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Paul Mescal teases prospect of Normal People season 2



Paul Mescal has teased that Connell ‘has a lot of life left to live’ (Picture: BBC)

Paul Mescal has cruelly teased us with the prospect of Normal People season two – hinting that his character Connell ‘has a lot of life left to live.’

Oh, and he gave a shoutout to his iconic silver chain, because why not as this point?

Paul plays Connell in the 12-part adaption of Sally Rooney’s acclaimed novel, which charts his character’s relationship with on-again, off-again girlfriend Marianne.

Speaking to Wonderland, the 24-year-old actor admitted that a second series of the show isn’t as impossible as it seems.

‘Oh, there’s no question that character to me is still alive and breathing and very much has a lot of life left to live,’ he explained. ‘[Connell] has a relationship with Marianne that is maybe unfinished.

‘I do feel like the series that has finished is its own thing, and I’m totally comfortable with that. It’s not on the cards at the moment, but if I got the opportunity to play him again, amazing.’

Normal People adapts Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name (Picture: BBC)

Ever since its debut last month, Normal People has become an international sensation with fans across the globe.

And it turns out even pop stars are tuning in – as Teenage Dream icon Katy Perry had something to say about the show’s numerous sex scenes.

Taking to Twitter, the Teenage Dream hitmaker insisted: ‘The show should be renamed: We Have Much More Sex Than Normal People.’

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Normal People has indeed been named the ‘BBC’s raunchiest show ever’ after viewers discovered Connell and Marianne had sex for a solid 43 minutes, with the series running for a total length of 6 hours.

If you’re still worried that there’s no sign of a second series of Normal People, the fate of both Connell and Marianne has been unveiled in a previously un-seen short story.

Normal People is available to stream via BBC iPlayer.

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TikTok seeks to distance itself from China – and the reason is obvious



One of the most popular social media app TikTok has distanced itself from China after Indian government banned 49 Chinese apps including TikTok.

TikTok Chief Executive Kevin Mayer said in a letter to the Indian government on 28th June that the Chinese government never asked for user data, nor the company would hand over if they ask. TikTok is not available in China but it is possessed by a Chinese company Bytedance, has to distance itself from China to reach a global audience.

Because of a border clash with China TikTok got banned in India with other 58 Chinese apps including Shareit, WeChat, and CamScanner.

“I can confirm that the Chinese government has never made a request to us for the TikTok data of Indian users,” Mayer wrote, adding that data for Indian users is stored in servers in Singapore.

“If we do ever receive such a request in the future, we would not comply.”

The organization had bragged more than 150 million dynamic clients in India at the hour of the boycott while internationally it had in excess of 2 billion downloads toward the beginning of 2020. The way that the application had more than 177 million downloads in India during the initial nine months of 2019 shows its prominence. What’s more, Meyers clearly might want to smoothen any unpleasant plumes by putting as much separation as possible among TikTok and the Chinese system in Beijing.

Will it really work?

Authorities in the government affirmed to us that agents from TikTok could be meeting with authorities in New Delhi in the coming week, however, they would not show whether a neighborly settlement was on the cards. Given the pervasive negative suppositions around Chinese applications, the odds of a quick return for TikTok seems remote at this crossroads.

Since the administration notice prohibiting 59 Chinese applications had referred to national security as an explanation, there is minimal possibility that the boycott would be lifted or repudiated at any point in the near future. Indeed, even a legitimate response is probably not going to manage natural products at this point as the courts have little choice yet to go acknowledge the administration’s security concerns, however, they can offer some reprieve as far as approaching the organization to characterize standards for guaranteeing information security.

Because of the sudden ban, there is a disappointment among all the rising TikTokers in India. So-called TikTok stars thought themselves celebrities and after the ban, they are in shock. Roposo, the local rival of TikTok got the instant hike and the app managed to get 22 Million new users within 24 hours.

We have to wait until the meeting between the Indian government and representatives of TikTok will take place to see the result.


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India’s Biggest TikTok Rivals Verdict About the China App Ban



India’s unprecedented decision to ban 59 of China’s largest apps is a warning to the country’s tech giants, who for years thrived behind a government-imposed Great Firewall.

China over the past decade built an alternate online reality where Google and Facebook barely exist. Now its own tech corporations, from Alibaba Group Holding to Tencent Holdings, are getting a taste of what a shutout feels like.

India’s unprecedented decision to ban 59 of China’s largest apps is a warning to the country’s tech giants, who for years thrived behind a government-imposed Great Firewall that kept out many of America’s best-known Internet names. If India finds a way to carry out that threat, it may present a model for other countries from Europe to Southeast Asia that seek to curtail the pervasiveness of apps like ByteDance’s TikTok while safeguarding their citizens’ valuable data.

Be that as it may, India’s arrangement risks every one of those victories, and could have more extensive international results as the US tries to energize nations to quit utilizing Huawei Technologies for 5G systems. With China’s tech organizations ready to turn out to be the absolute generally prevailing in developing ventures like man-made reasoning, India’s activities may spike nations around the globe to gauge the degree to which they let China gather client information – and conceivably monetary influence in future questions.

“Techno-patriotism will show itself progressively over all parts of international affairs: national security, financial seriousness, even social qualities,” said Alex Capri, a Singapore-based examination individual at the Hinrich Foundation. “It will be progressively hard to isolate Chinese tech firms from the CCP and China’s international aspirations. They will end up progressively bolted out.”

Chinese Internet firms have attempted to reproduce their online administrations past their home turf, even under the steady gaze of Washington officials started raising worries about the intelligence of permitting the Asian nation’s organizations – like ByteDance – to hoover up important individual information. India enhanced those worries by charging applications including TikTok, Tencent’s WeChat, Alibaba’s UC Web and Baidu’s guide and interpretation administrations of undermining its power and security.

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PUBG Mobile Lifetime Revenue Crossed $3 Billion With 2020 $1.3 Billion Users



PUBG Mobile, the uber-popular battle royale title from Tencent Games, has seen a massive global revenue gain in the first half of this year, bringing its lifetime collection to $3 billion (roughly Rs. 22,457 crores). PUBG Mobile, along with its Chinese variant known as Game For Peace, has collected a total of $1.3 billion (roughly Rs. 9,731 crores) in 2020 alone. With people staying mostly indoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed lockdowns, the revenues hit a record high of $270 million (roughly Rs. 2,021 crores) in March.

According to Store Intelligence estimates by San Francisco-based Sensor Tower, PUBG Mobile dominated the multiplayer battle royale games arena with revenues nearly four times greater than another hugely popular title, Garena Free Fire. In 2020, while the Garena offering collected over $300 million (roughly Rs. 2,245 crores), Knives Out from NetEase generated over $260 million (roughly Rs. 1,946 crores) in revenue. Following them is Activision’s Call of Duty: Mobile that turned in a revenue of $220 million (roughly Rs. 1,646 crores).

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