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Fullscreen 'YouTube Red rival' to close in January

Fullscreen 'YouTube Red rival' to close in January

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Online talent management firm Fullscreen is closing the subscription video platform it set up last year to rival YouTube's premium tier.The service promised to produce "higher quality" programmes featuring popular YouTube and social media stars.Fullscreen said it had attracted "hundreds of thousands" of paying customers but wanted to focus its investment in areas with more "immediate impact".The service will close in January.At its launch in April 2016, the service featured programmes by British comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, and US vlogger Shane Dawson.There was also a catalogue of old television programmes such as Dawson's Creek.The service did regularly add new programmes to its offering but laid off some of its staff in September to "streamline operations". "When we set out to l...
Scientists discover Earth-size planet that could sustain life

Scientists discover Earth-size planet that could sustain life

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A newly discovered Earth-size planet that could sustain life is poised to become Earth's closest stellar neighbor in a cosmic "blink of the eye," scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced in a press release today. Ross 128 b is an exoplanet 11 light-years from our solar system, but it is moving closer and is predicted to become Earth's closest stellar neighbor in 79,000 years, scientists said. It is currently the second-closest temperate planet to Earth, after Proxima b. Every 9.9 days, Ross 128 b orbits a red dwarf star known as Ross 128. Ross 128 is relatively quiet and cool and has just over half the surface temperature of the sun, scientists said, which could make Ross 128 b conducive to life. The star Ross 128 is part of the constellation of Virgo. "Many red dwarf ...
Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

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Facebook and Snapchat are trialling a new, more direct way to help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.The social media platforms will help those in need of emotional support to access counsellors.The prince, together with tech firms, children's charities and parents, is also introducing the equivalent of a Green Cross Code for the internet.It tells young people to "stop, speak, support" when online.The aim is to encourage them to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims of bullying.Other firms, including Google and EE, have also taken part in the project. The Duke of Cambridge became interested in helping to tackle the issue shortly after his son Prince George was born, when he heard about a boy who killed himself because o...
Russian hackers 'targeting UK energy sector'

Russian hackers 'targeting UK energy sector'

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Russia has attempted to attack the UK's media, telecommunications and energy sectors, an intelligence chief has said.Ciaran Martin, the chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, a part of GCHQ, said the UK is facing "two significant groups of threats in cyberspace": hostile states and rampant criminality."The Prime Minister sent Russia a clear message on Monday night - we know what you are doing, and you will not succeed," Mr Martin said at a meeting held in London on Wednesday.Theresa May accused Russia of "seeking to weaponise information" as she accused Moscow of meddling in elections and hacking Denmark's defence ministry and the German parliament.She also accused Moscow of "deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an at...
'Russian fake Twitter posts targeted Brexit vote'

'Russian fake Twitter posts targeted Brexit vote'

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Fake Twitter accounts created by a Russian propaganda unit made a determined, co-ordinated attempt to interfere during the EU referendum, Sky News can reveal.A detailed analysis of Twitter accounts identified by the US senate as being linked to the Kremlin shows this activity before, during and after the Brexit vote in 2016.However, although co-ordinated, Russian activity appears to be at a much lower level than in the US presidential elections.The analysis was carried out by Yin Yin Lu, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute.Ms Lu cross-referenced a pre-existing database of 22.6 million tweets she created last year with the 2,752 accounts identified as creations of the Russian Internet Research Agency by the US senate.She found 416 tweets from the Russian usernames from March to Ju...