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How does the UK’s Eurovision entry stack up against the competition?

How does the UK’s Eurovision entry stack up against the competition?

Entertainment
James Newman has produced the UK's best Eurovision entry in years - but will that be enough? The 31-year-old, whose younger brother is Brit Award nominee John Newman, has already written for Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris and Little Mix. He got a Brit Award and a Grammy nomination for his work on Rudimental's song Waiting All Night. On the other hand, he co-wrote Ireland's 2017 Eurovision entry, Dying To Try, and got knocked out in the semi-finals.In May, he'll head to Rotterdam as a solo artist with a mid-tempo banger called My Last Breath. It's short and direct, with the sort of "woah-oh" hook that would make Chris Martin envious. "That was definitely intentional," says the singer, who wrote the song in January. "We wan...
Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

Lack of Google and Facebook competition ‘may mean higher prices’

Technology
A lack of competition to Google and Facebook could mean consumers are paying higher prices for products such as flights, electronics and insurance, the UK competition regulator said.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also raised concerns about how the technology giants collect data and a "lack of transparency" in the way they operate. It said their continued dominance could have "negative consequences for the people and businesses who use these services every day" and that there was a "strong argument" for new regulations.The CMA revealed the findings in an interim report after it launched a review earlier this year into the sector.CMA chief executive Andrea Coscelli said: "Most of us visit social media sites and search on the internet every day, but how these firms work can be a ...

Officials: Teen at dance competition in Arizona had measles

Health
Public health officials say a teenager competing in the World Hip Hop Championship in Phoenix has measles and may have exposed others at the dance competition. The Maricopa County Public Health Department said Friday the teen was infectious with measles from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11 at the Arizona Grand Resort, where the competition was held. She also traveled through Terminal 2 at Sky Harbor Airport on the evening of Aug. 11. The terminal is used by United, Alaska, Spirit and a handful of small commuter airlines. Health department spokeswoman Sonia Singh says the girl lives outside the United States but she can't say where to maintain confidentiality. Health officials say anyone potentially exposed to measles should watch for symptoms such as a fever or unexplained rash until Sept. 2.Let's bloc...
England defender Kieran Trippier says he ‘could have done a lot better’ this season as competition for right-back slot heats up

England defender Kieran Trippier says he ‘could have done a lot better’ this season as competition for right-back slot heats up

Sports
England defender Kieran Trippier admits he “could have done a lot better this season” ahead of the Three Lions’ opening two games in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.Trippier, who plays his club football for Tottenham, was instrumental in helping England reach the semi-finals of the World Cup last summer. Trippier scored a beautiful free-kick in England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia However, his club form this season has been indifferent which includes a calamitous own goal during Spurs’ Premier League defeat against Chelsea last month. Revealed: The most error prone players in the Premier League It’s led to suggestions that he has fallen behind as England’s first choice right-back, with talkSPORT’s Danny Murphy su...
Spotify accuses Apple of stifling competition with 'unfair' 30% app tax

Spotify accuses Apple of stifling competition with 'unfair' 30% app tax

Technology
By Emily Mee, news reporter Spotify has submitted a formal complaint against Apple to the European Commission, claiming the iPhone maker "deliberately disadvantages" other app developers. In a blog post, Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek said Apple has introduced rules which "purposely limit choice and stifle innovation at the expense of the user experience". Apple, which has its own rival streaming service, takes a 30% cut of purchases on its app store - including upgrades from Spotify's free to premium service.Mr Ek said the fee forces Spotify to either artificially inflate the price of its premium service for customers - pushing it above the price of an Apple Music subscription - or to submit to "technical and experience-limiting restrictions" on the a...