2013.08.22

News Headlines - 22 August 2013

BBC News - Fukushima leak is 'much worse than we were led to believe'

A nuclear expert has told the BBC that he believes the current water leaks at Fukushima are much worse than the authorities have stated.

Africa and Pakistan Face Polio Outbreaks, in Setback to Global Fight - NYTimes.com

The global effort to eradicate polio, a disease that has been on the brink of extinction for years, is facing serious setbacks on two continents. The virus is surging in Somalia and the Horn of Africa, which had been largely free of cases for several years. And a new outbreak has begun in a part of Pakistan that a warlord declared off limits to vaccinators 14 months ago.

Nasdaq shutdown renews fears over stock market stability | The Guardian

A glitch in the Nasdaq stock market resulted in an unprecedented shutdown of trading of over 2,000 major US stocks and options for more than two hours, creating confusion around the shares of the biggest companies in America and resulting in calls for greater regulation. Nasdaq shut down for over three hours in the middle of the day as it investigated the outage. Trading resumed at 3.25pm ET.

Yahoo! overtakes Google in US website visitors for first time in two years | The Guardian

Yahoo! attracted more website visitors in the United States than Google during July, pushing the company to the top of the online league for the first time in two years... The improvement suggests that changes under chief executive Marissa Mayer, who was recruited from Google, are beginning to resonate with the online audience. Mayer has revamped the Yahoo! home page, as well as email and weather services.

BBC News - Kevin Spacey: TV audiences 'want to binge'

Audiences are demanding "complex, smart stories" as they become accustomed to "bingeing" on box sets, Kevin Spacey has told TV executives in Edinburgh. The star of the acclaimed Netflix drama, House of Cards, said, "The audience wants control. They want freedom."


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