Mark Zuckerberg Finally Break Silence on Scandal
Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence, finally admitting to a “breach of trust” amid reports that Facebook recklessly handed over troves of user data that were exploited by a political consulting firm during the 2016 presidential election.
In a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post, Zuckerberg said the social network “made mistakes” and vowed to prevent another disaster by auditing thousands of apps and reining in their access to user data.
“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said, before launching into a blow-by-blow timeline explaining how the scandal unfolded.
Shonda Rhimes Divorcing ABC For Netflix
Rhimes’ success gave her enormous clout at ABC, so much so that the network appeared willing to give the go-ahead to almost anything offered by her production shingle. The last two shows, however — the misguided caper “The Catch” and the Shakespeare-inspired “Still Star-Crossed” — both failed, and whatever the commercial prospects of this latest pair, creatively, they both feel like tired versions of Shondaland Lite.
Inevitably, the spotlight in each show centers on an attractive, diverse group of young people in a high-stakes workplace setting.
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Drake’s ‘God Plan’ Tops Digital Song Sales Chart
For the first time in just over 12 years, the week’s top-selling song sold fewer than 50,000 downloads.
Drake’s “God’s Plan” leads Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 24) for a sixth total week with 49,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. That marks the lowest total for a No. 1 since the chart dated Dec. 31, 2005, when Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” ruled with 39,000.
Downloads were still relatively new in 2005, the year that the Billboard began incorporating their sales into the weekly Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated that Feb. 12. That week brought the lowest total for a Digital Song Sales No. 1 since, as Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” led with 31,000.
Nielsen Music started tracking digital song sales in 2003, the same year that Apple’s iTunes Store launched.
(“Plan” peaked with 127,000 downloads sold in its debut week, on charts dated Feb. 3.)
Marvel Unveils ‘The Weeknd’s Comic Book
Back in October, The Weekend announced a forth coming collaboration with Marvel that his Starboy character would be made into a comic book. Five months later and Marvel has produced a release date for The Weeknd Presents: Starboy. The debut issue is slated to hit shelves on June 13, according to a Marvel press release.
Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel
Comedian and producer Byron Allen acquired the Weather Channel TV network as he looks to expand his film and TV production company into a major media business. Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. bought the network from Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast Corp., according to a statement Thursday. The price was approximately $300 million, according to a person familiar with the terms who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified. That’s a fraction of what the larger company sold for a decade ago. The deal includes the famous cable TV network, but not online assets such as the website Weather.com and related mobile apps, which were acquired by International Business Machines Corp. in January 2016. In an interview on a day in which rain and snow blanketed much of the U.S., Allen said he was attracted to the reach and familiarity of the brand.
No Charges For Bills’ Zay Jones In Naked Fight
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of “insufficient evidence,” district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found “breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.
The Bills had no immediate comment.
Singer Bobby V Accused Of Rape In Georgia
Bobby V was named as the suspect in a rape that allegedly took place last weekend in Georgia, TMZ reports.
Law enforcement sources say the R&B singer was named by a woman who filed a police report in Cobb County early Monday, March 19. According to TMZ, the alleged rape occurred on Sunday in an area where Bobby has a residence.Police say they have an open investigation into the case and are keeping details under wraps.
Meanwhile, Bobby is not only denying the allegation, but is vowing legal retaliation.
Bobby’s rep tells us they are pursuing legal action “against what appears to be a weak yet calculated attempt to obtain financial gain through ulterior motives in the matter.” The rep did not say the alleged victim requested money directly from Bobby, but called her version of events an apparent false report.
Queen Latifah’s Mother Dies After Long Battle With Heart Failure
Queen Latifah is in mourning tonight. Her beloved mother, Rita Owens has died. The rapper/singer/actress has been her mother’s caretaker for several years while she battled a heart condition. Born Dana Owens in New Jersey, she turned 48 on March 18th.
Latifah shared the news in a statement to People.com:
“It is with a heavy heart that I share the news my mother, Rita Owens passed away today,” says Latifah. “Anyone that has ever met her knows what a bright light she was on this earth. She was gentle, but strong, sweet, but sassy, worldy but pragmatic, a woman of great faith and certainly the love of my life.”
FRESH KICKS PUMA & FUBU
, one of the most respected hip-hop clothing lines of the ’90s, announces a collaboration with PUMA
dubbed the “Suede 50 Pack.” The brand which was originally created by friends and entrepreneurs Daymond John, Keith Perrin, J. Alexander Martin and Carl Brown was worn by the likes of LL Cool J, Da Brat and more.
25 years after its 1992 launch, FUBU is still regarded as one of the brands that first fused hip-hop with streetwear. This collaboration marks the instrumental role that the line played which ultimately lead to the current state of sneakers and sportswear.
The forthcoming collection features the FUBU x PUMA Suede Classic
sneaker which sees a black velour upper. Additional detailing includes red velour piping on the black Formstripe paired with a red outsole and gold accents. Another part of the collection pays tribute to FUBU’s iconic tracksuits — the women’s T7 Track Jacket and the T7 Track Pants. The jacket comes in black french terry with a red stripe on the sides, and a co-branded, satin twill appliqué on the back. Last in the women’s range is the Baby Tee which includes branding in bright red with gold and black detailing.
Pick up the capsule collection on January 26 at puma.com
and in-store at select PUMA retailers.
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