Parler website is back with ‘technical difficulties’ update, but app remains offline

NEW YORK: The chief executive of social media platform Parler, popular with American right-wing users but which virtually vanished after the U.S. Capitol riot, posted a brief message on the company’s website. Parler’s app, however, remains offline.”Hello world, is this thing on?,” John Matze asked in a message dated Saturday, posted above a note from […]

Parler May ‘Be Back Up’ By End of Month, CEO Matze Says as He Touts ‘Big Milestone’

“Not one, even with them being harassed and threatened, no one has quit […] we’ve got such a strong team, this has just made them believe in us more”, Matze stressed. The remarks come after the Parler chief executive wrote in the first update on Saturday, “Hello world, is this thing on?”, as he vowed […]

Amazon Prime Video to continue investing in local content

“I think that the behaviour change of people coming online and experiencing premium content is not transitory, it’s for good. Once you get used to watching content online at a time, place and device of your choice and you access the high quality, premium cinematic value content or early window films, then you don’t usually […]

Don’t Prevent Vanity; Vent It

Some forms of escapism are very high status, others are scorned, considered shameful. I’m interested in demoting the highfaluting forms to the elevated status I hold for all escapism. I don’t think ideology or spirituality is any loftier than watching blockbuster movies or playing video games. It’s all a matter of what happens after your […]

‘I could not handle what I was seeing’: Selena Gomez doubles down on her condemnation of tech leaders for allowing ‘misinformation’ and ‘hate groups’ to thrive on social media

‘Facebook and Instagram are being used to spread hate, misinformation, racism, and bigotry,’ she wrote. ‘I am calling you both to HELP STOP THIS. Please shut down groups and users focused on spreading hate speech violence and misinformation. Our future depends on it.’ 

Liger: Karan Johar shares intriguing poster of Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday’s film

Vijay and Ananya also shared the same poster on their respective social media accounts. “Humbly announcing our arrival Pan India! Nationwide madness Guaranteed. Someone with my background shouldn’t have reached anywhere near here according to the conventions and set norms. But with sheer madness, passion, hard work, Here we are! For everyone like me, it […]

These virtual stores are a joyful twist on e-commerce

Ralph Lauren offers several faithful online walk-throughs of its stores; I dropped in on the Beverly Hills location, because I’ve been there and wanted to see how the digital version compared. A much more comprehensive experience than Cost Plus World Market’s World of Joy, it offers a side menu that lists departments, eliminating the need to […]

As privacy becomes a hot topic, this week’s debate centres around the Data Protection Bill. Will it do enough to protect your digital data?

Bill based on privacy principles most modern democracies subscribe toI try to avoid debates, like this one, on the pros and cons of the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (PDP Bill, 2019) — because right now it is just that — a draft. Having witnessed our two previous attempts at creating a data protection […]

Pop goes Trump! The artists, comedians and meme-makers deflating the Donald

“The tiny hands, Elnett hair construction, preposterous showboating, it was all comically ridiculous,” says Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos (pictured, inset), whose contribution, Demagogue, is a wonky, off-kilter stomper. “He was a joke, then… it wasn’t a joke. Then: a sense of ‘Fuck, is this really happening?’” Some songs were written solely for the project, while […]

AMANDA PLATELL: Shattering human cost of putting Covid first is shown by the harrowing story of La’Troya Hall’s husband who died of cancer

Yet there is a silver lining to all these woes. With Harry and Meghan out of the way, and Prince Andrew dismissed from service, the Firm’s core team has stepped up. Kate and Wills look happier than ever together, as do Charles and Camilla, and Covid’s meant the Queen and Philip are spending blissful time […]