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Talking horses and perfect faces: The rise of virtual celebrities (9 hours old)

From animated YouTubers to computer-generated Instagram models, new meaning is being given to the term 'manufactured personality'.

David Dimbleby signs off from Question Time (9 hours old)

From ejecting members of the public to questions about his robotic alter ego, the QT host has had some memorable moments during 25 years in the hot seat.

Sondra Locke: Any Which Way You Can actress dies aged 74 (26 minutes old)

Locke was best known for starring in the six films she made with her then-partner Clint Eastwood.

Radiohead and Janet Jackson to enter the Rock Hall of Fame (20 hours old)

Def Leppard, Roxy Music, The Zombies, Stevie Nicks and The Cure will also be inducted in 2019.

Sir Paul McCartney's London home targeted by thieves (2 hours old)

It is unknown if the star or his wife Nancy Shevell were home at the time of the break-in.

Roald Dahl's family finally get his war medals, 73 years on (22 hours old)

The author, who served as a fighter pilot during World War Two, had never collected his medals.

Ben Hunte named first LGBT correspondent for BBC News (17 hours old)

The newly created post is filled by Ben Hunte, presenter of BBC Africa children's show, What's New?

EastEnders set rebuild goes £27m over budget (22 hours old)

The BBC is building a brand new, HD-ready Albert Square and expanding the external EastEnders set.

Meet the godfathers of the Christmas carol (20 hours old)

Everyone knows Silent Night, but contemporary carols are still being written. We meet the composers.

Bieber fans help YouTube Rewind become 'most disliked' (23 hours old)

Beliebers voting against YouTube Rewind seem to have helped the video rack up negative feedback.

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Made In Chelsea's Jess Woodley showcases her toned frame in a blue bikini in Mexico (21 minutes old)

The former Made In Chelsea star, 24, ensured she was in the spotlight once again as she flaunted her sun-kissed tan in Tulum, Mexico, on Thursday.

Little Mix's Leigh-Anne Pinnock showcases her enviable abs as she joins band on Graham Norton show (24 minutes old)

She dressed to impress when she attended the British Fashion Awards with fellow bandmate Jade Thirlwall on Monday.

Penelope Cruz's lookalike sister Monica, 41, turns heads in a sizzling mini dress (39 minutes old)

The Spanish actress, 41, ensured all eyes were on her in a red mini dress with feathered detailing and glittering embellished lace when attending the ELLE Christmas party in Madrid, Spain

Danny Dyer claims he was 'left in DEBT' after wife Joanne Mas blew £125k magazine deal on wedding (49 minutes old)

Danny Dyer has claimed his wedding to wife Joanne Mas left the couple in debt, after Joanne blew £125,000 on the lavish nuptials that took place in Hampshire in September 2016.

Joanne Beckham's ex Kris Donnelly discusses 'year of fighting' to see Peggy (1 hour 21 minutes old)

He claimed that he hasn't been able to see his daughter Peggy for the last five months of her life. 

Romeo Beckham cosies up to Harper in adorable family photo as he brands her the 'best sister ever' (1 hour 27 minutes old)

The aspiring tennis player, 16, delighted fans on Thursday, as he took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of himself and his little sister, seven, on holiday together.

Emmerdale stars flock to congratulate Michelle Hardwick and producer Kate Brooks (1 hour 29 minutes old)

Emmerdale stars flooded social media with congratulations after actress Michelle Hardwick broke the news she had got engaged to producer Kate Brooks.

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Emily Mortimer commuted from her Brooklyn home to film Mary Poppins Returns in London (2 hours old)

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Mortimer commuted between her Brooklyn home, which she shares with husband Alessandro Nivola and children Samuel and May and the Poppins set in London.

Miley Cyrus reveals mother Tish 'smokes more pot than anyone I know' during Tonight Show appearance (4 hours old)

The 26-year-old pop star revealed that her mother Tish, 51, is a 'big stoner' during an appearance on Thursday on The Tonight Show.

Superhero Aquaman strikes out on his own in a thrilling (if overlong) voyage, writes BRIAN VINER (5 hours old)

BRIAN VINER: Atlantis, too, is gorgeously realised. If Las Vegas remodelled by Donald Trump were plunged underwater, and we live in hope, this is what it might look like.

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UK advertising watchdog to crack down on sexist stereotypes (10 hours old)

Ads will no longer be allowed to depict men and women in gender-stereotypical rolesAdverts showing a woman struggling to park a car or a man refusing to do housework while his wife cooks dinner will be banned from next year as part of an industry-wide crackdown on sexist stereotypes.Under the new rules, British companies will no longer be able to create promotions that depict men and women engaged in gender-stereotypical activities, amid fears that such depictions are contributing to pay inequality and causing psychological harm. Continue reading...

Gary Lineker criticised by Jonathan Agnew for 'political' Brexit tweets (9 hours old)

BBC’s cricket correspondent says he would be sacked if he copied Match of the Day host• ‘Doesn’t know his arse from his elbow’: ex-England players argue over Brexit BBC Sport host Gary Lineker has been criticised by his colleague Jonathan Agnew for expressing his political views on Twitter.The former England football captain, who hosts the BBC’s flagship Match of the Day programme, has been outspoken in his political opinions, in particular his opposition to Brexit, which he regularly tweets about. Lineker also appeared at a rally in London campaigning for a second referendum in November. Cont[...]

Betting firms to ban pre-watershed TV adverts during live sport events (1 day old)

Voluntary plan agreed after bookmakers bend to pressure over children’s exposure to gamblingThe gambling industry has confirmed plans to press ahead with a voluntary ban on betting adverts during sport programmes from next summer, amid mounting pressure to protect children from excessive exposure to gambling. Related: Children 'bombarded' with gambling adverts on I'm a Celebrity app Continue reading...

Facebook holds privacy pop-up event in New York after year of public troubles (15 hours old)

Company had staff on hand to ‘help people manage their privacy’ and answer questions following controversy-plagued 2018Facebook held a one-off privacy “pop-up” in New York City on Thursday, part of the company’s ongoing public relations efforts to heal its image following a controversy-plagued 2018. Related: 'They don't care': Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties Continue reading...

National Enquirer owner admits coordinating 'catch and kill' payment with Trump campaign (1 day old)

AMI told prosecutors it worked with Trump’s campaign to pay for and suppress story of a sexual affair to ‘prevent it from influencing’ US electionTrump’s former fixer Cohen sentenced to three years in prisonThe publisher of National Enquirer has said it coordinated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to pay a Playboy model $150,000 in hush money, placing the president and his inner circle in further legal peril. Related: From fixer to inmate: Michael Cohen reckons with his 'blind loyalty' to Trump Continue reading...

BBC's new EastEnders set over budget by £27m, watchdog finds (1 day old)

Delays mean rebuild will not deliver value for money, according to auditorsIt’s the kind of financial headache that would have driven Phil and Grant Mitchell to angry showdowns in the Queen Vic. An ambitious BBC plan to rebuild the familiar set of EastEnders will cost £27m more than expected, a report by Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found. Related: New EastEnders set may include mosque Continue reading...

Eleven Sports may be facing closure in UK after only four months (1 day old)

Service holds UFC, La Liga and Serie A rightsPromised distribution had not been securedEleven Sports, the self-styled “Netflix of Sports” controlled by the Leeds United owner, Andrea Radrizzani, could be facing closure in the UK & Ireland after failing to attract enough subscribers.The service, which launched less than four months ago, has the UK rights to sports including Italy’s Serie A, Spain’s La Liga and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Continue reading...

'Her goose is cooked': newspapers ask how long Theresa May can last (1 day old)

Front pages mostly say PM has failed ‘to heal party splits’ with a deal that is ‘dead as a dodo’ All the day’s politics news – liveNo 10 will not be happy with today’s front pages, which are all about Theresa May’s survival in the no-confidence vote, but paint the win as less of a triumph for May than a pyrrhic victory.Let’s start with the good news for the prime minister. Two papers have come out in support of the her, with the Express featuring a picture of a smiling May and the headline: “Now just let her get on with it”. Continue reading...

Les Misérables with 'contemporary relevance' to air on BBC (1 day old)

Victor Hugo’s historical novel brought up to date in Andrew Davies adaptationWith social unrest brewing in France and Emmanuel Macron accused by protesters of being the “president of the rich”, the BBC is to air an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s historical novel Les Misérables, which the writer Andrew Davies says has been given a timely “contemporary relevance” by the injustices and divisions within society today. The BBC has brought Hugo’s novel “right into the 21st century”, according to its director general, Tony Hall, with one of its most “inclusive casts” ever. Continue reading...

Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn (1 day old)

US telecom firm’s Oath, which includes Huffington Post and AOL, is now worth $200mThe collective value of digital media brands including Huffington Post, Yahoo and AOL, which once had a stock market capitalisation of more than $200bn (£158bn), has been slashed to only $200m by their parent Verizon.The US telecoms company has taken a $4.6bn charge on the goodwill value of Oath, the digital media subsidiary that houses properties including HuffPo, Yahoo and AOL, leaving it worth about $200m on paper. Continue reading...

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