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    Technology is supposed to make our lives easier, allowing us to do things more quickly and efficiently. But too often it seems to make things harder, leaving us with fifty-button remote controls, digital cameras with hundreds of mysterious features and book-length manuals, and cars with dashboard systems worthy of the space shuttle. — James Surowiecki



Living Well

  • newActivity trackers get smarter at measuring fitness
    By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitness activity trackers have come a long way since Leonardo da Vinci sketched a rudimentary gear-and-pendulum pedometer to track the treks of 15th century Roman soldiers. Today’s devices count calories,…
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  • newSouth Africa's Zuma says in 'perfect' health after post-election fatigue
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma said he was in "perfect" condition after recovering from a bout of fatigue that left him hospitalised in June, playing down reports of health problems. Zuma, 72, has noticeably lost weight…
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  • Britain lifts bird flu restrictions on duck farm
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain on Sunday lifted restrictions on the movement of poultry in a six-mile (9.7-km) zone around a duck farm in northern England where the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu strain was found last month. The Department for Environm…
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  • Unilever drops mayonnaise suit against Just Mayo maker
    (Reuters) - Unilever Plc's U.S. division said it has withdrawn its lawsuit against food startup Hampton Creek over false advertising and unfair competition related to its Just Mayo product. Unilever, famous for its mayonnaise brand Hellmann's, had fi…
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  • European court rules obesity can be a disability
    LONDON (AP) — Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences across the 28-nation bloc for the way in which employers deal with severely overweight staff.
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  • EU court says obesity can be disability
    The European Union's highest court ruled Thursday that obesity can be considered a "disability" if it hinders an overweight person's performance at work.
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  • Armed groups recruit 10,000 child soldiers in Central African Republic – NGO
    DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Up to 10,000 children have been recruited by armed groups during the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) despite a U.N.-backed peacekeeping presence, the number rising sharply in the past two years, Sa…
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  • Instant noodles recalled as Taiwan food scare widens
    Taiwanese authorities on Thursday ordered a leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain a banned dye as the island's latest food scandal deepened.
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  • Shire considering bid for NPS Pharmaceuticals - Bloomberg
    (Reuters) - Dublin-based Shire Plc , whose proposed sale to AbbVie Inc fell apart in October, is considering an offer for U.S-based drug developer NPS Pharmaceuticals Inc , Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. NPS's shares ros…
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  • Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? Then avoid the menu and order at the bar.
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  • U.N. warns 1 million people could be hungry by March due to Ebola
    By Chris Arsenault ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Half a million people in three West African nations rocked by Ebola are going hungry and that number could double by March if food supplies do not improve, two United Nations agencies warned on W…
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  • Japan confirms bird flu case, culls 4,000 chickens
    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan. Three chickens tested positive at the farm and all of the…
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  • Ex-Google employees launch app to make you smarter about health, fitness
    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of former Google employees are betting they can boost the world's medical knowledge with a mobile IQ test. Hi.Q, a free app for the Apple Inc iPhone and iPad launching on Monday, includes 10,000 que…
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  • EU food labels to help allergy sufferers
    New EU labelling rules taking effect Saturday require restaurants and other businesses to tell customers if their food could trigger allergies or raise other health concerns.
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  • No more drunken sailors: Canadian Navy bans drinking at sea
    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Royal Canadian Navy on Friday imposed an almost total ban on sailors drinking at sea, after a warship had to be recalled from an international exercise because inebriated crew members got into trouble. Sailor…
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  • 'Creeping humanitarian crisis' in drought-hit Central America: UN
    A drawn-out drought in Central America has pushed some 2.5 million people in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador into food insecurity, the UN warned Friday.
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  • Teen girl still hooked to machines 1 year later
    A year ago, 13-year-old Jahi McMath underwent a tonsillectomy and tissue removal at Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, to treat sleep apnea. The girl suffered massive bleeding, had a heart attack and was declared brain-dead Dec. 12.
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  • Award-winning Washington Post photographer dies of heart attack in Liberia
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille died of an apparent heart attack on Thursday in Liberia where he was on assignment covering the Ebola outbreak, the newspaper said. The Post said du Cille, 58…
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  • Food insecurity rising despite record cereal output
    World cereal output is expected to hit record highs this year but food insecurity is worsening across the globe thanks to Ebola and civil conflicts, the UN's food agency said Thursday.
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  • Avian flu spreading in southwest British Columbia
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The avian influenza outbreak in southwest British Columbia has spread to seven farms, and 155,000 birds have died of the virus or will be euthanized, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:35pm -


Education & Learning

  • newTech that wants to get inside your head
    Can technology improve concentration?
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  • newPakistan arrests over school attack
    Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
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  • newThe hard side of China's soft power
    A BBC interview with the tough head of Hanban, the body charged with promoting Chinese culture and language, does little to dispel suspicions of political control, says John Sudworth.
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  • newMay targets student visa 'abuse'
    Home Secretary Theresa May backs a plan that would force foreign students to leave the UK after their university courses, in a bid to curb illegal immigration.
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 5:37pm -
  • Record 500,000 started university
    Record numbers of students entered university this year, but the gender gap has never been wider, according to annual admission figures.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:17pm -

BBC Earth Videos

Cute Jumping Indri Lemurs - Madagascar - BBC
Cute Jumping Indri Lemurs - Madagascar - BBCLemurs are native only to Madagascar, and the indri is the biggest of them all. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Subscribe to BBC Earth: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=BBC .…
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Elephants Fight Over Water - Nature's Great Events - BBC
Elephants Fight Over Water - Nature's Great Events - BBCComing across a rare pool of water, the elephant heard knows that its stagnant. Luckily, they know a trick which will still allow them to take a well needed ...From:BBC EarthVie…
- 19 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:44pm -
Flooding A Desert - Tiny Giants 3D
Flooding A Desert - Tiny Giants 3DWhat happens when a heavy downpour of rain hits the hard desert ground? Michael Gunton, writer and producer of Tiny Giants 3D, tells us how two inches of rai...From:BBC EarthViews:276381ratings…
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Predator Feasting Frenzy - Nature's Great Events - BBC
Predator Feasting Frenzy - Nature's Great Events - BBCAs gannets, dolphins and even sharks get in on the feeding frenzy, the stage is set for the largest predator of all to get a look in. Subscribe to BBC Earth:...From:BBC EarthViews…
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Astrology.com Daily Horoscope

  • Libra Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    You're in the middle of some great new intellectual conversations -- and you may find yourself straying from a dogma you'd never really thought about before. Let yourself go!More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Couple's Love…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Aquarius Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    A new person joins your group and helps you to see that things can change for the better. It could be a colleague, a new friend or even a new family member, but the new perspective is what's most important.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Taurus Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    Subconscious messages are leaking in today -- you should do your best to decode them and then act on their advice. Life is just about to curve in an unexpected direction, so brace yourself!More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Dail…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Sagittarius Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    A good friend brightens your day early on -- and makes sure that you are right where you need to be all day long. Keep reminding yourself how good you've got it and how lucky you are to have them.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScope…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Gemini Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    You can't let yourself be too dogmatic today -- easy answers are all in question. Once you know what's really going on, you should be able to adapt your thinking in the right direction.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Co…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Aries Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    Your cultural leanings are made a little stronger today by an infusion of amazing energy. Try to take your life to a new limit or find a new way to show off to the world as a whole.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily Couple…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Cancer Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    You have to deal with something that's bigger than your immediate circle of friends and family -- in fact, you may find that it's past time for you to take a stand on that social issue you care so much about.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Scorpio Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    Skepticism is more important than ever today -- so collect your wits and make sure that you're not just taking everyone's word for it that things are fine. You can judge that for yourself.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScopes, Daily…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Leo Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    Your generosity is legendary, and you should be able to bring smiles to people's faces without any strenuous effort. Your great energy should earn you all kinds of karma and keep you happy all day.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScop…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Capricorn Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    You need to really communicate with the people in your life -- it's too easy to slide into a trance today! That may actually be okay, as you are sure to make all kinds of progress no matter what you say.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's Lo…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Virgo Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    This is not a good time to struggle against the flow of life -- it's got your number! The good news is that you're actually moving in a positive direction, even if you can't quite see that just yet.More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveSco…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Pisces Daily Horoscope for December 21, 2014
    Think before speaking today -- things are already a bit odd, and if you say something out of turn, you could sway people's minds in exactly the wrong direction. Sometimes silence really is golden!More horoscopes! Check your Daily Single's LoveScope…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:00am -

Flying Cars

  • newYou Can Buy This Awesome 200-MPH Bentley For The Price Of A Used Lexus
    There are things in life that will always be aspirational. This amazing Flying Spur, a car made by the hand-built British manufacturer Bentley, is one of them . Its understated elegance doesn't give too much away, but it can and will blow the doors o…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:20pm -
  • Inventor's soaring ambition: Build a hover car
    CEDAR LAKE | Everyone stuck in a traffic jam has probably at some point fantasized about flying off over all the poor schmucks inching ahead little by little, futilely honking their horns, and not going anywhere. 
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 2:30am -
  • The McLaren 650S GT3 Is Coming To Pirelli World Challenge
    Want to see the new McLaren GT3 race car racing in the United States? You're in luck. K-Pax Racing and Flying Lizard Motorsports announced this week that they will campaign the two McLaren 650S GT3 race cars in 2015 in the Pirelli World Challenge. Re…
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  • Car renters may hit potholes when they cross borders
    The rules on surcharges, special insurance requirements and paperwork are all over the map.
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  • Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car
    The Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car by Mattel brings the wonder of flight to the younger set and does so effortlessly.
    - 19 days ago 3 Dec 14, 8:58pm -
  • Flying car nears mass production liftoff
    The first time Carl Dietrich brought his flying-car concept to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he had only a video to show the aviation geeks who wandered by his modest stall. The following…
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  • Mass produced flying cars are real … and closer than you might think
    As the announcer who introduced the Terrafugia Transition put it: 'Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the most incredible things we've seen, ever, here at Oshkosh'
    - 23 days ago 29 Nov 14, 5:14pm -
  • The Era Of The Flying Car Has Finally Arrived
    Peter Thiel is wrong. His famous comment on the...
    - 28 days ago 24 Nov 14, 4:21pm -
  • The Flying Car Is (Almost) For Real
    Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg “Money Clip” Host Olivia Sterns reports on Terrafugia’s flying car. (Source: Bloomberg)
    - 28 days ago 24 Nov 14, 6:36am -
  • The Flying Car Nears Liftoff, Finally
    The first time Carl Dietrich brought his flying-car concept to the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture gathering in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he had only a video to show the aviation geeks ...
    - 28 days ago 24 Nov 14, 5:00am -

Music

  • Rihanna mobbed by fans in France
    Rihanna found herself surrounded by fans as she had a shoot in Paris.
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  • Beyonce And Jay Z Outbid On Beverly Hills Pad
    The billionaire creator of the computer game Minecraft has reportedly won a bidding war for a Beverly Hills mansion which Beyonce and Jay Z had their eyes on.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:24am -
  • NYC event marks winter solstice with music parades
    NEW YORK (AP) — Walking? Check. In a winter wonderland? Well, it marks the beginning of the season. Bells ringing? Sure, along with trumpets and some fiddles.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 7:23am -
  • Madonna hits out at music leak
    Madonna has hit out at the leak of some of her new music - calling it a "form of terrorism".
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 10:00am -
  • How Bad Music Became a British Christmas Tradition
    In 1993, when I was 10 years old, one of the biggest stars in my native Britain was a Pepto Bismol-pink leviathan with yellow spots, a jaunty bow tie, and manic green eyes that shook from side to side like Cookie Monster on a HFCS binge. The creatur…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 1:22pm -
  • Green Day, Reed, Starr into rock hall
    NEW YORK (AP) — The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and "Lean on Me" singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
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  • Starr, Reed among 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, the late rocker Lou Reed, punk group Green Day and singer Bill Withers are among the 2015 inductees named on Tuesday to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, rockers…
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  • Ex-Eurythmics' singer wants video at gothic jail
    DERIDDER, La. (AP) — Local officials in west Louisiana say former Eurythmics singer and guitarist Dave Stewart plans to film a new music video early next year in their century-old Gothic Revival jail.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:20pm -
  • Apple wins digital music U.S. antitrust trial
    By Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Apple Inc won an antitrust trial on Tuesday when a U.S. jury decided the company did not act improperly when it restricted music purchases for iPod users to Apple's iTunes digital store. The verdict was read…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:11pm -
  • Buku 2015 music fest lineup released
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Urban radio hit-maker A$AP Rocky and national electronic music stars Passion Pit, Bassnectar and Porter Robinson are scheduled to take the stage in New Orleans for the fourth annual Buku music festival in March.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 4:58pm -
  • Songwriter Van Etten digs herself out of the dark with music
    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Even when things don't go her way -- from on-stage technical glitches to complicated relationships -- American singer Sharon Van Etten remains cheerful. You might not guess that by listening to "I Love You But I'm L…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Tencent, Sony strike China music distribution deal
    By Paul Carsten BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has struck the latest in a string of music distribution deals, this time with Sony Music Entertainment, as it teams up with labels to try to develop China's paid-for mus…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:04am -
  • Celeb birthdays for the week of Dec. 21-27
    Dec. 21: Country singer Freddie Hart is 88. Talk-show host Phil Donahue is 79. Actress Jane Fonda is 77. Singer Carla Thomas is 72. Guitarist Albert Lee is 71. Actor Samuel L. Jackson is 66. Singer Betty Wright is 61. Actress Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm…
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 4:25pm -
  • Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars grab top spot in British music charts
    LONDON (Reuters) - English DJ Mark Ronson grabbed the top spot in the British singles chart on Sunday with his new track "Uptown Funk" featuring U.S. singer Bruno Mars, the Official Charts Company said. The track was made for Ronson's fourth studio a…
    - 8 days ago 14 Dec 14, 7:41pm -
  • J. Cole: Still a Classic Album Away From Greatness
    While an impressive rapper and storyteller, J. Cole doesn’t quite fit the labels given to other hip-hop artists—the poignant and introspective, R&B-influenced Drake; the confident and aggressive street persona of Jay Z. In a genre littered with…
    - 8 days ago 14 Dec 14, 5:40pm -
  • Ciao! Stand-in mentor Tulisa can't stop Andrea Faustini getting the X Factor final chop
    With Mel B missing through illness, the Italian singer lost the first public vote of the two-day series finale.
    - 9 days ago 13 Dec 14, 11:46pm -
  • Elton John opens stand in his honour at Watford
    LONDON (Reuters) - Pop music great Elton John opened a new stand named after him at English Championship club Watford's Vicarage Road ground on Saturday, describing it as "one of the greatest days of my life". The 67-year-old singer-songwriter, who…
    - 9 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:17pm -
  • Soccer-Elton John opens stand in his honour at Watford
    LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Pop music great Elton John opened a new stand named after him at English Championship club Watford's Vicarage Road ground on Saturday, describing it as "one of the greatest days of my life". The 67-year-old singer-songwrite…
    - 9 days ago 13 Dec 14, 5:11pm -
  • New Ailey dance pays tribute to civil rights icon
    NEW YORK (AP) — It would seem the timing could hardly be more apt for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's new civil rights-themed piece, "Odetta," a tribute to the late folk singer often referred to as the voice of the civil rights movement.
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:41pm -
  • 4m watch inaugural BBC Music Awards
    Nearly four million people watched the inaugural BBC Music Awards last night to see Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams take the top honours.
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 3:16pm -
  • Who won what at the BBC Music Awards?
    Pharrell, Ed Sheeran and Catfish and the Bottlemen all walked away with golden gongs.
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:59pm -
  • A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America's Cultural Capitals
    In the early 1970s, a young singer-songwriter named Larry Groce was launching his career in the music business. He had grown up in Texas, moved to Los Angeles, started recording albums, and in 1976 had a Top Ten hit with the novelty song "Junk Food…
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Music producer Dupri's mansion in foreclosure
    ATLANTA (AP) — According to foreclosure documents, music producer Jermaine Dupri is losing his multimillion dollar Atlanta mansion.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:35pm -
  • Guilty plea in NY music festival drug death
    NEW YORK (AP) — A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Thursday to a narcotics charge in a prosecution that arose after an overdose death at a New York City music festival.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:18pm -
  • See the celebs that scrubbed up well at the BBC Music Awards
    They really were dressed to impress.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 9:02pm -
  • Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' is Spotify's most viral 2014 single
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The breakout hit "Take Me to Church" by the young Irish singer Hozier, which has been adopted as a protest song against anti-gay discrimination in Russia, was the most viral single on Spotify in 2014, the online mu…
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 6:05pm -
  • It's Too Hard to Manage Music Now: Why It's Okay to Miss the Old iPod
    Recently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative cinch: I'd put the music on iTunes, plug in my iPod, and d…
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dr Dre Revealed As World's Top Earning Musician
    US rap producer and Beats headphones co-founder Dr Dre was the highest earning musician of 2014, according to Forbes.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 6:33pm -
  • Sam Smith tops MTV's 2014 best artist list
    NEW YORK (AP) — This year's breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV's best artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 1:40pm -
  • Hozier's 'Take Me to Church' is top Spotify 2014 single
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - The breakout hit "Take Me to Church" by the young Irish singer Hozier that has been adopted as a protest song against gay discrimination in Russia was the most streamed single on Spotify in 2014, the online music s…
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 12:21pm -
  • Cowell not biased, says Haenow
    X Factor hunk Ben Haenow has insisted Simon Cowell does not have a "favourite" on the show as they visited the singer's home town to drum up support ahead of this weekend's eagerly anticipated final.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 9:12am -
  • 10 reasons we all love Katy Perry's Dark Horse video
    The singer’s music video has emerged the most popular YouTube video of 2014 and here’s why…
    - 13 days ago 9 Dec 14, 10:01pm -
  • Katy Perry, spider-dog top popular online videos
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katy Perry and a dog dressed like a spider are among 2014's top online video subjects.
    - 13 days ago 9 Dec 14, 6:02pm -
  • Is Lindsay Lohan looking to get her music career back on track?
    Lindsay Lohan and her sister Aliana has been in the recording studio with English rockers Duran Duran.
    - 13 days ago 9 Dec 14, 2:50pm -
  • Robbie Williams wants a new job
    Rock DJ singer Robbie Williams has hinted he could give up music and is looking for a career change.
    - 13 days ago 9 Dec 14, 2:12pm -

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Culture

  • newThe top films at the North American box office
    LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Following are the top 10 movies at North American box offices for the three days starting Dec. 19, led by "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters. 1 (*) The Hobbi…
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  • Auschwitz victim suitcases get high-tech storage
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz museum says some of the victims' 3,800 suitcases have been put into a state-of-the-art protective storage room partly funded by the European Union.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:36pm -
  • Rebel Wilson: I channelled Matt Lucas's accent
    Rebel Wilson took inspiration from Little Britain’s Matt Lucas for her accent in Night At The Museum: The Secret of the Tomb.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 2:11pm -
  • Rebel: I channelled Lucas' accent
    Rebel Wilson has revealed how Matt Lucas inspired her British accent in Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:08am -
  • New York Fashion Week booted out of Lincoln Center
    NEW YORK (AP) — C'est la vie, fashionistas. The city of New York and Lincoln Center are evicting the invitation-only, twice-yearly Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in a court spat over destroyed trees and displaced park benches.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 11:04pm -
  • The Innovative Art of the Book-Preserving Underground
    Finely produced limited-edition books have long attracted niche followings among those who savor the look and feel of volumes in slipcases, but few are more devoted than the devotees of The Folio Society. For the estimated 100,000 members of the pub…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • Freud's goal: Keep Chicago's Lyric Opera relevant
    CHICAGO (AP) — When Anthony Freud was 14, his favorite pastime was going to the opera in London and then, on the train ride home to Wimbledon where he lived with his parents, "dreaming about how I could do it better when I ran a company of my own…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 3:36pm -
  • Katniss Everdeen has arrived... at Madame Tussauds in London
    New waxwork figure of the Hunger Games character has been unveiled at the museum.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 12:52pm -
  • $10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles' largest art heists.
    - 5 days ago 18 Dec 14, 1:53am -
  • Singer J. Cole ousts Taylor Swift from top of Billboard 200
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - American hip hop artist J. Cole bumped pop singer Taylor Swift from the top of the U.S. Billboard 200 on Wednesday, pushing her into second place. Cole's "2014 Forest Hill Drive" album sold 354,000 full copies, 109,000 songs and…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:51pm -
  • Third 'Night at the Museum' film marks Robin Williams' final appearance
    By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the third installment of the lucrative "Night at the Museum" series, the filmmakers wanted to make a film about saying goodbye. As fate would have it, the sequel, entitled "Night at the Museum: Secret of the…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:38pm -
  • Verona's Arena to get $17.5 million restoration
    MILAN (AP) — Verona's famed Roman amphitheater, home to one of the world's premier opera festivals, will be the first large beneficiary of a new Italian government initiative to encourage private donations to protect cultural treasures.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:59pm -
  • 'Shimmering' Cezanne to heat up art auction, Christie's says
    By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - A "shimmering" Paul Cezanne painting of the Mediterranean with a castle in the background is expected to attract the big-money buyers at a February auction that includes works by Modigliani, Giacometti and Picasso…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 6:52pm -
  • Arena de Verona será restaurada
    MILAN (AP) — La famosa Arena de Verona, un anfiteatro de los tiempos de los romanos y sede de uno de los festivales de ópera más famosos del mundo, recibirá el apoyo de una nueva iniciativa del gobierno italiano que da incentivos a los donadore…
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  • U.S. judge OKs Seattle artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit
    By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A U.S. judge has allowed a Seattle artist's intellectual property lawsuit to go forward over her claims she was cheated out of possibly millions of dollars from the sale of "Angry Birds" pet toys she designed,…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:28am -
  • Sweet 'Night at the Museum' bids farewell to Robin Williams
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    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:38pm -
  • Artist's 'Angry Birds' lawsuit goes forward
    SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit by a Seattle artist who says she was cheated out of millions of dollars when the company that sold her line of plush pet toys called "Angry Birds" reached a deal with the Finnish company…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 7:36pm -
  • Seven Critics' Circle nods for Turner biopic
    Mike Leigh’s biopic about British artist JMW Turner is up for seven gongs at the London Critics’ Circle Awards.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 6:06pm -
  • German foundation seeks ruling on Jewish art claim
    BERLIN (AP) — A German foundation has asked an expert panel to rule whether its painting by Spanish artist Juan Gris was looted by the Nazis.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • Night At The Museum stars salute Robin Williams
    The stars of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • Night At The Museum Pays Tribute To Williams
    Stars of the latest film in the Night At The Museum series have paid tribute to "kind and warm" Robin Williams, who makes one of his final appearances in the film.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:58am -
  • Museum stars salute Robin Williams
    The stars of Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, including Owen Wilson, Dan Stevens and Sir Ben Kingsley, paid tribute to their late co-star Robin Williams at the film's European premiere.
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 9:09pm -
  • Dan Stevens felt weighed down by his Night At The Museum role
    Dan Stevens got a bad back playing Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb.
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:59pm -
  • Pre-Fall: Fashion's Lucrative, Imaginary Season
    This time of year, the old song, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” plays in my head, but I’ve changed the word “Christmas” to “pre-fall.” It’s the only way I can remember what season designers are showing now. It’s o…
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 6:32pm -
  • Heavyweight role for actor Stevens
    Dan Stevens has revealed the biggest challenge of filming his role as Lancelot in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb - the heavy armour gave him a bad back.
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • Damon Albarn has postponed his Sydney concert
    Damon Albarn has postponed a gig at the Sydney Opera House in Australia over security fears.
    - 7 days ago 15 Dec 14, 2:03pm -
  • Museum displays rare portrait by Winslow Homer
    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A rare oil painting by the American artist Winslow Homer has been given as a gift to a Massachusetts museum.
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 8:10pm -
  • "Visitantes" explora el terror de lo conocido
    MEXICO (AP) — "Visitantes", la ópera prima del director mexicano Acán Coen, retrata el terror que puede producir lo que aparentemente es más familiar.
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 5:03pm -
  • Art with a bang - Portugal's VHILS blasts through barriers
    By Andrei Khalip LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto, known by the tag name VHILS from his graffiti days, literally shakes the foundations when he explodes powder charges inserted into stucco facades, or drills and carves into brick…
    - 10 days ago 12 Dec 14, 11:53am -
  • Sheeran and Pharrell win BBC gongs
    Chart-topping star Ed Sheeran was named British artist of the year at the BBC Music Awards tonight, to crown a year in which he has become one of the world's biggest pop acts.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 10:55pm -
  • World Trade Center tower boasts large-scale art
    NEW YORK (AP) — The new 1 World Trade Center opened to great fanfare last month as the first tenants moved into the 1,776-foot tower through a vast lobby dominated by a monumental abstract mural. The color-splashed, 90-by-15-foot painting is among…
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 8:21pm -
  • American Museum of Natural History plans addition
    NEW YORK (AP) — The American Museum of Natural History has announced plans to build an addition to house a new science and education center.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 5:30pm -
  • Sam Smith is MTV's best artist of 2014
    Sam Smith has been rated ahead of global superstars as MTV US’s best artist of 2014.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:37pm -
  • Baritone gets crash course for Wagner role
    NEW YORK (AP) — In a bare rehearsal room three floors underground at the Metropolitan Opera, Michael Volle was learning how to move around on a set that wasn't there.
    - 11 days ago 11 Dec 14, 3:11pm -
  • The Comic-Book Guys Quivering in Fear of Cosplay
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    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 7:16pm -
  • Art transforms armory into reflective pool
    NEW YORK (AP) — A light, music and performance installation will transform a New York City armory into a reflective pool.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 6:12pm -
  • Soap star pleads guilty in northeast Ohio crash
    JEFFERSON, Ohio (AP) — Soap opera actor Freddie Smith has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the car crash that seriously injured his girlfriend in northeast Ohio.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 5:27pm -
  • Sam Smith tops MTV's 2014 best artist list
    NEW YORK (AP) — This year's breakthrough new singer, Sam Smith, went from an artist to watch to MTV's best artist of 2014 and beat out megastars like Beyonce and Taylor Swift.
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 1:40pm -
  • Royal couple pays respects at New York's Sept. 11 Memorial
    By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Prince William and his wife, Kate, paid a solemn visit on Tuesday to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, greeted by a small but resolute crowd of admirers who withstood driving rain and wind for a g…
    - 12 days ago 10 Dec 14, 2:06am -
  • Winter Wonderland 2013 review: Festive fun for all the family
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Business & Finance

  • newEnergy shares lift FTSE 100
    The FTSE 100 rises as energy shares are boosted by rising oil prices and comments from the Saudi petroleum minister.
    - 48 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:10pm -
  • newRate riggers face seven years jail
    Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:54pm -
  • newEx-finance boss warns of Russia crisis
    Russia's former finance minister has warned the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:41pm -
  • newTesco accounts face fresh inquiry
    The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:27pm -
  • newVIDEO: Nicaragua canal faces opposition
    Nicaragua, the poorest country in mainland South America, announced on Monday it will break ground on a new canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • newPlanned airport strike suspended
    Planned two-day strike by ground handling staff at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports is suspended after a new pay offer.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:54am -
  • newVIDEO: Airbus to deliver first A350 XWBs
    Monday marks a big day for Airbus at its main factory headquarters in Toulouse, as Qatar Airways takes the first delivery of the plane makers newest twin-aisle A350 XWB.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • newSainsbury's suffers website glitch
    Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:13am -
  • newAsian shares climb in thin trade
    Asian markets rose on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:52am -
  • newWarning over Coats pension scheme
    The Pensions Regulator tells Guinness Peat Group it should pay more money into the pension scheme of the Coats textile company to pay off its deficit.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:51am -
  • newAUDIO: BBC editors take Mastermind challenge
    BBC editors are known for their extensive knowledge of specialist subjects, but can they handle the pressure and maintain their reputations when in the spotlight?
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:15am -
  • newVIDEO: CBI predicts jobs growth in 2015
    The CBI says half of businesses will take on more staff next year but a lack of skills could still hold back the economy.
    - 5 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:02am -
  • newHigher pay awards 'on the way'
    Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.
    - 5 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 8:29am -
  • newB&Q's Kingfisher to sell China stake
    Home improvements retailer Kingfisher will sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth £140m
    - 6 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 7:49am -
  • newSouth Korea cuts growth forecasts
    Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 3:11am -
  • newGermany wants more women in boardroom
    Germany's drive to promote more women in business
    - 12 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:23am -
  • newCity workers expect bigger bonuses
    Senior workers in London's financial services sector are expecting an average 21% rise in their bonus payouts for this year, a survey found.
    - 12 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:15am -
  • newVIDEO: Monocle eyes rapid Asian expansion
    Monocle Magazine is a niche product selling just 18,000 copies a year, but it is aiming to rapidly increase sales in Asia with a new audience of high-end readers.
    - 13 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:49am -
  • newVIDEO: Who wants to send the Christmas mail?
    The Royal Mail signed up 19,000 seasonal workers this year to help out at Christmas. BBC News went to meet some of them.
    - 14 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • newGadget insurance complaints rise
    The Financial Ombudsman Service says it received 2,200 complaints about gadget warranties last year, double that of the previous year.
    - 14 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:04am -
  • newDigging for diversity in Botswana
    Botswana's plans to move away from a reliance on diamonds
    - 14 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 11:55pm -
  • newVIDEO: Beefing up Botswana's cattle farming
    With some experts forecasting the diminution of diamond reserves in as little as 20 years, Botswana must look to diversify its export industry.
    - 14 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 11:53pm -
  • newThe firm that tests the world's ships
    The Norwegian firm that tests the world's ships and oil rigs
    - 14 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 11:50pm -
  • newRemembering the InterCity 125
    Interactive video remembering the InterCity 125
    - 14 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 11:47pm -
  • newOil price fall 'not Opec's fault'
    Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.
    - 17 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 8:54pm -
  • newNorth Sea oil summit announced
    A plan for a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry is announced by Aberdeen City Council.
    - 19 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:52pm -
  • Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson
    Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 12:21pm -
  • Tough at the top: 2014's troubled bosses
    The leading bosses who had a rotten 2014
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 10:06am -
  • How German Christmas markets came to the UK
    How German markets have exploded across the UK
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 10:04am -
  • Plan to help over-50s get jobs
    Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work.
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 11:44am -
  • How to spot a fake at Christmas
    On the seasonal lookout for counterfeit goods
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 2:47am -
  • Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London
    A rare look into how Crossrail is taking shape below London
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 1:45am -
  • Booking.com fraud network revealed
    Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 12:39am -
  • Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt
    Hereford United is wound up by the High Court over money owed to HM Revenue and Customs.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 7:05pm -
  • Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas
    Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:54pm -
  • Power firms to get £1bn to stay open
    Power generation firms are to receive close to £1bn to ensure their plants stay open and prevent the lights going out in the coming years.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:48pm -
  • Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
    The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:36pm -
  • VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me'
    Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:32pm -
  • Disabled 'missing out' on scheme
    Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, a group of MPs say.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 7:40am -
  • China revises up 2013 economy size
    China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 6:26am -
  • Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice
    Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.
    - 4 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:04am -
  • The people working on Christmas Day
    While most of us will be relaxing on Christmas Day, spare a thought for the many people who will be working.
    - 5 days ago 18 Dec 14, 12:33am -
  • SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs
    The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:57am -
  • Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint
    Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 1:28pm -
  • Unwrapping Africa's red tape
    Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.
    - 7 days ago 16 Dec 14, 1:41am -
  • Building the biggest baby food firm
    How Paul Lindley, the boss of Ella's Kitchen, built up the UK's largest baby food business.
    - 8 days ago 15 Dec 14, 12:02am -

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Top News

  • newVilliers hopeful of '11th hour' deal
    The Northern Ireland secretary says she believes a deal is "still possible" in the cross-party talks, as negotiations enter a final day.
    - 36 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:22pm -
  • newQatar sponsorship deal for Goodwood
    Glorious Goodwood will be rebranded the Qatar Goodwood Festival in a 10-year sponsorship deal, the biggest in British racing.
    - 36 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:22pm -
  • newSeal found in the middle of a field
    A seal is found by a dog walker in the middle of a field in St Helens, Merseyside.
    - 45 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:13pm -
  • newBoy admits lying about baby's death
    A teenager admits lying to police about the death of a six-week-old girl.
    - 46 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:12pm -
  • newChild abuse inquiry overhaul urged
    Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.
    - 54 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:04pm -
  • newHack causes 'damage' at steel works
    A blast furnace at a German steel mill suffered "massive damage" following a cyber attack on the plant's network, says a report.
    - 57 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:01pm -
  • newSkrtel posts picture of head injury
    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says he needed seven staples for a head injury suffered in Sunday's draw with Arsenal.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:58pm -
  • newDay in pictures: 22 December 2014
    Images from around the world: 22 December
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:57pm -
  • newWhere will the oil price settle?
    The oil price may have hit bottom. But oil will continue for some months yet to be the big influence on prosperity and power.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:56pm -
  • newRate riggers face seven years jail
    Chancellor George Osborne confirms that the rigging of foreign exchange rates and other financial benchmarks will become a criminal offence.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:54pm -
  • newProbe starts into factory fire
    A fire at a Swansea factory forces some production to be switched to a sister site in the US, say bosses.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
  • newJail over Silk Road bitcoin deals
    Bitcoin trader Charlie Shrem has been sentenced to two years in jail for indirectly helping people swap cash for bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
  • newEx-finance boss warns of Russia crisis
    Russia's former finance minister has warned the country is entering a "full blown economic crisis" and will enter recession next year.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:41pm -
  • newVIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers
    Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:39pm -
  • newTour de Yorkshire reveals host sites
    The start and finish locations of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are announced.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:27pm -
  • newTesco accounts face fresh inquiry
    The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014 following the £250m mis-statement of its profits.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:27pm -
  • newMan dies in police Taser shooting
    A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:21pm -
  • newDozens rescued from flooded Asda
    Firefighters rescue 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:12pm -
  • newNorth Korea threatens US over Sony
    North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:39am -
  • newGiant 'El Gordo' lottery grips Spain
    Spaniards await the results of the famous "El Gordo" (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:37am -
  • newAUDIO: 'I never thought I'd see laptop again'
    Stolen laptop containing the last photographs of a terminally ill child before she died has been returned to her family.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:34am -
  • newTunisia candidate refuses to concede
    Caretaker leader Moncef Marzouki refuses to admit defeat in Tunisia's presidential election after exit polls suggest a win for Beji Caid Essebsi.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:25am -
  • newFans voice anger at Rangers' AGM
    Rangers' board are greeted with chants of "out, out, out" as they take their seats at the club's AGM on Monday at Ibrox.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:21am -
  • newVIDEO: Panto 'most difficult of all' acting
    York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:15am -
  • newSainsbury's suffers website glitch
    Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has become the latest victim of website difficulties amid the rush for Christmas orders.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:13am -
  • newCouncils 'dim lights to save cash'
    Street lights are being switched off or dimmed to save money in three quarters of England's council areas, according to Labour Party research.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:13am -
  • newNew York killer boasted to onlookers
    The man who shot dead two New York police officers told members of the public to "watch what I'm going to do" shortly before the attack, police say.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:09am -
  • newIMF cuts blamed for Ebola spread
    Spending cuts imposed by the International Monetary Fund may have contributed to the rapid spread of Ebola in West Africa, UK-based researchers say.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:09am -
  • newPassenger hurt as train hits flood
    A passenger was hurt when a train came to a halt after striking flood water on a rail line in East Ayrshire.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 11:07am -
  • newBrighton Winter Solstice in pictures
    Brighton's annual Burning the Clocks
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:59am -
  • newSolstice crowd gathers at Stonehenge
    More than 1,000 people meet at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:51am -
  • newSpanish princess to face fraud trial
    The Spanish king's sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband's dealings.
    - 3 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:40am -
  • newAUDIO: BBC editors take Mastermind challenge
    BBC editors are known for their extensive knowledge of specialist subjects, but can they handle the pressure and maintain their reputations when in the spotlight?
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:15am -
  • newActress Billie Whitelaw dies aged 82
    Acclaimed actress Billie Whitelaw, who starred on stage and screen and worked in close collaboration with Samuel Beckett, dies in London.
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:10am -
  • newVIDEO: A look at the scale of the 2004 tsunami
    The BBC takes a closer look at the scale of one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history - the tsunami of 2004
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:58am -
  • newBig cat trade from Burma to China up
    A new study suggests that the trade in parts of tigers and other wild cats from Myanmar into China is growing.
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:45am -
  • newIndia MPs protest over conversions
    Opposition MPs in India protest against Hindu nationalist groups for converting religious minorities to Hinduism.
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:41am -
  • newMan bailed over Avon Gorge death
    A man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man who fell from the Avon Gorge is released on bail, police say.
    - 5 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:24am -
  • newNHS to 'unlock secrets' using DNA
    A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases" including cancer and rare genetic disorders, the NHS says.
    - 5 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 9:22am -
  • newHigher pay awards 'on the way'
    Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.
    - 5 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 8:29am -
  • newVIDEO: £2m raised after dogs' home fire
    Almost £2 million has now been raised for Manchester Dogs' Home after a fire in September that saw 50 animals die.
    - 6 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • newThe alternative 2014 sport awards
    From villains to unlikely heroes, strange moments and anti-climaxes, soap operas and spats, Tom Fordyce hands out his gongs.
    - 7 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 7:17am -
  • newWealdstone Raider 'living a dream'
    After releasing a charity single and getting to number five in the charts, the Wealdstone Raider says he is "in dreamland".
    - 7 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 7:15am -
  • newFifa holds secret talks with Blatter
    Fifa president Sepp Blatter holds talks with executives as concerns grow over future direction of football's governing body.
    - 7 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 6:55am -
  • newVIDEO: Life in Cape Town's notorious gang area
    South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world and drugs and gun crime fuel the cycle of violence in the Cape Flats, an area notorious for gangs.
    - 7 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 6:47am -
  • newDNA revolution, and 'the great light switch-off'
    Monday's newspapers cover the launch of the 100,000 Genomes project, promising a revolution in personalised healthcare, and news of the country is being plunged into darkness.
    - 7 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 6:40am -
  • newVIDEO: 2014's funniest weather moments
    2014 has seen a mixture of bright....and not so bright spells as BBC Weather presenters sparkle and stumble through the forecast.
    - 8 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 6:17am -
  • newS Korea holds cyber drill after hack
    South Korea's nuclear plant operator is to conduct drills testing its ability to withstand a cyber-attack, after a data leak and threats from a hacker.
    - 10 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 4:03am -
  • newPakistan arrests over school attack
    Pakistan's interior minister says police have arrested several suspects in connection with last week's massacre at a school in Peshawar.
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:45am -
  • newPicture power: Abandoned on the border
    Photographer Murad Sezer explains why he shot an abandoned baby's cradle on the Syrian Turkish border.
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:29am -
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Industry News

  • newTop bankers need to take cyber threat seriously - BoE
    By Matt Scuffham and William Schomberg LONDON (Reuters) - Top British bankers and other senior executives in the financial services industry are not taking the risk of cyber attacks seriously enough, financial policymakers at the Bank of England say…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:43pm -
  • newU.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity f…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:36am -
  • newCalifornia puzzles over safety of driverless cars
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:08pm -
  • newBritish upstart banks get IT boost to take on big rivals
    By Matt Scuffham and Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - When Metro Bank prepared to launch in 2010 as the first new bank to appear on British high streets for over a century, its founders broke with convention by outsourcing the construction of its comp…
    - 24 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 2:07pm -
  • 8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots
    Ancient people pressed olive oil as far back as 8,000 years ago in Israel, a new study finds. Researchers found residues of the Mediterranean-diet staple on ancient clay pots dating back to the 6th millennium B.C. "This is the earliest evidence of t…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 11:28am -
  • EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Six years ago, there was a massive spill of coal ash sludge in Tennessee. Three years later, tons of coal ash swept into Lake Michigan. Last February, there was another spill and gray sludge spewed into the Dan River in Nor…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 8:13am -
  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all
    GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 5:35am -
  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose"…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:58am -
  • Obama mocks absurd plot twist of cyberattack on Sony
    By Roberta Rampton and Eric Kelsey WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Faced with the most destructive cyberattack of a company on U.S. soil, President Barack Obama resorted to humour to explain an absurd plot that even Hollywood did not see coming. I…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:04am -
  • Washington is limited in its response to N. Korea over Sony hack
    By Anna Yukhananov and James Pearson WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's threat of a "proportional" response to North Korea's hacking of Sony Pictures shows once more the limits of Washington's options as it seeks to rein in one of…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:54pm -
  • Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick
    Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by visitors could threaten the continent…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:44pm -
  • Risk modellers look to clarify cyber risk costs
    By Luciana Lopez NEW YORK (Reuters) - Even as the Sony Corp cyber attack laid bare the kinds of vulnerabilities that typically drive companies to buy insurance policies, the lack of a risk model for insurers means such protection is not always easy t…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:12pm -
  • EPA sets first national standard for coal waste
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:57pm -
  • Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed)
    His latest book, just released, is "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond" (Zenith Press, 2014). In October 2004, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne rocket plane won the $10 million X Prize by becoming the first privately funded human-ca…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:21pm -
  • Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Amazon staff at three German warehouses will extend their strike until Christmas Eve to increase pressure on the online retailer in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions, labour union Verdi said on Friday. Verdi also f…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 4:51pm -
  • '4D Printing' Makes Shape-Shifting Structures
    Using a new technique known as 4D printing, researchers can print out dynamic 3D structures capable of changing their shapes over time. Today's 3D printing creates items from a wide variety of materials — plastic, ceramic, glass, metal, and even mo…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:37pm -
  • BlackBerry closes acquisition of Germany's Secusmart
    TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd said Friday it has completed its acquisition of Secusmart, a privately held firm that specialises in voice and data encryption. Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry agreed to buy the German maker of encryption and an…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:12pm -
  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:44am -
  • Philips to light up Madrid with thrifty LEDs
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips will supply Madrid with 225,000 new lights, switching to an energy-efficient system that will cut the Spanish capital's lighting bill by more than 40 percent, the company said on Friday. The Dutch lighting and medical e…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:33am -
  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal?
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. It has outraged artists, killing their faith in studios to release edgy content. But it's also insp…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 6:49am -
  • Uber's fight of California data-sharing rule highlights its bumpy road
    By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansi…
    - 4 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:55am -
  • Exclusive - Google aiming to go straight into car with next Android – sources
    By Alexei Oreskovic and Ben Klayman SAN FRANCISCO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet witho…
    - 4 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:09am -
  • Top four U.S. wireless carriers increase control of market, review finds
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top four U.S. mobile carriers expanded their control of the U.S. wireless market last year, a federal government report said on Thursday, once again finding the industry is highly concentrated as a result of continuing cons…
    - 4 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:54am -
  • Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.
    - 4 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:08am -
  • Canada unveils major wireless spectrum plan
    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government unveiled a major update to its wireless airwave policy on Thursday, as it seeks to lower cellphone bills and bolster its coffers ahead of a federal election next year. The plan for making…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
  • A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:30pm -
  • SpaceX postpones launch after rocket 'issues'
    SpaceX on Thursday postponed the planned launch later this week of its unmanned Dragon cargo ship after unspecified "issues" arose during a launchpad test, the company said in a statement.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:24pm -
  • Sony cyberattack may be costliest ever
    The unprecedented hack of Sony Pictures which a U.S. official says is linked to North Korea may be the most damaging cyberattack ever inflicted on an American business. The fallout from the hack that exposed ...
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 6:46pm -
  • Ancient Farmhouse Found in Israel Reveals Agricultural Secrets
    Over the past few weeks, archaeologists have uncovered the sprawling stone house in Rosh Ha-'Ayin, in central Israel. Archaeologists found the farmhouse during an excavation that the government required be done before construction could begin to enl…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 3:09pm -
  • EU markets watchdog says crowdfunding needs regulating
    By Huw Jones LONDON (Reuters) - New European Union rules are needed to supervise crowdfunding and protect investors who face significant risks from the evolving sector, the bloc's markets watchdog said on Thursday. Crowdfunding, often hosted on onli…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 12:53pm -
  • IBM says cloud business enjoying 'breakthrough year'
    (This Dec.17th story has been refiled to correct capitalisation of VMware) LONDON (Reuters) - IBM aims to expand the number of data centres it offers clients around the world by 25 percent to meet fast-rising demand for internet-based services, afte…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 9:18am -
  • Google looks to head off U.S. antitrust lawsuit over Android
    By Dan Levine SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from Eur…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 8:02am -
  • Sony cancels North Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers
    By Eric Kelsey, Lisa Richwine and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of a comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea's leader, in what appears to be an unprecedented victory for Pyongyang and its…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:36am -
  • Amid scrutiny, Uber vows bigger focus on safety
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Uber promises to focus on rider safety amid increasing concerns that its drivers are not adequately screened for past criminal convictions.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:28am -
  • Sony cancels 'The Interview' amid terror hack threats
    NEW YORK (AP) — Under the threat of terrorist attacks from hackers and with the nation's largest multiplex chains pulling the film from their screens, Sony Pictures Entertainment took the unprecedented step of canceling the Dec. 25 release of the…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 2:25am -
  • SpaceX to try to 'precision-land' rocket in ocean
    SpaceX said Wednesday it will for the first time try to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the ocean after launching cargo to the International Space Station.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
  • Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs
    By Ritsuko Ando and Svea Herbst-Bayliss TOKYO/BOSTON (Reuters) - Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entert…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:26pm -
  • Sprint accused of billing for unwanted services
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are accusing Sprint Corp. of illegally billing its wireless customers hundreds of millions of dollars in charges for text message alerts and other services that they didn't order.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 8:13pm -
  • Amazon workers in Germany extend strike
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Amazon staff at German warehouses extended a strike on Wednesday in a long-running dispute over better pay and conditions, but the online retailer promised it would be able to deliver Christmas orders on time. Labour union Verdi l…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 2:03pm -
  • Uphill battle to tackle Indonesian shark fishing
    Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 7:38am -

Technology

  • newUber business model faces legal scrutiny in Taiwan, Chinese mega city
    By Michael Gold and Adam Jourdan TAIPEI/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licensed, adding to a string of offic…
    - 4 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 10:19am -
  • newUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war,…
    - 10 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 4:09am -
  • newChina tells U.S. opposes all forms of cyber attacks, 'terrorism'
    BEIJING (Reuters) - China opposes all forms of cyberattacks and cyber "terrorism", the country's foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the remarks in a telephone call with Kerry on Sunday n…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 3:22am -
  • newU.S. firm finds malware targeting visitors to Afghan government websites
    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Malicious software likely linked to China was used to infect visitors to a wide range of official Afghan government websites, U.S. cybersecurity researchers say. ThreatConnect, a Virginia-based cybersecurity f…
    - 11 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 2:36am -
  • newCalifornia puzzles over safety of driverless cars
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe.
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:08pm -
  • newDeutsche Telekom eyes sale of online assets to Axel Springer - media
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is in talks to sell its Internet portal T-Online and online marketer Interactive Media to publisher Axel Springer, German media reported at the weekend. Talks to sell T-Online are at an early stage, and Deutsch…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 6:00pm -
  • newObama says Sony hack not an act of war
    By Steve Holland and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiralling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead…
    - 20 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 5:54pm -
  • North Korea proposes joint probe over Sony hacking
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang…
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 12:40am -
  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion
    By Jack Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander," and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident wit…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 11:32pm -
  • Sony saga blends foreign intrigue, star wattage
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive email…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 11:09pm -
  • 'Dragon Age' tops AP critics' best games of 2014
    The top 10 video games of 2014, according to Lou Kesten:
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • Why the Sony hack isn't big news in Japan
    Japan's biggest newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun, featured a story about Sony Corp. on its website Friday. It wasn't about hacking. It was about the company's struggling tablet business.
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:33pm -
  • Deutsche Telekom in talks to sell T-Online to Axel Springer - magazine
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is in preliminary talks to sell its Internet portal T-Online to publisher Axel Springer, German weekly Wirtschafts Woche reported on Saturday, citing company sources. That would combine Germany's No.1 and No.3…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 10:39am -
  • AP Interview: Coelho says Sony hack threatens all
    GENEVA (AP) — Brazilian author Paulo Coelho says the Sony hack threatens us all if society doesn't enforce important values: our individual and collective freedom of expression and an unwavering refusal to negotiate with anonymous terrorists.
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 5:35am -
  • Obama says North Korea hacked Sony, vows response
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in shelving a satirical film about a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader, and he pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose"…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 4:58am -
  • 2012 movie massacre hung over 'Interview' decision
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed.
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 12:25am -
  • Obama vows U.S. response to North Korea over Sony cyberattack
    By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he desc…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:54pm -
  • Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick
    Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by visitors could threaten the continent…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:44pm -
  • Staples says security breach may have affected 1.16 million cards
    (Reuters) - Office-supply retailer Staples Inc said about 1.16 million payment cards might have been affected by the data breach announced in October. An investigation by external data security experts showed that criminals deployed malware to some…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:25pm -
  • BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs
    WATRERLOO, Ontario (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicag…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:21pm -
  • Kim Jong Un game spoof 'Glorious Leader!' moving forward
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The creator of a satirical video game that depicts Kim Jong Un as a gun-toting, unicorn-riding hero has no plans to cancel his zany creation following a cyberattack and threats of violence against Sony Pictures that the FBI has…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 9:50pm -
  • Hackers warn not to release 'The Interview' in any form
    NEW YORK (AP) — Hackers sent a new email Friday to Sony Pictures Entertainment, gloating over the studio's "wise" decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" and warning not to distribute the film "in any form."
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:48pm -
  • Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:26pm -
  • Guns, drugs, hitmen and child porn: The dark web thrives despite Operation Onymous crackdown
    There is a part of the web that is still hidden from the majority of the internet users, a so-called dark web that cannot be found by conventional search engines or accessed by standard browsers.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 7:03pm -
  • Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans broadly back tight regulations on commercial drone operators, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, as concerns about privacy and safety override the potential benefits of the heralded drone revolution.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:34pm -

Reviews

  • newWordWeb review
    Look up words in thesaurus and dictionary from almost any program
    - 8 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 5:43am -
  • newAdvanced SystemCare Pro review
    Tune up and maintain your PC automatically
    - 9 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 5:19am -
  • new20 Viral Hashtags of 2014 That Actually Made A Difference
    Social media is a very, very powerful tool. Never underestimate it. Since 2014 is coming to a close, we thought we might share the most noteworthy (or viral, as everyone calls it) hashtags that has made a deep impact in countries from around the wor…
    - 9 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 5:00am -
  • newUS mulls putting NKorea on terrorism sponsor list
    HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama says the United States is reviewing whether to put North Korea back on its list of state sponsors of terrorism as Washington decides how to respond to what he calls an "act of cybervandalism," not one of war,…
    - 10 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 4:09am -
  • newObama: Sony Pictures hack was not an 'act of war'
    President Obama has stopped short of characterizing the Sony Pictures hack as an act of war by North Korea. In an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley that aired early Sunday, the president described the attack as a "very costly, very expensive" act o…
    - 23 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 3:10pm -
  • newWhat It’s Like To Be One Of Amazon’s Top Reviewers: ‘I Get Death Threats’
    Flickr / MalamudAmazon’s top reviewers get tons of free products Being an Amazon top reviewer is highly-competitive and kind of surreal.  “I get hate mail. I’ve had death threats. But then I also have fans who seem to follow everything I do…
    - 23 hours ago 21 Dec 14, 2:42pm -
  • Fear factor fades as global M&A hits seven-year high
    By Pamela Barbaglia and Sophie Sassard LONDON (Reuters) - Chief executives got their deal-making confidence back in 2014, emboldened by a clearer outlook for their businesses to take the global value for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) to their highes…
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 8:09am -
  • Holiday hunting by cyber criminals
    Even the oddest cross section of industries are being attacked by Advanced Persistent Threats.
    - 1 day ago 21 Dec 14, 6:01am -
  • Staples: Hack may have affected more than a million payment cards
    The office supply chain says a breach that took place earlier this year gave attackers access to cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes.>
    - 2 days ago 21 Dec 14, 1:21am -
  • CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search - NYT
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel investigating the CIA's search of a computer network used by U.S. Senate staff will not recommend disciplining the agency officials involved in the incident, according to the New York Times. The review panel is looking…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 6:31pm -
  • Top iOS news of the week: iPhone accessories cause camera glitches, Russian store closed, not guilty
    This week in iOS: reports of magnetic cases for the new iPhones are causing camera glitches; Apple closed online store in Russia due to currency problems; Apple found not guilty in DRM case.
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New Year
    The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying its next delivery mission to the International Space Station until early 2015. SpaceX was originally expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship to the station…
    - 2 days ago 20 Dec 14, 3:56pm -
  • RadioSure review
    Listen to over 20000 online radio stations and record your favorite songs
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 1:11am -
  • AdFender review
    Block ads in all browsers, block malware domains, surf faster and protect your online privacy
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 12:50am -
  • Adblock Plus for Mozilla Firefox review
    Block annoying ads and banners in Mozilla Firefox
    - 3 days ago 20 Dec 14, 12:01am -
  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:44pm -
  • Microsoft deal throws in free game with purchase of Xbox 360
    The first 50 to buy the latest "12 Days of Deals" offer at a Microsoft Store will get two free games.>
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:42pm -
  • 7 Sticky Notes review
    Create and stick different notes and manage them on your Windows desktop
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:42pm -
  • HitmanPro 3 (64-bit) review
    Rescue your computer from viruses and malware
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:13pm -
  • Free FLV to MP4 Converter review
    Convert FLV to MP4 and HD MP4 video formats
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:59pm -
  • Driver Magician Lite review
    Keep back up of associated hardware drivers on your PC
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 10:48pm -
  • ​FCC sides with T-Mobile on data roaming
    Federal Communications Commission's decision to clarify what it means by "reasonable" rates for wireless data roaming could result in stronger wireless competition.>
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 8:39pm -
  • AstraZeneca's ovarian cancer drug gets U.S. approval
    (Reuters) - AstraZeneca Plc's ovarian cancer drug has been granted an accelerated approval by the U.S. health regulator, a day after the treatment was approved by the European Commission. An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ha…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 6:38pm -
  • 3D printing in brief: A few printers for your consideration
    CNET editor Dong Ngo briefly explains 3D printing and lists a few recently reviewed printers for you to consider.>
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:53pm -
  • New Nintendo Consoles Already On Way
    What comes after the Nintendo Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS? Whatever Japanese video-game company Nintendo has in store is already in the works, says Nintendo manager, producer and designer Shigeru Miyamoto.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:36pm -
  • Curiosity Rover's Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)
    Marc Kaufman has written about science and international affairs for more than three decades, primarily for The Washington Postand The Philadelphia Inquirer.Kaufman's latest book is "Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission" (National Geographic,…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:22pm -
  • ​Did the browser wars finally end in 2014?
    After a decade, have the browser wars finally ended? My review of what's new for Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Opera says yes.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:43pm -
  • Gift Guide: Strong photo, video gear options
    What to buy an experienced photographer or video shooter? There is some strong gear on the market from Nikon, GoPro and Domke. ___ — Nikon D750 camera ($2,300 body only; $3,000 kit with 24-120mm lens): ...
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:37pm -
  • BlackBerry: Can it find a way to grow?
    BlackBerry's third quarter revenue came in well below expectations and CEO John Chen said the focus will now turn to growth. A lot is riding on BES 12.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:26pm -
  • Pain Relievers May Offer Small Protection Against Skin Cancer
    Ibuprofen and some other similar anti-inflammatory pain relievers may slightly lower people's risk of one common type of skin cancer, a new review of research shows, but experts find the benefits too small, especially for a cancer that is fairly cura…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 3:24pm -
  • Year in review: Top trends in mobile on ZDNet Mobile News
    As the year draws to a close, it's fun to look back at the most popular topics and see what that tells us.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • Zero Day Weekly: ICANN hacked, critical GitHub vuln, too much Sony drama
    A collection of notable security news items for the week ending December 19, 2014. Covers enterprise, controversies, reports and more. UPDATED.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:59pm -
  • Year in review: storage highs and lows
    The pace of change continues to accelerate as Big Data, IoT and video create growing demand. New technologies are emerging while cloud storage erodes traditional business models.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:10pm -
  • Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies
    BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:44am -
  • GSK Ebola vaccine trial seen moving to wider phase in February
    GENEVA (Reuters) - Trials of GlaxoSmithKline's experimental Ebola vaccine are likely to move to a second phase in February, later than previously suggested, after a meeting of national regulators said they needed more information. The World Health O…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 11:33am -

The Daily Mash

World News

  • newAirbus delivers first next-generation plane to Qatar Airways
    Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier poses near one of the two Airbus A350-900 aircrafts for the Qatar Airways company at the Airbus Group center in Toulouse, southern France on December 22, 2014
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  • newRussian deputy PM talks up the ruble
    A senior Russian Cabinet minister said on Monday he's expecting the ruble to extend its recent gains and added that the government is not planning to introduce currency controls on Russian companies. The ...
    - 27 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:31pm -
  • newReport: Uprooted Muslims trapped in CAR
    Human Rights Watch says hundreds are trapped and living in deplorable conditions in enclaves after fleeing violence.
    - 27 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:31pm -
  • newPope says Vatican administration is sick with power and greed
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's top administrators would have been expecting an exchange of pleasantries at their annual Christmas meeting with Pope Francis on Monday. Instead, he chose the occasion to issue a stinging crit…
    - 29 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • newRouble Crisis Sparks Russia Bank Bailout
    Russia's central bank has announced a bailout of the troubled Trust Bank - the first such rescue in the country's currency crisis. The Bank of Russia said it had placed Trust under its supervision and ...
    - 29 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:29pm -
  • newSKorea launches new trade dispute with US: WTO
    The WTO said it had been notified by South Korea that it was requesting consultations on the US anti-dumping measures
    - 35 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:23pm -
  • newPakistan likely to execute dozens of convicts
    At least 55 fighters on death-row likely to be executed soon, amid public anger over Taliban attack on Peshawar school.
    - 36 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:22pm -
  • newBomb blast at NE Nigeria bus station 'kills at least 20'
    A bombing at a bus station in Gombe city in northeast Nigeria killed at least 20 people on Monday, the latest violence in the region repeatedly targeted by Boko Haram, the Red Cross said.
    - 38 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:20pm -
  • newLightning Strike After Game Injures Seven
    Seven people were injured when lightning struck a car in a parking lot near the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium after a game on Sunday.
    - 39 mins ago 22 Dec 14, 1:19pm -
  • newWoman fatally shot at Myanmar mine protest
    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A woman was fatally shot Monday during a crackdown on protesters at a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, activists and an opposition lawmaker said.
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  • newWorld shares and rouble rally into Christmas, oil stalls
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  • newShares and rouble rally into Christmas, oil stalls
    By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World share markets extended their rally into a fourth day on Monday, as a recovery in beaten-down oil prices and the rouble and more calls for quantitative easing from ...
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  • newUkraine threatens to cut off power to rebel-held regions if usage not curbed
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  • newDeadly blast at Nigeria bus station
    Red Cross says at least 20 people died after a bomb exploded in Gombe city in the country's northeast.
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  • newAustralia family found after 10 days in wilderness
    SYDNEY (AP) — A 5-year-old boy and his 7-year-old brother were recovering in a hospital Monday after surviving with their father for 10 days in the Australian wilderness with little food and in weather conditions that ranged from stormy to scorchi…
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  • newPope in blistering critique of Vatican bureaucrats
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a blistering critique Monday of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that ha…
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  • newGermany sees no need to ease Russia sanctions despite minister's concerns
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  • newThe limits of new social entrepreneurship
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  • newHow much has the Syrian war cost the Levant?
    The Levant has lost billions to capital depletion and disrupted regional trade due to the war.
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  • newGaza ripe for new explosion, analysts warn
    Barely four months after a bloody conflict battered Gaza, experts warn that a new war could be in the offing if reconstruction is not accelerated and Palestinian divisions remain.
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  • newClashes in south Tunisia after Essebsi claims victory: residents
    By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian police fired teargas on Monday in a southern city to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tyres and blocked streets to demonstrate against an official from the old guard who declared he had won Sunday's pr…
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  • newCo-founder of SpiceJet seeks time to finalise rescue
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  • newUnlicensed Cambodian doctor charged over mass HIV infection
    An unlicensed Cambodian doctor was charged on Monday over an apparent mass HIV infection in a remote village after admitting he reused needles when treating patients, officials said.
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  • newConstruction to begin on controversial Nicaragua canal
    The $50-billion Nicaragua canal linking the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean intends to open up a lucrative trans-ocean shipping route to rival the Panama canal further south
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:36pm -
  • newCrisis-hit Russia's top allies build ties with Ukraine
    Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev followed his Belarussian counterpart to Ukraine on Monday as Moscow's old allies built bridges to Europe while Russia's financial crisis and diplomatic isolation grew.
    - 1 hour ago 22 Dec 14, 12:31pm -
  • newKurdish fighters face resistance from IS in Iraq
    SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish fighters in Iraq have pushed deeper into the town of Sinjar, held by the Islamic State group, but are facing stiff resistance from the Sunni militants who captured it in August.
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:28pm -
  • newProtests over conversions set back Modi's reform agenda
    By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback on Monday as protests erupted in parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Chris…
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:27pm -
  • newOPEC's Dominance Of Energy Market 'Is Over'
    The era of OPEC domination over the global energy market is over, the former head of the oil cartel has told Sky News. Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, the former energy minister of Qatar, said that the ...
    - 2 hours ago 22 Dec 14, 12:26pm -
  • newNew York Cop Killer's Chilling Warning Revealed
    The gunman who shot dead two New York City police officers told passers-by to "watch what I'm going to do", moments before the attack.
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  • newMan Shouting 'Allahu Akbar' Drives Into Crowd
    A man heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") has been arrested in France after ploughing his car into crowds of people.
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  • newTunisia awaits election final, press hails Essebsi
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Newspapers in Tunisia have followed exit polls in proclaiming an 88-year-old former minister the winner of the presidential election.
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  • newUS Navy chopper crashes in Kuwait, minor injuries
    A US Navy helicopter has crashed during a training mission in the Gulf state of Kuwait, slightly injuring three crew members, the Bahrain-based Naval Forces Central Command said on Monday.
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  • newIndia lawmakers demand Modi speak on Hindu conversions
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper ho…
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  • newThales delays board meeting on CEO succession - sources
    PARIS (Reuters) - French defence electronics maker Thales (TCFP.PA) has postponed a board meeting scheduled for Monday to decide on successors to chairman and chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy, two sources ...
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  • newRupee gains, bonds flat; foreign investors stay on sidelines
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  • newMeteor Radar? Solar Wind Could Help Predict Impacts
    Space rocks barreling toward Earth could potentially be discovered by detecting changes in streams of plasma and particles known as solar wind, new research suggests. The findings could help identify smaller near-Earth objects — like the Chelyabins…
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  • ISS crew gets new ratchet -- over email
    There may be no corner hardware store at the International Space Station, but that doesn't mean the astronauts can't get what they need.
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  • Active Sun Unleashes Massive Solar Flare
    The huge solar flare registered as an X1.8-class event, one of the most powerful types of flares possible, and was captured on camera by NASA's powerful Solar Dynamics Observatory. The flare triggered a strong radio blackout for parts of Earth as it…
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  • World View Captures Spectacular Sunrise with High-Altitude Balloon (Video)
    World View Enterprises wants to send space tourists into the stratosphere — not with the jolt of a rocket, but, gently, with a balloon. World View launched its first unmanned test flight in June, using a scaled down version of its high-altitude b…
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  • SpaceX's Next Launch to Space Station Delayed Until New Year
    The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying its next delivery mission to the International Space Station until early 2015. SpaceX was originally expected to launch its Falcon 9 rocket carrying an uncrewed Dragon cargo ship to the station…
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  • Welcome Home, Orion! NASA Space Capsule Back in Florida After Test Flight
    NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — has returned to Florida after more than a week in transit. The capsule, designed to bring humans farther into space than ever before, flew to sp…
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  • NASA Satellite's 1st CO2 Maps of Earth Revealed
    This past summer, NASA launched its first satellite devoted to measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping gas that is driving global warming. Today (Dec. 18), scientists with the space agency unveiled the first carbon maps obtained by the…
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  • Private Moon-Drilling Mission Raises Over $1 Million via Crowdfunding
    An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million for the mission. The novel Lunar Mission…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 7:18pm -
  • Curiosity Rover's Critics are Missing the Point (Op-Ed)
    Marc Kaufman has written about science and international affairs for more than three decades, primarily for The Washington Postand The Philadelphia Inquirer.Kaufman's latest book is "Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission" (National Geographic,…
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  • Space Tourism Needs a Reality Check (Op-Ed)
    His latest book, just released, is "New Space Frontiers: Venturing into Earth Orbit and Beyond" (Zenith Press, 2014). In October 2004, Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne rocket plane won the $10 million X Prize by becoming the first privately funded human-ca…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 5:21pm -
  • America's First One-Year Space Voyage Has Astronaut Excited
    A NASA astronaut is getting ready to be the first American to spend a continuous year in space, and he is excited. NASA's Scott Kelly will perform experiments to help the space agency learn more about how space changes the human body after he launch…
    - 3 days ago 19 Dec 14, 12:52pm -
  • We would only get three days warning of where a big asteroid would hit
    European Space Agency tests predict the effects of an asteroid 120 feet across with the explosive power of a hydrogen bomb.
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  • Politics no problem, say US and Russian spacefarers
    US-Russian ties may have returned to Cold War levels, but an astronaut and a cosmonaut gearing up for the longest flight on the International Space Station said Thursday politics would not disrupt their work of helping a future trip to Mars.
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  • Rosetta comet-landing is Science's 2014 breakthrough
    The top scientific breakthrough of 2014 was the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft's rendez-vous with a comet, the US journal Science said Thursday.
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  • Daring Philae Comet Landing Named Top Breakthrough of 2014
    The first-ever soft landing of a robotic probe the surface of a comet has just been named the top scientific breakthrough of 2014 by the journal Science. The European Space Agency's comet-studying Rosetta mission is telling scientists more about the…
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  • NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck.
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  • 2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 5:48pm -
  • NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds 1st Alien Planet of New Mission
    NASA's Kepler space telescope is discovering alien planets again. "Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Kepler has been reborn and is continuing to make discoveries," study lead author Andrew Vanderburg, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrop…
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 4:58pm -
  • SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.
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  • Highlights - Putin says Russian economy will rebound, wants political solution in Ukraine
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year news conference on Thursday. Below are extracts of the news conference: UKRAINE "We assume the crisis should be solved, the sooner the better." "It should be solved throu…
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  • Highlights - Putin says economy to rebound, wants end to Ukraine crisis
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year news conference on Thursday. Below are some of his comments. UKRAINE "We think the crisis should be solved, the sooner the better." "It should be solved through political…
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  • Arctic Is Heating Up Twice as Quickly as Rest of World
    Bad news for polar bears: The Arctic is still warming at twice the pace of the rest of the planet, according to a new federal report.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 11:52am -
  • German named next head of European Space Agency
    Johann-Dietrich Woerner, head of German aerospace giant DLR, is to succeed Frenchman Jean-Jacques Dordain as next director-general of the European Space Agency, ESA announced on Thursday.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 11:32am -
  • India launches biggest ever rocket into space
    India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
    - 4 days ago 18 Dec 14, 7:47am -
  • NASA Holds Off on Asteroid-Capture Mission Decision Until Early 2015
    What will NASA's bold plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into orbit around the moon look like? Space agency officials should decide on the final mission plan by early 2015, according to NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot. Space agen…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:26pm -
  • European Comet Lander May Wake Up from Space Slumber
    Philae, part of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, went into hibernation in mid-November, a few days after executing a dramatic and historic touchdown on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko — the first-ever soft landing on one…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:25pm -
  • Eight-year Venus probe ends after it runs out of fuel
    The space probe that spent eight years carrying out a detailed analysis of Venus is out of fuel and will float to a fiery demise in the planet's toxic atmosphere, the European Space Agency has announced.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 11:00pm -
  • SpaceX to try to 'precision-land' rocket in ocean
    SpaceX said Wednesday it will for the first time try to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the ocean after launching cargo to the International Space Station.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:47pm -
  • Holiday Lights From Space: Satellite Sees Cities Brighten (Photos)
    City lights across the United States blaze 20 to 50 percent more brightly in December than they do the rest of the year, and some cities in the Middle East brighten by more than 50 percent during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, researchers said. "…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • Blue Stars Sparkle in Spectacular Deep Space Star Cluster (Video, Photos)
    The blue stars are younger and hotter, while the red stars are cooler. Examining the Messier 47 star cluster using spectroscopy reveals that the red stars have short lives and are further along in their lifespans than the blue stars, which aren't qu…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:19pm -
  • Curiosity Rover Finds Life's Building Blocks on Mars
    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found organic chemicals — the carbon-containing building blocks of life — on the Red Planet. "This is really a great moment for the mission," Curiosity project scientist John Grotzinger, of the California Institu…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 5:18pm -
  • Europe's Venus probe set for fiery demise
    BERLIN (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft that has been studying the planet Venus for the past eight years is set to come to a fiery end in the coming weeks.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 3:13pm -
  • Curiosity Rover Drills Into Mars Rock, Finds Water
    NASA's Curiosity rover is continuing to help scientists piece together the mystery of how Mars lost its surface water over the course of billions of years.
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 12:23pm -
  • How Space Station Tech Is Helping the Fight Against Cancer
    One of the tools used in the fight against cancer is, quite literally, out of this world. When the Soviet Union launched Salyut 1, the first space station, into orbit in the 1970s, humans began spending more and more time in extremely low-gravity en…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:39am -
  • Voyager 1 Rides 'Tsunami Wave' in Interstellar Space
    It turns out that sailing through interstellar space isn't so peaceful. NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft — the only object made by humans to reach interstellar space — might still be caught what scientists have described as a cosmic "tsunami wave," a…
    - 5 days ago 17 Dec 14, 9:39am -
  • Greenland's Ice-Melt Models May Be Too Sunny
    The vast ice sheet covering Greenland could melt more quickly in the future than existing models predict, new research suggests. Scientists looked at satellite data collected by NASA's ICESat spacecraft and Operation IceBridge and plotted the elevat…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 10:30pm -
  • Glaciers on Mars Likely Helped Carve Red Planet's 'Grand Canyon'
    Signs of acid-rock interactions in Valles Marineris, the Grand Canyon of Mars, suggest that glaciers in the planet's past may have been responsible for carving at least some of the extensive network when the planet was more severely tipped. While ot…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:34pm -
  • Want to Name a Crater on Mercury? Now's Your Chance
    A NASA team has invited the public to name five impact craters on the surface of Mercury, but you'll have to win a contest to nab the otherworldly naming rights. The contest, launched by the outreach arm of NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury, calls…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:34pm -
  • California needs 11 trillion gallons of water: NASA
    California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year drought, the US space agency said Tuesday after studying water resources by using satellite data.
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 9:08pm -
  • Curiosity Rover Finds Methane on Mars: What It Could Mean for Life
    NASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life. The lack of methane measured earlier by Curiosity was disappointing for many…
    - 6 days ago 16 Dec 14, 8:34pm -

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Entertainment

  • newBen Haenow nabs Christmas number one
    X Factor winner Ben Haenow wins the race for the Christmas number one single, with his song Something I Need.
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  • newNorth Korea threatens US over Sony
    North Korea threatens unspecified attacks on the US as it escalates a war of words over the Sony Pictures cyber attacks.
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  • newJackie Chan's son charged over drugs
    The son of Hollywood actor Jackie Chan is charged with a drug offence, Chinese prosecutors say, and could now face three years in jail.
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    York Theatre Royal's long-serving panto dame, Berwick Kaler, tells BBC Breakfast what it takes to excel in the role of Widow Twanky or Mother Goose.
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Sports

  • newBlatter Keen To Retain FIFA Post
    Sepp Blatter has "every intention" of running for a fifth term as the head of world football’s governing body, according to officials close to the FIFA president.
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  • newCate Campbell named Australia's Swimmer of the Year again
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - World 100 metres freestyle champion Cate Campbell was named Australia's Swimmer of the Year on Monday after winning four golds at the Pan Pacific Championships and three at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The 22-year-old, who also…
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  • newGladbach loanee Kramer extends Leverkusen deal
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German World Cup winner Christoph Kramer has ended months of media speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Bayer Leverkusen until 2019. The defensive midfielder, who has yet to p…
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  • newSeattle could be back in Arizona for Super Bowl
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The way they are playing, the Seattle Seahawks could well be back in Arizona in a month or so.
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  • newSwimming-Cate Campbell named Australia's Swimmer of the Year again
    SYDNEY, Dec 22 (Reuters) - World 100 metres freestyle champion Cate Campbell was named Australia's Swimmer of the Year on Monday after winning four golds at the Pan Pacific Championships and three at the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The 22-year-old, w…
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    BERLIN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - German World Cup winner Christoph Kramer has ended months of media speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Bayer Leverkusen until 2019. The defensive midfielder, who has y…
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  • newNewcastle's Gutierrez to return after beating cancer
    LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez will return to action in an under-21 game on Monday after recovering from testicular cancer, the Premier League club said. Gutierrez had an operation in his native Argentina in September…
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  • newConor McGregor on why he didn’t attend the RTÉ Sport awards
    Having enjoyed a phenomenal 2014, many would have expected the Dubliner to appear at the ceremony.
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    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Decorated Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dubbed 2014 "the best year of my life" after playing a key role for the Spanish giants as they swept to four titles including a record-extending 10th European crown. A…
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  • newSoccer-Newcastle's Gutierrez to return after beating cancer
    LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez will return to action in an under-21 game on Monday after recovering from testicular cancer, the Premier League club said. Gutierrez had an operation in his native Argentina in Se…
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  • newSoccer-Ramos caps 'best year' with Club World Cup award
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  • newSoccer-Egypt to allow limited number of fans at league matches
    Dec 22 (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities will partially lift a ban on supporters at domestic stadiums, ending three years of league football being played in empty arenas, the country's football association announced. There had been a blanket ban on su…
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