5 Things You Need To Know This Weekend


photo: Maja Wyh


As always, we’ve got the best of the best of the news at the moment. So all you have to do is glance this list and figure out what you want to weave into your weekend conversations.

There’s some really interesting stuff going on at the moment, and since it’s Halloween weekend – we’re stocking up and preparing to squirrel ourselves away into the spooky corners of the world…

America To Spend $8.4 Billion On Halloween.

This year Americans will spend an estimated $8.4 billion on Halloween. This will be the most costly Halloween ever, apparently spending goes up during election years, too. So you better stockpile your decorations now!

Twitter Shuts Down Vine.

‘Do it for the vine’ is officially over as Twitter has shut down Vine. Twitter is trimming its costs and their stock has fallen by more than 25% this year. They said in a blog post “Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made.”

Hacker Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison.

The man who hacked the accounts of Hollywood stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Ryan Collins, 36 illegally accessed over 100 Apple and Google email accounts. Officials said there was no evidence he published the pictures online.

Japanese Women Asked Not To Apply Make-Up During Commute

A railway operator in Japan sparked debate after releasing a video asking female commuters to refrain from applying makeup during their commute. The idea is to make commuters more aware of their ‘manners’, but many are enraged they aren’t addressing issues like groping and sexual assault on a train.

Safety Of Halloween Makeup In Question

According to a report from the Breast Cancer Fund, there are trace amounts of toxic metals including lead, mercury, and cadmium in some Halloween makeup kits targeted at children. An independent laboratory discovered half of all the products tested contained traces of at least one metal. The body can deal with small amounts of lead and other metals, but the findings have spooked us all into reading the ingredients with a little more interest…

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