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  • The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    The Facebook effect: BBC cuts Food site, local news and more factual content to save £15M

    While the BBC is planning to take on Netflix by building its own “Britflix” on-demand video streaming service, on the news front, it looks like the UK media giant is cutting back to shore up its funds and figure out a better way of competing against (or within!) Facebook. Today, the many-tentacled public broadcaster confirmed that it would be closing down and… Read More

  • Torturing the ghost Crunch Network

    Torturing the ghost

    So we probably have our Satoshi. The Economist, GQ, and the BBC have all posted semi-breathless stories on their personal interactions with Craig Steven Wright, an Australian computer scientist and inventor. Dr. Wright was unmasked last year by Wired and Gizmodo who pointed to leaked emails and keys. Read More

  • BBC Launches Japanese Language News Site To Extend Its Global Advertising Reach

    BBC Launches Japanese Language News Site To Extend Its Global Advertising Reach

    BuzzFeed isn’t the only global news heavyweight entering Japan. The BBC, the UK’s national news organization, this week launched a Japanese site, which becomes its first dedicated non-English news website and helps extend its fledgling global advertising network. Read More

  • The Micro:bit Is Shaping Up To Be The Perfect Programming Device For Kids

    The Micro:bit Is Shaping Up To Be The Perfect Programming Device For Kids

    The BBC is set to continue its history in educational computing with the Micro:bit. First displayed in March, the broadcaster just revealed the final design and programming environment of the tiny programmable board, which includes new sensors and abilities not previously displayed. The tiny device lacks the processing power of the Raspberry Pi and Arduino’s extensive ecosystem, but… Read More

  • Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s Delivery Drones Could Find You Wherever You Are

    Amazon’s delivery drone plans may have seemed more like a media stunt than a concrete vision back when it launched, but with active testing taking place in Canada and now, new details showing up in a patent application, things are getting real. The new proposed patent for an “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Delivery System” (via BBC) contains some impressive revelations about… Read More

  • Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter Makes Tweaks To Limit Abuse And Abusers

    Twitter has today announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform. The problem of the mainstream social network being misappropriated as an amplification medium for minority hate groups to — for instance — spread jihadist terrorist sentiments and propaganda, or harass and threaten women with messages of violent misogyny… Read More

  • Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters Crunch Network

    Examining Tech Solutions To Natural Disasters

    When Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, it struck a very vulnerable target. The Pacific nation is considered one of the world’s poorest and is ranked by the United Nations’ WorldRiskIndex as the most disaster-prone country. Yet for a storm significantly stronger than Hurricane Katrina, Cyclone Pam resulted in a relatively low number of casualties. Early warnings helped save scores of… Read More

  • Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters Crunch Network

    Remixing Culture And Why The Art Of The Mash-Up Matters

    Editor’s Note: Ben Murray is the editor for The Space, a digital art non-profit organization in the UK and was a former BBC digital editor.  The line “good artists copy; great artists steal,” attributed to Pablo Picasso and appropriated by Steve Jobs in a 1995 interview, is in some ways at the core of much of the aesthetic endeavors that engage modern technology. Jobs… Read More

  • In Bid To Get British Kids Coding, BBC To Give Away 1 Million ‘Micro Bit’ Computers

    In Bid To Get British Kids Coding, BBC To Give Away 1 Million ‘Micro Bit’ Computers

    In a move that will bring a nostalgic smile to some British kids (and teachers) of the 80s, the BBC has announced that it is to produce a new educational mini-computer — codenamed the ‘Micro Bit’, a play on the broadcaster’s original ‘BBC Micro‘ computer — and will give away 1 million devices to British school kids aged 11. It will be distributed… Read More

  • BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    BBC Uses WhatsApp For An Ebola Health Alert Service In West Africa

    While Snapchat may reportedly be talking to a dozen news organisations for a “Snapchat Discovery” service, another big name in mobile messaging is also breaking new ground with big media. The BBC today started a new account on Facebook-owned WhatsApp to update people with the latest information about Ebola. The BBC says its service is aimed primarily at reaching WhatsApp… Read More

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