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Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

Social Media Revolution Series

Ukraine’s Twitter account is a national version of real-time trauma processing

Mar 12, 2022 11:16 am UTC| Technology

TikToks of cats in cardboard tanks. Flirty comments on Instagram accounts dedicated to Vladmir Putin, begging him to stop Russias attacks on Ukraine. Memes bemoaning what its like to live during a pandemic and...

Social Media Revolution Series

Donald Trump rolls out Truth Social app on Apple App Store following ban on Twitter, Facebook

Feb 22, 2022 05:22 am UTC| Business Technology

Donald Trump has been permanently banned on Twitter and suspended for two years on Facebook. Now he is debuting his own platform called Truth Social, and this means his return to social media is imminent. According to...

Social Media Revolution Series

'Virtual influencers' are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules?

Feb 02, 2022 09:29 am UTC| Technology

Earlier this month, Meta announced it is working on a set of ethical guidelines for virtual influencers animated, typically computer-generated, characters designed to attract attention on social media. When Facebook...

Social Media Revolution Series

Twitter's algorithm favours the political right, a recent study finds

Feb 02, 2022 09:00 am UTC| Politics Technology

If youre a Twitter user, youll know that when scrolling through your home feed, in between posts from accounts you follow, youll sometimes see tweets tagged you might like. In other words, Twitter is recommending content...

Social Media Revolution Series

Spotify's response to Rogan-gate falls short of its ethical and editorial obligations

Feb 02, 2022 08:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Audio streaming giant Spotify is getting a crash course in the tension between free speech and the need to protect the public from harmful misinformation. The Swedish-founded platform, which has 400 million active...

Social Media Revolution Series

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Jan 10, 2022 13:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

We all have a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others, whether intentionally or not, online or offline. Such comparisons help us evaluate our own achievements, skills, personality and our emotions. This, in turn,...

Social Media Revolution Series

Metaverse: how Facebook rebrand reflects a dangerous trend in growing power of tech monopolies

Nov 06, 2021 08:04 am UTC| Technology

Facebooks rebranding as Meta has been seen by many as the companys latest attempt at corporate crisis control. The social media giant has been publicly attacked for creating an environment that fosters far-right extremism...

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Economy

LG Energy, Isuzu Motors ink deal for $765M EV battery supply

LG Energy Solution Ltd., a South Korean battery manufacturing company, has signed a deal with Japans Isuzu Motors for the supply of batteries for its electric vehicles. It was reported that the Japanese automaker decided...

CJ ENM, The Sandbox team up to build metaverse in LAND

CJ ENM signed a deal with The Sandbox to promote its TV programs in the metaverse. The South Korean entertainment company announced their partnership on Monday, July 4. The Sandbox was initially launched as a 3D game in...

Yum Brands in advanced talks to sell KFC in Russia

KFCs parent company, Yum Brands Inc., revealed on Tuesday, July 5, that it is close to selling its fried chicken restaurant business in Russia. The company confirmed it is already in advanced talks to transfer franchise...

SAS Scandinavian airline files for bankruptcy amid strike staged by the pilots

SAS Scandinavian Airlines has filed for Chapter 11 in the United States as its pilots stage a strike that has grounded flights. The company made the move to push and hasten its company restructuring plans. According to...

Kanye West served a burger restaurant a cease and desist order, forcing it to change its brand name and logo

Kanye West reportedly forced an Australian burger restaurant to stop using its name and logo by serving it with a cease and desist order. The American rapper and producer asked the College Dropout Burgers to stop using its...

Politics

NATO in talks to set up naval base in Albania, says PM

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Friday last week that they were having discussions with NATO about building a naval base at a port that is under construction on the Adriatic Coast for the alliance. This also comes...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian flag will be raised on Snake Island after withdrawal of Russian forces

In the midst of the advances Russia has claimed to make in its war with Ukraine, Kyiv has also made gains in the heavy conflict centered on its eastern territory. Ukraines military said the Ukrainian flag would soon be...

European Union to establish platform for rebuilding of Ukraine

The European Union is already looking to address efforts to rebuild Ukraine as it continues to resist the aggression by Russian forces. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU would be setting up a...

North Korea blasts US-South Korea-Japan agreement on enhanced military cooperation

North Korea has continued to accuse the United States of trying to establish a military alliance similar to NATO as of late. Pyongyang has made the accusation again following the agreement by the US, South Korea, and Japan...

Science

New S. Korean technology repairs car scratches through sunlight exposure

The Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a new self-healing coating material that repairs car surface scratches through sunlight exposure. To change their chemical properties and make high...

Sea lettuce used as cow feed may lower marine ecosystem threat

A joint study conducted by a local feed manufacturer and Konkuk University showed that cows fed with a newly developed feed containing sea lettuce emitted 28 percent less methane gas than those who werent. Cows fed sea...

S. Korean scientists develop robot skin that senses tactile stimuli, self heals

A research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a robot skin that can sense external tactile stimuli and recover from injury when damaged. The newly developed robot skin...

Absolut enlists startup's help in developing fiber-based bottle cap

The Absolut Company is enlisting the help of Swedish start-up Blue Ocean Closures in developing a fiber-based closure cap for its Absolut Vodka bottle. The caps design uses a combination of sustainably sourced FSC fiber...

S. Korea to produce biodegradable plastic with seaweed

South Koreas Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and a research team at Pohang University of Science and Technology will begin developing technology that uses marine plants to produce biodegradable plastic material. Among...

Technology

Coca-Cola to launch Pride Series NFTs

Coca-Cola will be launching 136 Pride series NFTs in collaboration with designer and advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights, Rich Mnisi. Some of the NFTs are already listed on OpenSea. The Coca-Cola Pride Series NFTs have a...

Apple Watch Series 8 could gain body temperature sensor, report says

The Apple Watch Series 8 may be gaining a new health sensor that could be helpful amid the ongoing pandemic. A new report suggests Apple could ship its next generation of smartwatches with a new feature that can monitor...

Report: AirPods Pro 2 will not feature a heart rate monitor

The rumored heart rate monitor feature on the AirPods Pro 2 is reportedly unlikely to become a reality this year. But it could be something that Apple would introduce in future versions of the true wireless...

EA unveils ‘Skate 4’ ‘pre-pre-pre-alpha’ gameplay trailer

Skate 4 was announced nearly two years ago, but fans might still have to wait a long time before the game is released. EA and developer Full Circle released the latest trailer for the game, but it is not the usual teaser...

MacBook Air with M2 chip could arrive in stores in mid-July

The retail launch of the redesigned MacBook Air is reportedly close, with new information claiming that Apple fans will soon be able to pre-order the device. It appears that the tech giant is on track to release the new...
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