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    👍 | Gen Z prefer to get news from social media, Ofc…

    Teenagers in the UK prefer to get their news from social media over traditional media outlets, Ofcom has found. The government-approved regulatory body has found that apps like Instagram and TikTok are more popular sources of the latest news than the likes of Sky News with Gen Z. Meta-owned app Instagram is used by 29 per cent of teenagers aged between 12 and 15, while TikTok and YouTube, are used by 28 per cent. As for adults, a whopping 3.9 million use TikTok compared with 0.8 million two years ago. The News Consumption in the UK 2021/22 report also revealed that BBC One and BBC Two have pla…

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    👍 | Leigh-Anne Pinnock joins Twitter

    Leigh-Anne Pinnock has posted her first tweet more than a year after joining Twitter. The 30-year-old pop star – who was part of BRIT Award-winning group Little Mix from 2011 until they went on hiatus in 2022 – signed up to social media platform Twitter in April 2021 under the handle of @LeighAnneMusic, but only posted for the first time on Tuesday (19.07.22). She tweeted: “Is this thing on? [Side eyes emoji]” The'Confetti' hitmaker – who welcomed twins with fiance Andre Gray in August 2021 – has so far amassed 45.5k followers on the microblogging platform, but is yet to follow anyone herself…

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    👍 | Chrissy Teigen marks one year sober with frank…

    Chrissy Teigen is celebrating one year sober. The'Cravings: All Together' cookbook writer, 36, marked her alcohol-free anniversary in a frank message on Instagram. In a video showing the model with her singer husband John Legend, 43, and their kids Luna Simone, six, and Miles Theodore, four, Chrissy reflected on a series of moments that passed her by due to drinking. She said: “Not a drop of alcohol in 365 days! I miss feeling loopy and carefree sometimes, but to be honest toward the end, it didn't give that fun feeling anymore anyhow. “I drank to end crazy anxiety that later mostly went away…

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    👍 | Twitter share value tumbles after Elon Musk pu…

    Twitter shares have taken a tumble in value after Elon Musk pulls out of his £ 36 billion buyout deal. The social media giant took a tumble on the New York Stock Exchange after the Tesla founder and CEO withdrew his offer to purchase the microblogging site after months of stalling on the deal, which included a $ 1 billion break clause for the 50-year-old tech mogul. Twitter – who plan to take legal action against the SpaceX founder for his refusal to honor the purchase after he cast doubts about the number of bot accounts on the site – were trading for $ 34.40 in the early hours of Monday mornin…

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    👍 | Elon Musk backs out of 36 billion pound Twitter…

    Elon Musk is trying to withdraw his £ 36 billion bid to buy Twitter. The billionaire Tesla CEO backed out to the deal after he claimed that the social media giant did not offer up enough info on the number of spam accounts currently operational on the microblogging site In response to 50-year-old tech mogul rescinding his offer – which comes with a $ 1 billion break clause – Twitter have outlined their intention to pursue legal action against him. Bret Taylor, Twitter's chairman tweeted: “The Twitter Board is committed to closing the transaction on the price and terms agreed upon with Mr. Musk….

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    👍 | Twitter tests custom timelines

    Twitter is testing custom timelines from third party developers. The social media platform is looking into a new feature introducing Timelines, which can be curated by Twitter itself or outside developers with a focus on common interests and events. In a post on the Twitter help center , the company said: “Timelines are curated feeds. These feeds may be created by third-parties who select and provide content around interests and events, or by Twitter based on general insights.” For example, the Popular Videos Timeline created by Twitter, uses similar information to how we select topics to popul…

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    👍 | Iggy Azalea: I won't let social media dictate t…

    Iggy Azalea refuses to let social media dictate her life. The 32-year-old rap star – who has Onyx, two, with ex-boyfriend Playboi Carti – has taken to Twitter to hit back at her critics, insisting she won't allow Iggy – who often voices her opinions on social media – wrote on the micro-blogging platform: “The wildest thing about the internet is y'all don't give af *** about anyones opinion…. But think I'm supposed to let yours dictate my life?!?! “I don't give af *** about yours either! (Sic)” Iggy previously confessed to feeling “per…

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    📱 | Google faces criticism from ten European consum…

    Google is facing criticism from ten European consumer groups over their account registering process. They argue that Google – who require you to get an account to use their services – push you during sign-up to options that allow them to collect more data on users. After hearing this, Google explained to BBC News they were keen to engage with the coalition – who are coordinated by The European Consumer Organization – detailing their belief that trust from their users could only be fostered being truthful and clear with their data usage. A spokesperson said they had “staked our future success o…

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    👍 | Instagram tests new AI tool

    Instagram is testing a new AI tool that can help to verify ages. The photo-sharing platform is using a tool built by a company called Yoti that estimates ages by scanning faces. According to Instagram's rules, users must be aged 13 or older to open But over the years, the company has been widely criticised for not enforcing the rule strictly enough. Recently, Instagram has brought in more age-verification features, including asking users to send pictures of their ID to the social media platform. But Instagram is now going one step further with the help of Yoti, which uses machine l…

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    👍 | Twitter trials new'notes' feature

    Twitter is trialling a new “notes” feature. The micro-blogging platform typically limits posts to 280 characters – but it has recently been trialling a new feature that allows users to share “notes” as long as 2,500 words. Twitter said in a statement : “Since the company's earliest days, writers have depended on Twitter to share their work, get noticed, be read, create conversation – everything but the actual writing.“ With Notes, the goal is to fill in that missing piece. ”The trial is set to last for two months, but it's been limited to a small group of people in Canada, Ghana, the UK and the…

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    👍 | Hee Hee! SEGA confirm that Michael Jackson comp…

    SEGA has finally confirmed that Michael Jackson composed the music for'Sonic the Hedgehog 3'. Yuji Naka, the former head of Sonic Team at the Japanese video game company, appeared to confirm the long-time rumour that the late King of Pop – who died in 2009, aged 50 – created music for the 1994 video game whilst complaining that the soundtrack for the title has been changed in new compilation release'Sonic Origins'. Yuji wrote on Twitter: “Oh my god, the music for Sonic 3 has changed, even though Sega Official uses Michael Jackson's music. ”Yuji – who was a developer on the game – also questi…

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    👍 | TikTok claims there is a'significant differ enc…

    There is a “significant difference” between TikTok and Facebook, according to bosses at the video-sharing website. The Chinese-based app went viral in lockdown of 20202 and quickly became one of the most used apps around the world but executives have insisted that They are an “entertainment platform” more than anything and that their social media-based rival is not. TikTok's president of global business solutions Blake Chandlee told CNBC: “Facebook is a social platform. They've built all their algorithms based on the social graph. That is their core competency. Ours is not! We are an entertain…

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    👍 | Demi Moore goes Instagram official with chef bo…

    Demi Moore has gone Instagram official with boyfriend Daniel Humm. The 59-year-old actress was reported in April to have been romancing 46-year-old Swiss chef Daniel Humm – who owns famous restaurants Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad and Davies and Brook – For a “number of months” and the pair were spotted sitting next to each other at a Chloé fashion show in March. A source told The New York Post's Page Six column at the time: “They are really hot and heavy at the moment. . Daniel works long, hard hours at his restaurant Eleven Madison Park, but they still often take time to have Demi join him fo…

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    📱 | WhatsApp lets users move chats and photos from…

    WhatsApp now lets users move chats and photos from Android to iPhone. The Meta owned instant messaging platform has unveiled a new update which will allow people to transfer their data – including conversation history and media – from Android to iOS. In terms of requirements, the user needs to have an iPhone running iOS 15.5, while the Android device must be running Lollipop (Android 5). You'll also need the most recent versions of both Move to iOS – which is available from the Google Play Store – and WhatsApp for Android. The app encrypts WhatsApp dat…

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    👍 | Instagram is rolling out parental controls in t…

    Instagram is rolling out parental controls in the UK. Meta, the social media platform's parent company, will allow parents in the United Kingdom to restrict access on their kids' profiles, including setting daily time limits, schedule break times and see any accounts their child reported, and the reason as to why after introducing similar measures in US in the spring. The tech giant – who set the official minimum age to use the app as 13-years-old – is also adding a parental dashboard on all Quest virtual reality headsets internationally, with parents being able to invite their kids to the new f…

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    👍 | Sheryl Sandberg is being investigated by Meta

    Sheryl Sandberg is being investigated by Meta. The 52-year-old former Chief Operating Officer – who left Facebook and Instagram's parent company at the beginning of June – is currently being looked into by her former employer after facing accusations of using company resources for personal A source told the Wall Street Journal the review into the'Lean In' author “has been underway since at least last fall” and is diving into “behaviour going back several years”. The investigation into Sheryl is looking into suggestions that she she used Facebook resources to boost her Lean In foundation…

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    👍 | Instagram now lets you pin three posts or Reels

    Instagram has given users the chance to pin three posts or Reels to the top of their profile – like TikTok. The Meta-owned social media app is following in the rival app's footsteps once again by making it possible to have three pictures or video clips featured on the first row of a user's grid. A post on the official Twitter account for Instagram announced: “You like it? You pin it.” “You can now choose up to three posts or Reels to pin to the top of your profile.” Simply click on the three dots on the right above the post and'Pin to Your Profile'. The same feature already exists for TikTok p…

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    👍 | Meta's Chief Operating Officer steps down after…

    Meta's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, has stepped down after 14 years. The 52-year-old billionaire business executive has bowed out of the role at Facebook's parent company and thanked CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 38, for changing her life. On how she came to land the senior position, Sandberg began a lengthy statement on Facebook: “Today, I am sharing the news that after 14 years, I will be leaving Meta. When I first met Mark, I was not really looking for a new job – We were at a holiday party at Daniel L Rosensweig's h…

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    📱 | Russia is attempting to clamp down on Google an…

    Russia is attempting to clamp down on Google and other tech giants. Roskomnadzor – the Russian communication regulating body – opened an administrative case against Google's parent company Alphabet Inc and six other foreign tech firms for alleged personal data law breaches, according to Reuters. The country – Which has been engaged in a full-scale invasion of its neighbouring country Ukraine since the end of February – has been in clashes with Big Tech for a while, such as when Russia slapped Google with a 3 million rouble fine ($ 46,540) for not keeping the personal data of Russian users in da…

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    📱 | US Senators want Google and Apple to protect pe…

    US Senators want Google and Apple to protect people seeking abortions. Progressive lawmakers sitting the Senate representing states such as Massachusetts, Oregon, Vermont and New Jersey have issued pleas to the CEOs of Google's parent company Alphabet and Apple to limit the amount of data collected apps On their platforms are allowed to harvest in light of the crackdown of women's reproductive health across the United States. In a letter to Google's Sundar Pichai and Apple's Tim Cook, they wrote: “Following the leak of the Supreme Court's draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, we are concerned…

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    👍 | Twitter has been fined 119 million pounds for s…

    Twitter has been fined £ 119 million for selling users' data. The micro-blogging site has been issued with a whopping fine by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice after they say it violated a deal it had with regulators, say court documents According to the documents, Twitter had agreed to not sell personal data – such as phone numbers and email addresses – to advertisers and that federal investigators say this promise was broken. The FTC – which seeks to enforce antitrust law and ensure consumer protection – accuses Twitter of breaking the terms of an order that banned t…

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    👍 | Elon Musk outlines his plan for Twitter

    Elon Musk plans to gear Twitter towards “80 percent of the population”. The Tesla boss is in the process of trying to buy the micro-blogging platform – but he's now predicted that his version of Twitter will frustrate “the far left and far right” ”. Musk – who is the world's richest man – said on the platform:“ If I were to own Twitter, it would be geared towards the middle 80 percent of the population, so technically the far left and far right would probably be dissatisfied. ”In a subsequent tweet, Musk confessed to feeling“ a bit sad ”. He was initially asked:“ We all have been asking @elonmusk…

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    👍 | Elon Musk secures additional funding for Twitte…

    Elon Musk has secured additional funding for his proposed takeover of Twitter. The billionaire businessman is currently in the midst of buying the micro-blogging platform, and he's now secured additional funding to complete the deal, according to financial filings. Musk, 50, has He's also secured an additional $ 27.3 billion in equity financing, thereby reducing the amount of debt that he'd take on to complete the purchase. What's more, the financial filings confirm that Musk – who is the world's richest man – has h…

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    📱 | Congress members ask Google to stop collecting…

    A group of Congress members in the US have asked Google to stop collecting “unnecessary” data. More than 40 Democratic members of Congress have expressed fears that location data could be used against people who have obtained abortions. A letter sent to Google CEO Sundar Pichai reads: “We believe that abortion is health care.” “We will fight tooth and nail to ensure that it remains recognized as a fundamental right, and that all people in the United States have control over their own bodies. That said, we are concerned. that, in a world in which abortion could be made illegal, Google's current p…

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    👍 | Elon Musk insists he'cannot move forward'with…

    Elon Musk says his Twitter deal cannot “move forward” without the CEO publicly showing proof that less than five per cent of its users are spam bots. The Tesla and SpaceX has made it clear that his $ 44 billion (£ 35 billion) takeover of the He tweeted: “My offer was based on Twitter's SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter's CEO publicly refused to show proof of 5%. This deal cannot move forward. until he does. ”The world's richest man has even suggested reducing his agreed $ 54.20 a share offer because of the…

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    👍 | Elon Musk insists he'cannot move forward'with…

    Elon Musk says his Twitter deal cannot “move forward” without the CEO publicly showing proof that less than five per cent of its users are spam bots. The Tesla and SpaceX has made it clear that his $ 44 billion (£ 35 billion) takeover of the He tweeted: “My offer was based on Twitter's SEC filings being accurate. Yesterday, Twitter's CEO publicly refused to show proof of 5%. This deal cannot move forward. until he does. ”The world's richest man has even suggested reducing his agreed $ 54.20 a share offer because of the…

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    👍 | Elon Musk says his attempt to buy Twitter for $…

    Elon Musk says his attempt to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion is “temporarily on hold” The Tesla CEO wants to investigate the level of bots operating on the micro-blogging site before he finishes his controversial takeover. The 50-year-old entrepreneur wrote on Twitter on Friday (13.05.22): “Twitter deal temporarily on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam / fake accounts do indeed represent less than 5% of users.” Along with the message, Elon tweeted a link to a Reuters news article with the headline “Twitter estimates spam, fake accounts compromise less than five per cent – ​​filing”…

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    📱 | Apple discontinues iPod after more than 20 years

    Apple is discontinuing the iPod. The tech giant first launched their flagship music player back in October 2021 but this week announced that the device will cease production as they encourage users to use their iPhone line for music instead. In a notice posted to Apple.com , they company said: “Since its introduction over 20 years ago, iPod has captivated users all over the world who love the ability to take their music with them on the go. Today, the experience of taking one's music library out into the world has been integrated across Apple's product line — from iPhone and Apple Watch to iPad…

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    📱 | Google wants to build the'proactive home'with…

    Google wants to build the'proactive home'with Matter. The search engine and tech giant announced the home system – initially known as formerly Project Connected Home over IP (CHIP) – back in 2019 and with the software set to launch across Google Home users in 2022, the company have promised that families will be able to control their home in a “proactive way” upon the launch of the Alexa rival. Google boss Michele Turner told the Verge: “our long-term goal is to build out what we call the proactive home. Instead of having a whole bunch of connected devices, how do we build that truly proacti…

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    📱 | Tinder sues Google for'illegally monopolising…

    Tinder is suing Google for “monopolising the market.” Match Group – the company behind dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid ad Match – are taking Android owner Google to court for forcing smartphone users to pay via their in-house billing system and then taking a cut of the payments .. The complaint read: “oogle monetizes Android, in part, by operating Google Play and a separate in-app payment processing service called Google Play Billing. Over the last decade, through bait and switch tactics that exploited the very app developers it so ardently courted and claimed to support and by paying off p…

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    👍 | Halsey has revealed they have been newly diagno…

    Halsey has revealed they have been newly diagnosed with numerous health conditions. The'Control' hitmaker – real name Ashley Frangipane -has discovered they were being made unwell in part by undetected Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, mast cell activation syndrome, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome after they “started getting really, really, really sick” from allergies. The 27-year-old pop star – who has nine-month-old son Ender with Alev Aydin – told fans via her Instagram Story: “Obviously my health has changed a lot since I got pregnant and gave birth. I started get t…

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    👍 | Ex-WhatsApp exec'regrets' deal with Facebook

    A former WhatsApp executive “regrets” signing a partnership deal with Facebook. Neeraj Arora was the Chief Business Officer of WhatsApp when the communications app was purchased by Facebook for $ 16 billion but now claims it is a ”shadow” of its former self before it was bought by the Meta-based app. In a blog post published on LinkedIn, he said: “Today, WhatsApp is Facebook's second largest platform (even bigger than Instagram or FB Messenger). Today, I regret it. But it's a shadow of the And I am not the only one who regre…

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    📱 | Apple, Google, and Microsoft to launch password…

    Apple, Google and Microsoft are all set launch a password-less sign in feature. The tech giants – which are amongst some of the biggest gadget designers in the world – are each set to offer a sign in feature across their devices which does not require a password, in partnership with the Fast ID Online Alliance (FIDA.) Kurt Knight, senior director of platform product marketing at Apple said in a statement: “Just as we design our products to be intuitive and capable, we also design them to be private and secure. Working with the industry to establish new, more secure sign-in methods that offer b…

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    📱 | Fortnite is now free on iOS and Android

    'Fortnite' is now free on iOS and Android. The online battle royale game had previously been available on iOS and Android decides via the Xbox Cloud Gaming subscription service but has of Thursday (05.05.22) has been launched directly on the smartphone app stores Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President and Head of Product at Xbox Cloud Gaming said in a blog post: “As part of our mission to bring the joy and community of gaming to players. wherever they are and to make gaming more accessible to people around the world, I'm exc…

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    👍 | Facebook is shutting down podcast platform

    Facebook is shutting down its podcast platform after less than a year. The Meta-owned site has announced plans to end its service as a whole next month, while creators won't be able to upload new shows as of this week. As reported by Bloomberg News, the platform will shut down for good on June 3. There are also plans to cease the social media platform's Soundbites and Audio services, while its Live Audio Rooms feature will become part of the wider Facebook Live suite. Speaking to The Verge, Facebook spokesperson Adelaide Coronado said: “After a year of learning and iterating on audio-first exp…