Covering everything from the latest social media news and digital trends to tech reviews, The Digital Bakery team works hard each week to bring our readers a range of fresh, exciting and engaging content. So, whether they’ve been getting the most love on social, caught our eye in the email, or are #trending online, we’ve rounded up the top stories from the past week, in case you missed any…
1) Disney Buys 21st Century Fox For Over €44bn
The deal gives Disney an arsenal of shows and movies to combat digital rivals. Walt Disney has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox for $52.4 billion (€44.4 billion) in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix and Amazon.com.
The deal brings to a close more than half a century of expansion by Mr Murdoch (86), who turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world’s most important global news and film conglomerates.
The new, slimmed down Fox will focus on TV news and sport. Shares of Fox, which have surged more than 30 per cent since talk of the deal surfaced in early November, climbed 3.2 per cent in early trading. Disney shares edged slightly higher after the company said it expects to buy up to $20 billion (€17 billion) of its own shares to offset dilution from the all-stock deal.
Fox stockholders will receive 0.2745 Disney shares for each share held and will end up owning about a quarter of Disney.
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2) Youtube Rewind: What Was Ireland Watching On Youtube in 2017?
YouTube has announced YouTube Rewind 2017, the annual list of Ireland’s top trending videos and music videos for the past year, offering an insight into what caught our interest and imaginations these past few months.
Irish music in a wide variety of forms took the top four spots this year, showing our continuing love with the genre. From ballads to covers and original compositions, in 2017 the people of Ireland searched most for videos that had a distinctly green tint to them.
It is perhaps no surprise that a tribute song to the king of self-promotion, UFC fighter Conor McGregor, is our most-watched video of 2017. Written and performed by Mick Konstantin, a 24-year-old teacher from Kildare, the simple ditty quickly went viral the weeks before McGregor’s record-breaking bout with Floyd Mayweather in August. And not only that, but it was so popular that Mick’s original upload also made it into 6th place, bagging him an enviable two spots in the top 10!
See the rest of the list by following the link to the article.
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3) How To Mine Bitcoin
Bitcoin is wildly confusing. And here’s the bad news: the fact you’re reading this now means you’re late to the game, and it’s going to be tough to turn a profit in Bitcoin mining. Following a ropey period in 2016, Bitcoin’s value has recovered and actually surpassed the value of gold. Right now it’s at €9,583, but touched an all-time high of €11,000 over the weekend.
But despite this Bitcoin is said to be under threat from several newer crypto-currencies, including Ethereum. Nevertheless, if you want to try your hand at mining bitcoins, here’s a beginner’s guide.
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a digital currency that operates independently of a central bank. Encryption is used to regulate both the generation of Bitcoin units and the transfer of the currency.
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4) How Will AI Affect Employment?
Ireland has secured its status as a technological hub. However, with AI becoming more prominent, what will happen to the levels of employment across the country?
Firmly securing its status as a technological hub, Ireland is at the forefront of pioneering advancements in the field. Here at Eolas Recruitment, we pride ourselves on being one of the leading specialist IT recruitment agencies in the country, and this involves us keeping up-to-date with the emerging trends of the tech world and how this will shape the industry in Ireland.
As a frontrunner in Artificial Intelligence (AI), it is predicted that the country’s GDP will be boosted by €48 billion by 2030 after investing in the technology. This 11.6% growth comes as a result of Ireland being at the forefront of the AI revolution in recent years and has produced a thriving community thanks to the presence of global companies in the country.
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5) What Were The Top 10 Largest Data Breaches Of The Year?
In today’s interconnected world, where data is a more valuable commodity than ever, the scale and quantity of major data breaches has been staggering in 2017. Look at the Equifax breach in September, which saw more than 145m US customers’ data and 700,000 credentials belonging to UK users stolen, including social security numbers; or Instagram, which saw the contact information of 6m of its users accessed by hackers
Top10VPN put together an infographic of the largest data breaches of the year and, when you look at the figures all in one place, it’s not pretty.
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6) Viral Of The Week – Tennessee Boy’s Tearful Video About Bullying Goes Viral, Prompts Outpouring Of Support
The viral story of Keaton Jones began when his mother posted a video to social media, showing a tearful 11-year-old addressing the bullies who called him ugly and poured milk on his head.
“What’s the point of it? Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean them?” Jones asks, choking back tears. “People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it.”
The video was viewed more than 22-million times on Kimberly Jones’s, Keaton’s mother, personal Facebook page with celebrities like Justin Bieber, Mark Ruffalo, Katy Perry, Chris Evans, and LeBron James among others offering support for Keaton, with Evans even inviting Keaton to attend next year’s Avengers sequel.
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