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‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’: Gwen Stefani’s Performance Lit up Twitter

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The holiday season got its official start on Dec. 4 thanks to the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. To really get everyone into the Christmas spirit, Gwen Stefani kicked things off with a rendition of “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” and her appearance on the NBC program was enough to get tons of fans on Twitter talking. Many loved to hear Stefani’s latest take on the track, which is a single from her 2017 Christmas album of the same name.

“Gwen Stefani is a National treasure!” one fan wrote about the performance, adding a bunch of Christmas tree emojis to boot.

Another fan couldn’t help but discuss Stefani’s flawless holiday look during her performance. “Wowww Gwen Stefani looks so amazing at the Christmas tree lighting wtf this woman aged so well,” they wrote.

@gwenstefani you were absolutely amazing. Not to mention completely beautiful. Keep rocking 🤘

— Ashley Gomez (@AshleyG63175194) December 5, 2019

Stefani’s performance had many jamming along to “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.” Gwen… girl, you got me liking that YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS song,” another fan wrote. “You looked lovely on the 87th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center stage!”

There were truly many fans who loved watching the singer’s opening performance, like this fan, who wrote, “YES!!!! I love turning on Christmas at Rockefeller Center to see @gwenstefani opening the show!”

Back in 2017, Stefani opened up about what it was like to release Christmas music in an interview with Billboard. Apparently, the singer had always wanted to release an album full of holiday songs.

“I wanted to do it for years, but when do you find the time?” she said about You Make It Feel Like Christmas. “My last record [2016’s This Is What the Truth Feels Like] just came pouring out of me in a way where it was like medicine. It was really just me trying to follow the answers to my prayers. It was very personal. Before that, I hadn’t really been able to write anything.”

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Stefani went on to say that after she connected with her spiritual side, she was able to try her hand at her Christmas record.

“It was really a whim,” she said, regarding why she chose to finally make the holiday album. “The way it works is you have to get it done really early, and I had no idea that I would be able to write so quickly, because I’m such a slow writer. It just came right out. I did six songs in three sessions.”

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Health Ministry Teams Up With Twitter to Respond to Queries Around COVID-19

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The Union Health Ministry has teamed up with Twitter to launch a dedicated account to respond to Indian Twitter users’ queries related to COVID-19. The new account COVID India Seve using Twitter’s Twitter Seva platform, “a customised live query redressal service.” People can put their queries forward by tweeting to @CovidIndiaSeva to get a response from the authorities. The account describes itself as “Official @MoHFW_INDIA Handle for COVID-19 Response” and it was created in March. Twitter said that the service will enable the government to interact effectively with the public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

People in India can tweet to the @CovidIndiaSeva to seek guidance regarding steps to take if COVID-19 symptoms occur, know more about access to healthcare services, measures implemented by the government, among many other topics. According to Twitter, people will get answers to only broader questions, meaning personal queries won’t be dealt with through the new service.

Tweeting about the launch, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan wrote, “Experts will share authoritative public health information reg #COVIDー19 swiftly at scale, helping to build a direct channel for communication with citizens. Post your queries!”

@CovidIndiaSeva has been responding to the questions from Twitter users. NDTV journalist Akhilesh Sharma asked, ”Crucial question in everyone’s mind is that whether we are testing enough? What about rapid antibody based blood tests esp for COVID inflicted areas?”

Answering the question, @CovidIndiaSeva replied, “At present, 204 government labs and 86 NABL accredited private laboratory chains are involved in testing. The no. of collection centers have also been enhanced to 16,000 centers across India. We have already tested 4,05,320 people.” It went on to add, “Government of India has issued advisory to start rapid antibody based blood test for COVID-19 for areas reporting clusters (containment zone) and in large migration gatherings/evacuees centers.”

Twitter India has also been working with various state governments in the country to make the COVID-19 response management better. “It has also supported and enabled the Govt of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh to set-up dedicated COVID-Response accounts. Govt. of Karnataka, Maharashtra,” it said in a statement.

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Twitter Is Down for Some Users – You Are Not Alone

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Twitter is down for many users across the globe. Reports are pouring from India, parts of Europe, Japan, as well as parts of the United States. We at Gadgets 360 are also facing issues when trying to access the micro-blogging platform, with some team members unable to the load the homepage, while others are unable to see their timelines or tweet. Twitter’s own support handle has yet to highlight the issue, though reports continue to flood in.

As seen on Down Detector, there have been hundreds of reports from across the globe, with most reports coming on for the Twitter website, with users of the Android app also reporting issues.

The Twitter status page says all systems are operational, as of a few seconds ago. As we mentioned, users are facing different problems, with some Gadgets 360 team members not affected at all, and others unable to tweet or load their timelines. The issue may be transient. To recall, the social network experienced a major outage earlier this month.

Are you facing issues with Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

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Twitter Said to Be Planning Bitcoin Payments as Tips on Its Platform

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Twitter is considering a feature that would allow users to tip one another – in Bitcoins though.

The Information reports that the micro-blogging platform is working on implementing a new payment feature to let people send money to each other.

It is not yet clear whether the Twitter tipping feature would integrate with Jack Dorsey’s other company, Square, which is a financial services, merchant services aggregator, and mobile payment company based in San Francisco.

Dorsey has made absolutely no secret of his love of Bitcoin over the years.

NewsBTC has reported on the Twitter CEO opining that Bitcoin will one day be the currency of the internet and his company Square integrating cryptocurrency payments.

“Dorsey has been a major investor in the Bitcoin micropayments solution Lightning Network,” said the report.

Dorsey will move to Africa for three-six months this year to “define the future”.

“Sad to be leaving the continent for now. Africa will define the future (especially the bitcoin one!). Not sure where yet, but I’ll be living here for 3-6 months mid-2020. Grateful I was able to experience a small part,” said the Twitter CEO.

Dorsey has also hired Bitcoin developers for his payments company.

He is an advocate of digital currency bitcoin but he also says it is “not functional as a currency”.

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