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BBC’s Top Gear line-up sees Twitter notice ‘a black guy, a woman and a foreigner’

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After revealing Friends actor Matt LeBlanc would host the UK show, Eddie Jordan was today named As well the Evans, the new duo will join Sabine Schmitz, Rory Reid and Chris Harris

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Jeremy Kyle’s model wife of 13 years Carla Germaine applies for quick divorce

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Chat show host, pictured with his wife, separated from Carla Germaine in September and their divorce application has now been granted at London’s Central Family Court.

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BBC’s How to Die: Simon’s Choice shows the moment a father took his life

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In controversial scenes aired by the BBC last night, businessman Simon Binner played a poignant last message to his wife Debbie from his Swiss deathbed before turning on the drip that killed him.

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BBC’s How to Die: Simon’s Choice shows the moment a father took his life

Google boss doesn’t know his OWN PAY as he faces angry MPs over ‘sweetheart’ £130million tax…

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Matt Brittin, pictured giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee today, was asked five times how much he earned and finally admitted: ‘I don’t have a figure.’

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Google boss doesn’t know his OWN PAY as he faces angry MPs over ‘sweetheart’ £130million tax…

Primary school headteacher warns parents over children urinating in the playground

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Kay Church, of Hannah More Infant School and Grove Junior School in Nailsea, Somerset, blasted the ‘totally unacceptable’ behaviour as she became the latest head to warn parents about standards.

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95 Burmese Pythons (and Counting) Captured in Everglades

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The Burmese python has worn out its welcome, and its time is nigh.

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95 Burmese Pythons (and Counting) Captured in Everglades

Bosses order new mothers who meet for lunch while on maternity leave to the BACK of the restaurant…

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The women, all with seven-month-old babies, say they were left ‘humiliated’ when they were asked to sit near the toilets at Butterley Park Brewers Fayre restaurant, in Ripley, Derbyshire.

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Bosses order new mothers who meet for lunch while on maternity leave to the BACK of the restaurant…

Sharon Osbourne apologizes for Teresa Giudice rape comments

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Sharon Osbourne regrets making comments about Teresa Giudice being raped in prison.

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Unmanned Sub Hunters & Robot Battle Managers On the Horizon, DARPA Says

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DARPA is designing battle managers who can help humans make wartime decisions, as well as other futuristic technologies.

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Hilary Duff enjoys Hawaii vacation with ex-husband Mike Comrie and son

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Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie aren’t letting divorce get in the way of their family vacation.

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‘Lost’ Roads of Ancient Rome Discovered with 3D Laser Scanners

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Laser scans of Britain’s terrain may reveal weathered Roman roads that have been hidden for centuries across the countryside of northern England.

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‘Lost’ Roads of Ancient Rome Discovered with 3D Laser Scanners

Microsoft’s big plan to dominate Android and win mobile is coming together (MSFT)

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Microsoft has signed up over 70 smartphone manufacturers to pre-install its services onto phones, up from 20 in May last year.  

In a blog post announcing the milestone, Nick Parker, the man in charge of relationships with smartphone makers, wrote that “Microsoft has been working hard to win over the hearts and minds of our partners and customers” which has culminated in 74 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) signing up. 

The partners, which include Acer, LG, Samsung, and Sony, will ship Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive, and Skype on devices starting soon.

Essentially, Microsoft will have its most important products on millions of phones. 

This is an important move for the company because it means that the failure of Windows Phone matters less and it aligns with CEO Satya Nadella’s vision for how Microsoft will function in the future. 

Nadella told BuzzFeed that devices are now “nodes” and individual sales do not matter if other people support Microsoft’s services. 

“If you think of this more like a graph,” he said, “these [devices] are all nodes. Sometimes the user will use all of these devices … sometimes they’ll use only one or two of our devices and some other platforms — so be it.” 

Windows Phones have shipped just 110 million handsets in their entire lifetime while Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android have shipped 4.5 billion units. 

Sorry, Windows Phone. 110m lifetime sales – 4.5bn iOS & Android phones sold in the same period pic.twitter.com/CO03XWhYJg

— Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans)

This is a problem for Microsoft as, by and large, it’s easiest to get people to use a product if you can just bundle it on a phone. Apple Maps, which is the default app on iPhone, is beating Google Maps for precisely this reason

“[Bundling Office on smartphones] is a cornerstone of our broad services strategy, to bring an array of Microsoft services to every person on every device,” writes Parker.

Microsoft is, according to Parker, incentivising its partners with “opportunities to realize new revenue streams.” However, he does not elaborate on where these will come from. 

For Microsoft, the incentives are likely a small price to pay. 

The company announced that around 340 million people are using Office on iOS and Android devices in the three months leading up to January, while a further 900 million are using Skype in total. 

Microsoft now charges users for a subscription to Office, called Office 365, which totals around $90 (£62) a year. The company is also giving away Windows 10 for free, rather than charging customers for a license per copy. 

This strategy, which is set to expire in July (unless the company chooses to extend it), is a big change for Microsoft and requires a shift in strategy. 

However, analysts are positive about the new Microsoft

Pacific Crest released a research note following Microsoft’s earnings that described the company as “a safe haven in an uncertain market” while Goldman Sachs reiterated its opinion that the company is successfully negotiating a turnaround.

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RICHARD LITTLEJOHN on David Cameron and the EU referendum

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David Cameron’s contemptuous instruction to his MPs to ignore their constituents’ views on Europe in the coming referendum has backfired spectacularly, writes RICHARD LITTLEJOHN

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Maxine Turner-Hankinson who lived high life faces homelessness after family tragedies

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A judge has given Maxine Turner-Hankinson just eight weeks to move out of her cottage in the grounds of the £2.5million former family estate in Derbyshire

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Donald Tusk says talks over David Cameron’s EU deal are ‘very fragile’

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The warning from the EU President has spread fears that Britain’s deal is in jeopardy. Tusk cancelled all other commitments today to hold meetings with EU leaders over Britain’s renegotiation.

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Neumob Wants To Increase Mobile App Speeds In Southeast Asia

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 Millions of people in Southeast Asia are going online for the first time through their smartphones. The region’s “mobile-first” approach makes it especially attractive for e-commerce, social network, and gaming companies—when their apps work, that is. Unfortunately, users are often frustrated by slow connection speeds. Neumob, a service that decreases load times for… Read More


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Indian Soldier Dies After Rescue From Avalanche in Kashmir

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The Indian army says a soldier rescued after six days buried under deep snow by an enormous avalanche in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has died in a hospital.



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Estate agent sues Lidl after they opened an hour later on a hot Sunday morning

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Estate agent David Benson, 65, claims he had to wait for an hour in 25C heat outside the Edgware Lidl branch, London, as the store opened late. But he had already bought the mince from a butchers.

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Treated as a criminal for trying to protect the public: Special constable who attempted to stop…

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One of the unlicensed and uninsured riders crashed into the patrol car that special constable Andrew Blades of Bacup, Lancashire, had parked across the road to stop yobs from racing down it

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10 things in tech you need to know today (TWTR, FB, TSLA, YHOO, ZNGA, FIT)

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Good morning! Here’s the technology news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Twitter reported earnings last night and user growth has stalled. Monthly active users stayed at 320 million.

2. Venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen caused outrage over his comments about colonialism in India. He was debating India’s crackdown on Facebook’s Free Basics internet service.

3. Tesla reported fourth-quarter earnings with revenues below expectations. However, the stock was up 10% in after-hours trading due to the company’s strong projections.

4. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has suspended her presidential campaign. She took just 4.1% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

5. Yahoo’s layoffs have begun. It announced yesterday that it is laying off 107 employees, and it’s expected to cut over 1,500 people in total.

6. Twitter rolled out its new algorithmic timeline feature. It shows users popular tweets that they may have missed.

7. Zynga stock was down 11% after it announced weak Q4 earnings. It estimated that Q1 revenue in 2016 will be lower than expected.

8. A new filing shows that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff owns 5.3% of Fitbit. The company’s stock jumped 7% on the news.

9. Hackers were able to gain control of some valuable Twitter accounts after a bug revealed email addresses on the site. Accounts including @god and @emoji were broken into.

10. Streaming service SoundCloud reported a loss of almost €40 million (£31 million) in 2014. The result means that in the three years from 2012 to 2014, SoundCloud lost almost €75 million (£58 million).

 

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F.B.I. Agents Encircle Holdouts Inside Oregon Wildlife Refuge

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In a live phone feed that was streaming on YouTube, the occupiers said they believed the government agents had closed in to kill them.



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Mr. Right Trailer Shows Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick Murder And Make Love

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Being a hit man doesn’t normally mix with having a relationship with someone outside of the community. Yet the trailer for Mr. Right has us thinking that maybe there’s hope for Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick’s characters winding up happy together.

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Agent Carter Just Landed Another Big TV Gig

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For many years, actress Hayley Atwell was a dependable name in the U.K., where she was born and raised. But it looks like the U.S. is trying to cement her presence in Hollywood, as the Agent Carter actress has signed on for a new show.

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When Bones Is Finally Returning To Fox

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Bones has had quite a few problems as of late, but, now, at least one of those recent issues has finally been cleared up. After the show’s fall finale, it wasn’t given a return date for the second half of the season, but, as of today, that’s changed.

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When Bones Is Finally Returning To Fox

Bob Persichetti Out, Lino DiSalvo In As Director of Playmobil Movie

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Lino DiSalvo, the head of animation on Disney’s “Frozen,” will make his directorial debut on the toy-based movie.

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Theranos is on thin ice with Walgreens

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Theranos may be about to lose its partnership with the largest drug-retailing chain in the US.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Walgreens, which operates more than 40 Theranos Wellness Centers — places where people can have their blood tested — out of its stores in Arizona and California, sent the blood-testing company a warning letter in late January that gave them 30 days to resolve the problems found with its lab in California or their partnership would be terminated. 

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter saying it found problems with Theranos’ Northern California lab, saying some of its practices “pose immediate jeopardy to patient health and safety.”

Other possible violations included analytic systems and three instances of laboratory-personnel problems. Theranos has until Feb. 12 to respond to the agency, which has oversight over clinical laboratories. 

Most of Theranos’ blood tests are run out of its Arizona lab, which was not involved in the CMS warning. Theranos says it runs about 95% of all Walgreens wellness center lab tests out of its Arizona lab. 

The wellness centers in Arizona were part of a pilot program between Walgreens and Theranos, and Walgreens has not said that it has any immediate plans to expand that partnership. Theranos has also partnered with a healthcare company in Pennsylvania, which has suspended Theranos tests until the issues cited in the CMS warning are resolved.

Should this partnership dissolve completely, Theranos is at risk of losing the majority of its retail blood-testing space.

We’ve reached out to Walgreens and Theranos and will update if we hear back. 

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Ben Carson: My strong states are coming up

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Doctor talks his path to the nomination


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As Bernie Sanders Makes History, Jews Wonder What It Means

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Mr. Sanders is the first Jewish candidate in U.S. history to win a presidential primary. Some Jews celebrated. Others had mixed feelings.



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A Rant About Why Twitter’s Past Failures Make It Nearly Unfixable

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 Twitter had a terrible, horrible, no good very bad earnings day, and unfortunately, the only thing that might save it is a time machine. The company announced that it saw zero growth in its total user count. Excluding SMS-only users, it actually declined from 307 million to 305 million users. That’s despite it launching and buying expensive TV commercials promoting Moments, which was… Read More


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Rubio: I wanted to avoid ‘Republican on Republican violence’

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Presidential hopeful weighs in


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