WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%. The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led…

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US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins at Erin Hills to claim first major

US Open 2017: Brooks Koepka wins at Erin Hills to claim first major

American Brooks Koepka equalled the US Open’s lowest winning score of 16 under to claim his first major at Erin Hills. Koepka had three successive birdies from the 14th to match the total set by Rory McIlroy when he won in 2011 on a par-71 layout compared to this par 72. His five-under 67 was only bettered by Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama who posted 66 to tie for second on 12 under with overnight leader Brian…

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How is a major concert organised at short notice?

How is a major concert organised at short notice?

A benefit concert in aid of the victims of the Manchester bombing is being organised for Sunday, but how much work goes into planning an event in so little time? “To be honest, it’s possibly the hardest task I’ve ever had to undertake,” says Melvin Benn in an interview with the BBC about the One Love Manchester concert he is co-producing. Benn, boss of Live Nation subsidiary Festival Republic, is the man behind some of…

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Tearful Thompson loses major after TV viewer spots infringement

Tearful Thompson loses major after TV viewer spots infringement

Media playback is not supported on this device ANA Inspiration final leaderboard -14 Ryu So Yeon (Kor), -14 L Thompson (US); -13 M Lee (Aus), -13 Inbee Park (Kor), S Pettersen (Nor); -11 Wie (US); -10 C Kerr (US) Selected others:-7 L Ko (NZ); -5 C Hull (Eng); +6 M Reed (Eng) American Lexi Thompson was left in tears after being handed a four-stroke penalty while leading the final round of the first major of…

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Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'

Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'

A Lithuanian man has been charged with tricking two US technology firms into wiring him $ 100m (£80.3m) through an email phishing scam. Posing as an Asian-based manufacturer, Evaldas Rimasauskas tricked staff into transferring money into bank accounts under his control, US officials said. The companies were not named but were described as US-based multinationals, with one operating in social media. Officials called it a wake-up call for even “the most sophisticated” firms. According to…

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Major alerts 'at many hospitals'

Major alerts 'at many hospitals'

More than four in 10 hospitals in England declared a major alert in the first week of the new year as they encountered unprecedented pressures. Sixty-six out of 152 trusts raised the alarm as mounting bed shortages led to large numbers of patients experiencing trolley waits and delays in A&E. Data leaked to the BBC earlier this week suggested only one trust hit its four-hour A&E target. But now official figures have revealed more about…

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Holiday gifts for every major species of geek fandom

Holiday gifts for every major species of geek fandom

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful,” William Morris once wrote. In the spirit of that quote, here’s a gift guide that’s got something for every major species of geek fandom. In fact, many of these are inexpensive enough to be suitable for a $ 20 or less gift exchange. Classic sci-fi William Gibson’s Neuromancer punches well above its weight as a founding member of…

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