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Miliband: Labour 'making progress'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 02:22
Ed Miliband says Labour is heading the right way but has further to go after finishing second in the European elections.

X-Men crush monster at US box office

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 02:19
X-Men: Days of Future Past defeats the might of Godzilla at the US box office, earning an estimated $91m over the weekend.

Man's death 'may be linked to drugs'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 02:16
A possible drugs link is being investigated following the death of a young man in County Donegal on Monday.

Bale can get even better - Ancelotti

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 01:45
Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale will improve next season after a superb debut campaign for Real Madrid.

Britons accused of Syria atrocities

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 01:38
Britons make up the majority of foreign fighters in Syria's most violent terrorist group, a senior rebel commander says.

Pistorius begins psychiatric tests

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 01:33
Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius visits a psychiatric hospital in South Africa's capital, Pretoria, for the start of his mental evaluation.

AUDIO: Gove made 'mistake' over GCSE syllabus

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 01:24
Bethan Marshall and Claire Fox discuss the news that education secretary Michael Gove has called for more British works to be studied in English classes at GCSE.

The right to be forgotten... or, at least, edit

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-26 01:00

The Venn Diagram of "people who use the internet" and "people who have googled themselves" is pretty much just a circle. And if you've participated in such an activity, you know the fear of turning up an item of your past that you'd rather not have available to the public at large. 

Mario Costeja Gonzalez of Spain certainly knows how that goes. His case against Google argued that he should have the right to remove links to an article detailing his debt to the government (which he has since settled). The European Union ruled in his favor, thus creating "The Right to be Forgotten."

While there are still questions of exactly how this ruling will play out, Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law at Harvard and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, certainly understands the desire to control one's online identity, or as he puts it: "that first magic page result on Google, in particular, does more to define you than pretty much anything else."

Zittrain also points out that Google has experimented in the past with features that let users influence their internet presence. In 2007, for example, Google News allowed people who were quoted or mentioned in an article to add a comment contextualizing the content pertaining to their name and reputation.

It's this kind of curation that gets the regulation of the internet into a gray zone, according to Zittrain.

With Google being merely a search engine -- a machine, if you will -- no one is to blame for a curated selection of materials that appear when someone is Googled. According to Zittrain, when you add a hand-picked element, however, and regulating becomes more problematic:

"The more curated that [Google results] is -- whether by machine or by human -- the more it deserves some kind of scrutiny and possibly an ability to contextualize for people who are mentioned or implicated by those results."

VIDEO: Cameron: 'People disillusioned with EU'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:37
David Cameron has insisted the Conservatives can win the next general election despite being pushed into third place in the European elections.

Venezuela mayors' wives elected

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:32
The wives of two Venezuelan mayors jailed over their failure to contain anti-government protests win an election to replace them.

Killer's Family Tried To Intervene Before Rampage

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:31

By the time Elliot Rodger's mother and father arrived, it was too late: their son had killed six people and then, authorities say, himself.

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Early Returns Show Candy Tycoon Poroshenko Winning Ukraine Vote

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:23

Billionaire Petro Poroshenko was elected president of Ukraine in the first round of balloting, according to early returns. He claimed victory after exit polls showed him with a commanding lead.

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Thai coup leader endorsed by king

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:20
Thailand's military leader receives royal endorsement at a ceremony in the capital, Bangkok, after taking power in a coup last week.

New Scots bodies 'could cost £1.5bn'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:16
The cost of setting up all the bodies needed in an independent Scotland could be £1.5bn, according to the UK Treasury.

Butcher pledges to fight on at Hibs

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:12
Manager Terry Butcher and chairman Rod Petrie vow to rebuild Hibernian after relegation from the Premiership.

Pets to be tested for deadly Mers

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:09
Scientists are soon to test cats, dogs and even rats as they seek to understand the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

Number in council tax debt 'rocketed'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:07
The number of people seeking help for council tax arrears has "rocketed" to become the most common type of debt problem, Citizens Advice says.

One Of Many: Remembering A Fallen Son On Memorial Day

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 00:04

Lance Cpl. James Boelk was a Marine killed in Afghanistan in the fall of 2010. Like many families of fallen soldiers, on this Memorial Day his parents say they will gather to honor and remember.

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Labour tops poll with UKIP second

BBC - Sun, 2014-05-25 23:55
Labour has narrowly topped the European election poll in Wales, but was just 0.6% ahead of UKIP.

Mexico City's Campaign To Encourage Breast-Feeding Backfires

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-25 23:53

Breast-feeding rates in Mexico are among the lowest in Latin America. But a campaign to encourage the practice featured topless actresses, drawing sharp criticism from some women's groups.

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