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Facebook buys rights to show La Liga games in India

Company signs exclusive three-year agreement to screen all 380 Spanish top-flight football matches across south Asia Facebook has bought the rights to show Spanish top-flight football in the Indian subcontinent in the latest move by a US technology com…

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Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo in talks with Juventus and Facebook?

Today’s whispers are BBQ hotCristiano Ronaldo is apparently in talks with Facebook about allowing the tech giant to broadcast a 13-part reality show giving an insight into how the superstar and his family live on a day-to-day basis. Word is the Portugu…

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Commonwealth Games wifi service will mine visitors’ Facebook data

The data mining, which the Gold Coast council says is legal, will be used to market the city to touristsThe Gold Coast council will use a new city wifi service to harvest Facebook data from visitors to next month’s Commonwealth Games.The data mining, w…

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Facebook, Google and Netflix not ready to enter Premier League TV rights battle

• Sky and BT likely to remain major players between 2019 and 2022• Amazon could submit bid for one of less attractive packagesFacebook, Google and Netflix are not submitting bids for the next round of Premier League TV rights, with most analysts believ…

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Amazon and Facebook keen on Premier League rights, say Manchester United

• Tech companies’ interest will escalate financial boom for top clubs
• Ed Woodward announces record income made by United

The internet giants Amazon and Facebook are likely to bid for Premier League football streaming rights, which will further escalate the huge financial boom for England’s top clubs, the Manchester United vice-chairman has said.

In his quarterly call with bank executives who invest in United’s shares on the New York stock exchange, Ed Woodward said the technology companies were very interested in the last round of rights deals for 2016-19, which the Premier League sold primarily to BSkyB and BT for £8.4bn.

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One careful owner: tennis star Nick Kyrgios uses Facebook to sell his old car

• Controversial World No16 offers his BMW to 250,000 followers
• Boasts ‘near new tyres, immaculate car, bone leather interior’

Nick Kyrgios’ latest effort to monetise his social media profile has caused a mixed reaction online – putting his BMW up for sale to his 250,000 Facebook followers.

The 21-year-old Australian, whose on-court behaviour has led to a series of difficult PR moments, posted a photo of the car on his official account, asking fans to message him offers.

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ECB starts process for new T20 format but county official reveals ‘gun to head’ tactics

• County official calls ECB tactics ‘gun to the head stuff’
• ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rights

Colin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has triggered the process required for the creation of the new domestic Twenty20 tournament from 2020 onwards, describing it as a “watershed moment” for the sport.

While there has been grumbling behind the scenes – one county official told the Guardian some of the tactics employed had been “gun to the head stuff” – only a postal ballot of the 41 ECB members remains before the ECB can sell television rights for the competition that will feature eight new regional teams and run during the school holidays.

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Convicted footballer’s sister launches ‘Justice for Johnson’ campaign

Facebook picture urges people to change their profile picture to support Adam Johnson after child sex offence convictions

The sister of disgraced footballer Adam Johnson has posted a “Justice for Johnson” photograph on Facebook following his child sex offence convictions.

Faye Johnson posted a black-and-white image of her brother with his one-year-old daughter wearing a Sunderland AFC shirt with “Daddy” on the back.

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Kick It Out calls for collective action on social media abuse towards players

• Anti-discrimination organisation wants expert panel set up to tackle problem
• Game, police and internet companies urged to come together Continue reading…




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Social media cauldron of hate to players a sad reflection of modern life

Number of discriminatory posts makes for depressing reading. Can anything be done by football authorities, police and internet companies? Continue reading…

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How sport dominated social media in 2014

If you were on Facebook or Twitter this year you will have heard a lot about the World Cup and the Champions League – while watching people douse themselves in ice-cold water
• Who are the world’s most popular football clubs on social media?

It says something about human nature that the most tweeted about event in sport this year was Brazil’s 7-1 trouncing against Germany at the World Cup. The hosts fell from their perch the way Homer Simpson falls off a cliff: the pain went on and on and on and on and on and on and on. And the people of the world united to tweet in derision, delight, dismay and disbelief.

The World Cup dominated the attention of sports fans across the globe in 2014, with six of the 10 most mentioned moments coming from those 33 days in the summer. Mario Balotelli offering his romantic services to the Queen, Mario Götze scoring the final goal of the competition and Wayne Rooney’s strike against Uruguay were all popular topics, but the World Cup was a victory for the German concept of schadenfreude.

If we beat Costa Rica i want a kiss,obviously on the cheek, from the UK Queen..

Ahhh The Queen photo-bombed our selfie!! #royalty #sheevensmiled #amazing #Glasgow2014 @Hockeyroos @AusComGames pic.twitter.com/ZMtHYFUqHk

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Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: who are the world’s most popular football clubs?

Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way as Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool try to keep up. But are clubs attaching too much importance to social media followers?

The burgeoning significance of social media to the 21st-century global football club was illustrated clearly last month when Manchester United’s Ed Woodward’s conference call regarding the latest accounts began by focusing on the club’s digital presence.

“Ángel di María saw a 12-times increase on Google searches on the day of his transfer from Real Madrid, Falcao a 10-times increase compared to the day he signed for Atlético [Madrid]. When Daley Blind signed from Ajax his total Twitter following increased 72%,” United’s executive vice-chairman said. “The club has 61m followers on Facebook, 3.8m followers on Twitter with a cumulative total of 87m followers across all social media. We’re directly in contact with over 100m fans, when you add in our 37m of CRM records [“Customer Relationship Management”, United’s fan information database].”

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Social media is set to be the advertising winner at the Brazil World Cup

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook likely to cash in on advertising boost along with television and radio Continue reading…

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How anti-gay groups use ‘Russian Facebook’ to persecute LGBT people

With the Sochi Winter Olympics well underway, we look at widespread
homophobia across Russia’s online communities – and what little is being
done to stop it. By Hannah Jane Parkinson

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Spurs Connect app turns football matches into a live social game

Tottenham Hotspur partners with developer OneUp Games to get fans competing with in-match predictionsStuart Dredge

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Free calls app Line plays it cute to challenge Skype

Voice over Internet Protocol tool woos 230 million users in two years, aided by stickers and sports stars

Here come Cony and Brown, to a phone near you. Line, the Japanese messaging and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) app, which has grown almost three times faster than Facebook did following its creation, is planning to knock Skype off its perch at the top of the smartphone communications market, using a bear and a rabbit to seduce European consumers.

Best known for its stickers featuring cartoon characters, including Brown the bear and Cony the rabbit, Line has already conquered Asia, with 50 million users signing up in the 12 months following its launch in 2011. Facebook took three years to get 58 million.

The characters can be used to decorate messages, in addition to the usual emojis and emoticons. Some are free, but thousands of other “premium” sets, such as Disney or Pixar characters, can be added for £1.49 each.

The company, now with 230 million users, recently added football clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid and tennis world number two Rafael Nadal to its growing list of official accounts. Users can follow updates and interact with the sports stars in real time during “on-air mode”, when the accounts can read and respond to messages.

During this month’s US Open, Nadal sent messages and pictures with Line updating friends on his progress to becoming champion. “Getting out the hotel to Flushing Meadows … waiting for no rain in order to play!” he said in the first week. A few victories later, his account sent a picture of Nadal being interviewed on TV and said: “Press conference after pass semi-finals! Waiting for Monday’s match!”

After winning the tournament, Nadal sent a message thanking Line for all its support and used the opportunity to celebrate the win by offering friends his new stickers. It is no surprise that Spain now has more than 10 million Line users.

Launched as a basic messenger to guarantee easy interaction, Line has gradually added more functions, including a Facebook-style timeline, to distinguish itself from rival communications apps, and has successfully branched into the games market. Its camera app, with “beauty” editing functions to smooth appearances, already has 50 million downloads and last week the company added a video feature, enabling users to take up to 10-second clips.

Reports last month by Credit Suisse in Tokyo said it expects subscriber growth to continue next year, given the continuing rise in global smartphone sales. Analyst Taewon Kim said: “It all began in Japan, but in recent quarters Line has been breaking ground in multiple overseas markets, with many of its apps posting well within the top 10 gross rankings. Line’s Japan revenue per subscriber is higher than Facebook’s in North America.”

Friends and colleagues Mai Saito, Maki Shoji and Yoko Katsuki are typical among Tokyo’s young professionals who all use Line to communicate.

“The best thing is that it’s free,” said Maki. “Then you can see if the person you have sent a message to has read it – so your husband can’t pretend he hasn’t! It’s easy to use, and you can make group chats as well where you message several friends and one person replying is seen by everyone. I nearly always use it to phone people now rather than my network provider, because the connection is so good.”

Yoko said: “Some of the stickers are very comical – characters tearing their hair out or hugging each other, dancing, anything really – so it’s a great way to express your emotions better than just text.”

On the firm’s entry into the mobile gaming market, analyst Kim said: “In markets where Line has been a popular or dominant messenger, Line character games have proved to be top-grossing games as well.”

The app, available on all major mobile platforms, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone, racked up 5 million users in India just three weeks after it launched in July. In a country with 180 million smartphone users, the potential for significant growth is huge. Whether “cute” translates into sizeable market share in the UK and US, however, is something Mark Zuckerberg and others will be keeping a close eye on.

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Ched Evans rape case: nine fined over naming of footballer’s victim

Woman’s name was circulated on social networking sites including Twitter and FacebookNine people have been fined after admitting to revealing online the identity of a woman raped by the footballer Ched Evans.The woman’s name was circulated on social ne…