Entertainment Debunking the week's tabloid stories: March 20, 2020
Oppo Find X2 global reveal rescheduled to March 6
In response to the cancellation of the 2020 Mobile World Congress, Oppo will instead be revealing its latest flagship smartphone online on March 6. Oppo announced Tuesday that its latest flagship smartphone, the Find X2, will debut next Friday about a week after it was supposed to be revealed at the now-cancelled Mobile World Congress, a conference which the company had referred to as "the most important platform in the mobile communication industry."Instead, the Find X2 will be unveiled online on March 6.
YouTube isin reducing streaming quality in Europe to reduce strain on the internet, has reported. "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default," it said in a statement. On top of that, the Alphabet company has also a hub in 16 countries dedicated to verified, factual stories about the outbreak.
Most countries in Europe have introduced confinement measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, so folks cooped up at home will be seeking entertainment options. As such, EU industry czar Thierry Breton has asked streaming platforms to reduce video quality in order to keep the internet running smoothly. Breton personally spoke to both Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, according to Reuters.
LinkedIn takes inspiration from Snapchat, begins testing Stories feature
Earlier this week, LinkedIn announced that, in a push to increase conversational engagement on the platform, it's testing a Snapchat-like Stories feature. On Wednesday, LinkedIn's head of content products Pete Davies announced that the brand is introducing a new conversation-promoting feature to the platform: Stories. Not unlike how they're used by Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook users, LinkedIn Stories -- even though the media is geared more towards professional engagement than social conversation -- have been designed to "offer a lightweight, fun way to share an update without it having to be perfect or attached to your profile forever.
Yesterday, Netflix became the first major streaming platform to reduce video stream bitrates. Over the next 30 days, it has promised to reduce its footprint by around 25 percent by "reducing bit rates across all our streams in Europe," the company told Engadget.
YouTube has also launched a dedicated hub on its home page to promote "authoritative content" to users. " We want everyone to have access to authoritative content during this trying time," it .
The technology industry is working closely together in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world on COVID-19 response efforts. Read our full statement.— Google Public Policy (@googlepubpolicy)
Conspiracy theories and fearmongering are dangerous at any time, but during a pandemic, they can be fatal. Multiple coronavirus hoax videos have already gone viral, including one calling the virus aand another stating that somehow caused the pandemic. YouTube's effort is part of a made by multiple tech giants, including Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter, to quash misinformation and promote credible content during the pandemic.
So far in France, I've yet to see the reduced video speeds or the hub, but I expect they should come along soon. You should be able to see the dedicated hub in the US by now, though.
An Actor Says He Was Offered $70,000 to Lie About Meghan Markle .
Scary Movie 3 star Simon Rex alleges a tabloid was going to pay him big bucks if he claimed he and the duchess “hooked up.”The most recent example of this involves actor Simon Rex (Scary Movie 3), who alleges a British tabloid offered him a lot of money to lie about his relationship with Markle. “Nothing happened [between Meghan and me]," Rex told the Hollywood Raw podcast. "We never even kissed. It was just, like, we hung out once in a very non-datey way. She was just someone I had met on a TV show and, like, we got lunch. That was the extent of it.