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The irresistible urge for students to talk

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 15:00
The irresistible urge for online students to talk

GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:51

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is fining the automaker for not answers all of its questions about ignition switch problems, but General Motors says it's doing its best to comply.

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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:51

Back 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader wrote in to let us know she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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VIDEO: Miller should resign to 'save honour'

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:39
Culture Secretary Maria Miller should step down "as a question of honour", former Commons Speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd has said.

You can now search Yelp for emojis

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:35

You can now search the online review site Yelp using emojis -- those little cartoon-ish characters you can create with a certain set of keystrokes.     So...you search on a pair of scissors, you get listings for hair salons. A high heel gets you shoe stores. You get the picture(s).   I don't even want to search on a smiley face or a wink. Pretty sure the Internet has taken things one step too far.   We, of course, had to try it:   Some results were just... the usual for Yelp.       Others were pretty literal.       But seriously: Could this be a useful search tool?    

 

You can now search Yelp for emojis

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:35

You can now search the online review site Yelp using emojis -- those little cartoon-ish characters you can create with a certain set of keystrokes.     So...you search on a pair of scissors, you get listings for hair salons. A high heel gets you shoe stores. You get the picture(s).   I don't even want to search on a smiley face or a wink. Pretty sure the Internet has taken things one step too far.   We, of course, had to try it:   Some results were just... the usual for Yelp.       Others were pretty literal.       But seriously: Could this be a useful search tool?    

 

How Welbeck can exploit Bayern weakness

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:32
Robbie Savage says counter-attacks give Manchester United a chance of beating Bayern Munich in their Champions League quarter-final

Weather Channel Will Return To DirectTV

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:19

The new agreement comes with a price: the Weather Channel has agreed to cut back its reality programming by half during weekdays.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez returns home

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:12
Renowned Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature, leaves hospital in Mexico after treatment.

21st Century Energy Outlook: Quite Similar To The Last Two Centuries

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:06

Anthony Alexander, the chief executive of FirstEnergy Corp., says coal and nuclear energy will continue to play a central role in this country's energy future.

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Miller 'devastated' by expenses row

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 14:04
Culture Secretary Maria Miller says she is "devastated" that she has let her constituents down, amid growing pressure on her to resign.

McGuinness toasts Queen at banquet

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:55
Northern Ireland deputy first minister and former IRA leader Martin McGuinness joins in a toast to the Queen during a state banquet at Windsor Castle.

Putting Student Data To The Test To Identify Struggling Kids

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:46

Schools collect a trove of student information, like attendance and grades. Now, more schools are mining that data to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.

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VIDEO: Dewani remanded to psychiatric unit

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:41
A man accused of arranging his wife's killing on their honeymoon is remanded to a psychiatric hospital in South Africa.

Four held after hotel hammer attack

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:40
Three men and a woman are arrested after three women were attacked with a hammer in a central London hotel, police say.

Irish president hails UK friendship

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:39
Irish President Michael D Higgins tells the UK Parliament of his country's "deep and enduring" friendship with Britain.

100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea

NPR News - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:36

The beer bottle was tossed into the sea in 1913 and recovered by a fisherman last month. It is thought to be the oldest ever "message in a bottle."

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Manischewitz promotes 'Kosher' as 'healthy'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:23

Passover is a week away, and if you know anything about this Jewish holiday, you know that it involves matzos, the unleavened cracker that you can buy in your local grocery store, usually in that one aisle with all the "ethnic foods." The kosher section of the supermarket is dominated by one brand in particular, Manischewitz, which as of today is owned by Sankaty Advisors, a division of the private equity firm Bain Capital.

Manischewitz wants people to think of the kosher symbol -- that little letter K on food packaging -- in the same way they think of the Fair Trade symbol, or the USDA Organic symbol -- higher quality and healthier..

“People want to know where the stuff comes from, how it’s made, who's making it,” says David Bernard, a marketing strategist with Mythmaker, a company whose strategy is to turn brands into compelling stories about "the essential human truth or core beliefs that brought the company to life.".

That strategy seems tailor-made for kosher foods, which according to Jewish belief are approved by God.

“That’s a pretty strong endorsement, but I think what it gets down to is this idea of authenticity," Bernard says. "It’s like, 'The people behind this product really care about what goes into it.'”

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That little "K" (along with its friends "OU" and "P"); has been showing up beyond bottles of Manischewitz. Check out some of the (bizarre) ways companies try to leverage "Kosher":

Coors claims to be "America’s First Kosher Beer

Go on a Kosher Safari in Africa!

Kickstarter funded high-end Kosher cheese! 

For a truly hands on experience: Get yourself a ticket to Kosherfest.

Tech firms challenged over hiring practices

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:19

Several technology giants, including Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe, are embroiled in a class-action lawsuit, where their employees claim the tech companies made an agreement not to poach talent from each other.

Employees at those companies say that resulted in $9 billion in lost wages.

Jim Balassone, with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, says figuring out exactly how much money in wages was lost is a lawyers' game. But, he says, the emails discovered during the lawsuit help connect the dots.

"In an email exchange between Google and Apple, Google sought the approval of Apple to hire four French software engineers who had already left Apple," Balassone said. 

Steve Jobs’ response? "We'd strongly prefer that you not hire these guys," he said in an email. 

Google honored his wishes.

"So there’s the issue of lost wages but harder to measure is the lost opportunity," says Balasone. 

Steve Donnelly, the head of recruiting for BigCommerce, has been reading the emails too. Referring to one in which Google asked if it could hire a current Apple employee, the answer was also "no." Donnelly believes that leaves the employee exposed.

"That limits the person who ends up staying with the company," he says, adding that an employer may decide not to promote that person or worse, start looking for somebody who’s more dedicated to the company to replace them. 

Scott Brosnan, a recruiter at Workbridge Associates in San Francisco, says competition for hiring engineers is stiff.

"I’ve seen candidates in this market where a year and a half ago were at $80,000 on their base salary and a year and a half later, they’ve changed two or three companies and their now at $140,000".

Brosnan says if engineers were blocked from taking jobs, then they were losing real money.

Google and Apple were contacted for comment, but did not respond to an email request.

Sentences for Argentina sex slavery

BBC - Tue, 2014-04-08 13:17
Ten people are sentenced in Argentina for kidnapping and sexually exploiting Marita Veron, who has been missing since 2002.
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