Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them
Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There's no mystery to how it works -- you'd just choose to "share to Group Story." Still, it could be helpful for those moments when you'd like to recap your adventures for a smaller social circle beyond those you've marked as Close Friends. Like other tests,Like other tests, there's no guarantee this will make the cut. That's particularly relevant given the fate of the equivalent feature in Facebook. However, it might stand a better chance of survival in Instagram.
"Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life," Random House, by Ali Wong
In comedian Ali Wong's "Dear Girls," Wong opens by declaring that she was nervous to write a book because she didn't feel smart enough. She found her groove, she says, when she realized that she could embrace her vulgar and silly self and release any pressure to sound particularly intellectual or wise.
Instagram testing group story feature despite Facebook ditching it
Over the weekend, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered by looking through Instagram's code that a group stories feature could soon be coming to the stable version of the app. Notable for finding unannounced upcoming features and security vulnerabilities within an application's code, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong recently reported that Facebook-owned Instagram is currently testing Group Stories.Notable for finding unannounced upcoming features and security vulnerabilities within an application's code, reverse software engineer Jane Manchun Wong recently reported that Facebook-owned Instagram is currently testing Group Stories.
And yet Wong proves herself to be as brilliant as ever, showcasing her unique ability to use jokes about things like poop and other bodily excretions to communicate relatable and important truths about everything from parenthood to marriage to marginalization.
"Dear Girls" gives readers a glimpse into Wong's life before and since her Netflix special, "Baby Cobra," made her a household name. The book is structured as a series of letters to Wong's two daughters, with whom she was famously pregnant in each of her first two Netflix specials. Wong dispenses advice to Mari and Nikki through exceedingly honest stories about her life (which she forbids them from reading until they are at least 21 years old).
The book is laugh-out-loud funny, each chapter filled with that signature Ali Wong charm. Wong is self-assured and raunchy, yet at the same time vulnerable and sentimental. There is so much love in these pages between Wong and her family. She writes beautifully about her parents, siblings, daughters and husband. She also writes about bombing at tiny comedy clubs, being broke in New York City, dating the wrong men and ultimately, "trapping" her husband.
"Dear Girls" is a fun, easy read and will surely charm fans of Wong's comedy.
Hong Kong democracy activist Wong expelled from Thailand
Joshua Wong is the face of the democracy movement in Hong Kong. The 19-year-old was supposed to speak at a university event in Bangkok. He only came to the airport, so he had to go back.
Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was arrested right after he arrived at Bangkok International Airport, a Thai activist said. Wong's Demosisto party now said Wong was back on his return flight to Hong Kong. A representative from the Thai Immigration Service said there was an "order" to arrest Wong. However, he did not say why Wong was denied entry and who gave the order.
Students Protest Wong's Expulsion
19-year-old Wong, who was one of the spokesmen for the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2014, wanted to attend a 40th anniversary of the bloody crackdown on student protests in Thailand in 1976 as a Thammaset massacre got known. At a university campus in Bangkok, several dozen students protested against Wong's expulsion.
puts Beijing behind action
Observers in the Thai capital suspect that China is behind the expulsion. "The Thai military government has in the past already gone to its knees before China," said political scientist Thitinan Pongsudhirak from Chulalongkorn University. He referred to the case of more than a hundred Uighurs who fled China last year and were also expelled by the Thai authorities. The expulsion of Wong will prove to be "counterproductive," said Thitinan, because it causes the attention of the world public.
Student Leader Annoying Mainland China
Wong, celebrating his 20th birthday next week, was one of the student leaders behind the big pro-democracy street protests two years ago. In August, a Hong Kong court sentenced him to 80 social hours for his involvement in the demonstrations. His party Demosisto had been founded earlier this year. She is campaigning for a referendum on the future status of the former British Crown Colony. It's about a possible independence of mainland China.
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Two teenage girls missing from Kansas City, Missouri .
Police are looking for two teenage girls who are missing from Kansas City, Missouri. 14-year-old Ava Armato and 15-year-old Dani Pandolfi haven't been seen since early Saturday morning. Sign up for our Newsletters Family members tell us the girls left a home with a male friend at 4:30 a.m. That friend reportedly dropped the girls off at the Gladstone Walmart, off NE 72nd Street, at 11:00 a.m. Ava has reportedly dyed her hair brown. 14-year-old Ava Armato and 15-year-old Dani Pandolfi haven't been seen since early Saturday morning.