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Fox replaces ESPN’s cult of British accents with maximum volume at World Cup

US viewers have a new broadcaster in charge for Russia 2018, and it looks like Fox is not afraid of a gimmick or eight No one likes to be condescended to unless youre talking about the American soccer public. That, it appears, is the core of the strategy Fox Sports is applying to its World Cup coverage. This is, of course, virgin territory for Fox, the six previous World Cups having been beamed out to American households by ESPN. In 2011, when Fox won the bidding war to show the…

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Rage Against the Machine beats X Factor’s Joe to Christmas No 1

After an Facebook campaign against Simon Cowell's chart domination, music fans celebrate their victory In recent years, it had become as predictable as elections in North Korea singer wins X Factor, singer’s debut single goes to No 1. So when Joe McElderry won the TV talent contest, he was no doubt confident he would celebrate Christmas at the top of the charts. Alas for the 18-year-old from South Shields, it wasn’t to be: a song almost his own age denied him the top spot after a successful online campaign. Killing…

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Ted Nugent likens Democrats, media, academics to ‘rabid coyotes’

(CNN)Ted Nugent compared multiple groups he opposes to “rabid coyotes” on Friday, adding that you “keep your gun handy” to shoot them on sight. Nugent’s comments come days after he called the Parkland, Florida, shooting survivors “liars” and “poor, mushy-brained children.” Last year following the shooting of Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise as he and others practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, Nugent told a New York radio station that he would stop “the hateful rhetoric.” “I cannot and will not and I encourage even my friends, slash, enemies…

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John Oliver Goes Off on Sinclair, Calls News Anchors Members of a Brainwashed Cult

Last year, Last Week Tonight aired an broke the news that Sinclair was planning on forcing its local news anchors to read a media-bashing promo script that sounds like it came directly from Trumps lips: courtesy of Deadspin. Yeah. Nothing says We value independent media like dozens of reporters forced to repeat the same message over and over again like members of a brainwashed cult, said Oliver. I guess what Im saying here, Sinclair, is that as a news organization, I believe you make no sense. Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/john-oliver-goes-off-on-sinclair-news-anchors-members-of-a-brainwashed-cult

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Laura Ingraham is a victim of a totalitarian campaign from the left, apparently

The American right have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them In the past week, the American right has rallied around a number of their own who have spoken unwisely. In doing so, they have revealed a vision of free speech that is very expansive for conservatives, but far less accommodating for those who disagree with them. The biggest fight has been centered on Laura Ingraham, Fox News star, talk radio host, bestselling author and…

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Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

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Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

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How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook likes into a lucrative political tool

The algorithm used in the Facebook data breach trawled though personal data for information on sexual orientation, race, gender and even intelligence and childhood trauma The algorithm at the strong prediction of which party a user will vote for, reveal their gender and whether their partner is likely to be a man or woman, provide powerful clues about whether their parents stayed together throughout their childhood and predict their vulnerability to substance abuse. And it can do all this without delving into personal messages, posts, status updates, photos or all…

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Death of investigative journalist sparks mass protests in Slovakia

Jn Kuciak and his fiancee were killed after he wrote an article linking politicians to the mafia Tens of thousands of Slovaks have rallied to demand the resignation of prime minister Robert Ficos government following the murder of a journalist that has shocked the central European nation and stoked anger over sleaze in public life. Jn Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kunrov, both 27, were found shot dead at their home near Bratislava on 25 February. Police have said Kuciaks death was most likely related to an investigation of his…

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Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans

British writer Michael Hirst joins forces with the mega-filmmaker to tell story of the Caesars Martin Scorsese teams up with British writer for epic take on the Romans US director Martin Scorsese and British writer Michael Hirst will focus on youth and vitality of ancient Romes rulers Dalya Alberge Last modified on Sun 11 Feb 2018 12.24EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Katheryn Winnick in Vikings. The series writer, Michael Hirst, will join forces with Martin Scorsese for a TV drama about the Caesars. Photograph: MGM/Allstar…

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Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Alex Hern @alexhern Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 07.25EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Trump supporters in 2016. Photograph: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing…

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Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster

Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members Sun 4 Feb 2018 09.00EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons in England and Wales, said there was no contradiction between the practice of journalism and membership of Freemasonry.…

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Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist

Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Elena Ferrante to become Guardian Weekend’s new columnist Author of bestselling Neapolitan novels says she was keen to test herself with the bold, anxious exercise of writing regular pieces for the magazine Sian Cain @siancain Last modified on Thu 18 Jan 2018 07.37EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moving to the news stand books by Elena Ferrante on display in a bookshop…

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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision, which critics warn will hand control of the web to big cable companies, a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai The USs top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies. At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdogs commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from…

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#MeToo movement named Time magazines Person of the Year

Magazine celebrates anti-harassment movement by naming The Silence Breakers on its cover after millions shared stories of sexual assault The Silence Breakers, the vanguard of a global movement by millions of women to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse, was revealed on Wednesday to be Time magazines Person of the Year. The announcement comes as many industries and power centers around the world are still reeling from an unprecedented reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse that came in the Harvey Weinstein in October. Even as the image of…

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