Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask

Stereogum: Noel Gallagher Refuses To Wear A Mask. This quote has some Language in it. You know what I mean. I have censored it a little so my email newsletter has a chance of not getting filtered out. “Noel Gallagher said that he refuses to wear a face mask in a new interview on The Matt Morgan Podcast. ‘I don’t wear a mask, no. The whole f!cking thing is bollocks,’ he said. ‘You’re supposed to wear them in Selfridges but you can fucking go down to the pub and be surrounded by every fucking c!unt. Oh well, actually, we don’t have the virus in the pubs, but we have it in Selfridges, oh alright.’ (Just yesterday, England announced new regulations limiting the amount of people gathering to no more than six after COVID-19 cases escalated, though pubs and restaurants are still open.)”

People Magazine: Jillian Michaels Says She Contracted COVID-19 After Letting Her ‘Guard Down for an Hour’

People Magazine: Jillian Michaels Says She Contracted COVID-19 After Letting Her ‘Guard Down for an Hour’. “Jillian Michaels is opening up about her experience with coronavirus. On Tuesday, the fitness trainer, 49, revealed she had contracted COVID-19 ‘several weeks ago’ as she discussed why people should consider not going to the gym amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.

Columbia Journalism Review: Cable news profits from its obsession with Trump. Viewers are the only victims.. “…many outlets have seen sharp increases in readership and subscribers by capitalizing on (and reinforcing) the obsession with Trump. A new tool from Stanford University’s Computer Graphics Lab reveals that cable news has undergone a similar transformation. The Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer enables users to track cable news screen time for anyone they’d like, from 2010 to present.”

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: Actor and family had Covid-19 (BBC)

BBC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: Actor and family had Covid-19. “Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson says he and his family had all contracted Covid-19. The former wrestler, who is now the world’s highest-paid actor, said he, his wife and two daughters caught the virus despite being ‘disciplined’ about health protection. He said the positive tests were ‘a kick in the gut’.”

Elite Daily: Chadwick Boseman Has The Most-Liked Tweet Ever Following His Death

Elite Daily: Chadwick Boseman Has The Most-Liked Tweet Ever Following His Death. “Chadwick Boseman’s death due to colon cancer sent shockwaves through social media, and the sheer amount of engagement the announcement on Twitter has received is a testament to that. Following his death, Chadwick Boseman has the most-liked Tweet ever. The social media company announced the news on Saturday, Aug. 29, just one day after the announcement was posted to Boseman’s account.” The tweet had seven million “likes” as of Sunday, August 30.

Gangs of Twitterpur: Inside a network of fake celebrity accounts (India Today)

India Today: Gangs of Twitterpur: Inside a network of fake celebrity accounts. “Some Twitter users are caught imitating popular personalities during a given news cycle. While impersonating celebrities like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and prominent lawyers, they used to garner thousands of like and retweets based on the news doing rounds at a particular time.”

‘It’s like my baby’: This is what it’s like to run a celebrity fan account with 100k followers (The Tab)

The Tab: ‘It’s like my baby’: This is what it’s like to run a celebrity fan account with 100k followers. “Becca is just one of the thousands of Timothée Chalamet fan accounts. A drop in the ocean. An even smaller drop in the abyss of total fan accounts: there are hundreds for each celeb. Name any celeb, there will be a stan account out there – even if it’s lingering about in the Instagram nether with a weird username, 60 followers, and hasn’t posted since 2013. You’ve probably stumbled upon fan accounts before, likely when you’re perusing the Insta search function to follow a certain celeb. You might even already follow some. But behind the scenes, these accounts are borne out of hard work and a deep appreciation for the celebrities they’re based on.”

Winnipeg Free Press: Neil Young sets sights on ‘corrupt’ Facebook, Google

Winnipeg Free Press: Neil Young sets sights on ‘corrupt’ Facebook, Google. “In the midst of his battle against President Trump, Neil Young has decided to take on a couple of other sizable entities —Facebook and Google. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has announced he’ll be spending thousands of dollars to disconnect his popular Neil Young Archives music site from the two online giants.”

BBC: Andrea Bocelli ‘humiliated’ by Italy’s Covid rules

BBC: Andrea Bocelli ‘humiliated’ by Italy’s Covid rules. “Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has said he felt “humiliated and offended” by lockdown measures imposed in the country due to coronavirus. ‘I could not leave the house even though I had committed no crime,’ Bocelli said. He also admitted to disobeying lockdown rules and believing the severity of the pandemic had been overblown. His comments will surprise many as he had become a symbol of national unity at the height of the lockdown.”

CNN: I attended a virtual conference with an AI version of Deepak Chopra. It was bizarre and transfixing

CNN: I attended a virtual conference with an AI version of Deepak Chopra. It was bizarre and transfixing. “I was reacting to the fact that Chopra, Stone, Banister and two other people I’d been viewing via Zoom — Laura Ulloa, a peace activist, and Lars Buttler, cofounder and CEO of the AI Foundation and moderator of this panel discussion — were all digital personas created with artificial intelligence. That is, each one of them looked and sounded a lot like the person they were meant to represent. But these ersatz versions of their flesh-and-blood counterparts were built by Buttler’s AI Foundation, a San Francisco company and nonprofit that promotes the idea that each of us should have our own AI identity.”

CNN: How the massive Twitter hack may have happened

CNN: How the massive Twitter hack may have happened. “A group of former Twitter (TWTR) employees who watched in shock as a hack compromised the accounts of some of the most prominent people on the social network, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk, are among those trying to figure out how an attack of such staggering proportions could have happened. As they conduct their unofficial investigation in a closed Slack group, the former employees, including some who were members of Twitter’s security team, are attempting to reconstruct the events leading up to the takeovers based on their knowledge of the social network’s internal protocols and technical systems.”

CNN: Twitter’s massive hack could be even worse than it seems

CNN: Twitter’s massive hack could be even worse than it seems. “The enormous Twitter hack that led to the accounts of a former US president, a possible future president, numerous billionaire businessmen, celebrities and the world’s most valuable company all promoting a bitcoin scam may go down as one of the worst cybersecurity disasters ever to hit a social media company.”

Tom Hanks on surviving coronavirus: ‘I had crippling body aches, fatigue and couldn’t concentrate’ (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Tom Hanks on surviving coronavirus: ‘I had crippling body aches, fatigue and couldn’t concentrate’. “Hanks is used to bowing to the changed landscape. Back in March, while he was filming in Australia, he and his wife, Rita Wilson, became, he says, “the celebrity canaries in the coalmine of all things Covid-19”. They were among the earliest and certainly most famous people in the west to be diagnosed with the virus on 10 March, and were hospitalised for three days. I ask if they have suffered any after effects of the illness.”