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BBC 'complacent' over IT failure

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:46
Confusion and a lack of planning were the reasons the BBC's £98.4m Digital Media Initiative failed, according to a report.

Mental health cuts cost NHS millions

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:44
Mental health cuts are costing the NHS millions long-term as reduced preventive measures mean more people are ending up in hospital, a report says.

VIDEO: Violence on Venezuelan streets

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:34
For two months Venezuela has been witness to demonstrations and violent street protests triggered by high levels of crime, surging inflation and food shortages.

A shark cull divides a nation

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:32
Is a shark cull the right way to deal with attacks on humans?

European football's most wanted?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:31
Low-budget teams like Atletico Madrid aren't supposed to do this well, yet coach Diego Simeone is targeting the top

'Desperate need' for homes on sale

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:28
House prices will continue to rise across the country until more homes are put on the market, an industry body says.

VIDEO: Clive James reads poem Canoe

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:16
To mark the publication of an anthology of poetry entitled Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, writer and broadcaster Clive James reads Canoe by Keith Douglas.

German coal underpins renewable push

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:09
Why Germany is not as efficient as you might think

The heartache of Heartbleed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:00

There is plenty of panic to go around surrounding the announcement of a major security flaw in OpenSSL, the open-sourced version of the security connection used by most web servers to encrypt information between users, sites, and companies. Here's some basic info on "Heartbleed," and what you need to know:

1. What the heck is SSL? And should I worry whenever that lock appears in my browser? Or when I see ‘https://’?

SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer.” It refers to the connection between your computer and the company hosting whatever website you are currently browsing. Take a banking website, for example. Ideally, you’d want that connection to be secure against hackers being able to see the information being transmitted back and forth -- In this case, sensitive information like your social security number or your credit card numbers. Companies that have a SSL connection will encrypt any information transferred between your computer and the company.

That’s why you see the lock in the upper left-hand corner of your browser. Companies with an SSL connection have paid for an SSL Certificate, and notify their users via the lock icon. Additionally, the “s” in “https://” is another signifier of an SSL connection, and stands for “secure.”

For more information, check out this video.

In theory, this is how it should work: encryption of information on an SSL should guard against anyone gaining access and decrypting that information. Except when it doesn’t. As security experts discovered, a flaw in the open-sourced version of SSL has been a vulnerability for about two years, and could allow a hacker to get access to private information as well as the key to decryption. It’s especially problematic when considering that about 2/3 of the web-serves use OpenSSL. Cue terrifying nickname: the “Heartbleed” bug.

 2. I’ve heard I shouldn’t change my passwords yet. Why not?

In simple terms, if a site is compromised, changing your password won’t do much until the company that runs the site installs a patch. A better strategy is to wait until sites have a chance to fix their “Heartbleed” woes, and then change your password. Otherwise you might simply be giving a hacker your new password.

3. Which sites are affected by “Heartbleed”?

You can look at a list of sites here, or check for yourself here.

 

*UPDATE: While changing your password on a website that isn't yet secure could be dangerous, many companies are now saying they have patched or updated OpenSSL flaws in their system and that users should update login information. Mashable has a good running list of sites and their status.

Exit won't affect signings - Moyes

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:58
David Moyes believes Manchester United's transfer targets will not be affected by their Champions League exit.

Between the covers of Evelyn's Sylva

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:58
Why John Evelyn's Sylva has stood the test of time

Cleric predicted he would be killed

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:11
The Muslim preacher who predicted he would be killed

VIDEO: Why did Blakelock case fail again?

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:06
A man has been acquitted of the murder of PC Keith Blakelock - raising questions about why the case was ever brought to court.

Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:05

The developed part of Europe is perking up, but the other part of the continent is anything but steady these days, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank say.

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Why My Wife Didn't Choose A Double Mastectomy

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-09 14:03

More and more women are deciding to have double mastectomies when they are diagnosed with breast cancer. TV host Samantha Harris is just the latest. But it's not the right choice for everyone.

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Roses are red, violets are blue

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:44

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's what's coming up April 10:

  • In Washington, a look at the nation's balance sheet. The Treasury Department issues its monthly statement for March.
  • Drone delivery is just one of the topics at the fourth annual PostalVision 2020 Conference getting underway in the nation's capital.
  • Golfers tee off in Augusta, Georgia during the first round of the Masters Tournament.
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby" was first published on April 10th, 1925.
  • And think eloquent thoughts. April is National Poetry Month.

Comcast says it needs to get bigger to compete

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:38

Before a Senate hearing on Comcast’s proposed merger with Time Warner Cable, the company dropped a lengthy memo to the Federal Communications Commission, summed up in a blog post. In part, it argued that the merger would be good for competition in broadband, since Comcast’s rivals— including telecoms like Verizon and AT&T— are so big

Which is a different question from whether they offer broadband services that actually compete with Comcast. Andy Hargreaves, a Pacific Crest Securities analyst who looks at both TV and tech, thinks Comcast already dominates, with other companies unable to consistently offer similar speeds.

He estimates that the merged company would have the best-quality service in about 70 percent of the U.S. market. He thinks that’s a problem -- it gives the company power to keep jacking up prices.  “They are exceptionally good at raising rates,” he says.

However, he doubts these questions will sink the deal. Merging the companies, he says, doesn’t actually make it much harder for a real competitor to emerge.

“It’s already near impossible,” he says. “So raising the bar from really, really, really, really, really, high to really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY high is not that big a deal.”

David Balto, an anti-trust lawyer and a former Federal Trade Commission official, thinks the merger will likely be approved. Comcast and Time Warner haven't been competing with each other before the merger in existing markets, so consumers aren’t losing choices.

“You may not like the competitive environment,” he says, “but there are scores of mergers that the FTC and the Justice Department have approved because they could not find a loss of competition.”

'At least 30 dead' in CAR violence

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:35
At least 30 people are killed and 10 wounded in fighting between rival sectarian militias in the Central African Republic, police say.

VIDEO: Giant rat boards NYC subway train

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:25
A giant rat caused a commotion on a New York subway train when it managed to get itself trapped in a carriage.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona (2-1 agg)

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 13:19
Atletico Madrid knock Barcelona out of the Champions League thanks to Koke's close-range goal after just five minutes.
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