Andrew Tate loses appeal against detention in Romania

CNN — Andrew Tate, the controversial former kickboxer turned social media influencer, and his brother Tristan have lost their appeal and will remain in detention in Romania on allegations of human trafficking and rape, CNN affiliate Antena 3 reported Wednesday. The brothers will remain in the custody of Bucharest Police until February 27, Antena 3 … Read more

Snap stock plunges 15% as revenue growth stalls

New York CNN — Snapchat’s parent company reported stalled revenue growth and a large net loss for the final three months of 2022, as it confronts tighter advertiser budgets amid broader economic uncertainty. Snap’s quarterly revenue was just shy of $1.3 billion, essentially flat from the year prior. For the full year, Snap’s revenue grew … Read more

Surgeon General says 13 is ‘too early’ to join social media

CNN — US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says he believes 13 is too young for children to be on social media platforms, because although sites allow children of that age to join, kids are still “developing their identity.” Meta, Twitter, and a host of other social media giants currently allow 13-year-olds to join their platforms. … Read more

Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? Depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Here crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

Is it Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year? Depends who you ask

Hong Kong CNN — Last week, K-pop singer Danielle Marsh asked her online fans what they were doing for Chinese New Year. A profuse apology followed two days later, in which she promised to “try to be more careful” and acknowledged the “hurt” she had caused. Here crime? The “Chinese” that preceded “New Year.” A … Read more

In Japan, pet fish playing Nintendo Switch run up bill on owner’s credit card

CNN — Here’s something you don’t see everyday. Pet fish playing a video game in Japan managed to log on to the Nintendo Switch store, change their owner’s avatar, set up a Pay Pal account and rack up a credit card bill. And it was all seemingly livestreamed, in real time, on the internet. The … Read more

Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Hakeem Jeffries

CNN — Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening. McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office, declined to comment other than to say: “He came for my birthday.” The California Republican turned 58 on … Read more

Elon Musk meets with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy

CNN — Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at the US Capitol in Washington on Thursday evening, according to two sources familiar with the meeting. McCarthy, leaving the meeting with Musk in his office, declined to comment other than to say: “He came for my birthday.” McCarthy turned 58 … Read more

BuzzFeed says it will use AI to help create content, stock jumps 150%

New York CNN — BuzzFeed said Thursday that it will work with ChatGPT creator OpenAI to use artificial intelligence to help create content for its audience, marking a milestone in how media companies implement the new technology into their businesses. Jonah Peretti, the company’s co-founder and chief executive, told employees in a memo that they … Read more

Meta says it will restore Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts

New York CNN — Facebook parent Meta said on Wednesday that it will restore former President Donald Trump’s accounts on Facebook and Instagram in the coming weeks, just over two years after suspending him in the wake of the January 6 Capitol attack. “Our determination is that the risk [to public safety] has sufficiently receded,” … Read more