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Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview

Coronavirus: YouTube tightens rules after David Icke 5G interview

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YouTube has banned all conspiracy theory videos falsely linking coronavirus symptoms to 5G networks.The Google-owned service will now delete videos violating the policy. It had previously limited itself to reducing the frequency it recommended them in its Up Next section.The move follows a live-streamed interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke on Monday, in which he had linked the technology to the pandemic.YouTube said the video would be wiped.During the interview, Mr Icke falsely claimed there "is a link between 5G and this health crisis". And when asked for his reaction to reports of 5G masts being set on fire in England and Northern Ireland, he responded: "If 5G continues and reaches where they want to take it, human lif...
Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

Coronavirus: Offline sex workers forced to start again online

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Most sex workers meet customers in person. For them, the coronavirus spells economic ruin."The virus is a disaster for client-facing businesses - and sex work is no different," says Goddess Cleo, a dominatrix from London."Most of my income is generated from one-on-one sessions and events. I [normally] only make a bit of money through online avenues." But like many others, Cleo has switched focus to digital since the lockdown came into effect. Online dominatrix Eva de Vil says: "There's lots of new girls joining the scene right now - or offline sex workers moving online to help with finances."And she has seen a growing appetite from her clientele for isolation-themed roleplay "clips" - on-demand v...
Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’

Airbnb hosts defy lockdown laws with ‘Covid-19 retreats’

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Airbnb hosts advertising properties as coronavirus hideouts are "dangerous and irresponsible", the government says.Owners have listed homes as being "Covid-19 retreats" and "perfect for isolating with family" in the British countryside.New coronavirus laws say holiday accommodation should be provided only to keyworkers needing to self-isolate.But some listings on the site allow instant booking of rentals without any vetting, BBC News discovered.The properties advertised as places to self-isolate include an "idyllic cottage", a houseboat and even a castle.Only one Airbnb host contacted by BBC News said their rental was available solely to keyworkers. But others complained the lockdown had disrupted their business.In response to the BBC News's findings, Tou...
Tory grandees urge probe into China’s Imagination coup

Tory grandees urge probe into China’s Imagination coup

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David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, has urged ministers to probe a Chinese bid to take control of Imagination Technologies Group, amid fears that the British chip designer's assets will be shifted away from the UK.Sky News has seen a letter from Mr Davis to Oliver Dowden, the digital, culture, media and sport secretary, asking the government to "investigate this potential change of control of an important British strategic asset and, if necessary…intervene to ensure that this change of control does not take place". The growing clamour for government intervention relates to an effort by China Reform Holdings - which has close links to Beijing - to nominate four directors to Imagination's board at an emergency meeting on Tuesday.If the move takes place, it could give China Reform suffi
Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

Pixar pioneers behind Toy Story animation win “Nobel Prize” of computing

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In the opening scene of Toy Story, released in 1995, a cluster of boxes is scattered across a child's bedroom. The sun streams into the room as a Mr Potato Head doll demands money from a seemingly stricken cast of plastic and plush toys outside a cardboard bank. Into the picture arrives the hero - a cowboy sheriff made of plastic and fabric with a pull-string to make him speak. The sheriff casts a shadow over the villainous potato who flees from the law. It's a scene plucked from a child's imagination. It was also the culmination of decades of development in computer animation. This year two of the men behind those advancements, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, are the recipients of the Turing Award. The award recognizes "lasting and...