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BBC staff told they could be suspended if they attend LGBT pride events under new rules

It is understood employees in news and current affairs have been told that they could be issued with a formal warning or suspended from...
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Mattel's controversial $75 Day of the Dead Barbie sold out for the second year as Barbies sales spike during the pandemic

Day of the Dead Barbie. Photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP via Getty Images Mattel introduced the second edition of its Day of the Dead Barbie, which has been criticized as cultural appropriation. The $75 doll sold out in 2019 and 2020. Mattel is doing well despite the pandemic, as Barbie sales spike.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For the second year in a row, Mattel's Day of the Dead Barbie is a hit, but not without controversy. Mattel introduced the $75 doll in Septembe...
Tags: Mexico, Trends, Bbc, New York Times, Catholic, Barbie, Times, Mattel, Calaveras, Catrina, Dia de los Muertos, Kahlo, Alfredo Estrella, Getty Images Last, Ynon Kreiz, Frida Kahlo Barbie


MOTDx: Rap Game UK's Krept and Konan rate footballers' rap skills

Krept and Konan, UK rappers and judges on BBC Three's Rap Game UK, rate the mic skills of professional footballers including Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Yannick Bolasie on MOTDx.
Tags: UK, News, Bbc, Yannick Bolasie, Krept, Konan, Romelu Lukaku Paul Pogba, Konan UK


The story of the ballpoint pen

The first ballpoint pen was sold in 1945 and cost $180 in today's dollars. As the price dropped, it quickly replaced the messy, finicky fountain pen. The BBC has a great article about the invention and rise of the ballpoint as the ultimate writing implement. — Read the rest
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Awkwafina & Sandra Oh to Lead Untitled Netflix Comedy

Awkwafina & Sandra Oh to lead untitled Netflix comedy As the two are coming off of Golden Globe wins, Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians) and Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Over the Moon) are teaming up to lead an untitled Netflix comedy in which the two will play sisters. RELATED: Shelly: Amazon Studios Acquires Awkwafina & Karen Gillan Action Comedy PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAuto...
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FA Cup first round: FC United of Manchester v Doncaster live on BBC Two

FC United of Manchester's FA Cup first-round home tie with League One Doncaster Rovers will be broadcast live on BBC Two on 7 November.
Tags: Football, Bbc, Doncaster, FC United of Manchester, Doncaster Rovers


BBC Scotland: Director Steve Carson says public view 'a challenge'

The corporation's new boss in Scotland tells MSPs perceptions are improving and he "regrets" a row over Covid briefings.
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Facebook Targeted In UK Legal Action Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal

An anonymous reader shares a report from the BBC: Facebook is being sued for failing to protect users' personal data in the Cambridge Analytica breach. The scandal involved harvested Facebook data of 87 million people being used for advertising during elections. Mass legal action is being launched against Facebook for misuse of information from almost one million users in England and Wales. Facebook said it has not received any documents regarding this claim. The group taking action -- Facebook ...
Tags: Facebook, England, Supreme Court, Tech, Bbc, Richard Lloyd, Google Google, Cambridge Analytica, Wales Facebook, Millberg London the Google, Alvin Carpio


BBC issues staff with new social media guidance

Staff will not be allowed to express a personal opinion on politics or other controversial subjects.
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Twitter’s API access changes are chasing away third-party developers

Edward Tian Contributor Share on Twitter Edward Tian is a computer science student at Princeton and an investigator at Bellingcat who combines technology and investigative journalism. On August 12, Twitter launched a complete rebuild of its 2012 API, with new endpoints for data collection, new access levels and a new developer portal. Notably, the version 2 API was presented as a step in mending the notoriously fractious re...
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Column, Twitter, Developer, Bbc, Princeton, Social Media Analytics, Gnip, Datasift, Data Analytics, Barker, Bellingcat, Twitter API, Shulman


BBC Bans ‘Controversial’ Personal Opinions by Staff on Social Media as Part of Impartiality Guidelines

U.K. broadcaster BBC has published its impartiality guidelines and they include a directive not to engage in personal opinions on controversial subjects on social media. “If your work requires you to maintain your impartiality, don’t express a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or ‘controversial subjects'” reads one of the BBC guidelines pertaining […]
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BBC issues new guidance for social media usage

Staff will not be allowed to express a personal opinion on politics or other controversial subjects.
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Awkward allies? The pitfalls of UK’s Gulf Arab relations

BBC's Frank Gardner explores the incidents that have affected the allies' partnership.
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Woman Beheaded in French Knife ‘Terror’ Attack at Church, 3 Dead

Three people have been killed—including one elderly woman and another person by decapitation—and several others injured in a suspected terror attack inside the Notre-Dame basilica in the French city of Nice. The knife-wielding assailant, who was wounded by police gunfire, allegedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” several times, including while he was being detained, in what has come to be known as a battle cry for Islamic extremists in Europe.The city’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, wrote immediately after th...
Tags: News, France, Church, Bbc, Paris, Moscow, Erdogan, Nice, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Chechnya, Notre Dame, Avignon, Charlie Hebdo, Emmanuel Macron, Lampedusa, Macron


Graham Torrington to host final show before retirement

Late night radio host Graham Torrington is presenting his last show for the BBC tonight as he prepares to retire after 37 years. He announced his departure in the summer, and leaves after six years on the BBC Local Radio late show across the East and West Midlands. He joined BBC WM in 2012 after a spell at BBC Radio Bristol and across the West of England. Graham is perhaps best-known to audiences from his 12 years as host of Late Night Love on the GWR/GCap network. His penultimate show last n...
Tags: Top, Bbc, People, Radio, West, Graham, West Midlands, Midlands, BBC WM, GWR, OJ Borg, Bbc Radio Bristol, Bbc Local Radio, Graham Torrington, England Graham


Black History Month: How I became a football broadcaster

BBC Sport's Tom Gayle speaks to Mark Scott, Anne-Marie Batson and Seb Hutchinson about their journeys into football broadcasting.
Tags: Football, Bbc, Tom Gayle, Mark Scott Anne Marie Batson, Seb Hutchinson


10 things in tech you need to know today

Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.Apple is getting into search. Apple now shows its own results through a search box on iPhone home screens amid a DOJ investigation into Google's search dominance. Twitter defended its mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, California, Senate, Trends, Bbc, PAC, Jeff Bezos, Jack Dorsey, Doj, Malala, Eric Schmidt, Jones


'Hard work, sacrifice and difficult conversations' - how I became a football broadcaster

BBC Sport's Tom Gayle speaks to Mark Scott, Anne-Marie Batson and Seb Hutchinson about their journeys into football broadcasting.
Tags: News, Bbc, Tom Gayle, Mark Scott Anne Marie Batson, Seb Hutchinson


The Explosive Problem of 'Zombie' Batteries (slashdot)

AmiMoJo shares a report from the BBC: The Environmental Services Association (ESA), which represents waste firms like Biffa, Veolia and Suez, says too many batteries are going into either recycling bins or black rubbish bags, where they are easily damaged by sorting equipment and start to burn -- so-called "zombie" batteries. The ESA has launched a campaign called Take Charge which encourages people to dispose of batteries properly. "Unfortunately, the majority of batteries thrown away in the UK...
Tags: UK, News, Bbc, Esa, Cctv, Suez, BeauHD, Environmental Services Association ESA, Biffa Veolia, Jacob Hayler, ESA Lithium


Scientists Discover Coral Reef Taller Than the Empire State Building

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: An enormous coral reef has been found at the northern tip of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the first such discovery in 120 years, scientists say. At 500m (1,640ft) high, the reef is taller than New York's Empire State Building and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Scientists on a 12-month mission found the structure, detached from the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York, last week. They were conducting 3D mapping of the sea floor...
Tags: New York, Australia, California, Tech, Bbc, Great Barrier Reef, Empire State Building, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, North Queensland, Cape York, Petronas Twin Towers, Raine Island, Schmidt Ocean Institute SOI


US Election 2020: Will America's race issue decide the next president?

The BBC's Clive Myrie goes to the crucial state of Arizona, where black votes could decide who wins.
Tags: News, US, America, Bbc, Arizona, Clive Myrie


Interviews with Titanic Survivors

In 1979 the BBC aired an interview with Frank Prentice, who was an assistant purser on the Titanic who survived the sinking of the ship in 1912. I’m not sure what to expect when I started listening, but I was completely captivated by Prentice’s tale. #OnthisDay 1979: Frank Prentice, an assistant purser on the Titanic, described how he survived the sinking of the ship. For more archive on the Titanic, you can visit - https://t.co/fYwWoNhuBT pic.twitter.com/9Qi8zw5g0L— BBC Archive (@BBCArchive) O...
Tags: Youtube, Bbc, Jason Kottke, Clark, Prentice, Mrs Clark, Mrs Astor, Frank Prentice


‘His Dark Materials’ Season 2 Featurette Introduces the All-Powerful Subtle Knife

There’s never been a better time to escape to a different world, and His Dark Materials has loads of them. But things look pretty dire even in the parallel worlds that populate BBC and HBO’s epic fantasy series, which adapts Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy of the same name. There’s a war a’brewing that spans multiple worlds, with both sides eying one all-powerful weapon with a not-so-obvious name. Learn all about the subtle knife and the expanding lore of His Dark Materials in the newly releas...
Tags: Hbo, Movies, Fantasy, Bbc, Philip Pullman, Will, Ruth Wilson, Video Clips, Pullman, Lin Manuel Miranda, Andrew Scott, Terence Stamp, Lyra, Mrs Coulter, Action/Adventure, John Parry


The nightmare that Joe Biden could inherit

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally, in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 14, 2016. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci The outcome of the 2020 presidential election remains in doubt, but is clear is that if Joe Biden wins he will inherit a country wracked by a pandemic and riven by political polarization. In his three-month lame duck period, President Donald Trump seems likely to do little to alleviate Americans' economic pain while sabotaging the incoming a...
Tags: Politics, New York, Supreme Court, Congress, Opinion, Senate, New York City, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Bbc, Fbi, Atlantic, Pennsylvania


The Repair Shop's Jay Blades talks 'family bond' on show and how new series will be different

Jay Blades has opened up about the "family" bond on heartwarming BBC show The...
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Garden Rescue stars The Rich Brothers post sweet throwback photo from childhood

The Rich Brothers have become TV favourites thanks to their stint on BBC's Garden...
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Africa football boss facing world ban

Confederation of African Football president Ahmad has been found to have breached Fifa's codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.
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Caf: Ahmad facing Fifa ban after 'breaching code of ethics'

Confederation of African Football president Ahmad has been found to have breached Fifa's codes of ethics, BBC Sport Africa understands.
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BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in November 2020

BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in November 2020 BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offering the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America, has unveiled its November slate! Next month, the lineup includes fan-favorite comedies including ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Dad’s Army, and To the Manor Born. Additionally, BritBox will be adding more British crime dramas and thrillers to its library including Death in Paradise Season 9 and Our ...
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New Black Narcissus Trailer: Do Not Give in to Temptation

New Black Narcissus Trailer: Do Not Give in to Temptation BBC and FX have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming three-part limited series adaptation of author Rumer Godden’s bestselling 1939 novel titled Black Narcissus, providing us with a better look at the psychological drama. Starring Gemma Arterton and the late award-winning veteran actress Diana Rigg in her one of her final performances, all three episodes is scheduled to air on FX on Monday, November 23 at 8PM ET/PT and will...
Tags: Video, TV, Movies, India, Bbc, TV News, Hulu, FX, Gemma Arterton, Diana Rigg, Clodagh, Ruth, Coe, Dean, Deborah Kerr, Andrew MacDonald