Chinese Censors Have New Target: Celebrity News

BEIJING — Whether read openly and voraciously or behind closed doors, celebrity gossip plays an integral role in the entertainment world, connecting stars and the big businesses that back them to an audience eager for the juiciest of details.

But to some officials in China, the bloggers that report those tidbits play another role: a threat to public order.

A large number of Chinese “celebrity news” blogs have disappeared in recent days after coming under the scrutiny of China’s cyberspace regulators. Their absence comes amid a broader tightening of online and media controls ahead of a once-in-every-five-years meeting of top Communist Party leaders this year, at which party officials will consider major decisions about who will lead the country in the coming years.

At a meeting on Wednesday with representatives from China’s leading internet companies, officials from the Beijing bureau of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country’s top online regulator, called on the companies to “actively promote socialist core values” and create a “healthy, uplifting environment for mainstream opinion” by combating vulgar and sensationalist coverage of celebrity scandals and lifestyles.

Since that meeting, reported by the state broadcaster China Central Television, major Chinese internet companies like Tencent and Baidu and the news aggregation platform Jinri Toutiao have shut down more than 80 popular entertainment-related public accounts, according to state news outlets. Many were on Tencent’s WeChat social-media service, which is widely used in China and is increasingly a source of news and information.

Many of the closed blogs and accounts were making a tidy profit from advertising revenue, and some recently turned to venture capital investors as a route to growth. Zhuo Wei, known as China’s No. 1 paparazzo, had more than seven million followers for his coverage of celebrities like the singer Faye Wong and the Chinese actress Bai Baihe. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

At least one of the closed accounts was affiliated with a global brand. The entertainment-related WeChat account of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar was shut down, although its account on Weibo, another social-media service, and its general WeChat account appeared to have survived. A…

Electronic Entertainment: Which Types of Entertainment Platforms Rock Today

Electronic Entertainment: Which Types of Entertainment Platforms Rock Today

If you want to have some good time with pals, family, or say colleagues you can always look for the best entertainment platforms to go with. A dance on a roof top bar isn’t bad; some good food with friends is also cool. A get together party back at home is fine, but my, there are simple more relaxing fixes you would get without a sweat. Read along to get the feeling going.

Listening to Your Favorite Music

This is the killer few seem to realize. The beauty of having to bop to your most favorite tunes; choosing your personal playlist and letting the music flow. With a simple and less complex music system at home you are certainly guaranteed of this. You don’t want to miss it. The good thing about it is you can tune in anytime you want and still enjoy every moment of it – good for stress relief too.

Get Down to Television Too

TV based programs such as series are cool. With cable TVs readily available and say Satellite TVs on the rise you can be certainly guaranteed of a great and highly fulfilling time with pals. Whether you want to catch repetitions of…

7 roles chatbots could play in media and entertainment

One of the more fun assertions you hear tossed around nowadays is “Chatbots will kill apps, websites, and basically everything else, too” — except, it seems, email. Having been in the marketing business for a couple of decades now, I read and listen to these convictions with a compassionate smile.

As an example of why I’m a little more skeptical, people have been preaching the end of TV for as long as I’ve been in business. And while traditional, programmed, fixed timeslot TV viewing has indeed decreased, the volume of TV and video content has only increased, and viewing across connected devices keeps increasing with age, also for millennials. If you look at the quality and selection of TV content available, I’d almost say TV has never done better.

My prediction is that for the time being, TV and video will still reign in passive entertainment, while gaming consoles and apps will continue to charm active players. Magazines and blogs won’t lose to bots anytime soon when it comes to lifestyle and status categories, and newspapers will still be a valuable and frequently used source of news. Email will still be used (too much) to convey formal pieces of information and communication.

I do believe, though, that bots will rise quickly to complement the media and service landscape across all these categories by creating new media opportunities, occasions, and forms of consumption and interaction. Thanks to their immediate, personal, and intimate nature, they’ll serve the sporadic but proliferating, intent-driven micro-moments very well.

Google divides micro-moments up to I-want-to-know, I-want-to-go, I-want-to-do, and I-want-to-buy moments. These make sense for Google, which is organized strongly around knowledge and products. But looking at Facebook’s growing appetite and increasing capability to grasp an ever-bigger slice of people’s micro-moments with Messenger 2.0, we need to add a few more. I call these I-want-to-connect, I-want-to-play, and I-want-to-grow moments. Let’s look at how chatbots can and will fill each of the above roles.

1. Know

This is one of the most obvious use cases for a bot: asking for information. You might not fire up a company’s website or app on a bus stop just as the bus is arriving, but you can always shoot a question to their chatbot. And with services like Poncho for weather, you get your questions delightfully answered.

If you’re chatting with your friends about a ski trip, you might suddenly want to know if your insurance covers it. Your insurer’s bot might offer that info without you even leaving the chat. Lemonade is an example of an insurance company built on speed and chatbots. They promise to insure you in 90 seconds, and pay a justified…

Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Harvey Are Daytime Emmy Awards Winners

(LOS ANGELES) — “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” won the Daytime Emmy Award for best entertainment talk show Sunday, 20 years to the day that her character came out as gay on the sitcom “Ellen.”

“She did it because it was the right thing to do,” said Mary Connelly, “Ellen” executive producer, of DeGeneres’ decision to be open about her sexuality and do the same for her character in 1997. DeGeneres was absent and Connelly accepted the award.

“General Hospital” was honored as best daytime drama, with top acting awards going to Scott Clifton for “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Gina Tognoni for “The Young and the Restless.”

Clifton became the first actor to receive Daytime Emmys in the categories of best younger, supporting and lead actor in his career.

Steve Harvey skipped the ceremony but was a double winner. He was named best game show host for “Family Feud” and best host of an informative talk show…