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Morning Bulletin: Fatherly love, Clare Balding salary & Facebook close down ad blockers

Morning Bulletin: Fatherly love, Clare Balding salary & Facebook closes down ad blockers

This morning’s dash through the headlines touches on a viral video which has warmed the heart of the internet with its depiction of toddler Olympians, an expose on BBC sport presenter Clare Balding’s substantial pay packet and a Facebook counter offensive against ad blockers.

Retail Week leads with the formation of a new digital alliance with the sole aim of reviving Britain’s flagging High Street’s by training analogue shopkeepers with the technology skills necessary to survive and thrive in today’s world.

A viral ad for Fatherly.com takes top billing over at AdWeek which explains how a toddler athlete premise has stolen the hearts of 33m Facebook users who have been cheering on the nappy-clad Olympians and their proud parents.

Business Insider goes back on the US campaign trail with a startling discrepancy in political ad spending, with Democratic challenger Hilary Clinton splashing out $52m on TV adverts whilst her challenger, Donald Trump, has yet to emerge from the starting blocks. Spending a miserly zero on adverts.

Reuters picks up on Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One’s rejection of a takeover bid by ITV, which valued shares in the Canadian firm at a premium 236 pence per share.

In other business news, The Times states that bookmaker William Hill has flatly rejected a £3bn joint takeover bid by Rank Group and 888 Holdings after lambasting the ‘highly opportunistic’ 364p share offer as a significant undervaluation.

Mashable picks up on the likely launch of a multi-sport streaming service from broadcaster ESPN after parent Disney upped its investment in the sector by purchasing a 33 per cent stake in Major League Baseball streaming business BAMTech for $1bn.

For its part TechCrunch focusses on Intel which has snaffled deep learning start-up Nirvana Systems for a rumoured $350m as it seeks to further grow its AI credentials.

The Guardian lifts the lid on the latest BBC celebrity to reveal their gargantuan salary. Sports anchor Clare Balding rakes in over £500k per year to host various events such as the Olympics and Wimbledon, the newspaper claimed after trawling through Companies House records.

The paper also devotes coverage to an all-female Indian newspaper, Khabar Lahariya, which as well as seeking to push India into the 21st century is also doing so itself by producing its own video and WhatsApp updates.

And finally an incredulous Reuters marvels at how ‘stinky cheese ice cream’ has become a surprise summer smash in the Czech Republic with locals descending on the eastern town of Lostice to sample the delicacy, made from Tvaruzek cheese.

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