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    ‘Flirty secretary’ smart assistant taken offline in China

    Image copyright IQiyi One of China's largest tech companies has taken its "flirtatious secretary" virtual assistant offline, following a suggestion that it objectified women.The avatar, called Vivi, was designed to be built-in on a new virtual reality headset sold by ... Read More

    Bryn Terfel is the latest star to quit Tosca

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bryn Terfel said he was "extremely disappointed" to be cancelling his performances Bryn Terfel has pulled out of the Met Opera's production of Tosca, to take "enforced rest due to vocal fatigue".His departure means ... Read More

    Walt Disney buys Murdoch’s Fox for $52bn

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    Twitter ‘baby poop’ video launches spam

    Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video seemed to fool many Twitter users, including some high-profile media figures A Twitter video promising a "hysterical" response from a dog to a baby soiling its nappy appears to have been disabled by ... Read More

    Why does no-one seem to wear a condom on TV?

    When was the last time you saw someone wear a condom on TV? Or discuss contraception? Sex vlogger Hannah Witton wants to know why sex on TV isn't safer. A 2017 study by the University of North Carolina at Chapel ... Read More

    Facial recognition targets Liam Gallagher gig thieves

    Image copyright Getty Images Criminal gangs and thieves at Liam Gallagher's Cardiff concert on Wednesday will be targeted using newly-fitted facial recognition cameras.South Wales Police has fitted cameras in the foyer of the Motorpoint Arena.They were first used at Kasabian's ... Read More

    T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday that it would launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount. FILE PHOTO - A T-Mobile logo is advertised on a ... Read More

    Starbucks cafe’s wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not known who was behind the mining operation Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation.The wi-fi service provided by one of ... Read More

    Four arrested in Trading Standards ticket tout investigation

    Image caption Fans who bought tickets from touts were turned away from a recent Foo Fighters show Four people have been arrested as part of an investigation into unfair practices in the ticketing market.National Trading Standards officers carried out raids ... Read More

    Theatre axes play after harassment complaint

    Image copyright Dan Wooller/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Max Stafford-Clark said he had suffered from "occasional disinhibition" since a stroke in 2006 London's Royal Court theatre has cancelled a play after allegations that its co-director Max Stafford-Clark made inappropriate sexual comments to ... Read More

    Pepsi one-ups Budweiser brewer by ordering 100 Tesla electric semi trucks

    PepsiCo is the latest company to reveal that it’s placed orders for Tesla’s forthcoming electric semi-truck – and also the company with the largest order so far. The beverage company has ordered 100 of the trucks per Reuters, meaning it’s ... Read More

    Mirai botnet: Three admit creating and running attack tool

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Web-connected security cameras were among the many devices hijacked by botnet A US-based man has pleaded guilty to creating a giant botnet that was used to disrupt access to much of the web in ... Read More

    Morrissey: Der Spiegel releases audio of controversial interview

    Image copyright PA Image caption Morrissey was widely condemned after initial reports of the interview surfaced A recording of Morrissey's contentious interview with a German newspaper has been made public. Der Spiegel put the audio online after the star claimed ... Read More

    Gwyneth Paltrow is taking a Go-Go’s musical to Broadway

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gwyneth Paltrow is not expected to take a role in the musical Gwyneth Paltrow is go-going to Broadway, as the co-producer of a new musical based on the songs of new wave girl group ... Read More

    ‘Death Becomes Her’ Musical in Development for Kristin Chenoweth

    “Death Becomes Her” is becoming a musical, with Universal Theatrical Group developing a stage adaptation of the 1992 Robert Zemeckis film and Broadway favorite Kristin Chenoweth attached to play one of the leads. Chenoweth, who originated the role of Glinda ... Read More

    Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new facility joins other Google AI research centres in London and New York Google is deepening its push into artificial intelligence (AI) by opening a research centre in China, even though its search ... Read More

    The Twilight Zone returns to spook theatregoers

    Image copyright Marc Brenner Image caption Lizzy Connolly, Matthew Needham and their co-stars play several different roles In 1959, a groundbreaking TV series began in the USA. The Twilight Zone came to be regarded as a classic of science fiction ... Read More

    Meryl Streep bemoans Hollywood inequality

    Image copyright PA Image caption Streep said she and other famous actresses will lobby for better boardroom equality Meryl Streep has said sexual harassment wouldn't have been tolerated in Hollywood if there were more women on the boards of entertainment ... Read More

    Deliveroo and UberEats restaurant clients face new rules

    Image copyright Reuters Image caption Restaurants using food delivery services such as Deliveroo may have to apply for planning permission Westminster City Council is to force restaurants to seek planning permission if they heavily use food delivery apps. Businesses will ... Read More

    Danny Boyle and Banksy’s ‘Alternativity’ to be on BBC Two

    Image copyright PA Image caption Street artist Banksy and director Danny Boyle team up for an alternative nativity performance Director Danny Boyle has teamed up with Banksy to stage an alternative nativity play at the artist's Bethlehem hotel.The Alternativity was ... Read More

    Star Wars: Fans shouldn’t worry if The Last Jedi gets bad reviews

    Image caption Ali Plumb said WHAT about my performance? Tickets are booked for midnight showings. Trailers have been watched again and again. Toy Porgs have been bought. And that's just me. The Last Jedi gets its cinema release in the ... Read More

    Bitcoin hits another record high in march toward $20,000

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as ... Read More

    MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs

    Image copyright Reuters Russian-speaking hackers are suspected of stealing nearly $10m (£7.5m) from 20 companies in Russia, the UK and US.The MoneyTaker group removed overdraft limits on debit cards and took money from cash machines, according to a report by ... Read More

    Victoria drama gets another series

    Image copyright ITV Image caption Hughes and Coleman will next be seen in the Victoria Christmas special ITV has confirmed there will be a third series of royal drama Victoria after this year's Christmas Day special.Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes ... Read More

    THIS is how you respond to a Golden Globes snub

    Image copyright Getty Images/Reuters Image caption It is not certain if Spielberg (right) is aware of or had any input into Nanjiani's tweets How did the star and co-writer of hit comedy The Big Sick react to being denied a ... Read More

    Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs have previously said that Facebook, Google and Twitter were not doing enough to tackle abuse and extremism Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, ... Read More

    Katie Price breaks down over what could be ‘last Christmas’ with her mum

    Image copyright Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Katie Price was comforted by Ruth Langsford Katie Price had to leave the set of ITV's Loose Women after getting upset about her mother, who has the same lung disease that killed Keith Chegwin.Price ... Read More

    JK Rowling made Companion of Honour

    Image copyright AFP Image caption JK Rowling was accompanied to the Palace by husband Neil Murray Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been made a Companion of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.The 52-year-old said she felt ... Read More

    Ari Sandel Tapped to Direct ‘Goosebumps’ Sequel

    Ari Sandel has been brought on board to direct a sequel to “Goosebumps,” Variety has learned. It is unclear, however, if this “Goosebumps” follow up will be the next one to hit theaters or if it will even get made ... Read More

    Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

    Image copyright Getty Images Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row."Who hurt you?" read the tweet, addressed to them.The tweet caused controversy, with some ... Read More

    Nureyev debuts but director still under arrest

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    Morrissey denies defending Kevin Spacey

    Image copyright Getty / Reuters Image caption Der Spiegel quoted Morrisey as saying one of Spacey's accusers "did not sound very credible" Morrissey has angrily refuted the write-up of a recent interview he gave to the German newspaper Der Spiegel.The ... Read More

    The children whose gaming turns to gambling

    As many as half a million children and young people are gambling every week, according to a new survey.The Gambling Commission's annual report looked at gambling with virtual currencies, known as "skin betting".Ryan Archer's gaming turned into gambling when he ... Read More

    Bitcoin futures suggest breakneck rise in price to slow

    NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Newly launched bitcoin futures on Monday suggested that traders expect the cryptocurrency’s blistering price gains to slow in the coming months, even as it blasted above $17,000 to a fresh record high in the spot market ... Read More

    In Your Face: China’s all-seeing state

    China has been building what it calls "the world's biggest camera surveillance network". Across the country, 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and an estimated 400 million new ones will be installed in the next three years. Many ... Read More

    Justin Bieber among celebs supporting bullied Keaton Jones

    Captain America star Chris Evans has invited a bullied child to the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.He was one of many stars to tweet a message of support to Keaton Jones after seeing a video of the boy speaking ... Read More

    A mysterious boom baffles Tampa Bay, and official sources shrug…

    a reply to: Zaphod58That is exactly what I said (well I added the nuke part out of ignorance. I thought they were able to see them launch or something) to the eight other people and kids in my group when ... Read More

    Facebook: Jokes ‘no excuse’ for harassment

    Image copyright Stephen Lam Facebook has published its internal workplace harassment policy in part to help other companies, chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said.The policy's definitions of harassment include unwelcome sexual advances, threats, insensitive jokes and innuendo.It states that ... Read More

    Australia ups the ante for Eurovision

    Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jessica Mauboy has had five top 10 albums, and 15 top 20 singles in Australia After finishing ninth at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Australia is upping its game for 2018.Pop star Jessica Mauboy ... Read More

    Golden Globes: Full list of nominees

    Image copyright Entertainment One Image caption Jessica Chastain is nominated for best actress for Molly's Game The nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced in Los Angeles. Here is the full shortlist.Film categoriesBest motion picture - ... Read More

    Golden Globes: ‘Get Out’ Lands Best Picture Nomination Amid Comedy Dispute

    When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to uphold Universal’s placement of Jordan Peele’s horror satire “Get Out” in the comedy category at the Golden Globes, it registered as an affront for many. “Their [sic] is nothing funny about racism,” ... Read More

    HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

    Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging ... Read More

    A microscopic Mona Lisa from ‘DNA origami’ and other news

    BBC Click's Lara Lewington looks at some of the best of the week's technology stories including:A new chat app from Facebook for children under the age of 13Nissan announced plans to launch robot taxis in JapanThe Mona Lisa has been ... Read More

    Bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE exchange

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin arrived on Sunday, with futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm starting trading for the first time. FILE PHOTO: A Bitcoin logo is displayed at ... Read More

    Virtual reality used to help adoptive parents

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    I’m A Celebrity 2017 winner revealed

    Image copyright ITV Georgia Toffolo has been named the winner of this year's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.The shocked reality star, known as Toff, was crowned by Ant and Dec on Sunday evening after more than nine ... Read More

    American Diplomats Get Brains Fried by Cubans

    It’s been getting weird for American diplomats down in Cuba with reports of brain injuries being caused by unfamiliar technology and unknown antagonists. American officials are apparently being targeted by some novel weaponry which is frying the cognitive abilities of ... Read More

    The woman making money from food porn

    Blogger Kimberly Espinel earns a living by showing people how to photograph their food for social media. She charges about $270 a session. She says most of her clients don't work in the food industry but want to show off ... Read More