Fullscreen ‘YouTube Red rival’ to close in January

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 […]

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Twitter says it will judge verified users’ offline behaviour

Twitter’s announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact, as the company stripped the blue checkmark from a handful of accounts associated with the far right. But the announcement, which arrived via five tweets and an update to a Twitter support page, left much unanswered. The most […]

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Tommy Robinson loses Twitter verified tick

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has had his “verified” badge removed on Twitter, after the website changed its verified profiles policy. The blue badge was first introduced to indicate the authenticity of prominent profiles on the social network. But Twitter said it was being interpreted as an “endorsement or an indicator of importance” and […]

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

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 put those in need of emotional support in touch with a counsellor from Childline. The prince, together with tech firms, children’s charities and parents, is also introducing the […]

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Google Docs offline for ‘significant’ number of users

Google Docs was inaccessible for a “significant subset” of users on Wednesday. The company confirmed the issue on its status page but did not offer more information. Docs is a core feature of Google’s cloud computing service. Advertisement A spokeswoman for Google would not confirm to the BBC how many users encountered the problem, but […]

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Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. Others have complained […]

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Video: This 10-year-old was able to unlock his mom’s iPhone using Face ID

Since the iPhone X has hit the market, people have been trying all sorts of ways to trick the phone’s Face ID feature, including this creepy, cobbled-together mask. While Apple has admitted that false positives can happen, it was thought this could only happen with twins, or siblings under the age of 13. However, a new video […]

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