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E-Cigarettes 95% Safer? Not So Fast, Says Top Medical Journal

E-Cigarettes 95% Safer? Not So Fast, Says Top Medical Journal

The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals, has blasted a widely-publicized report that said e-cigarettes are 95% safer than regular, combustible tobacco. “Tobacco is the largest single cause of preventable deaths in England—e-cigarettes may have a part to play to curb tobacco use. But the reliance by PHE on work that the authors themselves accept is …

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Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Series ‘The Crown’ Is Its Most Expensive Yet

Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Series ‘The Crown’ Is Its Most Expensive Yet

The Crown, Netflix’s upcoming series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II, is going to be huge – in terms of scope and cost. The Telegraph reports that the show is Netflix’s most expensive to date – £100 million, or about $157 million. The streaming company ordered a 10-episode season of The Crown last November. According to the Telegraph, the …

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E-Cigarettes Are 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking, Says UK Report

E-Cigarettes Are 95% Less Harmful Than Smoking, Says UK Report

According to a UK health agency, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are about 95% less harmful than smoking, according to its best estimate. “I want to see these products coming to the market as licensed medicines. This would provide assurance on the safety, quality and efficacy to consumers who want to use these products as quitting aids, especially in relation to the …

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YouTube Music Videos In the UK Are Getting Slapped with Age Ratings

YouTube Music Videos In the UK Are Getting Slapped with Age Ratings

Some in the UK feel that YouTube videos, like movies and other forms of art/media, need age ratings. According to The Guardian, YouTube and Vevo have collaborated with two organizations – the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) – to make sure new music videos made in the UK come with age ratings. “Keeping …

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Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber Sued Again Over Employee / Contractor Issue

Uber’s stance has always been that it’s a software company. Uber connects people wanting a ride to those offering a ride. It’s a logistics company. Uber simply connects third-party contractors with customers. Its drivers are independent contractors, not employees. That notion is being challenged quite a bit as of late, and it looks like Uber is facing another lawsuit over …

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Amazon Prime Music Launches in the UK

Amazon Prime Music Launches in the UK

More than a year after Amazon debuted its music streaming service in the US, the company has opened it up across the pond. Amazon Prime Music is now live in the UK. Prime Music isn’t a monthly subscription service, like Spotify or Apple Music. Instead, Prime Music is just another perk offered to Amazon Prime members alongside expedited shipping, Amazon …

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Amazon Is About to Start Delivering Groceries in the UK: Report

Amazon Is About to Start Delivering Groceries in the UK: Report

It looks like Amazon is gearing up to take its grocery delivery service across the pond. Amazon is readying its Amazon Fresh service for the U.K., according to sources familiar with the plans. From the Times of London: Plans for Amazon Fresh are at an advanced stage and it could begin operating in London in September, a development that will …

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Google Names Another Country Where Mobile Searches Have Overtaken Desktop

Google Names Another Country Where Mobile Searches Have Overtaken Desktop

Last month, Google casually noted in a blog post that mobile searches have overtaken desktop searches in ten countries including the United States and Japan. It didn’t elaborate on what the other countries were. Now, Google has mentioned another country by name. You can add the United Kingdom to that list. Matt Jackson at SocialMediaToday reports: During a presentation at …

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Amazon Hikes Free Shipping Threshold in the UK

If you’ve been ordering stuff from Amazon for a while, you probably remember a time when Amazon’s free delivery would kick in no matter what you bought. In the UK, the first minimum spend threshold came in 2013, when Amazon forced customers to buy at least £10 worth of product to qualify for Free Super Saver Delivery. Now, that’s doubling …

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Revenge Porn Now a Specific Offense in the UK, Punishable by Up to Two Years in Jail

Revenge porn has been a hot topic in legislatures and courtrooms both across the US and abroad. Now, the UK is poised to pass a new law that will make the sharing of images without one’s consent a specific criminal offense. By changing the Criminal Justice & Courts Bill (currently making its way through Parliament), the UK will make the …

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March Madness: If UK Plays Duke, Lexington Will Burn, No Matter How It Ends

March Madness is a bigger deal in Kentucky than Christmas. Many outside the Bluegrass State may think that the running of the Kentucky Derby is a bigger event, but they would be wring. Sure, the Derby is a huge deal. But it’s one day and done. March Madness is more like a holiday season, without the annoying too-early end-cap displays …

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‘Black Mirror’ Is Likely Getting a U.S. Version

Black Mirror, the British sci-fi anthology that you should have already blown through on Netflix, could be hopping across the pond for an American spin. Speaking at a conference, prodcers Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin of Endemol Shine North America told the audience that a U.S. version of the breakout series in in the works. Well, what he actually said …

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