Social media overtakes entertainmemt as favourite online activity

Time spent on sites including Facebook, Gawker Media and Reddit account for 17% of all time people in the UK spend online

Social media has overtaken entertainment as the UK’s favourite activity online, accounting for almost a fifth of the two hours and 51 minutes a day people in the UK on average spend on the web.

Social media use – including time on sites such as Reddit or Gawker Media that are built on blog platforms – accounted for nearly 17% of all time online, up from 12.2% a year ago, according to research commissioned by the Internet Advertising Bureau.

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BBC digital news operation must be curbed, say newspaper publishers

News Media Association calls on government to implement 10 changes to corporation’s objectives and governance in submission to green paper

UK national and regional newspaper publishers have called for the BBC’s digital news operation to be curbed to allow commercial players to flourish at home and abroad.

The News Media Association, the trade body for the UK newspaper industry, “fundamentally disagrees” with the corporation’s ambition to grow its online news services, according to its submission to the government green paper on the BBC charter review.

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Uber drivers gain class action status in lawsuit challenging company practices

Federal judge’s ruling means sharing economy suit could cover more than 160,000 California drivers and increase plaintiffs’ leverage

Uber drivers are entitled to class action status in litigation over whether they are independent contractors or employees, a US judge said on Tuesday, in a ruling in a case that could have wide implications for the sharing economy.

Three drivers sued Uber in a federal court in San Francisco, contending that they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance. The drivers currently pay those costs themselves.

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