to the way we communicate.

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State Of The Union Invitation List: Who Makes The Cut

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:29

Guests who get an invitation to the annual State of the Union address tend to reflect the personal and political aims of the president. Some have won notice during important news events that define the times — like the Boston Marathon bombing.

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Capaldi Doctor's new look revealed

BBC - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:19
Doctor Who fans get their first glimpse of The Doctor's new look as Peter Capaldi's costume is revealed.

For Taiwanese News Animators, Funny Videos Are Serious Work

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 13:15

The studio responsible for bizarre viral videos featuring 3-D animations of the news is more serious than you'd think. Go behind the scenes at the Taipei-based Next Media Animation to find out why this fast-moving — and controversial — company says it's charting the future of news.

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