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Facebook turned 18 this week – but not without changes or scandals

Facebook turned 18 this week - but not without changes or scandals
Feb 6 2022 Share

Facebook has finally achieved adult status after it turned 18 on February 4th 2004. It was launched in a dorm room at Harvard University by friends and roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughe. 

Nearly two decades have passed since the iconic platform’s launch, with the parent company behind Facebook, Meta, having become one of the most well-known, and controversial, companies. 

With billions of users, despite having just ranked one of the lowest amounts in its existence this week as well, Facebook reached a market value of approximately $898 billion today. 

Alongside the four other largest tech companies – Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Google – Facebook continues to be at the centre of discussions regarding data security and competition violations. 

The platform was originally only made for students at Zuckerberg’s alma mater, Harvard University. Facebook users now spend about an hour a day on the platform, but the average length of people looking at posts is 17 seconds. 

Zuckerberg, in response to the recent 26% drop in stocks, said that he is more focused on pushing the Metaverse concept, having spent more than $10 billion along these lines last year. 

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Survey finds that ‘FRIENDS’ is the greatest TV show ever

Survey finds that ‘FRIENDS’ is the greatest TV show ever
Feb 6 2022 Share

The fan favourite sitcom FRIENDS, which was broadcast 28 years ago and still managed to maintain an audience of millions globally, has been deemed the best TV show ever by a survey. 

A recent survey conducted by OnePoll and commissioned by YouTube revealed that the sitcom was voted the greatest TV show ever produced in the mainstream media. 

The news caught the eye of Chandler Bing-actor Matthew Perry, who shared an Instagram snapshot of the sitcom’s ranking. He simply reacted with the caption; ‘Nice.’ Not the most enthusiastic of celebrations but considering how much of a following the show garnered over the years, it’s a little unsurprising at this point. 

FRIENDS managed to beat sitcom classic ‘Seinfeld’, and even other genres of shows such as Game of Thrones, which ranked at 3rd place. 

Nearly a fifth of respondents claim that the 80s and the 90s were the prime for television, with the 2000s, 2010s and 70’s trailing not too far behind. Only 7% believe we are currently living in th best era for TV.

The study also for d that three in four respondents will always stop to watch their favourite TV shows no matter how they’re feeling. 

Of course, what makes a show good varies from person to person. 60% cared more about a show’s cast and writing than the aesthetic or plot. 65% also said they think of people in their lives when they watch their favourite shows, with 69% admitting they will try to convince friends and family to watch a show they love or discovered. 

The survey comes just after the FRIENDS reunion which brought all the beloved actors back for an emotional and nostalgia inducing sit-down and reenactment of several scenes. 

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Prime Minister and Opposition leader to both contest fifth electoral district 

Prime Minister and Opposition leader to both contest fifth electoral district 
Feb 6 2022 Share

Addressing a political event in Mqabba this morning Sunday 6th February, Prime Minister Robert Abela revealed he will be contesting the fifth electoral district in the upcoming general election.

This means that the party leaders will be going head to head as Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech confirmed he would be contesting the electoral district last year. 

The area incudes Birżebbuġa, Kirkop, Mqabba, Ħal Farruġ, Luqa, Qrendi, Safi and Żurrieq. This news comes as many await the announcement of the general election dates which are yet to be revealed. 

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Photo Source: Robert Abela FB, Bernard Grech FB

Mahmood & Blanco set for Eurovision after winning Sanremo 2022

Mahmood & Blanco set for Eurovision after winning Sanremo 2022
Feb 6 2022 Share

Mahmood & Blanco have just been crowned as the winners of the 72nd Festival di Sanremo Italy with their song ‘Brividi’. 

Following a night of music, special acts and notable guests, all twenty-five participating artists performed their songs to get their shot at venturing to Eurovision Final 2022. 

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The result was first decided by the public, which resulted in three super finalists being announced after adding up public vote together with the previous nights average provisional rankings. 

The winner was decided during the super-final round, were all results were zeroed so the winner was decided by a combination of votes from the demoscopic jury (33%), press jury (33%) and public vote (34%). Mahmood & Blanco’s Brividi, which literally means ‘chills’, came out on top, beating Elisa and Gianna Morandi in the super-final. 

The winner of Sanremo has the option to go to Eurovision, and it was unveiled at a press conference shortly after the victory that the duo will be taking up this opportunity. This comes just after Italy won the Eurovision in 2021 with Maneskin’s ‘Zitti e Buoni’.

The duo will not be bringing the rock & roll which Maneskin emerged victorious with, but if the Sanremo reception is anything to go off of, Mahmood & Blanco’s music is also a force to reckon with for any Eurovision competitor. 

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