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Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and its paying off

Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you talk to in your living room that Amazon makes is really popular and a bunch of server farms Amazon runs generate more than $10 billion in revenue

Fire in Manchester block of flats

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEyewitness: "[There were] flames licking up the side of the building... it was pretty horrifying." One person was taken to hospital after a large fire broke out in a block of flats in Manchester city centre.The

Bitcoin is a bubble, but the technology behind it could transform the world | Will Hutton

Blockchain poses as big a threat to banks as Facebook and Amazon did to conventional media firmsHumanitys earliest, truly transformative general purpose technologies were the ability to cross-fertilise plants and cross-breed animals. Suddenly, it made more sense to farm than to hunt and gather. The surge in agricultural output meant

WHO to recognize gaming disorder as mental health condition in 2018

(CNN)In 2018, playing video games obsessively might lead to a diagnosis of a mental health disorder. The disorder is characterized by "impaired control" with increasing priority given to gaming and "escalation," despite "negative consequences.""Some people agree with it, but a lot of us don't," he said. Among those who

Honours for Gibb, Starr and Bussell

Author and historian Lady Antonia Fraser and broadcaster Lord Melvyn Bragg join the elite Companions of Honour.And there is an OBE for ITV's This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, who said "2018 will be my 38th year as a broadcaster and I can't think of a better way