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Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots

Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots Twitter is cracking down on bots after it announced changes to its API that will massively reduce the impact of services that allow links and content to be shared across multiple accounts, i.e. the software that powers Twitter bots. So that means an end to services that let those controlling large numbers of accounts to batch tweet, follow users, retweet or like tweets. Twitter will continue to allow content to be posted to accounts using software, for example, weather alerts, RSS feed updates…

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Russian curling medallist guilty of doping violation, says CAS

Russian curling medallist guilty of doping violation, says CAS PYEONGCHANG/MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Olympic curler Alexander Krushelnitsky has been found guilty of an anti-doping violation after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday. CAS said the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) mixed doubles curling team, who won bronze at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, had been disqualified from the competition over the violation. Krushelnitsky, who won the medal with his wife, had accepted a provisional suspension beyond the period of…

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Tel Aviv, TechCrunch is coming back, this time with a conference

Tel Aviv, TechCrunch is coming back, this time with a conference The third time is a charm, Tel Aviv. After holding a Meetup + Pitch-off the last two years in Israel, TechCrunch is returning on 7 June 2018 for a day-long conference. As much fun as networking on a roof facing the Mediterranean Sea is, we’re ready to dig deeper into the tech that is coming out of Israel, focusing on mobility. The mobility industry is ripe for disruption. It is gaining speed in astonishing ways and Israeli tech is…

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U.N. envoy sees difficult talks on Syria ceasefire deal

U.N. envoy sees difficult talks on Syria ceasefire deal GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Thursday he hoped the U.N. Security Council would agree a resolution to end fighting in the besieged Syrian enclave of eastern Ghouta, but said it would not be easy. “I hope it will. But it’s uphill. But I hope it will. It is very urgent,” he told Reuters as he arrived at the United Nations in Geneva. Asked what would happen if there were no deal, he said: “Then we…

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Barclays restores dividend but fails to hit estimates on profits

Barclays restores dividend but fails to hit estimates on profits LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays PLC on Thursday reported a below-forecast 10 percent rise in its annual profit for 2017, and pledged to restore its full dividend with a payout of 6.5 pence per share in 2018. Barclays posted a pretax profit of 3.5 billion pounds for 2017, up from 3.2 billion pounds a year ago but worse than the 4.7 billion pound average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. The bank however kept investors waiting on the fate of…

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British Gas owner Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs after 'weak' year

British Gas owner Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs after 'weak' year Centrica, which owns British Gas, is cutting 4,000 jobs as it continues to lose customers. The energy supplier, which has operations in North America and Ireland as well as its main UK market, said group profits fell 17% to £1.25bn. Chief executive Iain Conn said the firm had a “weak” second half of 2017, and it was not helped by political and regulatory intervention in the UK. British Gas shed 9% of its UK domestic customers in 2017. Let’s…

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Barclays reports rise in annual profits

Barclays reports rise in annual profits Barclays has reported a 10% rise in annual pre-tax profit to £3.5bn. The bank was boosted by a reduction in costs over the year and the rise in the value of the dollar and euro against the pound. However, the bank did take some big one-off charges in the year, including £2.5bn related to the sale of Barclays Africa Group and a £900m charge related to changes in US tax rules. Including those costs and other charges it lost £1.9bn. Chief executive Jes Staley…

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Barclays grows annual profit by 10 percent, restores dividend

Barclays grows annual profit by 10 percent, restores dividend LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays PLC on Thursday reported a below-forecast 10 percent rise in its annual profit for 2017, and pledged to restore its full dividend with a payout of 6.5 pence per share in 2018. Barclays posted a pretax profit of 3.5 billion pounds for 2017, up from 3.2 billion pounds a year ago but worse than the 4.7 billion pound average of analysts’ forecasts compiled by the bank. The bank however kept investors waiting on the fate of its…

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ParkBee closes €5M funding to open up private car parks to public bookings

ParkBee closes €5M funding to open up private car parks to public bookings ParkBee, a Netherlands-founded startup that lets private car parks monetize underutilized spaces by making them bookable to the public, has picked up €5 million in new funding The round is led by German-based Statkraft Ventures, with participation from existing investors. Statkraft Ventures is backed by the Statkraft Group, which claims to be Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. Originally launched in Amsterdam in early 2016 where it now has over 60 parking locations, ParkBee says the new…

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Here's A List Of The Absolute Creepiest Horror Movies Coming Out In 2018

Here's A List Of The Absolute Creepiest Horror Movies Coming Out In 2018 Like The Nun and Halloween, there is very little out on Lars Von Trier’s newest film, set to premiere later this year (like, I couldn’t even find a picture for this post). However, I felt compelled to include it on this list because, if you’ve even so much as heard of his previous horror Antichrist, you know we’re in for something disturbing AF. Matt Dillon will star as the titular Jack, a serial killer running rampant through…

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