Spam’s popularity is on the rise again

new York CNN Business — Spam is cool too. The 85-year-old canned block of meat has undergone a cultural reinvention. Hormel (HRL) has sold a record amount of Spam for seven straight years, and 2022 is on pace for another such milestone. The conglomerate behind Skippy and Jennie-O turkey says it can’t make Spam fast … Read more

How Underground Groups Use Stolen Identities and Deepfakes

These deepfake videos are already being used to cause problems for public figures. Celebrities, high-ranking government officials, well-known corporate figures, and other people who have many high-resolution images and videos online are the most easily targeted. We see that social engineering scams using their faces and voices are already being proliferated. Given the tools and … Read more

This guy is using AI to make a movie — and you can help decide what happens next

CNN — “Salt” resembles many science-fiction films from the ’70s and early ’80s, complete with 35mm footage of space freighters and moody alien landscapes. But while it looks like a throwback, the way it was created points to what could be a new frontier for making movies. “Salt” is the brainchild of Fabian Stelzer. He’s … Read more

How political candidates are targeting you on social media based on your music tastes, shopping habits and favorite TV shows

CNN — Marco Rubio hopes to sway voters interested in Chick-fil-A, Ram trucks, and Duck Dynasty. John Fetterman is searching for fans of microbreweries, Teslas, and the Dave Matthews Band. And Michael Bennet wants to reach people who like Taylor Swift and Lizzo – while avoiding devoted listeners of Jason Aldean. Candidates in some of … Read more

YouTube’s Algorithm Doesn’t Care if You ‘Thumbs Down’ Videos

YouTube has already stopped videos from displaying the number of dislikes it has received, but apparently giving a video a thumbs down doesn’t change how many similar videos the platform recommends you.Photo: Wachiwit (Shutterstock) My YouTube recommendations are full of old reruns of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. It might be partially my mistake for getting … Read more

YouTuber Confesses To Being Gaming Industry Leaker, Gets Caught

Image: Ubisoft / Dan Allen Gaming / Kotaku It turns out a Twitter account called TheRealInsider, the latest in a crop of leakers posing as gaming industry insiders, was actually run by YouTuber Dan Allen Gaming. The account had convinced many in the scene that it was the real deal after accurately teasing which new … Read more

How Viral Meme-Maker @freeze_magazine, aka Artist Cem A, Won Over the Art World by Farce

It’s not easy being a meme-maker. Creating social media–friendly satire of cultural foibles that still packs a punch takes a deep understanding of your subject, and it can be hard to stand out from the pack. Even in the relatively niche field of art world parody there is some competition from other creators like Brad … Read more

Roblox is jumping into ads in an effort to diversify beyond virtual goods

Roblox has built a userbase of over 52 million people by providing a gaming and entertainment platform that’s mostly been targeted at kids. Now the company wants advertisers to join the party. As part of its annual developer conference on Friday, Roblox is announcing plans to debut ads next year, marking the company’s first significant … Read more

TikTok is upending the music industry and Spotify may be next

Benee performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 18, 2022 in Manchester, Tennessee. Josh Brasted | Wireimage | Getty Images Zoi Lerma was working at a Los Angeles bagel shop in early 2020 when she first heard the song “Supalonely” by Benee. She liked it so much that she choreographed a dance … Read more