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Photobucket hackers face charges

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:38
Two men alleged to have developed an app enabling criminals to harvest personal data from users of photo-sharing site Photobucket have been arrested.

'No aid for 300,000' in South Sudan

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:38
More than 300,000 people are without "life-saving" aid in South Sudan's oil-rich Unity state after heavy fighting forces aid agencies to withdraw, the UN says.

Eurostar bans artillery shell in bag

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:33
The Gare du Nord railway station in Paris was evacuated after a man tried to board a Eurostar train with an artillery shell in his luggage.

Alonso's visor caused retirement

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:29
McLaren's Fernando Alonso retired from the Spanish Grand Prix because his helmet's visor blocked a brake duct.

Chapman in England World Cup squad

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:22
Katie Chapman is included in England's squad for the 2015 Women's World Cup after a five-year absence from international duty.

Election 2015: It wasn't social media 'wot won it'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:19
Despite all the fanfare, social media proved an ineffective tool to predict the general election result.

Saudi King Won't Attend Camp David Summit

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:19

A statement by the Saudi foreign minister cited conflicts. The king of Bahrain also said he would not be attending the summit on Thursday.

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Arrest over suspicious objects alert

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 04:00
A man is arrested as police find "number of suspicious objects" during a search in east Belfast.

Sajid Javid for university role

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:53
Sajid Javid has been appointed business secretary, heading the department responsible for universities.

Who would be a Member of Parliament?

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:52
More than 180 new MPs arrive at the Houses of Parliament for the first time this week. What motivates them?

France's Hollande in first Cuba visit

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:42
French President Francois Hollande is visiting Cuba, the first French leader to do so in more than 100 years.

Garage reaches 'free' £700 meal deal

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:35
An Audi garage which was hit with a £700 restaurant bill by a customer who was offered a compensatory "free" meal agrees to cover the full cost.

Labour shake-up: Leslie replaces Balls

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:31
Harriet Harman reshuffles Labour's shadow cabinet, replacing a number of big names who lost their seats at the election, as Lord Sugar says he is quitting the party.

Funds sought for tiny £6 computer

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:27
A Californian start-up is seeking cash to make a computer that only costs $9 (£6) in its most basic form.

Red Bull say they will quit F1

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:26
Red Bull say they will pull out of Formula 1 if either they cannot get a competitive engine or Audi do not join with them.

UK interest rates kept at record low

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:25
UK interest rates have been held at 0.5% for another month by the Bank of England.

'Ride me' bus advert sparks backlash

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:10
A south Wales bus company says it will withdraw an adverting campaign showing a partly dressed woman following an online backlash.

Nasdaq experiments with the Bitcoin blockchain

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:00

Nasdaq announced on Monday that it's launching an "enterprise-wide initiative" to use the blockchain—the distributed ledger that makes Bitcoin possible.

The first application will be as a service for privately-held companies to allow their shareholders to buy and sell shares on a system based on the blockchain. Instead of the transactions being recorded in the separate ledgers of various lawyers, Nasdaq CIO Brad Peterson says transactions will be recorded in a form that anyone in the market can see. 

"The best argument against using the Bitcoin blockchain is that it's new," says Jim Harper, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. "It's only been around for a few years and hasn't had the real testing that it probably needs." 

Harper says the Nasdaq experiment could be just such a test.

PODCAST: The solution is border collies

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-11 03:00

We look at what happened with German bonds; calm today after a wild ride last week. Plus, we examine the effect Fox's hit show "Empire" has had on the TV advertising game by cutting the amount of commercial time it sets aside per episode. And government contractors come in all shapes, as evidenced by a new effort from the National Park Service to hire border collies to chase geese off the National Mall. 

Whittingdale named culture secretary

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-11 02:54
John Whittingdale, the former chair of the House of Commons culture select committee, is to take over from Sajid Javid as UK culture secretary.