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ABC news division to axe 100 jobs as budget slashed from top TV programs

theguardian.com — Some of the ABC's top TV news programs, including Four Corners, Lateline, Australian Story and Landline, will have their budgets slashed as the news division loses 100 jobs after the Coalition's $254m budget cut. The big changes in the news division include cutting all radio news bulletins except 7am and 7.45am from 10 to five minutes, and reducing the size of the fact-checking unit.
Nov 24, 2014

Updated: ABC news division to axe 100 jobs as budget slashed from top TV programs gu.com/p/43hh4/tw

Nov 24, 2014

"Half the features producers on Radio National will be made redundant and five programs will be decommissioned" gu.com/p/43hh4/stw

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What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism?

theguardian.com — Last week a Silicon Valley billionaire asked me a question. Not, unfortunately, "what are your bank details?", but something rather more testing: "Name one way in which journalism companies are not the same as software companies."
Nov 24, 2014

What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism? gu.com/p/43gtp/stw

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jasondeansy: What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism? @emilybell comment: bit.ly/1v26qhi pic.twitter.com/ucWBxmO887

Nov 24, 2014

What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism? @emilybell comment: bit.ly/1v26qhi pic.twitter.com/ucWBxmO887

Nov 24, 2014

What’s the right relationship between technology companies and journalism, asks @emilybell gu.com/p/43gtp/tw

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Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool

theguardian.com — Just before Channel 4 News's chief correspondent Alex Thomson set off on a reporting assignment to Ebola-hit Sierra Leone earlier this month, one of the show's digital producers pulled him aside and suggested he should "do some Vines" while he was there. "I looked at him blankly," says Thomson.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @DetailsLiz: Winning in the 'attention economy' “@JoannaUK: Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool buff.ly/15982NU

Nov 24, 2014

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool gu.com/p/43gnj/tw

Nov 24, 2014

"I don’t care if people are interested in 5 and a half mins .. or 6 seconds. I care about them making the journey.” gu.com/p/43gnj/tw

Nov 24, 2014

Vine shifts from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool gu.com/p/43gnj/stw

Nov 24, 2014

Is Vine shifting from comedy clips to a valid journalistic tool? : bit.ly/1C4m56a pic.twitter.com/muTv4plId5

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Arsenal fan in sour grapes after wine thrown at Manchester United bench

theguardian.com — An Arsenal supporter was arrested at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday after red wine was thrown at the Manchester United bench. The flashpoint took place as United celebrated the opening goal of their 2-1 win and led to an angry exchange between some of the club's substitutes and fans in the seats behind them.
Nov 24, 2014

Modern football. Presumably he followed up with a sliver of brie and some oatcakes. theguardian.com/football/2014/…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @ianprior: Only at Arsenal . . . theguardian.com/football/2014/… medium-bodied with notes of blackberry and tobacco, no doubt

Nov 24, 2014

Love the "tin helmets" line >> MT @MarcSettle: Arsenal fan arrested for throwing red wine at Man Utd bench tinyurl.com/ofyfk9z

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ABC, SBS cuts: staff to learn fate after government slashes budget - live coverage

theguardian.com — Sweeping cuts are expected across the ABC this morning, with staff called in for early morning meetings after thousands rally over the weekend against Coalition budget cuts
Nov 23, 2014

RT @BrigidWD: With rolling ABC cuts news throughout today @meadea and @heldavidson are still updating the live blog here: theguardian.com/media/live/201…

Nov 23, 2014

MEAA: the largest shake-out of jobs here at the ABC, where really it was totally unnecessary. live blog here theguardian.com/media/live/201…

Nov 23, 2014

RT @meadea: ABC, SBS cuts: one in 10 to lose jobs, regional offices closed – live coverage gu.com/p/43hec/stw#bl…

Nov 23, 2014

ABC, SBS cuts: one in 10 to lose jobs, regional offices closed – live coverage gu.com/p/43hec/stw#bl…

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Bob Geldof urges those who've purchased charity single to 'delete and download again'

theguardian.com — Bob Geldof has called on anyone who has downloaded Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? to delete the song and purchase it again. Although the Ebola benefit single is already the fastest-selling single of 2014, Geldof claims that the song's 99p price makes it difficult to have an impact.

CSIRO Staff Association says 'no area of research has been saved' from job cuts

theguardian.com — Job cuts at the CSIRO this financial year will be higher than previously forecast and will hit scientists and researchers hardest, the organisation's union will inform staff on Monday. Analysis by the CSIRO Staff Association has revealed that 878 full-time positions are likely to go by June, in addition to 513 jobs lost the previous financial year.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @olliemilman: Not just ABC-ers losing jobs. CSIRO cuts hitting researchers/scientists particularly hard theguardian.com/australia-news… pic.twitter.com/o4tmoOL2sd

Nov 23, 2014

CSIRO Staff Association says 'no area of research has been saved' from job cuts gu.com/p/43hfn/stw via @safimichael

Nov 23, 2014

Meanwhile… “@lenoretaylor: CSIRO Staff Association says ‘no area of research has been saved’ from job cuts gu.com/p/43hfn/tw

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Iran nuclear talks: final push for agreement as deadline nears - live

theguardian.com — Today - Monday 24 November - marks the deadline for Iran and six world powers (the US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) to reach agreement on the curtailing of Iran's nuclear capabilities and the lifting of UN, US and EU sanctions against Tehran.
Nov 24, 2014

Iran nuclear talks: final push for agreement as deadline nears – live gu.com/p/43hdz/stw

Nov 24, 2014

RT @TehranBureau: Guardian live blogging "final push" for an agreement in #Iran talks here bit.ly/1y4ATMT

Nov 24, 2014

Iran nuclear talks: final push for agreement as deadline nears – live updates gu.com/p/43hdz/stw #IranTalksVienna

Guardian Cities in Mumbai - day one

theguardian.com — The Guardian Cities team is in Mumbai all this week, exploring every aspect of the city in association with NDTV.com. Follow this live-blog for the latest stories, films and, at 1.30pm GMT / 7pm IST, a live-streamed debate on what life is like for women in Mumbai

Police listened to phone call between lawyer and client after raid

theguardian.com — Police officers covertly listened to a phone call between a lawyer and a client who had been detained without charge under a preventative detention order (PDO) during September's counter-terrorism raids in Sydney.
Nov 23, 2014

RT @lenoretaylor: Police listened to phone call between lawyer and client after raid gu.com/p/43hfj/stw

Nov 23, 2014

RT @FarrellPF: NSW Police covertly listened to a phone call between a lawyer and his client after Sydney counter-terrorism raids gu.com/p/43hfj/stw

Nov 23, 2014

Police listened to phone call between lawyer and client after Sydney terror raids - exclusive from @farrellpf gu.com/p/43hfj/stw

Nov 23, 2014

RT @FarrellPF: Not even the lawyer of one of the men has been able to find out the reasons for the client's detention theguardian.com/australia-news…

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Cesspool excrement explosion destroys Chinese building

theguardian.com — A cesspool filled with excrement has exploded in central China, injuring 15 people and knocking down a building, state-run media reported. The blast was apparently sparked by a local man burning waste close to the cesspool, igniting methane gas which was emanating from the pit, the Xinhua news agency said late on Sunday.

Record numbers of working families in poverty due to low-paid jobs

theguardian.com — Insecure, low-paid jobs are leaving record numbers of working families in poverty, with two-thirds of people who found work in the past year taking jobs for less than the living wage, according to the latest annual report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Nov 24, 2014

Record numbers of working families in poverty due to low-paid jobs gu.com/p/43hf7/stw

Nov 24, 2014

RT @DeborahJaneOrr: Record numbers of working families in poverty due to low-paid jobs gu.com/p/43hf7

Nov 24, 2014

RT @guardian: Record numbers of working families in poverty due to low-paid jobs gu.com/p/43hf7/tw

Grotesque inequality is not a natural part of being human

theguardian.com — For those of us who believe in a more just and equal world, reality is a relentless test of our optimism. Nearly half-a-million Britons are reported to have been driven to food banks in the first half of this year, and yet this is one of the most prosperous nations that has ever existed.
Nov 24, 2014

"Greed goes unchecked, while benefit claimants & public sector workers are relentlessly scrutinised" @OwenJones84 gu.com/p/43hch/tw

Nov 24, 2014

RT @StuartJRitchie: Leftie journalist doesn't cite failure to replicate studies that back up his politics: theguardian.com/commentisfree/… (cf nature.com/nature/journal…)

Nov 24, 2014

"Humans are innately greedy and selfish" say the defenders of inequality. Me on how that isn't so, giving us hope: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

Nov 24, 2014

Grotesque inequality is not a natural part of being human | Owen Jones gu.com/p/43hch/tw via @guardian

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The National launches in Scotland ‘to fly flag for independence’

theguardian.com — A new Scottish newspaper has been launched that "will fly a vibrant flag for independence". The National went on sale on Monday for a pilot period of five days, published by Newsquest, which already publishes the Herald, the Sunday Herald and the Evening Times in Scotland.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @jasondeansy: The National launches in Scotland ‘to fly flag for independence’: bit.ly/1zjc530 pic.twitter.com/HyBcrU2oW8

Nov 24, 2014

The National launches in Scotland ‘to fly flag for independence’: bit.ly/1zjc530 pic.twitter.com/HyBcrU2oW8

Flying dogs - in pictures

theguardian.com — From huskies to beagles, German photographer and dog lover Julia Christe captured a host of pups in mid-flight. The dogs are dropped onto a mattress from the arms of their off-camera owners, with the pups pulling their best mid-air pose for the cameras, showing off their finest 'vogue' faces

Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people

theguardian.com — A controversial bill that officially defines Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people has been approved by cabinet despite warnings that the move risks undermining the country's democratic character. Opponents, including some cabinet ministers, said the new legislation defined reserved "national rights" for Jews only and not for its minorities, and rights groups condemned it as racist.
Nov 24, 2014

Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people gu.com/p/43hd4/stw

Nov 24, 2014

Today in racism: Israeli cabinet approves legislation defining nation-state of Jewish people gu.com/p/43hd4

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International space station astronauts receive their caviar

theguardian.com — A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the international space station, Nasa has said. Samantha Cristoforetti, along with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts, arrived at the orbiting space lab on the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft at 0249 GMT Monday.
Nov 24, 2014

Astronauts now have caviar and an espresso machine aboard the International Space Station theguardian.com/science/2014/n…

Nov 24, 2014

Luxurious living in outer space: Int'l Space Station crew gets shipment of caviar, espresso machine, female astronaut gu.com/p/43hgz/stw

Theresa May will amend law to close terror ransom loophole

theguardian.com — The government will embark on fresh steps to cut funding to "barbaric" terror groups such as Islamic State by changing the law to prevent insurance firms from inadvertently reimbursing ransom payments, Theresa May will say on Monday.
Nov 24, 2014

RT @patrickgaley: The UK government says it plans to stop insurers being able to pay terror ransoms: theguardian.com/politics/2014/…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jamesdenselow: The UN estimates that #ISIS has received £28m in ransom payments in the last 12 months gu.com/p/43he6

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jamesdenselow: The UN estimates that #ISIS has received £28m in ransom payments in the last 12 months gu.com/p/43he6

'Mumbai is on the verge of imploding'

theguardian.com — It used to be India's urban showpiece. Today, its sceptre and crown have fallen down and, in a phase of cynical destruction masquerading as "development", Mumbai has become a metaphor for urban blight. Consider these statistics. Rubbish could be its Mount Vesuvius. Some 7,000 metric tonnes of refuse is spewed out each day.