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Blackberry in revenue slide  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:23 GMT
Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones. 
Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT
The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos. 
VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:34:21 GMT
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights. 
Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood. 
SXSW sued by crash victims' families  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:43 GMT
The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers. 
LA River's flood role is 'paramount'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists. 
Stem cell scandal scientist resigns  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned. 
Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly. 
Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:51:45 GMT
One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say. 
Johnson secures Australia Test win  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:13:38 GMT
Australia win the second Test against India by four wickets in Brisbane to secure an unassailable 2-0 series lead. 
Cook timing naughty, says Harmison  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:49:31 GMT
The timing of Alastair Cook's removal as England one-day captain was "naughty", according to Steve Harmison. 
Is Putin to blame for the plunging rouble?  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:09:27 GMT
Vladimir Putin accused the US and EU of conspiring to weaken Russia but he himself bears responsibility for the rouble crisis, writes Ben Judah. 
Should students carry guns on campus?  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:45:08 GMT
In light of mass shootings at schools and universities in the United States, many say the lesson is to keep campuses gun-free. A growing number of students argue if they were allowed to carry guns at college, they'd feel safer. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land. 
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.