Michelle Obama, Oprah, more joined an epic (virtual) party

The hottest party in town Saturday night was on DJ D-Nice’s Instagram, where over 100,000 accounts tuned in during his epic 10-hour set including the likes of Michelle Obama, Oprah, Rihanna and Will Smith. Oprah tweeted that it was the “best party of 1 and 100K I’ve ever been to.&


VIRGIN MEDIA SUFFERS ISSUES WITH SERVICE AS USERS COMPLAIN OF DISRUPTION

Virgin Media is experiencing issues with some of its services, according to customer reports. The outage comes just one day after major phone networks went down across the UK. Hundreds of reports were tracked by the website DownDetector, which monitors the status of websites, apps and online servi


Jeremy Vine took voluntary pay cut after BBC gender row: ‘I was appalled’

Jeremy Vine has revealed that he took a voluntary pay cut after learning that his female BBC colleagues were being far less. The presenter, 54, said he was “appalled” upon discovering the gap between his own salary and that of his colleagues including Emily Maitlis and Claudia Winkleman


Iran: BBC and other broadcast journalists harassed; families threatened – UN experts

“Journalists working for the BBC Persian Service and other Farsi-language news outlets outside Iran have faced threats, criminal investigations, unlawful surveillance, freezing of assets, defamation and harassment by Iranian authorities”, five UN Special Rapporteurs said in a joint state


Facebook bans advertisements for medical face masks

Facebook is temporarily banning advertisements for medical face masks as part of an effort to prevent use of its platform to exploit people’s concerns about the new coronavirus. The ban covers advertisements on the social media platform as well as commercial listings on Facebook Marketplace,


BBC Three could return to TV four years after online-only switch

BBC Three could return to broadcast television in some form, four years after the youth-focused channel became online-only in an effort to save costs. BBC insiders confirmed that discussions had taken place on whether the brand should once again have a presence on traditional television but said no


Coronavirus: Ted conference to go virtual or be postponed

The annual Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference will not go ahead as planned, amid growing concerns about coronavirus. Instead, attendees are being asked to vote on whether to postpone the Vancouver-based event until July or hold a virtual one. A decision will be made next week.


Facebook removes 'deceptive' Trump census ads

Facebook has removed a series of misleading adverts from the Donald Trump campaign promoting "the Official 2020 Congressional District Census". The adverts made it appear respondents were taking part in the official 2020 US census, which begins on 12 March. They were promoted by a fundraising grou


More than 50 AAP reporters likely to be offered jobs at News Corp and Nine amid closure

More than 50 Australian Associated Press journalists are likely to be offered jobs at News Corp Australia and Nine Entertainment as the two media giants look to boost staff ranks after pulling their millions out of the wire agency. Announcing the imminent closure of the service in June, the AAP chi


US considering responses to China’s ‘egregious’ expulsion of journalists

The United States is considering a range of responses to China’s “egregious act” of expelling three US journalists last week, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council (NSC) said on Monday. Beijing said on Thursday it might take more action against the Wall Street


‘They’re chasing me’: the journalist who wouldn’t stay quiet on Covid-19

Li Zehua, 25, a citizen journalist in Wuhan, is being chased. Wearing a facemask underneath a baseball cap, he quickly records a video while driving. “I’m on the road and someone, I don’t know, state security, has started chasing me,” he says breathlessly. “I’m dr


AT&T’s Stephenson stands by promise to remain CEO through 2020 but refuses to look beyond that

Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T, told CNBC on Friday that he will remain chief executive officer through the end of this year. But beyond that, he refused to say whether he would stay or leave. “I made a commitment last year that I would stay at least through 2020. So I will


Facebook Adds New Option to Create 3D Photos From Any 2D Image

Facebook has added a new element to its 3D photos option, with its system now able to simulate depth in any image, enabling you to convert any static picture into a 3D post. As explained by Facebook: "Our 3D Photos feature has [thus far] relied on the dual-lens “portrait mode” capabili


BBC to film series based on Sally Rooney's hit debut novel

The BBC has commissioned a 12-part series based on Sally Rooney’s hit debut novel Conversations with Friends in the hope that fans of the young Irish author will bring in younger audiences. The BBC is to show its forthcoming adaptation of Rooney’s second novel, Normal People, suggesting


TikTok viral stars could make up to $1m per post, say researchers

Teenagers used to aspire to become astronauts, firefighters, footballers or pop stars, but times change and so do career goals. Today, more than half of millennials and Generation Z-ers – those aged 13-38 – in the US aspire to become social media influencers, according to recent research


NBC and MSNBC Democratic debate averages record 20 million viewers

The Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday night averaged a record of 20 million viewers on NBC and MSNBC, along with another 13.5 million viewers streaming online, the networks announced on Thursday. Wednesday’s debate - the ninth of the 2020 election cycle and former New York City Mayo


Lebanese reporter Dima Sadek summoned over ‘fake news’ as Bassil files complaint

Lebanese journalist Dima Sadek, known for her vocal support of anti-government protests, said on Saturday that she has been summoned for interrogation by the security authorities for spreading “fake news” about a local party and “inciting sectarianism and racism.” Sadek, a f


#StopHuntingUs: Twitter users highlight violence against Iraqi protesters

The damage caused by unidentified men shooting protesters with “hunting rifles” in Iraq has come under the spotlight online, as activists use the hashtag #StopHuntingUs and share graphic photos to draw attention to their wounds. There have been “credible allegations” of &ldq





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