Youll miss me when Im gone: the murder of social media star Qandeel Baloch

The long read: Her risque videos blazed a trail for viral fame in Pakistan. But the price she paid for popularity was death Pakistans first celebrity-by-social media, Qandeel Baloch, was known for the videos and photographs she posted on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Her videos were a mixed bag she had a headache; she was bored; she had a song stuck in her head and for a few seconds every day, thousands watched her coo or feign annoyance or try on a new dress. The videos were mostly made at night, when Qandeel said she couldnt sleep. And then, they became more risque by Pakistans standards, at least. Qandeel was killed in July 2016. Her brother confessed to the murder, …

I was Boris Johnsons boss: he is utterly unfit to be prime minister | Max Hastings

The Tory party is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people. He cares for nothing but his own fame and gratification, says the former editor of the Daily Telegraph Max Hastings Six years ago, the Cambridge historian Christopher Clark published a study of the outbreak of the first world war, titled some polls suggest they would prefer Tory MPs have thronged to do just that. I have known Johnson since the 1980s, when I edited the Daily Telegraph and he was our flamboyant Brussels correspondent. I have argued for a decade that, while he is a brilliant entertainer who made a popular matre d for London as its mayor, Ukraine and the US, and it is unlikely …

Streaming takes the stage at this year’s TV upfront week

New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here. On Monday Comcast’s NBCUniversal hyped its forthcoming service. And on Wednesday morning AT&T’s WarnerMedia (the parent company of CNN) did the same thing. CBS will be sharing updates on its service, CBS All Access, later in the day on Wednesday. Each streaming service is in a different phase of development. Each company’s strategy is distinct. Each price point is different. Frankly it’s all pretty confusing, and it will continue to be confusing for the next couple of years. But the upshot for consumers is clear: More streaming services are coming, and they’re going to cost you. In …

Pete Cashmore, Guardian and Observer journalist, dies aged 45

Colleagues pay tribute to hilarious writer and troubled soul The journalist Pete Cashmore, who greatness of treatment of depression. Cashmore was also a champion of the quiz show, Countdown, in 1997 and finished runner-up in its champion of champions contest early the following year. Pete Cashmore was not one to be mealy-mouthed. He would rejoice in the vanquishing of an enemy or an opponent. He would not mince words just because someone happened to have died. Nor will I, said his friend and former colleague, the writer Andrew Emery. Pete was a troubled soul, one with whom Id crammed a lifetime of experiences into 20 years of friendship. Weve shared tiny offices, hotel beds on New York press trips, and …

The furore over the fish-eating vegan influencer is a warning to us all | Arwa Mahdawi

Its easy to see why the story about the YouTuber Yovana Mendoza went viral. But Fishgate highlights the dangers of looking to online personalities for dietary advice Nobody was supposed to see Yovana Mendoza eating the fish. The 28-year-old influencer, also known as Rawvana, has amassed more than 3 million followers across YouTube and Instagram by extolling the life-changing properties of a raw vegan diet. She has built a lucrative brand around veganism. But a couple of weeks ago, Mendoza was recorded eating seafood in a video posted by another vlogger. Realising she was being filmed, she tried to hide the fish, but the jig was up. It was one of the worst days of my life, Mendoza the South …

Too many choices: should Netflix make more interactive stories?

After the success of Black Mirrors Bandersnatch, the streaming platform has revealed ambitions to use the decision-making dynamic for future projects Bandersnatch was many things. It was a Black Mirror episode. It was the first seamless, mainstream choose-your-own-adventure TV show. Its possibly how Benedict Cumberbatch pronounces his own surname after a heavy blow to the head. One thing it was not, however, was a one-off. True, Charlie Brooker might have ruled out making any more branching episodes of Black Mirror, Mumbai Bantams Choose Your Own Adventure books of the 80s and 90s, sci-fi overwhelms the list: theres Space and Beyond, Inside UFO 54-40, Prisoner of the Ant People, War With the Evil Power Master, War With the Mutant Spider Ants. …

I was at the Lorena Bobbitt trial 25 years later it still makes me wince

The 90s case of the woman who cut off her husbands penis has been brought vividly to life by an Amazon series. But what was most shocking was the culture clash between the sexes The chocolate penises lingered in the memory. I didnt need a television show to remind me of those. The zoo outside the Virginia courthouse, packed with satellite trucks, local entrepreneurs hawking what we didnt yet call merch (including that phallic confectionery), protestors, campaigners, sympathisers, rubberneckers and assorted hangers-on I remembered that, too. And the snow on the ground, the winter cold that was still there, somewhere in the recesses of my mind. But the more arcane details of the Lorena Bobbitt case, the personalities of the …

‘Time for the Chinese miracle’: Beijing’s new English language propaganda push

Campaign including confusing rap song and stilted video explainer coincides with the annual Two Sessions political conference Chinese state media Two Sessions, which began this week. Among the more intelligible lines is this: Monkey King to the West, legendary dragon to the sky, yall know its time for Chinese miracle. It goes on: Weve got Two Sessions, weve got Two Sessions for the fragrance were blessing, to the world we show our affection. Play Video 4:32 a Xinhua video, two women uncomfortably answer questions as they are quizzed on fun facts about the Two Sessions. In another video by Xinhua titled, Chinese democracy in the eyes of an American, a reporter for Xinhua says: It is widely acknowledged that a …