Russia Today puts Japan on the map, where New Zealand should be

New channel apologises to New Zealanders for map mix-up that also labelled Papua New Guinea as South Korea Russian news channel RT has apologised for apparently accidentally labelling New Zealand as Japan, and Papua New Guinea as South Korea in an embarrassing southern hemisphere mix-up. The mistake came in a segment produced by their US bureau about potential new missile bases in Japan, South Korea and Australia. But in a large, erroneous graphic only Australia was correctly labelled. pic.twitter.com/5hj0Qud4jV prompted the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, to star in a special light-hearted campaign in protest, back in 2018. A spokesperson for RT has more than 74,000 subscribers among them the infamous Original Article : HERE ;

‘Once Upon a Time In Hollywood’ nabs Quentin Tarantino’s biggest opening

New York (CNN Business)Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” exceeded expectations this weekend becoming the director’s highest-grossing opening weekend ever. Tarantino’s name recognition, the film’s A-list cast and strong reviews likely helped the film this weekend. “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” garnered an 86% review score on Rotten Tomatoes and a “B” CinemaScore from audiences. “The Lion King” took the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row. Disney’s remake of the 1994 animated classic made an estimated $75.5 million domestically this weekend. The film, which has an all star cast that includes Beyoncé, Donald Glover, John Oliver and Seth Rogen all lending their voice work to the film, has made $962 million globally so …

Why is Mel B so obsessed with outing other women?

First came her claim that she slept with fellow Spice Girl Geri Horner now shes saying Emma Bunton and Holly Willoughby shared a kiss. How did Scary Spice become the first lady of lesbian gossip? In the latest instalment of Mel Bs sordid tales, the singer let slip in a radio interview that fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton once shared a girl kiss with the This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby on a night out. Despite Willoughby suggesting she has never experimented with her sexuality, Mel B (Melanie Brown) blurted the story out regardless. When Brown confronted Willoughby with the claim, the latter neither confirmed nor denied it, saying according to Brown: Why would you say that out loud? Why indeed. …

Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

New York (CNN)A Canadian cartoonist’s illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada. Brunswick News Inc. responded in a statement on Sunday that “it is entirely incorrect to suggest” that it canceled a freelance contract with de Adder over the Trump cartoon. “This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” the publishing company wrote. It said that de Adder never offered the Trump cartoon to the company and had already decided to “bring back” another cartoonist it said was popular with readers. …

Facebook’s plan to break the global financial system | Evgeny Morozov

The tech giant knows its best weapon is mobilizing the faux-populism other Silicon Valley companies have used to defeat regulation What should we make of Facebooks sudden foray into the world of digital money? Just as regulators were beginning to wake up from their self-induced coma to discover that Facebook has grown too fast and too big for its own good, the company has decided to redouble its unbending commitment to moving fast and breaking things. The good old days when Facebook was merely breaking privacy and elections are now gone and well surely miss them. But how could they compete with the chance of breaking once and for all the global financial system? To that end, Facebook has announced …

Why Washington regulators and lawmakers are turning their attention to YouTube

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. — The context: The WaPo reported Wednesday that the FTC is “in the late stages of an investigation into YouTube for its handling of children’s videos…” — The next steps: No announcements are imminent, but lots of potential changes are on the proverbial table… “It’s not about free speech, it’s about free reach.” According to the WSJ’s Rob Copeland, who came out with a big new story on Wednesday, that’s a new “company mantra” that’s been “endorsed” by CEO Susan Wojcicki in internal meetings. The suggestion is that not all videos are created equal — not all …

How did the NYT’s Kevin Roose crack YouTube’s algorithm? By watching a YouTube video

New York (CNN Business)New York Times journalist Kevin Roose’s investigation into YouTube’s artificial intelligence started because it was the platform mentioned most frequently when he asked online extremists questions about how they were radicalized. Roose knew that A.I. was the “the core of YouTube and no one knows how it works.” But when he took his questions to YouTube, he noticed that the company’s executives were “cagey about this whole rabbit hole effect,” Roose said, using the term that describes a recommendation algorithm that keeps users engaged for as long as possible.

Why CNN’s Jim Acosta titled his new book ‘The Enemy of the People’

New York (CNN Business)President Trump began his Sunday by declaring two news outlets, The New York Times and CNN, “truly The Enemy of the People!” His exclamation mark, not mine. We checked, and found that he’s used the “enemy” phrase on Twitter more than 30 times since taking office. On Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” I asked Acosta — a top recipient of criticism from Trump fans — about his reason for writing it. “I wanted to send a message to folks who really care about what we do, and the message is basically this: I did not want my children to grow up in a country where the press is called ‘the enemy of the people,’” Acosta said. He pointed out …

‘Mistakes’ may have been made during arrest of journalist, Kremlin says

Moscow makes comments after Russian papers call for inquiry into case of Ivan Golunov The Kremlin has admitted that mistakes may have been made by police during the arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov on controversial drug-dealing charges, as calls for his release grew louder. Mistakes can never be ruled out, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The important thing is to recognise mistakes so that they arent repeated. Some issues need clarification, he said on Monday. Police initially published a number of photographs that they said showed a drug lab at Golunovs rented flat in Moscow. They were later removed from the interior ministrys website after police officials admitted that the photographs had been taken at a …

Vox Media and employees come to deal on union contract

New York (CNN Business)Vox Media employees and management have struck an agreement for a union contract. Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff said in an email to staff that he was “thrilled” both sides were able to come to an agreement. “I want to thank all the individuals who have helped us get here — especially those serving on the two bargaining committees,” Bankoff wrote. “You have dedicated significant time and made tremendous sacrifices. I am very grateful for your efforts to make Vox Media even stronger.” Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

The cable network that is Foxier than Fox — and that Trump is promoting

New York (CNN Business)Does President Trump think he can play Fox News and One America News Network off each other? OANN executives have encouraged the presidential endorsements in their conversations with White House aides — and sometimes in public on Twitter. Robert Herring, the channel’s CEO, regularly tags Trump in tweets. “Mr. President our young employees want to thank you for noticing all of their hard work,” he wrote in one of the posts last month. The praise goes both ways. On Monday the president thanked both Fox and OANN in back-to-back tweets. First he sent kudos to “Fox & Friends” for its ratings, then he said “congratulations to @OANN on the great job you are doing and the big …

AT&T is selling its stake in Hulu

New York (CNN Business)AT&T will sell its minority stake in Hulu back to the streaming video service, the two companies announced Monday. But it’s also a sign of how the streaming wars have evolved in the last few years. Hulu was at one time a joint venture between several media titans: Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox, Comcast’s (CMCSA) NBCUniversal and Time Warner. None of those companies had majority control. Now, Disney does. The company became the majority stakeholder in the streaming video service after it closed a deal for most of Fox’s assets last month. NBCUniversal is the only other owner with roughly 30%. Disney has already made it clear that it envisions Hulu as a critical part of its …

Coca-Cola and Disney partner for new ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ land

Anaheim (CNN Business)Disney and Coca-Cola, two of the most recognizable brands on earth, are going to be together in a galaxy far, far away. The lands, which are set to open at Disneyland in California on May 31 and on August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, will act as a fully immersive experience that feels like being in an actual “Star Wars” film. The Coke partnership is just another aspect of that. The “Star Wars” packaging of the cola products help to maintain the illusion of the land and its story for guests. The new lands will include interactive rides like Smuggler’s Run, where guests can fly the Millennium Falcon, and feature bars and restaurants like Oga’s Cantina. …

Trump to snub White House Correspondents’ Dinner for third year in a row

New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump will once again skip the White House Correspondents Dinner, snubbing the annual Washington gala for the third year in a row. Trump has yet to attend the dinner as president, and it isn’t difficult to guess why. The event has featured comedians, who often use the forum to roast the guests, particularly those holding office. Presidents have traditionally given light-hearted remarks at the dinner, as well. In 2011, then President Barack Obama used his time at the podium to ruthlessly mock Trump, who was seated in the crowd. And last year, with Trump absent, the comedian Michelle Wolff lobbed biting jokes at the administration in a performance that upset some in the White House …

What Apple is up against in the streaming-video world

New York (CNN Business)We don’t know exactly what Apple will debut during its big press event on Monday. A new streaming-video product? A revamped TV app and video storefront? There’s Disney (DIS), which will demo its new service Disney+ at an investor day on April 11. The House of Mouse has one of the most vast (if not the most vast) content libraries in Hollywood: We’re talking “Star Wars,” Marvel, Disney Animation, Disney live action, Pixar and now, thanks to its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s assets earlier this week, even more content. Disney also owns a controlling stake of Hulu, which gives it an even bigger slice of the streaming pie. AT&T (T)‘s WarnerMedia, CNN’s parent company, is also …

Christchurch attacks: the media’s rush to be first causes its own kind of harm

Facebooks AI may have failed the victims but humans didnt do much better Rookie journalists struggling with their copy are often told by news editors: Just tell the story. An esteemed colleague once told me his first editor told him to imagine shouting the intro to an aged relative moving away at speed on a bus. Boiling an event down to who, what, why, where and when is the basis of all news coverage for a reason it tells the story. But what happens when being fast and crafting a simple narrative becomes misleading or causes its own kind of harm? This question has become increasingly relevant over the past decade. The internet has brought incredible new ways of telling …