Young Japanese seek out fake friends for social media posts

Feb 23, 2017

Young Japanese seek out fake friends for social media posts

Photos posted on social networking services have become so dominant in the lives of young people in Japan that they have triggered an unusual business: hiring people to pose as friends to post on Facebook, Instagram and Line. According to Studio Innovation Inc., which ...

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Feb 23, 2017

China selfie-app leader Meitu seeks to 'beautify the world'

Strolling a tree-lined Shanghai street with friends, Hu Dongyuan pulls out her smartphone and does what millions of Chinese women do daily: take a selfie, digitally “beautify” their faces, and pop it on social media. Such virtual make-overs, typically involving lightening skin, smoothing out ...

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

Feb 23, 2017

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

A small town in western Japan has been attracting foreign visitors after its efforts to reduce waste to zero by 2020 have become widely known via YouTube. The documentary video, titled “How This Town Produces No Trash,” with English narration and captions, explains how ...

Jan 26, 2017

Facebook fine-tunes trending topics to better deliver news

Under pressure to stymie the spread of fake news, Facebook changed its system for showing trending topics on Wednesday. The leading social network said that instead of simply showing a topic, it will include headlines from articles about the trending subjects along with sources ...

Trump retweets praise for his daughter, but tags the wrong Ivanka

Jan 18, 2017

Trump retweets praise for his daughter, but tags the wrong Ivanka

His daughter Ivanka may be Donald Trump’s favorite child, but the president-elect apparently doesn’t know her Twitter handle, mistaking her for a British woman from the seaside town of Brighton. On Monday night, the Republican retweeted praise for his daughter from a Twitter user ...