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Morning Bulletin: Sunday Sport sex ad banned, North Korea has just 28 websites & Spotify and Tinder hook up

Morning Bulletin: Sunday Sport sex ad banned, North Korea has just 28 websites & Spotify and Tinder hook up

Today’s look at the morning news sees the Sunday Sport make headlines after being banned from reproducing a lurid sex chat advert, North Korea meanwhile is ridiculed for having just 28 websites (many of them broken) and news that Spotify and Tinder are set to swipe right.

North Korea’s heavily restricted version of the internet contains just 28 external websites, according to Business Insider which reports that researchers have been given a glimpse into the hermit kingdom’s digital landscape after a configuration error allowed researchers to map all of its DNS records.

Ryanair has vowed to shift operations out of the UK over the next 18 months after warning that the country would be ‘screwed’ by Europe in negotiations – but expressed hope that the airline industry would pick up again in the longer term.

The need for speed is expounded once again by Ad Exchanger as it instructs publishers to address download speeds for users in the wake of a decision by Facebook and Google to consider page speed when generating rankings.

Campaign carries an ASA ruling against the Sunday Sport which has now been forbidden from publishing an advert for explicit sex chat line Luv2chat after it published a back page ad for the service.

The Guardian carries an apology from the ASA after it admitted it was wrong to ban an anti-fracking advert which claimed the controversial gas extraction procedure would not cut energy bills. It now admits that the ‘general consensus’ is that a reduction in bills is ‘highly unlikely’.

Retail Week examines the changing face of UK retail which now employs 100,000 people in positions which did not even exist as little as five years ago, dispelling myths that it is solely about shelf stacking.

Spotify and Tinder are said to be mulling ways to connect members according to their music playlists, according to Adweek, with the aim of creating more harmonious relationships.

Reuters newswire states that software company BlackLine is preparing for an IPO that could value the firm as highly as $1bn, with Goldman Sachs hired to lead negotiations.

The BBC could offload Songs of Praise, Horizon, Question of Sport and Holby City to independent producers under its ‘compete and compare’ strategy of achieving best value for license fee payers. This will see outside contractors compete directly with BBC Studios on commercial terms.

Google’s riposte to Siri finds itself in the spotlight at Business Insider which covers the launch of the long-awaited messaging Allo app. Dubbed a ‘smart’ app it boasts an AI powered digital assistant capable of recommending local restaurants and answering posed questions.

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