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  • Government under fire for failing to back mandatory betting levy April 25, 2019
    Sports minister defies call from UK regulator to raise funding for addiction treatmentThe government has come under fire for its “outrageous” failure to back a mandatory levy on betting firms to increase funding for addiction treatment, in defiance of a call from the industry’s regulator.Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, accused the government of “dragging its […]
  • 'It's miraculous!' Rylan's journey from X-Factor joke to king of Eurovision April 25, 2019
    Rylan has been enlisted for Eurovision, and it’s a perfect fit. Here we chart his breakneck rise from bleach-blond mermaid warbler to national treasureAt this point the majority of British people know better than to get excited about the Eurovision song contest. After all, we don’t need a glittering all-star international gala to remind us […]
  • Facebook takes down far-right groups days before Spanish election April 25, 2019
    Investigation uncovered networks reaching 1.7m people that were spreading fake newsFacebook has taken down several networks that were spreading far-right content to nearly 1.7 million people in Spain, days before national elections that are expected to see a surge in support for the far-right Vox party.The networks were uncovered in an investigation by the campaign […]
  • Printing error: Murdoch's Daily Telegraph includes pages from rival Sydney Morning Herald April 25, 2019
    Newspaper mix-up leaves rightwing tabloid with positive letters about climate change and need to reform Anzac DayReaders of Rupert Murdoch’s Daily Telegraph were given a dose of more progressive thinking when they woke up this morning with pages from its rival Sydney Morning Herald mysteriously appearing in the tabloid paper.The SMH’s editorial page in which […]
  • Facebook expects FTC fine of up to $5bn in privacy investigation April 24, 2019
    Company makes revelation in financial reports showing first-quarter revenue growth to more than $15bnFacebook is expecting to pay as much as $5bn to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), it revealed in first quarter financial reports, which otherwise showed continued revenue growth to more than $15bn for the first three months of the year.Facebook recorded […]
  • Untrustworthy news sites could be flagged automatically in UK April 24, 2019
    NewsGuard in talks with ISPs about sending alerts to warn readers of suspect news sitesInternet users in Britain could be automatically warned by their broadband provider if they are visiting an untrustworthy news website as part of a deal involving the news ranking service NewsGuard.Every major UK news website has been scored for transparency and […]
  • Lyra McKee wrote of Derry’s lost ‘ceasefire babies’. We owe it to her to help them | Séamas O’Reilly April 24, 2019
    The city is united in revulsion over the journalist’s murder. The violence won’t end unless we listen to young peopleOn Wednesday in Belfast, the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee took place, following her murder in Derry last week. She was a steadfast activist and writer who had, at just 29, been doing award-winning, hard-hitting and […]
  • Ted Kelsey, Archers actor who played Joe Grundy, dies April 24, 2019
    Actor, 88, credited with giving ‘one of the great performances in the history of British radio’Edward Kelsey, who played Joe Grundy on The Archers from 1985, has died at the age of 88.The actor, known as Ted, has been remembered for his “insatiably curious mind” and love of “lively conversation, good company and a great […]