'Kodi box' crackdown causes hundreds of sellers to shut down

200 sellers of media players configured for piracy have ceased trading, according to an anti-piracy group.  The devices, which are being widely referred to as “fully loaded Kodi boxes” despite having nothing to do with Kodi, are often pre-loaded with the open-source software and a number of third-party add-ons that enable users to illegally access copyrighted content, like TV shows, ...

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Mea Culpa: Another fine mess we've gotten into

I like “gotten”. It is a past participle of “get” that died out in British English some time after we exported it to the New World. Now the New World is exporting it back. We used it five times last week, although three of those were when we were quoting someone. Another was an Associated Press feature. Given that more ...

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Grenfell Tower fire: Theresa May criticises Tory Kensington and Chelsea Council for shutting down its meeting into the tragedy

Theresa May has strongly criticised Kensington and Chelsea Council for shutting down its meeting into the Grenfell Tower fire, after it was ordered to admit journalists. “We would have expected them to have respected the court ruling about the meeting being open,” the Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said. The criticism follows angry scenes on Thursday, when the beleaguered Tory leader of ...

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Manchester attack: Funeral for 'fun-loving and caring' Megan Hurley

A funeral is due to be held for a teenager who was a victim of the Manchester Arena attack. Megan Hurley, 15, from Merseyside was one of 22 people killed in the suicide bombing on 22 May. Michael and Joanne Hurley described their daughter as “fun-loving, sincere, caring and beautiful” and said she had “waited so long” to attend the ...

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Axed Portland Coastguard helicopter to be retired

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter will be retired later despite a campaign and 100,000-signature petition to save the service. The Portland helicopter has been rescuing people from across the South West with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) since 1995. The area will now be served by a new £20m-helicopter from a base at Lee-on-Solent in Hampshire. The MCA ...

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Caversham florists besieged with calls in phone scam

Media playback is unsupported on your device A family-run florist says it is being besieged with up to 120 calls a day in a phone cloning scam. Fraudsters posing as TalkTalk workers have switched their caller ID – the incoming number which appears on mobile phone screens – to that of The Flower Shop in Caversham, Reading. The shop said ...

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Manchester attack: Martyn Hett's funeral to take place

Hundreds of people are expected at the funeral of one of the Manchester attack victims later, which will be screened in the street in Stockport. Martyn Hett was one of 22 people who died when Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May. The 29-year-old Coronation Street superfan was known for his tattoo of ...

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BBC to broadcast live TV coverage of English international and domestic cricket

English international and domestic cricket will be shown live on BBC TV for the first time in 21 years from 2020. In a five-year deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), more than 100 hours of cricket will be broadcast each summer. The contract includes live TV coverage of England men and women’s Twenty20 internationals and the ECB’s ...

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Ron Howard shares first picture from Han Solo movie after being brought in to direct final few months of the film

Ron Howard has shared the first picture from the set of the Han Solo movie after being brought in to direct the final few weeks of production (Picture: Richard Bord/Getty Images for Cannes Lions) Ron Howard has shared the first photo from the set of the Han Solo movie after being brought in to direct in the final few months of ...

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Woman gives birth to massive 16lb baby boy

He was 16lb at birth (Picture: Hallett family) A woman got a bigger bundle of joy than she bargained for after giving birth to a 16 pound baby. Waylon Cole Hallett, a baby boy born on May 1, was 24.5 inches long and much bigger than his family expected. Shocking CCTV shows elderly woman, 92, violently mugged in broad daylight ...

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