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Texas executes Mexican killer

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:17
A man who escaped prison while serving a murder sentence in Mexico is executed by the US state of Texas for a separate 1997 killing.

EU braces for Russian reaction

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:14
EU braced for comeback from Moscow over support for Ukraine

Rio 2016 promises 'great Games'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 16:01
Organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro respond to criticism about construction work delays, saying they will deliver 'great Games'.

Victim fury over 'corrupt Met plot'

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:52
The victims of an alleged police kidnap and robbery plot speak of their outrage and say they now intend to sue the Met.

Mass stabbing at US high school

BBC - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:51
Twenty-two people are wounded in a mass stabbing attack at a Pennsylvanian high school, as a teenager is charged with attempted homicide.

What M&M's have to do with dog food

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-09 15:51

M & M’s, Snickers, Twix and Milky Way. They’re all made by Mars. In fact, most of us know Mars as one of the world’s biggest chocolate makers.

What you may not know is that Mars makes a lot more than chocolate. The company owns products such as instant rice, coffee, holistic remedies -- and even pet food.

In fact, if you feed your dog or cat Pedigree or Whiskas, or even “gourmet filets” made by the high-end Cesar brand, you are buying Mars products. And now, Mars will own even more of the names in the pet food aisle.

Procter & Gamble on Wednesday agreed to sell their Iams, Eukanuba and Natura pet food brands to Mars for $2.9 billion in cash. The deal is limited to markets in North America, Latin America and a few other countries.

“The deal reinforces our leadership in pet nutrition and veterinary science,” Todd Lachman, global president for Mars Petcare, said in a statement.

Who knew Mars was a leader in “pet nutrition and veterinary science”?

Here are five brands you might also be surprised to know that Mars owns: 

1. Uncle Ben's Rice

 (Source: YouTube

2. CocoaVia 

www.cocoavia.com 

3. Cesar

(Source: YouTube)

 4. Altoids 

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5. Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape

(Source:YouTube)

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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