All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘UK’

Twitter Launches Moments in Another Country

Twitter Launches Moments in Another Country

Twitter announced the launch of its new Moments offering in the UK – its third country. Moments launches in the UK today! https://t.co/heTLl0Sb4Y — Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) December 15, 2015 From a post on the Twitter UK blog: Here in the UK, we’re proud to be the first European country to roll out the service, and we pulled together a …

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PayPal Ad Ruined Christmas, Say Pissed Off Parents

PayPal Ad Ruined Christmas, Say Pissed Off Parents

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority could launch an investigation into a PayPal ad that many parents say spoils the Santa secret. The ad, which first aired on Sunday during The X Factor, features two kids worrying about not getting any Christmas presents. “I don’t think we;’re getting any Christmas presents this year,” says one child to his brother. “Have you …

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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’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

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

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

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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Google Rolls Local Update Out To More Countries

Back in July, Google launched an algorithm update that shook up local search results in the U.S. While Google never gave it an official name like Panda or Penguin that we’re aware of, Search Engine Land started calling it the “Pigeon” update, and that’s what people in the industry have, for the most part, adopted for it. That update has …

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Google Agrees To Remove Defaming Links In UK

Google has settled a defamation suit in the UK, which was filed in response to content Google simply indexed in its search results. The settlement is noteworthy as historically Google has not claimed responsibility for the content in its results. It is, after all, just pointing to websites. Things have gotten trickier on that front in Europe, however, since the …

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The Queen Sends Her Very First Tweet

Her Majesty The Queen has just sent out her very first tweet. Queen Elizabeth II tweeted that it’s a pleasure to open the Science Museum’s new Information Age Gallery. She sure hopes everyone will enjoy it. It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R. — …

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Instagram Ads Are Jumping Across the Pond Very Soon

As promised, Instagram is on the verge of taking its ad product global. In June, the company said that later in 2014 it would begin to introduce ads in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Now, it appears they’re about to make the jump across the pond: 'Sponsored Posts' coming soon to #Instagram in the UK.. pic.twitter.com/j1MZdSkITM — Charlotte Williams …

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Westboro Baptist Calls Hornet Killing God’s Wrath on Entire UK for Banning Them

When the Compassionate Outreach Department of the Westboro Baptist Church decided to hop a plane and go protest yet another showing of “The Laramie Project” in England a few years back, they were met with a different kind of resistance than they face here in the good old U.S. of A. They were banned from entering the country, entirely. Usually, …

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Driverless Cars Will Hit UK Roads in January 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable and the UK Department for Transport have just announced a “fast track” initiative for driverless cars, saying that the autonomous vehicles will hit public roads in about six months. As the BBC reports, The Department for Transport is a little late on its own projections. The technology was supposed to hit roads in 2013, but up …

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AOL Offers Up Ad Inventory Programmatically In UK

AOL UK announced on Tuesday that it is making all of its reserved advertising inventory available programatically. That’s 100% of if inventory from its owned and operated sites, which will be in its proprietary Demand Side Platform (DSP). Advertisers can buy on AOL, The Huffington Post, Engadget, TechCrunch, Parentdish, and MyDaily in an automated, self-serve fashion. Formats including Project Devil/IAB …

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Apple Announces This Year’s iTunes Festival

Apple just announced its eighth annual iTunes Festival in London, which will take place throughout the month of September. Robert Plant, Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Beck, Sam Smith, Blondie, Kylie, David Guetta, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, and Chrissie Hynde are among this year’s headliners. Performances can be watched live or on-demand on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch devices, …

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Netflix Is Looking To Employ Someone To Watch Netflix

Netflix has a new job listing up for a “Netflix Tagger,” which is someone who will basically get paid to watch Netflix. Netflix describes the position in the above video: …A very special discerning viewer whose love for film and TV is so great that they’re ready to join our team of Netflix Taggers. Taggers are the bright sparks who …

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Regulators Probe Facebook’s Emotion Experiment

An experiment Facebook conducted with some of its users two years ago has been getting a lot of negative attention in recent days after a paper about it was published. The company basically took about 700,000 users, and tested the effects of showing them more positive or more negative posts in their News Feeds. The goal was to see how …

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Google Glass Likely Banned from UK Movie Theaters

Google Glass has been available in the UK for less than a week, but the largest cinema group in the region is already stating that the wearable tech will not be welcome in most of their represented establishments. The Cinema Exhibitors Association, which represents the interests of around 90 percent of UK cinema operators, is putting the kibosh on Glass …

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Google Glass Jumps Across the Pond

OK, Brits, it’s now your time to start confusing the elderly and getting banned from movie theaters with your very own pair of Google Glass. Google has just announced that they have opened their beta Explorer program in the UK. “The world sees the UK as a center (actually, a centre) of innovation. It has produced some of the greatest …

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“My Boobs Are More Important Than The Law” – Model

Sophie Dalzell is a 20-year-old topless model from Manchester, England, whom in which skipped a court date where she was charged of drunkenly assaulting two female police officers when flying to Belgium to get breast augmentation surgery back in January. “My boobs and my appearance are more important than the law,” Dalzell, whose job it is to appear on late …

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Prince William Better-Liked Than the Queen, Shows Poll

With less than a year to go before the next parliamentary elections in the UK, the political landscape of the country appears to be shifting back toward the Labour Party. Overall, though, the British public appears to be more focused on the royal family than on parliament. A new poll released this weekend by polling firm ComRes in cooperation with …

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Instagram Ads Going Global ‘Later This Year’

On the heels of what the company is calling a very successful ad rollout in the US, Instagram has announced that they plan on taking their new ads global very soon. According to Instagram, they will build on their “momentum” by launching ads in users’ photo feeds in Canada, Australia, and the UK ‘later this year.” “The results for advertisers …

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John Calipari Turns Down $60 Million Deal From Cavs

Before signing a new contract with the University of Kentucky, John Calipari reportedly met with the Cleveland Cavaliers to discuss a $60 million contract. According to Yahoo Sports, Calipari and the Cavs had lengthy discussions about a possible contract before Calipari accepted the new 7-year, $52 million deal, from Kentucky. Had Calipari accepted their offer, it would have made him …

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