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A break from reality: Recharge with these feel-good videos, shows and social media accounts



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Here’s our collection of TV episodes, YouTube videos and social media accounts to check out to generate some positive vibes following a harrowing week.

After a grueling election week, it’s time to recharge.

While the election has been exciting and monumental, it was also emotionally draining – not to mention COVID-19 cases are on the rise again. You may feel inclined to turn the news back on and follow pushback from President Donald Trump on the race results, but it may be better to turn on a happy show instead.

Here’s a compilation of videos, episodes and accounts that could help lift your spirits this week:

YouTube videos

Instructions for a Bad Day: Spoken word poet Shane Koyczan reminds us what it means to be human.

Open Like Never Before: A Coca-Cola advertisement focuses on the hope we can take from hard times.

We don’t have forever.: This compilation of movie clips and quotes reminds us of the fleeting quality of life.

Alice Phoebe Lou, Walk on the wild side: Singer covers Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side.”

The Most Beautiful Shots in Movie History: This video is suited for film nerds who want to enjoy the beauty of cinematography.

Experience Life – Robin Williams Motivation Tribute: Some of late actor Robin Williams’ best and most inspiring movie quotes.

Disney Motivational Quotes to Always Remember: A compilation of feel-good quotes from your favorite Pixar films.

TV episodes

“New Girl”
Season 6, episode 22 “Five Stars For Beezus”
Jess confesses her feelings for Nick, Schmitt and Cece receive exciting news and Winston connects with an important person from his life.

Season 2, episode 7 “The One Where Ross Finds Out”
It’s the moment we waited an entire season for – Ross and Rachel finally fall for each other for the first time.

“Queer Eye”
Season 4, episode 1 “Without Further Ado”
The “Queer Eye” crew travels to Jonathan’s hometown where they give his high school music teacher a makeover.

“The Office”
Season 5, episode 14 “Stress Relief: Part 1”
A fire drill sends Stanley into a heart attack and Michael into panic.

“The Good Place”
Season 4, episodes 13 “Whenever You’re Ready”
The show’s finale follows its characters until the bittersweet end.

“Parks and Recreation”
Season 4, episode 6 “End of the World”
When a cult predicting the end of the world rents out a park to hold festivities, the Pawnee parks and recreation department contemplate their own lives.

“Gilmore Girls”
Season 3, episode 22 “Those Are Strings, Pinocchio”
Rory graduates from Chilton High School and marks a new chapter of her life.

“Schitt’s Creek”
Season 2, episode 2 “Family Dinner”
Moira and David struggle to cook a seemingly simple family meal while the rest of the family works to solve their own mini crises.

Social media accounts

Some Good News: An exclusively positive news outlet created by Jim, John Krasinski, from “The Office.”

Humans of New York: An account highlighting people around New York City.

What About Bunny: An owner documenting her dog Bunny’s journey to “speak” with automated buttons.

My Day With Leo: A photographer altering images with cut-outs of celebrities’ heads.

This article appeared in the November 9, 2020 issue of the Hatchet.

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Meta Soars by Most in Decade, Adding $100 Billion in Value



Meta Soars by Most in Decade, Adding $100 Billion in Value

Correction: February 2, 2023 This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: An earlier version of this article misstated how much Meta expected to spend on its deal with the virtual reality start-up Within. It is $400 million, not $400 billion. Meta’s stock surged on Thursday …

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Twitter’s Cancelling Free Access to its API, Which Will Shut Down Hundreds of Apps



Twitter’s Cancelling Free Access to its API, Which Will Shut Down Hundreds of Apps

Well, this is certainly problematic.

Twitter has announced that, as of February 9th, it’s cutting off free access to its API, which is the access point that many, many apps, bot accounts, and other tools use to function.

That means that a heap of Twitter analytics apps, management tools, schedulers, automated updates – a range of key info and insight options will soon cease to function. Which seems like the sort of thing that, if you were Twitter, you’d want to keep on your app.

But that’s not really how Twitter 2.0 is looking to operate – in a bid to rake in as much revenue as absolutely possible, in any way that it can, Twitter will now look to charge all of these apps and tools. But most, I’d hazard a guess, will simply cease to function.

The bigger business apps already pay for full API access – your Hootsuite’s and your Sprout Social’s – so they’ll likely be unaffected. But it could stop them from offering free plans, which would have a big impact on their business models.

The announcement follows Twitter’s recent API change which cut off a heap of Twitter posting tools, in order, seemingly, to stop users accessing the platform through a third-party UI. 

Now, even more Twitter tools will go extinct, a broad spread of apps and functions that contribute to the real-time ecosystem that Twitter has become. Their loss, if that’s what happens, will have big impacts on overall Twitter activity.

On the other hand, some will see this as another element in Twitter’s crackdown on bots, which Twitter chief Elon Musk has made a personal mission to eradicate. Musk has taken some drastic measures to kill off bots, some of which are having an impact, but Musk himself has also admitted that such efforts are reducing overall platform engagement

This, too, could be a killer in this respect

It’ll also open the door to Twitter competitors, as many automated update apps will switch to other platforms. This relates to things like updates on downtime from video games, weather apps, and more. There are also tools like GIF generators and auto responders – there’s a range of tools that could now look for a new home on Mastodon, or some other Twitter replicant. 

In this respect, it seems like a flawed move, which is also largely ignorant of how the developer community has facilitated Twitter’s growth. 

But Elon and Co. are going to do things their own way, whether outside commentators agree or not – and maybe this is actually a path to gaining new Twitter data customers, and boosting the company’s income. 

But I doubt it.

If there are any third-party Twitter apps that you use, it’ll be worth checking in to see if they’re impacted before next week.

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Meta ‘Year of Efficiency’ call from Zuckerberg was what Street needed



Meta 'Year of Efficiency' call from Zuckerberg was what Street needed

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Meta Platforms Inc., center, departs from federal court in San Jose, Calif., on Dec. 20, 2022.

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With one simple slogan, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg temporarily quelled investor discontent with his company’s multibillion-dollar investment into the futuristic metaverse.

“Our management theme for 2023 is the ‘Year of Efficiency’ and we’re focused on becoming a stronger and more nimble organization,” Zuckerberg said as part of the release of Meta’s fourth-quarter earnings report.

Following a 64% plunge in Meta’s share price in 2022, Wall Street cheered the report, sending the stock up almost 20%, extending a rally that began late last year. Based on after-hours pricing, Meta is trading at its highest since July.

Growth is not what’s getting investors excited. Meta reported better-than-expected revenue in the fourth quarter, but sales still sank 4% from a year earlier, marking the third straight quarterly decline. And the forecast range for the first quarter suggests that year-over-year revenue could increase, but it could also fall again.

Rather, Zuckerberg’s commitment to cost cuts and efficiency is a sign that increasing profitability is important to Meta, which was known as a growth machine prior to last year’s slump.

“The first 18 years I think we grew it 20%, 30% compound or a lot more every year,” Zuckerberg said on the earnings call. “And then obviously that changed very dramatically in 2022, where our revenue was negative for growth, for the first time in the company’s history.”

In looking to the future, Zuckerberg struck a realistic tone.

“We don’t anticipate that that’s going to continue,” he said, regarding the recent drop in revenue. “But I also don’t think it’s going to go back to the way it was before.”

Meta lowered its estimates for total expenses in 2023 to be in the range of $89 billion to $95 billion, down from its prior outlook of $94 billion to $100 billion. In November, the company announced it would lay off over 11,000 workers, or 13% of its staff.

Zuckerberg said Meta will be more “proactive on cutting projects that aren’t performing or may no longer be crucial” and that it will emphasize “removing layers of middle management to make decisions faster.”

Meta is also reducing spending as it builds new data centers that are intended to be more efficient while still able to power the company’s various artificial intelligence technologies. Capital expenditures are now expected to be in the range of $30 billion to $33 billion for 2023 instead of $34 billion to $37 billion.

Zuckerberg is selling investors on a story they want to hear, acknowledging that the company got bloated and needed more financial discipline. One of Zuckerberg’s top deputies, technology chief Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, wrote a personal essay just a few days ago echoing that sentiment.

Still, Meta has plenty of challenges ahead, in terms of both costs and reviving its core ad business.

Meta’s Reality Labs unit, which is responsible for developing the nascent metaverse, lost $13.7 billion in 2022. Finance chief Susan Li told analysts that the company isn’t planning for any reduction in that unit anytime soon. Zuckerberg still sees it as the company’s future.

Digital advertising, meanwhile, is suffering from a struggling economy, and Li gave no indication that companies are planning to dramatically increase their spending in 2023.

Meta has also yet to recover from Apple’s 2021 iOS privacy update that made it harder to target users with ads. Li said the company has been improving its online advertising system, but Apple’s update is “still certainly an absolute headwind to our revenue number.”

During the question and answer part of the call, Zuckerberg was asked about Meta’s progress in generative artificial intelligence, which has become the latest hot thing in Silicon Valley. His answer indicated that Meta is pursuing opportunities there, but will be cautious in how quickly it proceeds. Running these programs is expensive, and Meta needs to ensure it can develop them affordably, he said.

Zuckerberg said that while Meta is researching how best to incorporate the new technology, he wants “to be careful not to get too ahead of the development of it.”

Correction: Meta’s earnings report and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments occurred after the market close on Wednesday. An earlier version misstated the day.

WATCH: Meta grows in daily active users, shares pop on revenue beat

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