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    👍|Facebook reverses news ban in Australia

    Facebook has reversed its ban on news content in Australia. The social media giant had blocked news to Australian users due to a dispute over a proposed law that would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. But Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had informed him that the ban would end “in the coming days” after the pair had talks and agreed that amendments would be made to the legislation. He told reporters: “Facebook has re-friended Australia.” The proposed law aims to set up a “fairer” negotiation process between tech companies and …

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    📱|Apple to make MagSafe battery for iPhone 12

    Apple is reportedly making a MagSafe battery for the iPhone 12. The technology company have spent the past year working on a magnetic battery pack that will wirelessly connect to an iPhone 12 using the company’s MagSafe system, according to Bloomberg. Apple first began using MagSafe batteries with the launch of their MacBooks, where the power cord auto-attached and easily popped off. The new charger is expected to be able to snap onto the back of the iPhone 12, such as cases, chargers, mounts and a wallet. However, the new battery reportedly only provides additional charge, and not include a f…

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    👍|Facebook blocked own page during news takedown

    Facebook accidentally blocked users from viewing its own page. The social media network temporarily restricted users from accessing its own page in Australia on Thursday (18.02.21) while it was trying to restrict Australians from reading and sharing news. An Australian journalist posted a screenshot on Twitter capturing the Facebook page in its limited state, showing a missing cover photo and a barren timeline with only the words “No posts yet.” The platform also mistakenly blocked several Australian government pages including two official health agencies, cutting access to this health informa…

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    👍|Kacey Musgraves shows off gallbladder on Twitter

    Kacey Musgraves has shared a photo of her gallbladder one year after she had it removed. The 32-year-old singer tried to kick start a Twitter trend with people sharing the “weirdest” picture on their phone, and she reflected on her surgery 12 months after she had the organ taken out. Alongside the photo, she wrote: “Weirdest pic in ur phone right now: go! Ok since no one asked mine is of the s****y gallbladder that had to be taken out of my body exactly a year ago. Isn’t science neat (sic)” Kacey’s post comes after she recently opened up on her split from Ruston Kelly after announcing their di…

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    👍|Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin ‘are not super s…

    Scott Disick and Amelia Hamlin are “still not super serious”. The 37-year-old TV star and Amelia, 19, recently made their romance Instagram official, but they’re trying to keep things casual for the time being. An insider explained: “Scott and Amelia are having a blast together. They’ve been going out with friends, spending time together and overall just having a really good time. “They’re still not super serious and are just taking things day by day and keeping things light and fun.” Amelia is determined that their burgeoning romance remains casual for the moment, as she doesn’t need “a crazy…

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    👍|Vanessa Hudgens makes Cole Tucker romance Insta…

    Vanessa Hudgens has made her relationship with Cole Tucker Instagram official. The 32-year-old actress was first reported to be romancing the baseball player, 24, back in November, and on Sunday (14.02.21) the couple marked Valentine’s Day by making their relationship Instagram official. Alongside a picture of her and Cole sharing a sweet kiss, Vanessa wrote on Instagram: “It’s you, it’s me, it’s us. @cotuck (sic)” Cole also shared a picture on his own Instagram of himself and the ‘High School Musical’ alum cuddled up together, and captioned it: “Happy V day @vanessahudgens (sic)” After the co…

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    👍|Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker make romance In…

    Kendall Jenner and Devin Booker have made their romance Instagram official. The 25-year-old supermodel has been romantically linked to the NBA star since April last year, and the pair were also spotted together in Tahiti, where they celebrated Kim Kardashian West’s 40th birthday in October. Kendall and Devin have kept tight-lipped about their relationship status, but on Valentine’s Day (14.02.21) Kendall posted a cute snap of the Phoenix Suns player cuddling her on top of a kitchen surface on her Instagram Story and had a huge grin on her face. The catwalk beauty also tagged her man in the pos…

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    📱|Australia poised to approve new media code

    Australia is on track to push through its new media code for digital companies, according to the country’s communications minister. Google has threatened to withdraw from the Australian search market amid a dispute over the new code, which will require companies like Google and Facebook to pay for news content. Speaking to CNBC’s ‘Street Signs Asia’, Paul Fletcher explained: “This bill will pass into law fairly soon. The democratically elected government of Australia expects that businesses that are doing business in Australia will comply with our laws.” Google currently constitutes more than …

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    👍|Instagram adds new folder for Recently Deleted …

    Instagram has added a new folder for recently deleted content. The photo and video sharing app is rolling out a new feature in the form of a folder named ‘Recently Deleted’, which gives users an opportunity to review their removed content before permanently deleting it. As part of the change, any post which is deleted by a user will appear in their Recently Deleted folder automatically. From there, it can be deleted permanently, or if users would prefer, it can be restored and posted on their account again. The folder will include photos and videos from a user’s profile as well as from their I…

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    👍|Sia quits Twitter

    Sia has quit Twitter. The ‘Chandelier’ hitmaker has removed her account from the microblogging platform amidst controversy over her new film ‘Music’, which has faced criticism over the 45-year-old singer-and-director’s decision to cast Maddie Ziegler as a character with autism, rather than a non-neurotypical actress. Sia’s deletion came shortly after she promised the film will air with a disclaimer. Before getting rid of her account, she posted: “I promise, have been listening. The motion picture MUSIC will, moving forward, have this warning at the head of the movie: “MUSIC in no way condones …

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    📱|Microsoft boss hits out at Google

    Microsoft has slammed Google’s attitude towards the Australian search market. The tech giant has hit out at its rival, which has threatened to withdraw from the Australian market amid a dispute over the country’s new media code. Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft, said in a statement: “While other tech companies may sometimes threaten to leave Australia, Microsoft will never make such a threat. “We appreciate what Australia has long meant for Microsoft’s growth as a company, and we are committed to supporting the country’s national security and economic success.” Smith confirmed that Micro…

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    👍|Zendaya ‘very particular’ about social media

    Zendaya is “very particular” about her social media. The ‘Greatest Showman’ star insists she won’t let anyone else touch her Instagram as she wants it to be very “personal” to her but she also likes to “keep a little space” with it too. Speaking on The HFPA in Conversation podcast, she said: “I’m very, very particular about my Instagram so nobody has access to it other than me. “I think it’s important to a degree to be honest with that stuff. I was far more active when I was younger, but overtime I think I just – it’s not that I hate it or anything – but I would find sometimes that being on it…

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    📱|Google Play to allow gambling apps

    Google will allow gambling apps on the Play Store. The digital distribution service is set to let Andriod users play online casino games, sports betting, lotteries and daily fantasy sports apps from March 1, 2021, in some states across the US. A statement on Google’s support page read: “We allow real-money gambling apps, ads related to real-money gambling and daily fantasy sports apps that meet certain requirements.” However, users will first need to fill in a gambling application form, comply with state and country laws where the app is being used and have a valid gambling license for each st…

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    👍|Facebook to stop recommending political groups …

    Facebook will stop recommending political groups to its users. The social networking platform announced on Wednesday (27.01.21) it will no longer recommend civic and political groups to its users, as part of its continued promise to “discourage divisive conversations”. In a call with analysts following the company’s fourth-quarter earnings, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “This is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations.” The news comes after the company temporarily stopped recommending these groups to users in October ah…

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    👍|Facebook News launching in UK

    Facebook News is launching in the UK this week. The social network’s dedicated news section will be rolled out in the UK on Tuesday afternoon (26.01.21) following its introduction in the US last year. Major news publishers – including Sky News, Channel 4, The Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph and Financial Times – have signed deals with Facebook to provide content for the service. The feature is an attempt to address friction between the platform and news publishers over advertising spend increasingly benefiting tech firms rather than individual news outlets. Facebook News is a dedicated…

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    📱|Google hopes to help with vaccine rollout

    Google is planning to open its offices in the `US as COVID-19 vaccination clinics. The vaccine is being rolled out across the country and the tech giant has pledged to support the drive, announcing plans that are geared towards speeding up the process. In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, the Gooogle CEO, said: “While there is much uncertainty still ahead, the development of multiple safe vaccines in such a short time gives us reason for hope. “We recognize that getting vaccines to people is a complex problem to solve, and we’re committed to doing our part. (sic)” The announcement comes shortly afte…

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    👍|Chrissy Teigen doubts Joe Biden will follow her…

    Chrissy Teigen thinks it’ll be a “miracle” if Joe Biden is still following her on Twitter in four years’ time. The 35-year-old model became the first celebrity to be followed by Biden’s Presidential account after his Inauguration earlier this week – but Chrissy doesn’t expect the situation to last. Chrissy – who has more than 13 million followers on the micro-blogging platform – wrote on her Twitter account: “A miracle if my potus follow lasts the full four years (sic)” Chrissy was an outspoken critic of Donald Trump, Biden’s predecessor, during his time in the White House, and the billionaire…

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    👍|Chrissy Teigen is the only celebrity Joe Biden …

    Chrissy Teigen is the only celebrity new US President Joe Biden is following on Twitter. The 35-year-old model is the only person not affiliated with the White House among the 12 people the President is currently following on the micro-blogging platform through his new @POTUS account. After being informed of the news, Chrissy tweeted: “OH MY GOD !!!!!!!!!! “my heart oh my god lmao I can finally see the president’s tweets and they probably won’t be unhinged (sic)” Chrissy – who has more than 13 million followers on the platform – jokingly added: “I should prob never tweet again (sic)” The ‘Lip …

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    👍|Facebook improves alt text photo descriptions

    Facebook has launched an update for its Automatic Alt Text (AAT) feature to help blind and visually impaired users. The tool – which launched in 2016 and provides photo descriptions – uses computer vision tech to automatically create descriptions. Now, AAT can recognise over 10 times more objects and concepts in photos on Facebook and Instagram, with a total of over 1,200. In a blog post, the company said: “The latest iteration of AAT represents multiple technological advances that improve the photo experience for our users. “First and foremost, we’ve expanded the number of concepts that AAT c…

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    👍|Alec Baldwin takes a break from Twitter

    Alec Baldwin is taking a break from Twitter. The 62-year-old actor has announced via the micro-blogging platform that he’s stepping away from Twitter for a while, after the controversy surrounding the heritage of his wife Hilaria. Alec wrote: “Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming. “Not much of a party. “Goodbye for now. (sic)” Alec – who has one million followers on the platform – didn’t offer any further explanation as to why he was walking away from Twitter for a period of time. But the Hollywood star took the decision shortly after his wife faced an intense backlash on social…

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    📱|Microsoft, Amazon and Google to buy game studios

    Microsoft, Amazon and Google are in talks to buy several video game studios. The three companies are reportedly looking to separately acquire different unidentified “big name” video game studios, according to journalist Brad Sams. Speaking in a YouTube video, he revealed: “I’ve been hearing a lot of conversations behind closed doors about acquisitions in the industry. There’s a lot of moving things going on right now. It’s hard to say which companies are going to get snatched up and by what vendors … I can tell you there are some big industry names out there being approached by Microsoft inclu…

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    📱|Epic Games takes legal action against Apple and…

    Epic Games is launching legal action against Apple and Google in the UK. The studio took the action after both tech giants removed ‘Fortnite’ from their smartphone app stores amid a dispute over the amount they took from sales of the games on their platforms. Epic said in a statement: “We believe that this is an important argument to make on behalf of consumers and developers in the UK and around the world who are impacted by Apple and Google’s misuse of market power.” The company – which has already taken legal action in the US and Australia – has accused the tech companies of breaching UK co…

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    👍|Noel Clarke says Twitter had made him tougher

    Noel Clarke thinks he’s become more resilient to criticism since joining Twitter. The 45-year-old actor believes it’s possible to find the “worst of humanity” on the micro-blogging platform, but he also thinks it’s helped to toughen him up. Noel explained: “I love all the platforms I have, even if Twitter can be vile. “I’m older and wiser now. You have to be really offensive or catch me on a bad day to get me to bite back.” Noel – whose film credits include ‘Kidulthood’, ‘Adulthood’ and ‘Bulletproof’ – thinks he was more sensitive to online criticism during his younger years. He told the Guard…

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    👍|Florence Pugh defends Bella Thorne from Instagr…

    Florence Pugh has defended Bella Thorne against “bullies” on her Instagram page. The 25-year-old actress has leapt to the defence of the ‘Famous in Love’ star, after she left a comment on one of Florence’s Instagram posts and was immediately met with negative responses from some of Florence’s fans. Florence had uploaded a video of herself cooking a meal that consisted of a mild chilli tomato sauced ravioli with a white wine, butter and herb poached lobster filling, and Bella commented on the clip: “Omg please come over and make food (sic)” But when some fans of the ‘Little Women’ star began to…

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    👍|Twitter boss Jack Dorsey addresses Donald Trump…

    Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has defended its decision to ban Donald Trump. The US President has been permanently suspended from the social networking site, and the app’s co-founder insisted it was the right thing to do while acknowledging the issues. In a lengthy thread, he wrote: “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. “After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? “I believe this was the right decision…

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    📱|YouTube suspends Donald Trump’s account

    YouTube has suspended Donald Trump’s account for a minimum of seven days. The Google-owned video platform has “temporarily prevented” the outgoing US President’s page from posting “new content” for at least a week after they ruled the channel broke its rules over the incitement of violence. Google said in a statement: “After review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to Donald J Trump’s channel for violating our policies. “It now has its first strike and is temporarily prevented from uploading new content for a minimum of seven da…

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    👍|Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess go Instag…

    Brian Austin Green and Sharna Burgess have made their romance Instagram official. The ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ star and the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ professional have been dating for several weeks, and on Monday (11.01.21), the new couple made their romance official on social media, as they posted their very first picture together. Sharna uploaded a snap of herself and Brian sharing a sweet kiss, and captioned it: “H I M (sic)” alongside a lips emoji. Meanwhile, Brian recently revealed how he and Sharna met, when he said they were set up by his business manager. He said: “Yeah, so we have the sa…

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    👍|Alec Baldwin: I need less in my life

    Alec Baldwin has learned he needs “less in his lives” following the coronavirus pandemic. The ‘Saturday Night Live’ star – who has Carmen, seven, Rafael, five, Leonardo, four, Romeo, two, and Eduardo, two, with his wife Hilaria – admits quarantine has been a learning curve. Taking to Twitter, he shared with his followers: “The lockdown has taught me that we need less in our lives. Less clothes, less talk, less food, less media. Above all, less people.” Meanwhile, Alec slammed Twitter as a “vast orchard” of rubbish as he seemingly defended his wife on social media after she faced claims that sh…

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    📱|Apple’s 2021 iPad ‘based on iPad Air 3’

    Apple’s new 2021 iPad will reportedly be based on the iPad Air. The entry-level line-up – which is based around relatively low cost devices – could have a new addition this year, and the tech giant might be looking to the past for its design. According to Japanese publication Macotakara, a Chinese supplier said: “The next iPad (9th Generation) is likely to be based on the iPad Air (3rd Generation).” The iPad Air 3 was thin and light, and it looks like Apple could be keen to bring that design over to the next entry-level tablet. It’s also said the device will have a 10.2 inch display – the same…

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    📱|Apple ‘using Samsung screens’ for two iPhone 13…

    Apple will reportedly use Samsung screens for two iPhone 13 devices. The tech giant’s next smartphone range – which isn’t expected to be announced until September – looks set to offer a screen with a 120Hz refresh rate for the Pro and Pro Max models. According to The Elec, rival company Samsung will be the sole supplier of screens for the two models. The site reports that the devices will use LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) OLED screen capable of running at up to 120Hz. Meanwhile, just like the iPhone 12 range, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini will have LTPS (low-temperature polycrystall…

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    👍|Facebook and Twitter suspend Donald Trump’s acc…

    Facebook and Twitter have suspended Donald Trump after his message to supporters who attacked the US Capitol. In a social media message, the US President said “I love you” to the protestors before telling them to go home, and repeated false claims about election fraud. In a statement, Twitter said: “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. “This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be…

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    👍|Saweetie: I’m afraid of childbirth

    Saweetie has “always been afraid” to have a child. The 26-year-old music star – who has been dating fellow rapper Quavo since 2018 – has confessed to having a big fear of childbirth. She said: “The one thing I want to do but have always been afraid to is have a kid. “So one time on Twitter (you know how Twitter can be the black hole of internet) I saw a woman pushing out a baby. I knew that it happens, but I had never seen it like that before and it was traumatic.” Saweetie – whose real name is Diamonte Harper – feels that having young parents herself made her “independent” at an early age. Sh…

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    👍|Larry King’s famous friends rally round coronav…

    George Takei and Corey Feldman are among the stars to have sent messages of support to Larry King after he was hospitalised with coronavirus in December. The 87-year-old broadcaster – who has suffered a series of medical issues over the years, including several heart attacks – has reportedly been at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for more than a week, and since the news broke on Sunday (03.01.21), his famous friends have rallied round to send their well wishes. ‘Star Trek’ actor George also hopes Larry recovers quickly. He posted: “Wishing Larry King a speedy recovery.” Corey urged…

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    👍|Logan Paul challenges Chris Hemsworth to boxing…

    Logan Paul wants to have a fight against Chris Hemsworth. The YouTube star is set to face undefeated former world boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring next month for a ‘special exhibition fight’ and has now set his sights on a bout with the ‘Thor’ star in the future. Responding to a video uploaded by Chris showing himself working on the pads, Logan replied: “I’ll fight him after Mayweather.” Hemsworth is a big UFC fan and has used martial arts in his training regimes, but has never had a professional fight unlike Logan – who lost by a split-decision against fellow YouTube star KSI …

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    👍|Chrissy Teigen gets her nose pierced – again

    C The 35-year-old star took to Instagram to show off the results from her new piercing after a recent botched attempt. Posting a clip on the photo-sharing site, Chrissy said: “I did it. Second time’s the charm.” The model explained last month how she had got her nose pierced during her holiday in St. Barts, although it quickly healed up and fell out “immediately” after she had it done. Alongside a picture of her nose pierced, she wrote on Twitter: “So I did this today and it immediately fell out and healed the second she left because she did it wrong lmao.” She continued: “Like how do you do i…