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Apple says sorry, but Amazon dominates voice assistant market

There are several news items relating to voice assistants, from the dominance of Baidu and Amazon being confirmed; with the BBC launching its own voice assistant; and Apple apologizing over Siri's covert spying.

Review: ‘Doctor Who’ VR game takes players out of this world Special

‘Doctor Who: The Edge of Time’ is a feature-length VR videogame that gives players the unique experience of working with the Doctor to save the universe.

Russia accuses BBC of spreading 'terrorist' ideologies

Moscow - Russia's media watchdog accused the BBC Thursday of spreading the ideologies of "terrorist groups" via online publications of its Russian service, the latest in a tit-for-tat row over media impartiality.

BBC reporter killed in eastern Afghanistan: broadcaster

Kabul - A BBC reporter was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, the broadcaster said, hours after twin blasts in Kabul marked the deadliest day for journalists in the war-torn country since the Taliban's fall in 2001.

Tennis great Navratilova slams BBC over Wimbledon pay

London - Tennis great Martina Navratilova accused the BBC Monday of a "shocking" pay gap which saw her fellow Wimbledon pundit John McEnroe paid at least 10 times more than her.

BBC presses UN over Iran death threats, harassment

Geneva - The BBC said Monday that London-based members of its Persian service had faced death threats over their reporting, as it pressed the United Nations to act against Iran in defence of press freedom.

BBC launches Ethiopian and Eritrean radio services

London - The BBC on Monday launched new daily radio services producing news, current affairs, features and English language training for Ethiopians and Eritreans.

Don McLean's 'American Pie' featured on BBC's Channel 4

London - On December 8, Don McLean's "American Pie" album was featured on BBC's Channel 4, as part of the BBC Classic Album Series.

BBC pulls drama after rape claims against star Westwick

London - The BBC announced Friday it was pulling an Agatha Christie drama from its Christmas schedule after rape allegations were made against one of its stars, British actor Ed Westwick.

BBC launches new Korean language service

London - The BBC launched a new Korean language radio and online service on Tuesday that will be available to listeners in North Korea if the signal is not blocked.

Hong Kong radio replaces BBC with Chinese programming

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's public radio station has replaced its 24-hour BBC World Service broadcast with Chinese state-run programming, in a move the British broadcaster called "disappointing" as concerns grow over Beijing's influence on the semi-autonomous city.

BBC announces £34m fund to resist Netflix's popularity with kids

The BBC has announced a new £34 million investment in digital content as it plans to fend off competition from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The broadcaster is focusing on children, claiming UK youth are influenced by American tech giants.

BBC finds fecal bacteria in drinks from Starbucks

It's hard to match the refreshing taste of an iced coffee on a hot summer day — but a new BBC investigation may make you think twice before you order a chilled drink.

Britain angered at U.S. over leaks of Manchester attack info

BBC is reporting the Manchester police have stopped sharing information with the U.S. after details of the terrorist attack, not released to the public, appeared in the American media. Theresa May plans to confront Donald Trump about the leaks today.

Op-Ed: With JFK or not 'Camelot' lives on in the Arthurian Legend Special

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of the movie version of "Camelot" based on the Broadway musical by Lerner and Lowe. It came to epitomize an era in post-WWII America. Even without JFK, Camelot and the Arthurian Legend endures.

If asteroid hit was 30 seconds off, dinosaurs might still be here

Dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago after an asteroid struck Earth in the Yucatan Peninsula. Scientists now believe had the asteroid arrived 30 seconds earlier or later, dinosaurs might still roam the Earth and humans might not be here.

Review: Nothing looks as good as ‘Planet Earth II’ in 4K Special

The 4K release of ‘Planet Earth II’ delivers astonishing nature footage that amazingly exceeds its predecessor in mind-blowing beauty.

BBC uses Facebook Messenger bot to reconnect you with nature

The BBC has announced a new Facebook Messenger bot to tie in with the U.S. launch of its Planet Earth II nature documentary. The bot builds you a personalised video of wildlife highlights based on your responses to a few simple questions.

BBC's Thai transmission towers fall silent as junta talks falter

Bangkok - The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.

BBC's Thai transmission towers fall silent as junta talks falter

Bangkok - The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.

BBC's Thai transmission towers fall silent as junta talks falter

Bangkok - The BBC World Service has stopped broadcasting from one of its major global transmission stations situated in Thailand, AFP has learned, after talks broke down with a junta riled by its uncensored coverage.

BBC partners with Facebook to take on threat of fake news stories

In an effort to fight back against the wave of fake news stories affecting the Internet and social media worldwide, the BBC is expanding its efforts to combat false stories impersonating valid journalism.

Michael Phelps to get BBC lifetime achievement award

London - American swimming legend Michael Phelps will be given the BBC Sports Personality lifetime achievement award on Sunday after crowning his incredible career with five Olympic gold medals in Rio.

Lisa Martin celebrates one year anniversary of Adele BBC special

Lisa Martin was made famous to the musical world thanks to her cameo in the Adele special on BBC, and the rest is history.

Review: Missing Doctor Who episodes restored Special

London - A missing series of six episodes of Doctor Who from the 1960s have been brought to life through detailed animation. The first episode has been unveiled by the BBC, 50 years after it was first broadcast.

BBC micro:bit to teach 'hundreds of millions' to code

The BBC has handed over control of its micro:bit mini-computer to a non-profit organisation that will promote it worldwide. For the first time, the tiny educational device will be available internationally, exposing "tens of millions" of children to code.

BBC to be forced to reveal stars' pay

London - Britain's government unveiled plans Thursday to force the BBC to reveal the salaries of more of its star journalists and presenters as part of reforms of the public broadcaster.

You can now buy the BBC's palm-sized computer to get kids coding

The BBC micro:bit, a £13 computer handed out for free to schoolchildren in the UK, is now available to buy online. The hackable device was created by the media organisation to get kids coding, following the spirit of the BBC Micro in the 80s.

North Korea detains, expels BBC reporter

Seoul - A BBC reporter in North Korea was detained, interrogated for eight hours and eventually expelled over his reporting in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress, the British broadcaster said on Monday.

UK Comedy legend Ronnie Corbett dead at 85

The showbiz fraternity is in mourning today following the passing of one of the English speaking world's best-loved entertainers, a mainstay of British television and theatre for over 60 years.
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