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14/12/2018 18:06:13  

Some YouTube channels are publishing full-length episodes of TV shows, rights of which they obviously do not own, and on top of this, they are trying to crowdfund their piracy efforts by asking viewers to donate some cash. From a report: YouTube creators asking for money is nothing new, be it through the site's built-in membership features or third-party services such as Patreon. But trying to profit off someone else's intellectual property isn't the same as asking for support on an original video they've created. The person who runs the Kitchen Nightmares Hotel Hell and Hell's Kitchen channel did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Engadget, but their Patreon page (named YoIUploadShows) isn't coy. "Hey! It's not as easy as you might think to make my content, I have to look for the best quality episodes I can find, download them, convert them, edit them, render them and upload them," YoIUploadShows' Patreon page reads. "This can sometimes take at least a few hours. Especially because the downloads are usually slow and the rendering itself can take a couple hours, because I started making all my uploads in HD instead of 480p to give them a little extra clarity." It's not easy, folks, so for that he or she "would really appreciate the extra support if you have any money to spare :)"

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14/12/2018 13:05:57  

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, as Tory backbench anger simmers after EU warns deal ‘not open for negotiation’

Brexit correspondent Lisa O’Carroll has been reacting to the Times’ story that European leaders decided at a dinner last night not to provide any “political comfort” to May.

If the point of the Brussels' position is to make sure everyone in Westminster feels the "bleak midwinter", then minds will be further concentrated next Wednesday (last night Brussels also said it would spell out no deal plans on 19 dec)

It was only a matter of time … Channel 5 News has employed “two expert lip readers” to tell it what we had all worked out for ourselves – that Theresa May accused Jean-Claude Juncker of describing her as “nebulous” during the heated exchange captured on camera this morning.

NEW - Two expert lipreaders tell 5 News that Theresa May accuses Jean-Claude Juncker of describing her as nebulous.

This is how the conversation went, according to the lipreaders: pic.twitter.com/IuP99fJiXG

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14/12/2018 13:04:41  

NEW – Two expert lipreaders tell 5 News that Theresa May accuses Jean-Claude Juncker of describing her as nebulous. This is how the conversation went, according to the lipreaders: pic.twitter.com/IuP99fJiXG — Channel 5 News (@5_News) December 14, 2018 Channel 5 have enlisted two “expert lipreaders” in an attempt to decipher that frosty exchange between May and […]

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14/12/2018 09:05:43  

Do you know your bitcoin from your bolivars? Then test your 2018 business knowledge here with our annual quiz …

  • For your overall score, please complete all the questions

Who said the Guardian was 'the most insufferable newspaper on Planet Earth'?

Donald Trump

Philip Green

Elon Musk

What is the name of Tesco's new 'budget' supermarket, which opened in Cambridgeshire in September?

Shirley's

Dave's

Jack's

Who resigned as chair of the Institute of Directors in March amid racism claims?

Lady (Barbara) Judge

Lord (Digby) Jones

Lord (Alan) Sugar

Lisa Osofsky was appointed to a key role in 2018. What was it?

An external member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee

The head of the Serious Fraud Office

The chief executive of TSB

Who was forced to apologise after describing the economy as 'menopausal'?

John McDonnell, shadow chancellor

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England

Ben Broadbent, deputy governor of the Bank of England

One bitcoin is currently priced at just below $4,000, but what was its peak price in 2018?

$7,000

$17,000

$27,000

In June, which company became the last of the original constituents of the Dow Jones Industrial Average to leave the famous index after 110 years?

General Electric

DowDuPont

AT&T

Sir Martin Sorrell has said his new marketing services venture, S4 Capital, is like what compared to global giant WPP?

A peanut

A watermelon

A coconut

US giant Comcast was forced to bid how much for Sky to see off Rupert Murdoch and Disney?

£28bn

£30bn

£32bn

Mike Coupe, the chief executive of Sainsbury’s, was secretly filmed singing what song on the same day the supermarket announced a blockbuster marriage with Asda?

Money, Money, Money

We're in the Money

If I Were a Rich Man

Who has complained of the cold and a rice-heavy diet while in Japanese detention?

Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn

Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt

Huawei’s finance chief Meng Wanzhou

What will Burberry stop doing after being criticised by environmental campaigners?

Stop giving its unsold products to private investors

End its practice of putting unsold products in landfill

End its practice of burning unsold clothes, bags and perfume

Which big ride-hailing firm is taking on Uber in the UK?

Lyft

Didi Chuxing

Ola

Which of these Christmas ad campaign stories proved the most popular with readers?

John Lewis’s Elton John-fronted ad

Twitter’s ad featuring the real John Lewis

Iceland’s re-badging of a Greenpeace anti-palm oil campaign

In March, a regulator banned Paul Flowers from the City. What for?

Illegal drug use

Presiding over the near-collapse of the Co-op Bank

Misuse of his Co-op email account and mobile phone

The boss of which building company was fired in November after awkwardly dodging questions on his £75m bonus?

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon

Balfour Beatty

Which auditor received a rebuke from the regulator for 'unacceptable' work on Carillion, the construction firm which collapsed in January?

KPMG

Grant Thornton

Deloitte

After a timetabling meltdown caused the cancellation of thousands of trains and months of disruption, who claimed: 'I don’t run the railways'?

The then Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne

Transport secretary Chris Grayling

Rail Delivery Group chief executive Paul Plummer

What kind of expenses did the Stobart Group try to reclaim in a £5m suit against a fired ex-boss, after admitting in court that the current chief executive was claiming too?

An in-house massage therapist

Kenneling for pets during work trips abroad

Helicopter flights to see friends and family

The new chief executive of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, is best known for which hobby?

Rapping

DJing

Street art

How many bank branches have closed across the UK over the past 30 years, according to numbers compiled by consumer charity Which?

6,520

12,997

21,653

What is the M26 motorway planned to become after Brexit?

A hi-tech corridor for the autonomous driving industry

An eight-lane superhighway to speed international air cargo from Manston to the M25

A lorry park to deal with queues to the Channel

What did Elon Musk offer for sale for $500 and promise were 'guaranteed to liven up any party'?

Personal submarines

Flame throwers

Crates of Tesla brand vodka

Who is the UK’s richest person, with a £21bn fortune?

Sir Philip Green

Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Sir Len Blavatnik

How much was one chicken worth in Venezuela when hyperinflation began to accelerate in August?

1.9m bolivars

9.5m bolivars

14.6m bolivars

According to PwC and Demos’ 2018 Good Growth for Cities index, which is the most improved city in Britain to live and work?

Preston

Liverpool

Ipswich

How many energy suppliers have gone bust in 2018?

One

Eight

14

How much money did Zamira Hajiyeva, the wife of an Azerbaijani banker jailed for defrauding his state-owned bank, spend in Harrods between 2006-16?

£163,000

£1.63m

£16.3m

The share of UK electricity generated by renewables this year has hit a record high of?

20%

25%

30%

In a memorable appearance before MPs investigating the future of the high street, how did Mike Ashley describe the high street’s health?

'It’s got some worrying symptoms but a dose of antibiotics could cure its ills.'

'It’s in A&E and the worried doctor is holding a pair of defibrillator paddles.'

'The patient has died.'

Sainsbury's supermarket introduced which dried savoury snack - in what it claimed to be a UK first - in November?

Deep-fried scorpions

Crunchy frogs' legs

Roasted crickets

According to Oxfam, how many people own the same wealth as half the world’s population?

420

42

4

Who was prime minister the last time unemployment in the UK was as low as it is now?

Ted Heath

Harold Wilson

Jim Callaghan

The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) will be reduced to £2, but what is it at the moment?

£50

£100

£1,000

Which two of the big six energy suppliers were cleared by authorities to create a new energy giant?

Npower and SSE

British Gas and E.ON

Scottish Power and EDF

Which supermarket chain withdrew a range of chocolate bars after it was accused by Hotel Chocolat of plagiarising their design?

Marks & Spencer

Waitrose

Tesco

Which telecoms company’s name reportedly derives from a patriotic phrase meaning 'China makes a difference'?

Alibaba

Huawei

Baidu

How many billionaires are there in the world, according to Swiss bank UBS’s billionaires report?

705

2,158

11,105

Apple became the first company to be valued at $1tn this year but its shares have since fallen sharply. What has worried investors?

New laws on the misuse of personal data

That the company will no longer reveal how many iPhones it sells

Rumours that chief design officer Jony Ive intends to leave

Directors of Carillion were accused of 'recklessness, hubris and greed' after the outsourcing firm’s collapse. But how much is its failure estimated to have cost taxpayers?

£150m

£10m

£1.5bn

How do you pronounce Huawei?

Who are way

Wa way

Who are we

Which city in Europe had the highest house price rise in the 12 months to October 2018, according to Knight Frank?

Edinburgh

Berlin

Monaco

The Civil Aviation Authority recently said Ryanair must compensate passengers caught up in strike action. How many flights did it cancel on the worst day, 28 September?

250

350

400

In November, the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast that the budget deficit would be significantly lower this year than previously thought – by how much?

£8bn

£10bn

£12bn

There are about 53,000 free-to-use cash machines in the UK. But how many are closing every month?

100

150

250

In April, the national minimum wage was increased. How much is it now for workers aged 25 and over?

£6.83

£7.83

£8.83

In September, Apple unveiled its latest smartphone, the iPhone XS Max. How much does its top model cost?

£799

£1,149

£1,449

Which ancient alcoholic drink is - according to the conservation charity English Heritage - making a comeback thanks to craft beers?

Mead

Gin

Ale

A new 50p coin to 'commemorate' Brexit is to be issued by the Royal Mint in the spring. Along with the date '29 March 2019' – the day Britain leaves the EU – it will also carry which message?

'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations'

'One great union of people and nations with a proud history and a bright future'

'Oh shit, what happens now?'

Which former prime minister was included on the Bank of England’s list of candidates who might be pictured on the new £50 note?

David Lloyd George

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Margaret Thatcher

36 and above.

Zut alors, as they say in parts of the Belgian capital. You certainly know your business onions and how to peel them. Jump on the Eurostar and have a word with Brussels, will you?

49 and above.

Wow! You are a business sage, a guru! Can we have your stock market tips for 2019 please?

20 and above.

Not bad! Distinctly mid-table performance with ample room for improvement, but not a disaster. Unlike the Brexit talks

0 and above.

You should be ashamed. Still, on the upside, you are at least business-savvy enough to thrash out post-Brexit trade deals. (Think of the air miles)

10 and above.

A fair to middling attempt. Nothing to boast about in the boardroom but by no means a car crash, cliff-edge, no-deal Brexit. Dust yourself down and try again next Chrimbo

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13/12/2018 14:02:49  
13/12/2018 11:06:41  

This week’s roundup also features Paul Sherwen, NHL deflections and Dean Jones’s very bad idea

1) It wasn’t always widely known, but Buzzcocks’ brilliant Pete Shelley, who died this past week, wrote the music for the iconic Channel 4 Tour de France theme, itself taken from within 1984 track Give It To Me. Another sad passing this week was Paul Sherwen. It’s well worth a listen to the Cycling Podcast’s tribute, while Sherwen recalls how he met his broadcasting partner Phil Liggett.

2) The Miami Miracle! Obviously there’s already a Tecmo Super Bowl version out there. Gronk’s still stumbling. More laterals: here’s the Music City Miracle, which always features highly among some of the NFL’s most famous. There are more in college football, including … Miami (!) v Duke, Trinity v Millsaps and the classic: Cal v Stanford. Watch out for that band! More on The Play.

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13/12/2018 08:06:01  

The year’s breakout comedy was a giddy mix of poignancy and nostalgia – and its subject matter couldn’t have been timelier

At the optimistic end of 2018, four excitable Derry Girls and one perplexed wee English fella burst into our lives and made for one of this year’s televisual highlights. Located in a “troubled little corner in the north-west of Ireland”, the mile-a-minute Channel 4 sitcom was loosely based on writer Lisa McGee’s childhood during the Troubles, when Sinéad O’Connor posters adorned bedroom walls and there was not a mobile phone in sight – just people living in the moment. Oh, and armed soldiers were non-speaking extras in daily life.

In tandem with director Michael Lennox, McGee found the humour in this unique situation with an authenticity that made us feel like we could have been there. Everyone had pals like Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell), the coarse firebrand (“I’ve been thinking, it might be time to lose the rest of my virginity,” she mulled in preparation of a party), her English cousin James (Dylan Llewellyn), who’s the butt of every joke, Clare (Nicola Coughlan) who likes to play by the rules, Erin (Saoirse Monica Jackson), a simpering ball of righteous teen angst, or Orla (Louisa Harland), who’s just as much of a free spirit as her mum, Aunt Sarah (Kathy Kiera Clarke).

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13/12/2018 07:05:32  

A "hi-tech robot" shown on Russian state television turns out to be a man in a suit. While airing footage of a technology forum aimed at kids, a Russian state TV reporter proclaimed that Boris the robot "has already learned to dance and he's not that bad." Gizmodo reports: This "robot" actually retails for 250,000 rubles (about $3,770), as first reported by the Guardian, and is made by a company called Show Robots. "Boris" features glowing eyes, and plastic parts -- and shockingly human-like movements. Probably because he needs a human inside to operate properly. This faux-robot (fauxbot?) mystery was actually first unraveled when some eagled-eyed Russian viewers on the internet noticed that a suspiciously human-like neck was showing in the video. The report notes that "there's no indication" that there was intent to deceive anyone. Instead, it "appears to be a case of a TV presenter getting confused with what he believed to be 'modern robots.'" You can watch the broadcast on Russia-24's YouTube channel.

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12/12/2018 17:05:02  

Intel on Wednesday surprised a number of people when it shared not one roadmap on CPUs, but two. AnandTech: For the high performance Core architecture, Intel lists three new codenames over the next three years. To be very clear here, these are the codenames for the individual core microarchitecture, not the chip, which is an important departure from how Intel has previously done things. Sunny Cove, built on 10nm, will come to market in 2019 and offer increased single-threaded performance, new instructions, and 'improved scalability'. Willow Cove looks like it will be a 2020 core design, most likely also on 10nm. Intel lists the highlights here as a cache redesign (which might mean L1/L2 adjustments), new transistor optimizations (manufacturing based), and additional security features, likely referring to further enhancements from new classes of side-channel attacks. Golden Cove rounds out the trio, and is firmly in that 2021 segment in the graph. Process node here is a question mark, but we're likely to see it on 10nm and or 7nm. Golden Cove is where Intel adds another slice of the serious pie onto its plate, with an increase in single threaded performance, a focus on AI performance, and potential networking and AI additions to the core design. Security features also look like they get a boost. The lower-powered Atom microarchitecture roadmap is on a slower cadence than the Core microarchitecture, which is not surprising given its history. The upcoming microarchitecture for 2019 is called Tremont, which focuses on single threaded performance increases, battery life increases, and network server performance. Based on some of the designs later in this article, we think that this will be a 10nm design. Following Tremont will be Gracemont, which Intel lists as a 2021 product. Beyond this will be a future 'mont' core (and not month as listed in the image).

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12/12/2018 12:01:45  

A search was launched after a call to police from people saying they were in the English Channel.
12/12/2018 01:06:05  

dryriver writes: As anyone who buys professional computer monitors knows, the dynamic range of the display device you are looking at can be expressed quite usefully in terms of percentage sRGB coverage and percentage AdobeRGB coverage. The higher the percentage for each, the better and wider the dynamic range of the screen panel you are getting. People who work with professional video and photographs typically aim for a display that has 100 percent sRGB coverage and at least 70 to 80 percent AdobeRGB coverage. Laptop review site Notebookcheck for example uses professional optical testing equipment to check whether the advertised sRGB and AdobeRGB percentages and brightness in nits for any laptop display panel hold up in real life. This being the case, why do quote-on-quote "High Dynamic Range" capable TVs -- which seem to be mostly 10 bits per channel to begin with -- not have an sRGB or AdobeRGB rating quoted anywhere in their technical specs? Why don't professional TV reviewers use optical testing equipment that's readily available to measure the real world dynamic range of HDR or non-HDR TVs objectively, in hard numbers? Why do they simply say "the blacks on this TV were deep and pleasing, and the lighter tones were..." when this can be expressed better and more objectively in measured numbers or percentages? Do they think consumers are too unsophisticated to understand a simple number like "this OLED TV achieves a fairly average 66 percent AdobeRGB coverage?"

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11/12/2018 18:06:15  

The gilets jaunes have co-opted the yellow vest as a symbol of rebellion. This side of the Channel, it stands for powerlessness

I don’t know the significance of the gilet jaune (yellow vest) in the French riots, and, if I did, it would no longer be relevant: once you start setting fire to stuff, meaning moves on.

But it’s hard to imagine a hi-vis movement in the UK: the defining feature of people in fluorescent jackets is that they look busy. It has always been the workwear of the ignored. It’s a plot device in a heist caper: you can walk anywhere in hi-vis and nobody will ask you what your business is because everyone assumes you must have one. I’m probably misremembering the olden days, but I’m sure that once this was just because you were assumed to be fixing something. The uniform may have been pared-down, unadorned, but it was quite high-status: nobody would ever let you loose on some traffic lights or a pipe unless you knew how to mend them. It was like a cape of authority.

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10/12/2018 16:06:14  

Cyclist, television commentator and broadcaster who became one of the defining voices of his sport

Paul Sherwen, who has died of a heart attack aged 62, was a pioneering member of the group of English-speaking cyclists nicknamed the Foreign Legion, a doughty five-times Tour de France finisher and, together with Phil Liggett, half of the Channel 4 commentary pairing that brought the race into British sitting rooms daily for the first time during the late 1980s.

“Phil and Paul” became the voices of the Tour de France across the English-speaking world: the voluble Liggett described the action and the more measured Sherwen detailed moves and personalities. For a generation of fans – initially in the UK, later across most of the English-speaking world – they were the defining voices of the sport. By this year, Sherwen had attended 40 tours.

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10/12/2018 15:05:01  

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings loves to identify sleep as the biggest competition of its service. "Sometimes employees at Netflix think, 'Oh my god, we're competing with FX, HBO, or Amazon, but think about it. If you didn't watch Netflix last night: What did you do? There's such a broad range of things that you did to relax and unwind, hang out, and connect -- and we compete with all of that," he once said. "You get a show or a movie you're really dying to watch, and you end up staying up late at night, so we actually compete with sleep," he added. Turns out, Hastings does not need to look that far for competition. From a report: Despite Netflix and Amazon investing billions of dollars in producing original content, they are struggling to make inroads in emerging markets. YouTube, on the other hand, is growing rapidly, becoming a daily habit for even new internet users. In India, for instance, YouTube reaches 245 million unique users each month, or 85 percent of all internet users in the country, the company told VentureBeat. About 60 percent of all YouTube traffic in India comes from outside of its six major cities. [Globally, YouTube has 1.9 billion monthly active users.] As consumption on YouTube grows, creators are also finding loyal audiences. In India alone, YouTube now has more than 600 channels with more than 1 million subscribers, up from 20 channels in 2016. Record label T-Series, which is fighting with PewDiePie for the title of most-subscribed YouTube channel, took 10 years to get to its first 10 million subscribers. In the last two years, it has grown to 60 million subscribers. Globally, YouTube says the number of channels with more than 1 million subscribers has grown by 75 percent this year. Globally, YouTube told VentureBeat that 75 percent of the platform's watch time occurs on a mobile device. The average watch time for a mobile user is 60 minutes per day. Or in other words, this is the time a user could have spent watching Netflix. According to eMarketer's estimates, an average user would spend about 86 minutes per day watching digital videos on streaming services this year.

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10/12/2018 14:05:53  

The dating show kept shooting Cupid’s arrow, but missed the mark when it promised then abruptly phased out a staff romance

In the dating show genre, First Dates strikes an old-fashioned, fully clothed note. While Love Island does it in bikinis and Naked Attraction in the nip, First Dates eschews swipe-left swiftness. Instead, Channel 4’s hit painstakingly matches according to interests, geographical proximity and preferences for a large or small bum.

Even after 11 series, participants feign surprise at being paired with a fellow Bristolian or a Star Wars fan with a massive arse. What are the chances! Obviously, First Dates is somewhat contrived but its charm lies in the suspension of disbelief. Modern dating is ruinous, yet still people live in hope of finding The One over a three-course lunch in a fancy London restaurant. This makes for frequently hilarious, heartwarming television.

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10/12/2018 09:05:52  

Journalists have been beaten, arrested, and robbed in the wake of the civil revolt that paralysed the country earlier in the year

Nicaraguan TV journalist Miguel Mora was driving home from work when he was pulled over by armed police.

“They ordered me take off my glasses and put a hood over my head,” says Mora, who directs the 100% Noticias news channel. “Then they took me by the neck and forced me into a pickup, where an officer told me: ‘You’re responsible for the death of police. If you keep fucking around, we’re going to kill you and your whole family.’”

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10/12/2018 07:05:40  

Populism preys on rose-tinted memories of past glories and distorts it into something ugly

“The Russians blame everything on their government, the Americans on their parents, and the Poles on history.” So said the Russian-born American poet Joseph Brodsky. If he were alive today, he might have added: “And the leading Brexiters blame everything on the loss of an imaginary past.” The seeds of this nostalgia were, of course, present in Britain long before the referendum, but years of austerity and inequality, topped with incendiary debates on refugees and discontent with the status quo, generated a feeling of longing for the “good old days”.

Some 63% of British citizens think life was better and easier in the past. The Brexit hardliners exploited this emotional nostalgia for their own political interests. History is purged of its dark chapters, stripped of its complexity, simplified and sanitised. Facts do not matter. Historical accuracy is sacrificed for the sheer lure of rhetoric. When Boris Johnson claimed: “If Chequers were adopted it would mean that for the first time since 1066 our leaders were deliberately acquiescing in foreign rule”, he was only following a trend. But while hardcore Brexiters rave about British exceptionalism, it is worth underlining that there is nothing new or exceptional about this. They are simply joining a dangerous trend that has taken hold at the fringes of Europe.

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09/12/2018 15:04:44  

With providers like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, and more creative risks, network leaders are placing bets on how audience experience will evolve [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled]. From a report: "What might we see coming down the road?" says Beau Willimon, creator of The First, Hulu's sci-fi drama starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. "Perhaps like [the characters] in my new show, we're all wearing augmented reality glasses, and we're experiencing television shows in a more intimate way -- a way that feels much more experiential than simply watching it on a rectangle." [...] Television, as most people have known it for most of their lives, is no more. "At some point you'll get to a place where thinking about television from a linear standpoint will be like dial-up internet," says Hulu CEO Randy Freer. "It's a great time for content; not a great time for cable networks. I think what will happen is: Cable networks that have been able to create brands for themselves will have an opportunity to expand and figure out how they present to consumers." Cable networks with a clear identity have a critical advantage in a subscription-based world, while networks with less-defined name recognition -- those that have been just another channel in the cable lineup -- will likely find it hard to entice the growing ranks of broadband-only consumers to buy an a la carte monthly subscription service. HBO is moving into the new era. "In the domestic market of the United States, where there is a surfeit of content more than ever, I personally think that brands matter more than ever," says HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler.

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09/12/2018 13:05:27  

Two men are racing across the Antarctic but what is the value in these polar adventures?

Been feeling some anemoia of late. If I were 20, this nostalgia for a time I’ve never known might have led me to listen non‑ironically to the Spice Girls or to buy a Fila tracksuit. But I’m older than that, so I went further back. To 1875 to be precise. I knew the name, Captain Matthew Webb, and his signature achievement: that he was the first man to swim the English Channel unaided. But nothing else, and his story is a belter, full of derring-do and godforsaken tragedy.

Part of the appeal of Captain Webb is that his challenges were often so weirdly, byzantinely pointless. They included floating for 60 hours in a whale tank in Westminster and swimming 14 hours a day for six days. He once took on a Newfoundland dog whose owner boasted of its legendary stamina in a test of endurance in choppy seas. The poor mutt almost drowned while Webb happily trod water for more than an hour.

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09/12/2018 06:02:55  
08/12/2018 22:04:32  

In 2018 the most-downloaded iPhone app was YouTube, reports USA Today, while Amazon's best-selling item was their Fire TV Stick for streaming video. "Sense a trend? We love to stream video." If you're thinking of quitting your day job this year and looking to strike it big in the world of online video, maybe this will inspire you. The No. 1 earner on YouTube this year is.....7-year-old Ryan from Ryan Toys Review. For all those unboxing videos and playing with toys -- and his own new line of toys at Walmart -- he and his family will pull in a cool $22 million, according to Forbes. Ryan launched the channel in 2015 -- when he was four -- and now has 17.3 million followers. One viral video of the 7-year-old even racked up 1.6 billion views, though apparently Ryan actually has fewer subscribers than several of the game streamers among YouTube's top-ten earners.

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08/12/2018 20:05:02  

9 min: First chance of the game! A wonderful counter by Espanyol ends with a mis-kick from Iglesias but that was great. Victor Sanchez and Roca with some flicks and one-touch passing, Hernan Perez breaking down the right and a quick ball into the channel to Iglesias who was 1v1 with Pique but his shot was well wide. So wide, in fact, it wasn’t really a shot.

7 min: Some good pressing from Espanyol has Pique penned in and his rushed clearance is picked up by Darder but the midfielder gives it away to Dembele and Barca are able to break. Messi, however, finds himself crowded out and Didac Vila gets back goalside to get a toe in and prevent the Argentine from finding space to shoot.

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08/12/2018 20:04:22  

"Strange waves rippled across earth and only one person spotted them," reported Forbes, noting that the seismologist then "quickly put out an alert to see if other systems detected the same unusual wave." "Seismographs picked up the waves as they traveled as far as New Zealand, Chile, Hawaii and Canada. In total, the waves were detected as far as 11,000 miles from their origin, ringing for 20 minutes or more minutes as they passed... As these waves rippled across the globe there were surprisingly no reports of anyone feeling the rumbling." The Weather Channel now reports that "There was no earthquake large enough to have started these low-frequency signals. Scientists believed a magma shift caused the rumblings," citing a recent interview with Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton. The Guardian reports: Hicks believes magma may suddenly have drained from a volcanic chamber about 10 miles under the seafloor near Mayotte, setting off the deep rumble that spread around the world. While strong enough to be picked up by sensitive seismometers, the vibrations would have been minuscule: far smaller than a millimetre. "It's something that you wouldn't perceive," he said. Pierre Briole, a geoscientist at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, has reached a similar conclusion. He believes that a third of a cubic mile of magma may have drained from a volcanic chamber under the seafloor, unleashing deep vibrations when its roof collapsed. Much of the seismic sleuthing played out on social media with professional and amateur scientists working together. "Overall, [it has been] a fascinating demonstration of open science on Twitter and engagement between scientists and citizen seismologists," said Hicks.

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07/12/2018 16:03:52  

Channel 4 has reportedly confirmed Jacob Rees Mogg and Caroline Lucas to represent ‘No Deal’ and ‘Remain’ respectively in their debate scheduled for Sunday. The Government and Labour Party representatives are yet to be determined…

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07/12/2018 14:00:59  

The government upgrades its warnings about disruption at Dover and other Channel ports.