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Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Technology
Social media users are hard at work exploring an interactive episode of science fiction series Black Mirror, which essentially allows viewers to pick their own storyline. Without any spoilers, Bandersnatch follows a nerdy teenager who is working to turn a choose-your-own-adventure science fiction book into a computer game.Viewers must make the lead character's choices for him - sending the plot in different directions.The episode, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, is said to have many millions of unique permutations. Working collectively on social media sites including Reddit, viewers are combing through the multiple possible story arcs to search for hidden outcomes, Easter eggs, and even ways to cheat.Despite initial misgivings that the interactive element would be too...
Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

World
Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika.It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee.While Facebook and Twitter have previously disclosed Russian interfere...
Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

Exoplanet discovered around neighbouring star

Science
Astronomers have discovered a planet around one of the closest stars to our Sun.Nearby planets like this are likely to be prime targets in the search for signatures of life, using the next generation of telescopes.The planet's mass is thought to be more than three times bigger than our own, placing it in a category of world known as "super-Earths".It orbits Barnard's star, which sits "just" six light-years away.The star is an extremely faint "red dwarf" that's about 3% as bright as the Sun.Writing in the journal Nature, Guillem Anglada Escudé and colleagues say its newly discovered planetary companion has a mass 3.2 times bigger than the Earth's.Dr Anglada Escudé said it was "possibly a mostly rocky planet with a ma...
Sinead O’Connor brands white people ‘DISGUSTING’ and never wants to be around them again

Sinead O’Connor brands white people ‘DISGUSTING’ and never wants to be around them again

Entertainment
Sinead O’Connor recently stunned the world when she revealed she had converted to Islam.The Nothing Compares to You singer – who was previously Catholic – announced the news to her 19.3k followers with a quote which read: “I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant.”Since revealing she had converted to Islam, Sinead also revealed she had changed her name to Shuhada’ Davitt.Shuhada’ means “martyrs” or “witnesses” in Arabic. Related Articles The 51-year-old has been flooding her page with pictures she has created of different parts of the scripture, as well as sharing a video of her singing the Azan (Muslim call to prayer).But Sinead stunned yesterday when she hit out at white people on s...
Crude futures turn around and rise after EIA shows gasoline drawdown, analyst says

Crude futures turn around and rise after EIA shows gasoline drawdown, analyst says

Business
Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Crude oil future prices turned around Wednesday immediately after the Energy Information Administration issued a weekly report showing drawdowns in diesel and gasoline, as well as a smaller-than-anticipated oil inventory build. At around 9:49 a.m. EDT, West Texas Intermediate front-month crude futures traded at $ 65.86 per barrel, or down 0.5 percent, while Brent front-month traded at $ 75.55 per barrel, also 0.5 percent lower. By 10:37 a.m., immediately after the Energy Information Administration, or EIA, distributed its weekly report, prices had turned. West Texas Intermediate front-month traded at $ 66.29 per barrel, or 0.2 percent higher. Brent futures traded at $ 76.16 per barrel, or 0.3 percent higher. "Crude oil futures rose in the wake of the latest EIA report, wh...