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Supporters gather after reports Assange may be ousted from embassy

Fears that WikiLeaks founder will be extradited to the US if he leaves London embassy Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange gathered outside the Ecuadorian embassy in central London after the organisation said its sources in Ecuador had revealed he could be removed from the building within hours to days. Ecuadors foreign ministry released a statement saying it doesnt comment on rumours, theories or conjectures that dont have any documented backing, but a senior Ecuadorian official said no decision had been made. WikiLeaks believes Assange would be extradited to…

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New Film Shows How Bellingcat Cracks the Web’s Toughest Cases

Aric Toler’s face is illuminated only by the glow of the video playing on his laptop. It’s dashcam footage, supposedly captured by a driver in the town of Makiivka in eastern Ukraine, showing a Russian military convoy on its way to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight 17 on July 17, 2014. At least, that’s the theory. Toler just has to prove it. To the untrained eye, the video is awfully dull. But to Toler, who’s part of a global team of digital detectives known as Bellingcat, it’s a goldmine. He…

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Will Ferrell brings back Ron Burgundy for iHeartRadio podcast

Now even podcasts are adding to the stress of information overload.Image: Bob Al-Greene/Mashable In an era when there’s so much information — so much content — that we can never, ever be bored, I’ve come to a breaking point: I’m giving up podcasts. My brain is melted from an onslaught of news and takes. I’ve come to realize that I’m overwhelmed and the only way to catch my breath is to cut something out. So I’ve cracked open my podcast app for the last time for the foreseeable future. SEE…

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Google CEO admits company must better address the spread of conspiracy theories on YouTube

Google CEO Sundar Pichai admitted today that YouTube needs to do better in dealing with conspiracy content on its site that can lead to real-world violence. During his testimony on Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee, the exec was questioned on how YouTube handles extremist content that promotes conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and, more recently, a Hillary Clinton-focused conspiracy theory dubbed Frazzledrip. According to an article in Monday’s Washington Post, Frazzledrip is a variation on Pizzagate that began spreading on YouTube this spring. In a bizarre series of questions, Rep. Jamie Raskin…

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ had a crazy bad opening weekend in China

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Turns out China isn’t so crazy about “Crazy Rich Asians.” “Comedies are tricky films to handle in foreign markets, including China, because their appeal can be nuanced,” said Rance Pow, CEO of Shanghai-based cinema consulting firm Artisan Gateway. In the United States, the movie was lauded for featuring an all-Asian cast at a time when Hollywood has come under fire for its lack of diversity. But “a romantic comedy with an all-Asian cast is not a unique selling point in China,” Pow said. The last rom-com smash…

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Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass

(CNN)CNN’s Jim Acosta has returned to his post at the White House following a court ruling that forced the Trump administration to reinstate his press pass. Kelly did not rule on the underlying case on Friday. But he granted CNN’s request for a temporary restraining order on Fifth Amendment grounds. And he said he believes that CNN and Acosta are likely to prevail in the case overall. “Let’s go back to work,” Acosta said in brief comments outside the courthouse. Later in the day he arrived at the White House…

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NBC and Fox finally stop running Trump’s racist ad after it was viewed by millions

(CNN)NBC and Fox News said in separate statements on Monday that their networks will no longer air the Trump campaign’s racist anti-immigrant advertisement. “Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network,” ad sales president Marianne Gambelli told CNN in a statement. The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled. Facebook also came under scrutiny for letting the Trump campaign run the ad on its platform. On…

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Italian deputy PM threatens ‘polluting’ press with ad boycott

M5Ss Luigi Di Maio could ask state-run companies to stop placing adverts in newspapers Italys deputy prime minister has threatened to pull advertising by state-run companies in newspapers as he accused them of polluting the political debate every day. The intervention by Luigi Di Maio, who leads the Five Star Movement (M5S), was the latest in a long-running series of attacks by the party on the media, and echoed tirades by Donald Trump, who has called American journalists enemies of the people. Di Maio said the government was preparing a…

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Serial is back but can it make a difference in the gritty new era of true-crime podcasting?

From The Teachers Pet to Spr, true crime is making a real dent in the criminal justice system worldwide. Can the third series of the pioneering podcast Serial keep up? On paper, the first season of Serial, launched in 2014, didnt exactly scream hit. Who would have bet on aThis American Life spin-off podcast that investigates a 16-year-old murder case in 12 episodes of excruciating detail without ever reaching a definite conclusion about who was guilty? Yet the host, Sarah Koenig, correctly judged the publics appetite for true-crime stories, and…

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Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been found guilty of breaching the countrys Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are being held in prison in Yangon after being arrested in December, in a landmark case that has prompted international outrage and been seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the…

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KSI v Logan Paul:was the YouTubers’ fight more than just hype?

The pairs boxing bout on Saturday drew a global audience of two million. For a fanbase used to fake online beef, it was a welcome next step To understand why millions of people watched two YouTubers duke it out in the Manchester Arena this weekend, you have to remember one thing: it had very little to do with boxing. KSI, real name Olajide William JJ Olatunji, and Logan Paul are better known for their antics online than they are for their boxing prowess. Yet, after months of online feuding, they…

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German police in row over far right after officer blocked TV crew at Pegida rally

Off-duty police employee tried to stop groups demonstration in Dresden being filmed Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden. Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun…

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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‘Disgusting news’: Donald Trump whips up crowd anger as he vilifies media

President was campaigning for Senate candidate but continued his increasingly alarming verbal vendetta Donald Trump ramped up his attack on the media on Thursday night, criticizing the press as fake, fake, disgusting news and describing journalists in attendance as horrible, horrendous people, despite finally his meeting with the Queen in July. Trumps most intense criticisms came during an anecdote about the latter. Trump said he and the Queen got along fantastically well and enjoyed good chemistry, but told the thousands-strong crowd that the fake news had instead reported that he…

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Jameela Jamil: ‘I won’t become a double agent for the patriarchy’

The former presenter turned The Good Place star on why she refuses to stay silent about the aftermath of #MeToo, unhealthy body ideals and the tabloid media When British celebrities make it big in the US, they go through a by now familiar process of becoming Hollywoodified: they get thinner, more groomed, less fun, all the while insisting that their occasional deployment of a quaint British swearword proves they havent changed a bit. This is not James Blake. But as we walk through the club she decrees it a bit…

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