NHS England written to Instagram for promoting unlicensed Apetamin

NHS England had urged Instagram to clamp down on accounts selling Apetamin, an unlicensed “ dangerous” drug especially targeted at younger women and girls. Doctors say misuse of the appetite stimulant can cause severe fatigue, jaundice and even liver failure. Social media influencers promoted Apetamin as a quick way to gain weight and develop an…

Geography of Inequality from Seattle to Baltimore – Winner and loser cities

Famed writer and activist Upton Sinclair published a novel titled “ A Story of Ford-America” in 1937, where he blasted the callousness of a company worth “a billion dollars” that underpaid its workers while forcing them to engage in repetitive and sometimes dangerous assembly line labour. Eighty years later, the market capitalization of Amazon.com has…

Beijing has more billionaires than the Big Apple.

According to Forbes’ Annual rich list, Beijing now has more billionaires than any other city in the world, with 33 billionaires last year now leaping to 100 beating New York which has 99, who had held the top ranking for seven years. China’s successful containment of Covid-19 and its e-commerce boom, expansion of its technology…

Russian diplomats exit out of North Korea by hand-pushed trolley

  A group of eight Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea across the border by initially traveling by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 0.6 miles (1km) over train tracks. North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus spread,…

Be smart and human  and what you might create

  In the world of geeks,  for decades  two competing tribes of artificial intelligence experts have been furiously dueling with each other in research labs and conference halls around the world, with mathematical models and computer codes. The connectionist tribe believes that computers can learn behaviour in the same way as humans do, by processing …

“Facebook has re-friended Australia,”

Facebook has restored news for Wizards of Oz. Facebook has announced it will restore news content to its users in Australia, after it blocked news to Australians on its platform since last Thursday, amid a dispute over a proposed law that would force it and Google to pay news publishers for content. Australian treasurer Josh…

Facebook flexing their muscle on Australia

  Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said his government will not be intimidated by Facebook blocking news feeds to Australian users and described the move to “ Unfriend Australia” as arrogant and disappointing. Facebook is responding to a proposed law that would make tech giants pay for news content on their platforms Australians on…

GameStop rage as surname goes viral, seen 40 million times

Fancy having a surname Hedges-Stocks who had been inadvertently seen 40 million times on Twitter. Zoe has been inundated with thousands of requests for financial advice and trading tips after people misinterpreted her surname. Zoah Hedges-Stocks, a 31-year-old writer from Leiston, Suffolk, stated on Twitter hers was “ not a finance account” and did “not…

Alphabet sees record ad growth

  Google’s parent company Alphabet saw record revenues for the second straight quarter despite the pandemic. Google’s advertising business including YouTube, accounted for 81 per cent of Alphabet’s $56.9bn in fourth-quarter sales up 23 per cent compared with last year. The Cloud unit also saw strong growth as sales were $13.1 bn for the full…

Bebo is going to be relaunched – Facebook and Twitter watch out

Michael Birch co-founder of Bebo plans to relaunch his social network with real-time interactions between friends rather than the new feeds displayed by Twitter and Facebook which inadvertently spread fake news. Bebo – an acronym for “Blog early, blog often” was once the most popular network in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. In…