Mark Thompson, Director-General of the BBC
Web

BBC confirms reduced online services with revised service license

Following on from budget cuts announced by the BBC at the start of this year regarding the national broadcaster’s online services, the BBC Trust has today published their revised service license for BBC Online. In January the BBC Trust announced a 25% budget reduction for BBC Online which would directly result in the loss of 360 jobs and the closure of over 400 BBC websites.
Yury Gagarin via Russian Federal Space Agency
Technology

YouTube film of Yury Gagarin recreates 50 years of man in space

YouTube is celebrating 50 years of manned space flight by premiering a feature length film which recreates Yury Gagarin’s first orbit in outer space. The film combines original audio and video recordings of the flight with HD footage taken from the International Space Station. A new score was written epsessially for the piece by composer Philip Sheppard.
Sheep farming in Ireland
Web

Google’s war on content farms goes global

Google’s algorithmic change targeting content farms and low-quality websites introduced last month has been rolled out globally to benefit all English language users. Today’s rollout also takes into consideration feedback from Google Search users which can now directly impact on a site’s search rank.
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