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Facebook’s Secret Plans To Interconnect Messenger, WhatsApp, & Instagram

If you haven’t been on social media lately and are feeling a little disconnected, do not worry. This could well be a thing of the past. Because despite being in the middle of a privacy scandal, Facebook is working on integrating WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. This move has been initiated to create a solid messaging experience for all.

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The three have been functioning as independent entities so far, more like competitors. But not anymore. As reported by the New York Times, major plans are underway to integrate them.

Facebook’s secret initiatives

Facebook has always been on a mission of bringing people together building communities, and fostering friendships. So it’s no surprise that it is taking a step further and is now planning to enable cross-messaging between Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp as revealed by the NYT.

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Users will enjoy end-to-end encryption so that they can communicate with those not present on other Facebook platforms within the company’s ecosystem itself. Although Facebook has not specifically revealed the timeline for this, rumour mills have confirmed that it will definitely happen.

Also Read: Facebook’s new feature to help blind users

People are all for messaging these days, and social messaging has obviously become the norm, more common than calling itself. It therefore won’t be surprising at all to see people welcoming this kind of an initiative.

Competition with Apple & Google

Facebook is certainly hoping that people will hop on to this merged system as their primary mode of messaging leaving behind Google’s messaging services and Apple’s iMessage. At a time when competition is stiff and the growth is slow, Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is apparently hopeful that its billions of users will stay connected and engage within Facebook’s own ecosystem and move away from competitors like Google and Apple.

Facebook Founder & CEO, Mark Zuckerberg/ Courtesy: Cnet
Facebook Founder & CEO, Mark Zuckerberg/ Courtesy: Cnet

Would it help?

So how would this help us? Well, if you are on Messenger and want to contact someone who’s only on WhatsApp, the integration will allow you to contact this person regardless of whether they use Facebook Messenger or not. Although the plans are still in a very nascent stage, the integration is expected to happen by end of 2019 or in early 2020.

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There is no denying that some other super-app might emerge till then rendering the whole integration effort futile. And who knows, Facebook might just take over that one too. This will help position itself stronger into the game. The possibilities can be many, but what’s good for users is the fact that all apps will incorporate end-to-end encryption as ordered by Zuckerberg to ensure that messages are protected at all costs.

A statement released to CNBC by a company spokesperson on the condition of anonymity in this regard, states:

[Facebook wants to] build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private. We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.

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As always, only time will tell if this integration is as promising as it seems to be.

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Single Women In China Now To Get ‘Love’ Leaves

We’re surely living in a fast-paced world. This means a constant struggle of achieving a work-life balance, while keeping a tab on your health as well as your social life. This lifestyle can be intimidating at times. And those without a partner may not be able to even look for one, given the paucity of time. But not anymore!

Well, China may just be the place you would want to be if you were a single woman over 30 years of age. Two companies in China have taken an extraordinary step and may end up leading by example.

Date breaks

This is a country where single women in their late 20s and early 30s are considered as ‘leftover’ women or Sheng Nu. At such a time, two companies have taken a bold step of giving those over 30 a much-needed date leave. Ingrained social beliefs and a traditional mindset that women who are not married by a certain age are undesirable, are perhaps the reason behind them being looked upon as leftovers. However, there are women in other countries that simply place greater emphasis on their careers and choose them over marriage. Often times, they end up not marrying at all.

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Hangzhou Songcheng Performance and Hangzhou Songcheng Tourism Management are now giving single female employees over 30 in non-frontline roles, additional 8 days of leave. They have termed this as annual dating leave. The usual leave of 7 days is given to employees during the Lunar New Year for people to go home and bond with their family. But an extra 8 days just to find the perfect partner definitely comes as a refreshing initiative.

Also Read: Tech company recruits only autistic people

Songcheng Performance
Songcheng Performance

Huang Lei, the Human Resources Manager of the company told online news outlet Zhejiang Online:

The ratio of men to women in our company is about the same. [But] women employees mostly work in internal functional departments and some are show performers. Some female staff have less contact with the outside world. Therefore, we hope to give more leave to female staff. To give them more time and opportunities to be in contact with the opposite sex.

Huang Lei, Human Resources Manager at Songcheng

Wake-up call

This move has come at a time when China has touched a historical turning point. For the first time since records have begun, deaths have outnumbered births. The 2018 statistics for the country suggest that there has been a drop of two million births. This is alarming as compared to the previous year taking the number of live births to 15.23 million.

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A couple relaxing outdoors

Although the one-child policy was abolished in 2015, the number of births still suggests that people have taken note of the fact that an ageing society and dwindling workforce could tarnish economic growth.

So after continued measures to control the population, the country is now exploring ways to increase fertility. Life expectancy has gone up and China expects a quarter of its population to be over 65 by 2040. This means that the situation could become grave unless there is a sizeable workforce to take care of the ageing demographics.

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A survey was conducted recently by LinkedIn China and L’Oreal China. This suggests that almost 80% of the women born after 1995 fell into the ‘economically independent’ category. On the other hand, the remaining 20% chose the ‘loving wife and mother’ option.

Recently, a school in Hangzhou had also come up with an ‘extra two days off each month’ initiative for single, stressed-out teachers. This certainly served as a move to uplift employee morale. The supposed ‘love leave’ was also much appreciated.

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Deadpool 3 In The Works? Ryan Reynolds Is Dropping Hints

Deadpool has managed to receive plenty of appreciation from the very beginning. So much so, that Deadpool 2 had garnered hype and attention from the word go. And fans of the franchise were getting way more updates than they could handle. Not surprising then, Deadpool 3 is living up to the whole euphoria the superhero franchise has managed to build with each installment. So what’s in store for the much-awaited third one? Any guesses?

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The excitement begins

Are they taking the story forward? Are they giving out any clues? Well, for starters, suffice to say that the development on Deadpool 3 has already begun. Ryan Reynolds who plays the popular superhero has confirmed this and we definitely are all ears. While in China for the release of a much milder version of the sequel called Once Upon a Deadpool, a re-cut version of Deadpool 2 with added footage, he told us something that could well increase our expectations from the third installment.

He spoke during a press conference. As reported by Variety, this is what the superhero had to say, “[The producers and writers are] looking to go in a completely different direction.” And that’s not all; “Often, they reboot or change a character maybe like four movies too late,” he added.

Also Read: Blake Lively wins free coffee for life from Hugh Jackman

Perhaps this is what Rhett Reese, Deadpool 2 producer and co-writer meant when he told CinemaBlend, “contracts back down” into something “personal and small.” This was after Cable, Domino and X-Force members were added to the Deadpool 2 universe.

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As the Merc with a foul mouth, Reynolds is the favorite in the X-Men universe. He bowled us over with his amazing portrayal of the anti-hero. While speaking to Screen Rant, both the writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese had revealed their plans for Deadpool 3 earlier. “We’re constantly in touch with Ryan (Reynolds), and we’re always throwing ideas back and forth via text and phone conversations. So, it’s always at the front of our minds. We’ll get there when the time is right, but as of right now, X-Force is next up,” Wernick had divulged.

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According to the chronology that we’ve established, X-Force will be next, before Deadpool 3. It’s a bit of the ‘Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3’ model, in that sense. X-Force isn’t being written by us. It’s being written and directed by Drew Goddard, or at least that’s the plan right now. We’re not involved with that one. We do anticipate there will be a Deadpool 3 at some point, but it’s just a little premature, because it will definitely take a backseat to X-Force for the time being.

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The wait begins

Once Upon a Deadpool is a PG-13 edition of the movie and during its brief theatrical run, $6 million is all it made. Whether this was due to the fact that the original had made it to home media way before this version appeared on screen or not, is not known. We wonder if fans were really up for this insipid version of their superhero. After all, his irreverent edge is hugely responsible for the all the popularity he garners. While the makers may have several things planned for the franchise, fans do have their own expectations.

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Facebook Hurting Us The Most. Shares Personal Data With Companies

Did you know that since 2010, our very favorite social media platform Facebook has given access of our personal data to more than 150 companies? Well, while the dust refuses to settle on the tech giant’s breach of privacy issue, there have been companies that were given the right to read and delete private messages of users. Surprised? Read on.

Is your data safe? Think again

The New York Times revealed how our data has been compromised due to Facebook’s data-sharing business partnerships. Those who have enjoyed access include top giants such as Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, and even Yandex- the Russian search engine. While the partnerships may have been cemented at different times, they were active in 2017 and were exempted from the privacy rules.

Different companies have enjoyed access to a varying extent. For example, Microsoft’s search engine Bing could access names of friends of virtually all Facebook users without their consent. While Netflix, Spotify and the Royal Bank of Canada went a step further and could even read, write and delete their private messages.

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Others such as Amazon, Microsoft and Sony could get contact information of users through their friends. Despite the said attempts of prohibiting such access, Yahoo and Yandex reportedly retained access. And that’s not all; Apple was given the power to see users’ contacts as well as their calendar entries. This was, irrespective of whether their data sharing was disabled or not.

Also Read: Users are deleting Instagram and you should too

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So like it or not- these companies sought hundreds of millions of people on a monthly basis by way of applications. The biggest concern is that some of these partnerships are active even today.

The shadow of doubt looms

Facebook is already receiving a lot of flak for such breaches and its privacy policies are being heavily scrutinized. But Facebook refuses to accept such claims. Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, Facebook’s director of developer platforms and programs, revealed in a blog post saying:

None of these partnerships or features gave companies access to information without people’s permission, nor did they violate our 2012 settlement with the FTC.

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As Times reporter Nick Confessore points out through his tweet, Facebook believes that an explicit consent of users is not really necessary since its business partners which they prefer to call as ‘integration partners’ are in fact ‘functionally extensions of Facebook itself’.

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The Times report definitely raises some very valid questions and two U.S. Senators have already expressed the need for a federal privacy law. What’s ironic is that despite such arguments, Facebook admits that it’s got work to do to regain people’s trust.

Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of product partnerships, said in a blog post,

In the past day, we’ve been accused of disclosing people’s private messages to partners without their knowledge. That’s not true — and we wanted to provide more facts about our messaging partnerships.

Ime Archibong, V.P. Product Partnerships at Facebook

Netflix, Spotify cry foul

Meanwhile, Netflix and Spotify cry foul. Netflix released a statement saying, “At no time did we access people’s private messages on Facebook, or ask for the ability to do so.” Spotify on the other hand said something similar. “We have no evidence that Spotify ever accessed users’ private Facebook messages,” it said.

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With their stock falling by more than 7 percent after the article got published, Facebook indeed has a lot of work to do. Or else, it will continue to lose its ‘friends’.

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Netflix’s Shocking New Crime Series Will Leave You Speechless

Abducted In Plain Sight is a Netflix Original Documentary series. Revolving around the life of Actress Jan Broberg; the chilling narrative has sent the world into a horrified state.

Robert Berchtold and Jan Broberg
Robert Berchtold and Jan Broberg

The documentary shows the kidnapping of young Jan by a family friend called Robert ‘B’ Berchtold. What’s chilling about this is the fact that the man had kidnapped her twice in her lifetime. Well, if you thought that was shocking, here’s where it gets worse. Post the incident that left Jan traumatized, her parents remained passive about the entire thing and chose not to speak to anyone about it.

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The Plot

Set in the 1970’s, Paedophile Robert ‘B’ Berchtold befriended the Broberg family. Little did the family know what his true intentions were, until years later. What is morbid about the entire episode is how the child’s parents turned a bind eye to what was obviously taking place right in front of their eyes.

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Jan Broberg was a little above 10 years of age when Berchtold met her. Ignorant of his sexual advances towards her, the child wandered into the predators trap much like a fawn with no protection.

Also Read: Celebs who went to rehab and came back stronger

Turns out, Robert was quite the manipulator and used dirty tricks to earn Jan’s parents’ trust. He was their handyman, as they call it now.

Jan Broberg and Robert Berchtold
Jan and Robert

Upon Jan going missing for the second time, her parents finally took legal action. The predator however had a trick up his sleeve. Unfortunately, both Jan’s mother and father had entertained an affair with Berchtold. The man cleverly used this to blackmail them into withdrawing their complaint on him.

The plot gets worse

It just gets weirder folks. The documentary shows a now adult Jan Broberg, horrifically recollect the gory abuse she suffered. Upon turning a teenager, she said, Robert even built a wooden wall in the room for her, seperating her mother and her. Jan’s mother was seen crying at what took place.

The man slept in the same bed as young Jan for months. He did this right before abducting her. Apparently, he tricked the parents into thinking that he’s taking her horseback riding.

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Okay now, brace yourselves. Robert even convinced Jan, that she needs to have his baby when she turns sixteen. Failing which, it would result in the loss of her sister’s eyes and destruction of the world. He manipulated the child into thinking she was abnormal, and that, aliens were watching her.

The world reacts

The stupefying series has left quite a few around the globe, stunned, shocked, disgusted, angry and what not! One twitter user summed up her entire experience of watching this in a tweet.

Started watched Abducted in Plain Sight on Netflix and I literally had to press pause and take a break. I can’t believe these people who were so mind fucked by a dude who wanted to marry their 12 year old daughter. It’s sickening; the shit he does to get to her.

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Some even hailed it as an informative watch regarding the extent paedophiles go to for a child.

@Netflix For those on the fence about R. Kelly, you need to watch “Abducted in Plain Sight”. It is a Netflix documentary that depicts in great detail the lenghts a PEDOPHILE will go through to get a child and their M.O. #muterkelly #Netflix #PEDOPHILE #abductedinplainsight

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Well, shocking is probably the only way to describe such a documentary. Stay safe everyone and be smart!

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A Prophecy Made On Bohemian Rhapsody? Let’s Find Out

The Academy Awards ceremony 2019 was definitely one to watch! For the first time ever, the stage saw an Asian-American host who also won an award the same night by the way. Adam Samberg and Sandra Oh were not the only stars of the night. In what looks like a prophecy coming true, Rami Malek stole the show with a huge win for Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Brian May’s Prophecy

The movie garnered attention worldwide, for Rami’s impeccable resemblance to the late, Freddie Mercury. It wasn’t just the actor’s appearance but also his demeanour on stage that wowed the audience. Ranging from taking piano and guitar lessons to training under a movement director, Rami has hit gold at the Golden Globes Awards 2019. The movie was even nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars this year.

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Queen band member, Brian May was quoted saying, that Rami was incredible. He said that Malek, made it seem as though Freddie was back and walking among the living for a second time. Now that’s some honour!

Also Read: Rami Malek undergoes rigorous body transformation to look like Freddie Mercury

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Brian May and Rami Malek

The band member was all praises for the artist and reckoned that he deserves an award for his efforts. Brian May, you just showed the whole world how true your judgments can be.

He’s incredible… without doubt he’ll be on the nominations list for an Oscar – and well deserved as well.

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Rami Malek’s win

Malek indeed went on to win an award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Motion Picture. The movie, Bohemian Rhapsody on the other hand won the award for Best Motion Picture-Drama.

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A very blessed and grateful Rami took the mic with an emotional dedication to Queen and most importantly, Freddie Mercury. Like the 76th Golden Globes Awards, Oscar night 2019 too, was quite the tear-jerker for bandmates of Queen.

And of course, to Queen. To you, Brian May. To you, Roger Taylor. For ensuring, that authenticity and inclusivity exists in the music and in the world and in all of us. Thank you to Freddie Mercury, for giving me the joy of a lifetime. I love you, you beautiful man! This is for and because of you gorgeous. Muah!

Rami Malek

List of Nominees

Given the Oscar nomination, we’re sure Rami is in ninth heaven right now. And rightly so.
Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Roma, Bohemian Rhapsody, GreenBook , Vice , The Favourite and A Star Is Born are the list of nominees for Best Picture at Oscars 2019.

Leading Actor Nominees include, Rami Malek, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, William Dafoe and Viggo Mortensen.Turning tables this year, the leading actor and actress awards housed quite a few non-american artists.

Leading Actress nominees were, Yalitza Aparicio, Lady Gaga,Glenn Close, Olivia Colman and Melissa McCarthy.

It’s Marvel’s year

Black Panther is reportedly up for seven Oscars this year. Showcasing the epic struggle of good versus evil, Black Panther has already won, Best Picture, Sound Mixing, Original Song, Sound Editing, Best Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design.

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Marvel has a lot to revel about this year with not just Black Panther but also, Avengers:Infinity War and Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse which are up for Best Visual Effects and Best Animated Film respectively.

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Nike’s New Grass Shoes Will Leave You Swooning

International sports brand Nike is all set to release the world’s first, ‘Fake Grass Shoe’. Yes, the shoe is covered in a layer of fake golf grass with the Nike emblem barely showing through it.

The inspiration behind the shoes

Turns out that it was designed to camouflage in the grass surroundings during golf. We’re not sure though if anyone had a problem with their shoes being seen on a grassy landscape. Nike however has not left the opportunity pass by. The shoes do look very enticing thanks to the grassy feel. Almost as if you are walking in a bit of nature yourself.

Nike Air Max 1 G
Nike Air Max 1 G

The trainers have Nike swooshes to their sides and soles. A classic white swoosh on a soft grassy background. Nice touch eh?

The Launch

The Nike Golf Shoes – Air Max 1 G – NRG Grass 2019 will be launched at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The stylish trainers are being hailed as ‘The greatest show on grass’ by GolfPoser.

Also Read: Dwayne Johnson gets paid $13 million more than Emily Blunt

This brand new spikeless golf shoe blends signature AM1 details with golf specific footwear technology to produce an almost identical replication of one of the most iconic and most popular Nike sneakers of all time. The iconic Air Max 1 silhouette has been adopted in its entirety – meaning that the style now features a visible Max Air unit at the heel to complete the OG aesthetic perfectly.

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Nike Air Max 1 Golf “Grass” is all set for release in the coming weeks of January 2019. The new model retails at a decent $ 140. They will be available only at select Nike sportswear stores and on Nike.com

Stylecodes and more…

If you would like a pair of these beasts, the style code for the grass shoes is BQ4804-300. Also, the trainers are apparently spikeless making the shoes wearable on any terrain. Nevertheless GolfPoser also mentions that the soles of the shoes are designed using Nike’s traction technology which makes it more than efficient for use in Golf.

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Nike Shoes

This cushioning heel unit combines well with the full length Phylon foam at the midsole for extreme comfort all day long, while the same Air Max 1 shoe last has been used to recreate the same feel through the whole upper design. The new spikeless outsole is soft yet durable enough to wear on any terrain, while the design has been inspired by Nike’s integrated traction technology for incredible grip, stability and performance through the swing.

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Nike Grass Shoes
Nike Grass Shoes

Best take-away from Nike Air Max 1 G

What is truly amazing about this is the fact that, the trainers come with a hefty 1-year waterproof warranty. Nike’s new Air Max 1 G sports not only the green grass model but also two other styles. They retail for $120 and are pretty damn slick to look at. Here are the style codes for the other two respective trainers. Style Code: AQ0863-100 and Style Code: BQ4804_001

Last but not the least, Nike’s Grass feel shoes may definitely camouflage with the golf-grass. However, the material used for making the grass ensures that it blends, yet pops out in style.

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Olive Naps With David Beckham Under Louis Vuitton Blanket

Soccer sensation David Beckham has the internet swooning over him yet again. Wife and former Spice girl, Victoria Beckham shared an adorable picture of him napping with their dog, Olive. The post was shared on Sunday.

Olive is more than happy sleeping on Beckham’s chest. While the soccer star looks blissfully asleep, the blanket covering him and the dog caught much attention.

David And Olive

David Beckham’s dog Olive can be seen cuddling under a posh Louis Vuitton blanket. The comforter is estimated to be worth five thousand pounds! Following the viral post, news of how Beckham’s dog Olive, possibly saved Louis Vuitton, started doing rounds.

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Olive Beckham (as Victoria calls her), is around a year old. She’s a chocolate brown cocker-spaniel. The blanket in David and his dog’s nap snap was featured in the Louis Vuitton-Supreme collaboration of 2017.
Apparently, Louis Vuitton has teamed up with Supreme to launch a new brand and style of fashion wear. The collaboration did not turn out as expected. This resulted in a huge loss of brand-image for Louis Vuitton and Supreme.

Also Read: Madonna Silences Body Shamers And How!

The Fashion Murder

Louis Vuitton is a fashion brand located in Paris, France. It is a heritage company that was established in the year, 1854 A.D. Louis Vuitton CEO, MIchael Burke is the brains behind the collaboration. Speaking of why he felt it was a ‘logical decision’ he said –

I used to work when I was at college unpacking boxes of Supreme at a company in London that distributed it when it was just starting out, so it’s something I’ve known all along in my life.

Michael Burke, CEO, Louis Vuitton
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The collaboration apparently did not work out in favor of the parties involved. Guy Tebly from New York Times while commenting on the move called it the fashion equivalent of suicide.

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You may think, in the case of the Louis Vuitton collaboration with Supreme, presented under a tent at the Palais Royal on Thursday, the only victim would be Supreme, the street-style label with a rabid fan base and seemingly bulletproof cool. Both parties appeared to take a hit in the fall 2017 collection presented by the designer Kim Jones. It was the fashion version of a murder-suicide.

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Olive – The Saviour

Given the publicity that David Beckham and his adorable dog Olive are receiving right now, the collaboration has once again caught the attention of the public. People are now wondering if Olive has saved the day for Louis Vuitton.

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Here’s something ironic. Not just Luis Vuitton and Supreme, but the Beckhams also hit a rough patch in the fashion line. David and Victoria Beckham were suspected of meeting a ten million pounds loss in the same year.

Well, turns out, Olive is quite the star. The cocker-spaniel even has her own instagram account! With the Beckham surname behind her, looks like Olive will go a long way.

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Chris Pratt And Katherine Schwarzenegger Engaged

Jurassic World star and dad-bod rave, Chris Pratt is engaged to Katherine Schwarzenegger! The movie star took to his Instagram page to announce the big news.

Chris Pratt’s Love Life

Actor Chris publicly announced the engagement on the 14th of January this year. The picture shows a beautiful Kathrine sporting a sparkly diamond ring on her hand as she hugs Chris.

The talk of town now is how quickly Chris moved on from his infamous divorce with Anna Faris. His ex-wife is a reputed comedian and actress. The duo married in 2009 and were together for eight years before they decided to part ways. Anna and Chris have a beautiful son named Jack Pratt. Paparazzi has been catching quite a glimpse of him along with Chris and Katherine these days.

Discord Between The Exes?

According to sources, Chris Pratt’s open romantic involvement has hurt his ex Anna Faris. The source also added that Anna finds it highly insensitive on his and Katherin’s part to be so public about their relationship.

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Given Chris’ split with Anna was just a three months back, it’s kind of natural to wonder how quickly the actor has moved on. Anna and Chris have openly admitted their failed attempts at saving their marriage. They have even said that their split was a mutual decision, one that was taken after a lot of consideration and effort.

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Sources close to the couple revealed that the duo had an amicable split. Even though they had their differences, it seems they still hold a lot of love and respect for each other.

Also Read: Madonna Silences Body Shamers And How!

Chris and Katherine’s Romance

Chris and Katherine were rumored to have begun dating around June 2018. Social media bugs just couldn’t let go of the hints that Chris kept dropping regarding his love life. Recently, he had gone viral for his much loved ‘Dad-Bod’. Spotted vacationing on a beach with girlfriend Katherine, Chris set the world ablaze with his physique.

The couple came out in the open with their relationship on December, 14, 2018. The actor posted a beautiful collage of Katherine followed by adorable birthday wishes. The caption on his instagram post read as;

Happy Birthday Chief! Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life. Thankful for the laughs, kisses, talks, hikes, love and care.♥️🍾🎉🎂

Chris Pratt on Instagram

Luckiest Man Ever

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Pratt is believed to become romantically involved with Katherine about seven months ago. She is the eldest daughter of international sensation, Arnold Schwarzennegger.

His ex-wife Anna seems to be excited about his engagement. Anna Faris had this to say about the happy news.

Chris texted me this morning and he was like, ‘I proposed to Katherine last nightAnd I was like, ‘Ahh, that’s amazing.’ I texted him back like, ‘I just wanted to remind you I’m an ordained minister.I knew that it was gonna happen and I love her and I love him and I’m just so happy that they found each other.

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Katherine and Chris

He’s making sure the world knows how lucky and happy he feels next to Katherine. His post regarding his engagement to the lady read as:

Sweet Katherine, so happy you said yes! I’m thrilled to be marrying you. Proud to live boldly in faith with you. Here we go! 💍🙏♥️

Chris Pratt

We wish you a really happy life Chris. And Anna, keep making us laugh, please?!

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Elephants Evolve To Not Grow Tusks Due To Incessant Poaching

Be it man or animals, the need for survival has been paramount and at the forefront of everything we do. So why should elephants be any different? Turns out, ‘tuskless’ is becoming a common phenomenon among elephants. Scientists tell us why.

The War Effects

The civil war that gripped Mozambique for 15 long years has not just left its mark on the land and the minds of people, but also on the oldest herd of elephants. Having survived the long war that was partly financed by poached ivory, it comes as no surprise that the daughters of about one third of the surviving elephants are born toothless.

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Not many would know that almost 90 percent of the animals were killed – either to feed the hungry fighters or for ivory that fetched a fortune. Poaching has apparently, triggered an evolution among elephants causing them to give up their tusks. As opposed to previous statistics that suggested that only 2-4 per cent of African female elephants were born without tusks, the figures have changed after the war. The biological advantage that they get due to this trait in Gorongosa could be the reason for this evolution.

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More and more elephants are being born without tusks.
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Dominique D’Emille Correia Gonçalves, ecologist and conservation biologist throws light on this subject. As reported by the Mail Online, he said: “Ivory poaching targets big tusked animals, so it removes the ‘big tusk’ gene out of the population. The elephant population today is derived from most of the elephants who survived the war, where they were heavily poached for their tusks. The key explanation is that in Gorongosa National Park, the tuskless elephants were the ones which eluded poaching during the civil war and passed this trait onto many of their daughters. These tuskless elephants are growing from the survivors of poaching, so while we are not talking about evolution yet, we could be talking about the removal of certain genes from the population.”

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The Staggering Statistics

Reports suggest that Gorongosa was inhabited by about 4000 elephants in the late 70s but the numbers dwindled to a huge extent post the war. As per Joyce Poole’s recent (yet to be published) research, 51 percent of the 200 known adult females who are war survivors and aged 25 or more, are tuskless. And that’s not all. 32 percent of females born post war are tuskless.

A baby elephant holding on to a tusk.
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Poole is an elephant behavior expert and National Geographic Explorer, and has interesting insights to offer about this evolution. She explains, “A male elephant’s tusks are bigger and heavier than those of a female of the same age. But once there’s been heavy poaching pressure on a population, then the poachers start to focus on the older females as well. Over time, with the older age population, you start to get this really higher proportion of tuskless females.”

Not Just Mozambique

Countries that have witnessed heavy poaching for ivory have noticed this shift as well. In South Africa, this shift in female survivors and their daughters is significant. Statistics pertaining to the Addo Elephant National Park in the early 2000s indicate that 98 percent of the 174 females were tuskless.

A family of elephants
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Tusks have an important role to play in the lives of elephants since they help them dig the ground for water or minerals, scrape the bark off trees and even compete for mates. However, with survival mode on, these animals are modifying themselves to become tuskless. While it may help them against poaching, it’s not ideal. As reported by BBC, “…an elephant without tusks is a crippled elephant”.

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