Gambling giant Ladbrokes Coral has agreed to be bought by online rival GVC in a deal worth up to £4bn.Under the deal, shareholders in GVC - which owns the Bwin, Sportingbet and Foxy Bingo brands - will hold 53.5% of the combined group.Ladbrokes Coral became the UK's biggest High Street bookmaker following last year's merger of Ladbrokes and Coral.The company has about 3,500 High Street outlets and employs more than 25,000 staff.GVC - which has 2,800 employees - has grown rapidly in recent years through a number of takeovers, most notably that of Bwin.party in February last year.Terminal bluesThe final worth of the deal is dependent on the government's review of gaming machines known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it will
Over the past year, the tech giants have come under fire for not doing enough to fight ISIS's digital army on their own turf. Now Google, Jigsaw and Facebook are experimenting with new ways to use algorithms and the latest open source technology to try to pull potential ISIS recruits back from the edge before it’s too late. An initiative called the redirect method, which launched six months ago in the United States, uses Google’s not-so-secret weapon: Algorithms that target ads designed specifically for you. “The Redirect Method, put simply, is a way of using advertising to counter and prevent extremism and terrorism,” said Ross Frenett, a director at Moonshot CVE, the company working with Google on the project. “So someone types in 'I want to join jihad into Google...' we’ve placed an
AKM-GSI-XPOSURE/GETTY■ ANGRY: The Beckhams hate criticism of their childrenThe six-year-old has been the target of cruel comments about her weight.Social media users made the jibes after she was snapped enjoying a day out on the beach with her dad and brothers Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 15, and Cruz, 12.One wrote: “She is massive, bigger than her mum! That child needs to lose weight!”Another said: “Harper is 6 which is long past time to have baby fat.” “She is massive, bigger than her mum!” But her parents are reportedly livid at the comments aimed at their “baby” girl And seething David, 42, apparently had to be persuaded not to hit back at the trolls online.An insider said: “Victoria was shocked and disgusted by the comments over her little girl.“It really upset her and she
A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat "fake news" online, which they say leaves patients "scared and at risk of bogus cures".Macmillan Cancer Support found two-fifths of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis on the internet. One in eight of those went online because they didn't fully understand what their doctor had told them.Glaswegian nurse Ellen McPake, who landed the job, says she wants to correct the misinformation that exists. She said: "Once the doctor says 'cancer', people automatically then shut down and they don't take in the information that they're given."So they go home, speak to the family. And then they'll sit online that night and get themselves in a frenzy with what they're reading." She says people focus on the worst-case scenar...
Tech companies have begun investing huge amounts of money to help in the fight against extremism.Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter are directly funding an increasing number of projects, not just online, but in local communities.Sky News has been told the investment, aimed at countering propaganda from terror groups like ISIS, currently tops more than £100m and is separate to the many millions already invested in policing and removing extremist content online.:: Amber Rudd plans tougher laws for terrorists using the internetIt comes at a time of fierce criticism from politicians that the tech sector is not doing enough to deal with extremist content online.Richard Allan - Facebook's Vice President of Policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa - said their investment in counter-extr