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Look at me

Image copyright VS Media Image caption Jing Jing is video streamer in China, where the live streaming market was worth about $5bn last year A woman puts chicken in a bowl, another twists her hair and pouts, one more chews on noodles. Sometimes they nod off. Welcome to the world …

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Paint and sip

Image copyright ArtnSips Image caption Sip and paint classes are held from New York to Dubai, London to Hong Kong More and more of us are attending so called “sip and paint” classes, where you learn to paint while enjoying a drink (or two). But can you hone your skills …

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HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

Image copyright HP Image caption Hundreds of HP laptop models were affected Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to …

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ATM operator Cardtronics UK plans cash machine cuts

Image copyright Getty Images Cardtronics, the UK’s biggest independent cash machine operator, is planning to cut back its network because of a shake-up in the industry. The company operates about 20,000 machines in the UK, mostly in pubs, local shops and garage forecourts. But Link, the UK’s biggest cash machine …

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Mortgage safety net 'disappearing'

Image copyright PA Ministers should consider strengthening the safety net for homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage, a report suggests. Help for this group introduced in response to the financial crisis will be largely withdrawn by 2022. Academics, commissioned by lenders’ trade body UK Finance, said the government should review …

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Shazam! Apple buys music recognition app

Image copyright Shazam Image caption London-based Shazam originally required users to dial a number and play a song down a phone line before it became an app Scan your eyes over Apple’s just-published list of the year’s most popular iPhone apps, and there’s one notable omission: Shazam. In fact, it’s …

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Skin betting: 500,000 children gamble every week, Gambling Commission warns

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionUniversity student Ryan Archer’s love of gaming spiralled into gambling when he was 15 About half a million children and young people gamble every week, a Gambling Commission report is expected to show. The regulator has warned that children as young as …

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Granny dam-builder

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAmla Ruia is trying to help people suffering water shortages in India It is easy to underestimate Amla Ruia. But at 71, this mild-mannered Mumbai matriarch is one of the most prolific dam builders in the world, and at the forefront of …

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Care for all

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe number of Kenyans who can’t pay for healthcare is falling, says Josephine Suleiman Buying food for the whole family or paying for a doctor to see one child? Paying for your children to use a toilet facility or buying much needed …

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Will Birmingham be the next Wall Street?

Image copyright Getty Images, BBC Image caption Can Birmingham’s bull take on the Charging Bull of Wall Street? With plans mooted to move part of the Bank of England from London to Birmingham, could the second city’s landmark bull be set to give the charging bovine of Wall Street a …