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Time 100: Millie Bobby Brown is youngest person ever on list

BBC News - 1 hour 27 min ago
Millie Bobby Brown is the youngest person ever named in Time's most influential people list.

Cancer: Is it a good move to ditch Dr Google?

BBC News - 1 hour 44 min ago
BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and his wife Emma chose not to look up the disease on the internet

Save the Children chairman Sir Alan Parker resigns

BBC News - 1 hour 59 min ago
Sir Alan Parker says a change is needed because of challenges facing the charity and the sector.

Windrush: What is the 'hostile environment' immigration policy?

BBC News - 2 hours 2 min ago
It's been blamed for the Windrush scandal, leaving people incorrectly identified as illegal immigrants.

Bradley Wood: Ex-Lincoln City player banned for six years for match-fixing offences

BBC News - 2 hours 24 min ago
Defender Bradley Wood is banned for six years after bets are placed on him getting booked for Lincoln City last season.

David Copperfield forced to reveal magic trick in court

BBC News - 2 hours 31 min ago
The American magician was ordered to reveal his trick in a court battle with an injured participant.

Devon rapist who pretended to be ghost jailed for 26 years

BBC News - 4 hours 8 min ago
Liam Clarke knew his young victim was terrified of evil spirits and used that exploit her.

Barrow's 'Russian roulette' drugs problem

BBC News - 4 hours 13 min ago
Police in Cumbria say they've seen a disproportionate number of deaths related to drug abuse.

Comey: No one around Trump to stop impulsive behaviour

BBC News - 4 hours 34 min ago
The ex-FBI chief tells the BBC the US is becoming "numb" to the president's "impulsive behaviour".

Prince death: No criminal charges to be filed

BBC News - 4 hours 38 min ago
No criminal charges will be filed over the death of US singer Prince in April 2016, prosecutors say.

Swaziland king renames country 'the Kingdom of eSwatini'

BBC News - 4 hours 45 min ago
King Mswati III declares a name change at events celebrating independence and his 50th birthday.

Boracay: Paradise islanders fear tourist shutdown

BBC News - 4 hours 49 min ago
The Philippine islanders are worried the tourist ban will destroy their livelihoods.

Bedford Barber jailed for head-shave 'punishment'

BBC News - 5 hours 10 min ago
Abdulrahim Omar shaved a 10-year-old boy's head while others sat and laughed, the court heard.

Salisbury attack: Scientist Vladimir Uglev 'helped create Novichok'

BBC News - 5 hours 43 min ago
Scientist Vladimir Uglev has no doubt the agent that poisoned the Skripals was made in southern Russia.

Reality Check: Do we use 8.5 billion straws a year in the UK?

BBC News - 6 hours 2 min ago
A Defra press release refers to 8.5 billion straws being used per year in the UK - is that likely to be true?

No, the BBC is not reporting the end of the world

BBC News - 6 hours 31 min ago
Concerned WhatsApp users have been sharing a video reporting the start of nuclear war. It's not real.

Facebook’s News Feed changes appear to be hurting — not helping — local news

Nieman Journalism Lab - 6 hours 50 min ago

More meaningful interactions! More love for local news! These were supposed to be some of the positive changes associated with the algorithm change Facebook announced early this year. But so far the local news love is lacking: Pete Brown, senior research fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, crunched the numbers and found that “11 out of 13 regional metros averaged fewer interactions per post in the nine weeks following the pro-local algorithm change than in the two years before.” And the 13 regional metros that Brown looked at? They’re the papers that are participating in Facebook’s Local News Subscription Accelerator.

Here’s the data pre- and post-algorithm change, which Brown collected using CrowdTangle:

It’s worse at some papers than others:

“Three outlets saw average interactions fall by over 50 percent — The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle. A fourth, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was not far behind, with average interactions down by 46 percent….

A couple local outlets have seen increases in interactions since the pro-local news algorithm change. Average interactions on posts by The Miami Herald increased by 7 percent. The biggest outlier in this sample is Philly.com, whose average interactions rocketed by 38 percent; however, this was partly driven by extraordinary levels of interaction with posts about the Eagles’ Super Bowl win.

Meanwhile, data suggests that hyperpartisan sites are still doing pretty well post-algorithm change, and engaging content like “a six-minute clip of a twentysomething white woman showing off her small, blandly decorated Brooklyn apartment” is plentiful. Room for improvement!

Lawro's Premier League and FA Cup predictions v BBC Asian Network DJ Noreen Khan

BBC News - 7 hours 19 min ago
BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan to predict this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals and Premier League fixtures.

Cuba's Raúl Castro hands over power to Miguel Díaz-Canel

BBC News - 7 hours 28 min ago
For the first time in almost six decades, Cuba has a leader who is not a Castro.

Sam Allardyce: Everton boss says fan survey was 'a marketing slip-up'

BBC News - 7 hours 36 min ago
Everton boss Sam Allardyce says a survey sent to fans asking them to rate his performance was "a marketing slip-up".


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