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Baby Born 15 Pounds, 7 Ounces in the U.K. Baby Born 15 Pounds, 7 Ounces in the U.K.
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A woman in the U.K. has reportedly given birth to a humongous baby more than twice the size of a normal infant. According to a BBC News report, Jade King of Bristol gave birth last month to a baby George. …

Spotify Removes 5-Play-Per-Track Limit for U.K. Users Spotify Removes 5-Play-Per-Track Limit for U.K. Users

Spotify is removing one of the barriers for users in the U.K. who choose to use the streaming service’s free option. Starting today, users in the U.K. are no longer limited to 5 plays – the cap has been removed. …

HMV to Close Even More Stores, Lay Off 464 More Employees HMV to Close Even More Stores, Lay Off 464 More Employees

U.K. Electronics retailer HMV is set to close 37 more stores and lay off 464 more employees. This is in addition to the 66 store closures and 930 employee lay offs that were announced earlier this month. No date has …

Horse Meat in School Meals Found in the U.K. Horse Meat in School Meals Found in the U.K.

The U.K.‘s Food Standards Agency (FSA) today revealed that horse meat was found during the DNA testing of beef products. The beef products tested would have been found in school and restaurant meals. The DNA testing, so far, covers 2,501 …

Mysterious Virus Spreads to a Second U.K. Patient Mysterious Virus Spreads to a Second U.K. Patient
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The U.K.‘s Health Protection Agency (HPA) this week confirmed that a patient receiving intensive care treatment at a Manchester hospital has been diagnosed with a new type of coronavirus. The patient, who had recently travelled to the Middle East and …

HMV to Close 66 Stores, Lay Off Over 900 Employees HMV to Close 66 Stores, Lay Off Over 900 Employees

Last month, U.K. electronics retailer HMV entered administration. Employees and customers were left wondering whether the business would be shutting down. Today, Deloitte, the firm hired to oversee HMV’s administration, announced that 66 HMV stores will be closing throughout the …

Blockbuster U.K. to Close 160 Stores, More Closings Possible Blockbuster U.K. to Close 160 Stores, More Closings Possible
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Last week Blockbuster U.K. announced that it would be entering administration and begin looking for a buyer for its 528 stores across the U.K. Today, the real process of closing up shop has started and store closings have been announced. …

Blockbuster U.K. Enters Administration Blockbuster U.K. Enters Administration

Coming just one day after U.K. electronics retailer HMV announced it would seek administration, auditing firm Deloitte has announced that it has been commissioned to administrate Blockbuster U.K. Deloitte was also mentioned as a possible administrator for HMV. Deloitte claims …

Diabetes Patients Have Extreme Heart Risks, Shows Audit Diabetes Patients Have Extreme Heart Risks, Shows Audit

The National Diabetes Audit by the U.K.’s National Health Service has just released some stark statistics on the effects of diabetes. One of the most dismal statistics shows that people with diabetes are 65% more likely to have heart failure …

Asthma Drug Rejected by U.K.’s NICE Asthma Drug Rejected by U.K.’s NICE
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The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) this weekend issued a draft guidance stating that it does not recommend omalizumab, an asthma medication marketed as Xolair by Novartis Pharmaceuticals. NICE is a U.K. health authority that publishes …

In Vitro Fertilization Using Three People Debated in England In Vitro Fertilization Using Three People Debated in England
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The Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority in the U.K. has begun consulting the public over whether a new in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique that prevents mitochondrial diseases is ethical. The technique, known as mitochondrial replacement, enables women to give birth …

Sony Finally Brings Google TV to the UK Sony Finally Brings Google TV to the UK

Google announced over the weekend that Google TV is finally coming to the U.K. Those who have been waiting for a Google TV device can now pre-order a Sony Internet Player with Google TV from Sony’s web store. The players …

Nine-Year-Old Food Blogger Too Much To Handle For UK Council Nine-Year-Old Food Blogger Too Much To Handle For UK Council

UPDATE: Council head Roddy McCuish has told the BBC that he “instructed senior officials to lift the ban immediately.” Score one for duh. ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Apparently, the one-girl truth squad known as 9-year-old Martha was too much to handle for …

Twitter: British Tourists Arrested After Making Twitter Jokes Twitter: British Tourists Arrested After Making Twitter Jokes

It’s time for another entry in “Be careful what you say on social media.” This week’s entry comes from the U.K. where two British tourists were arrested for jokingly tweeting that they were going to “destroy America” and “dig up …

Young People In The U.K. Go Online For Advice
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The majority (86%) of young people in Britain go online to find help with personal problems, instead of seeking advice from a family member or friend.

The findings come from a poll of 1,000 people under 25 commissioned by Get Connected, a national helpline line in the UK, and conducted by Maximiles Surveys.

Online one third of young people would turn to their mother to discuss a problem and just 5 percent would speak to their father. Fifty percent did say they would be likely to talk to a friend.

Online Grocery Shopping Set To Double In The U.K.
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An increasing number of shoppers in the U.K. are going online to buy groceries according to new research by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD).

The research found 13 percent of adults shopped online for groceries in 2009, an increase of 63 percent over the last three years.

U.K. Social Networking Sites Account For 25% Of Display Ads
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Social networking sites in the U.K. accounted for 13.8 billion display ad impressions in August 2009, representing more than 25 percent of all display ads viewed online, according to a new study by comScore.

Telecommunications companies were the heaviest social networking site advertisers, serving more than 949 million display ad impressions on social networks in August, or about 7 percent of all display ads delivered in the site category.

Facebook Attracting Younger Users In The U.K.

The number of 15-24 year olds in the U.K. visiting social networking sites reached 6.8 million in June, up 14 percent compared to the previous year, according to a new report from comScore.

The overall audience of social networkers in this age group is up substantially during the past year, but the time spent on social networking sites is down 9 percent. The overall decrease in time spent on the sites appears to be due to younger users spending less time on secondary social networking sites.

Facebook Most Popular Social Site In The U.K.

Nearly thirty million (29.4) people in the U.K. accessed at least one social networking site in May, averaging 4.6 hours per visitor during the month, with Facebook ranking as the most popular property, according to comScore.

Online Spending In The U.K. Set To Double
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Online spending in the U.K. is set to increase from $14.6 billion to as much as $34.9 billion in annual sales by the end of 2011, according to a new report by PayPal.

This 137 percent growth in online spending means consumers in 2011 will spend the equivalent of about $705 for every U.K. adult – more than doubling the current annual online spending.

Online Newspapers In The U.K. Attract Large Global Audience
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Nearly 16 million people in the U.K. visited a newspaper web site in March, representing a 43-percent reach of the country’s online population, according to comScore.