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Facebook Has Plenty To Say About This Functional Skateboard Made From A Sugary Treat

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It wasn’t too long ago when the ‘everything is cake’ trend swept the internet. It was a Turkish baker on Instagram, @redrosecake_tubageckil, who first began looking at seemingly everyday objects as layers of moist sponges, sweet buttercream, and colorful fondant (via The New York Times). Buzzfeed Tasty then shared a compilation of the baker’s best hyper-realistic cakes — crocs, toilet paper roll, soap bar, bananas, you name it — and the whole world was fascinated.

In pastry chef Amaury Guichon’s kitchen that’s not the case, there’s a slightly different medium for drool-worthy food art. Food Network recently shared a video on Facebook that had been previously posted on Instagram on July 19. It shows Guichon turn some chocolate and caramel into a very realistic and very edible miniature skateboard. The finished product is a caramel bar that looks like wood on wheels. It has parts spray-painted to look like metal and tiny chocolate wheels that even roll went this sweet skateboard is pushed.

Naturally, Facebook users couldn’t get enough of Guichon’s skateboard caramel bar. One user admitted that they didn’t even realize that the skateboard was a dessert: “I didn’t read the caption or who it was from (obviously) and when they snapped this open and I say my Jaw dropped.” Others were in awe of Guichon’s apparent ability to make pretty much anything with chocolate. Another said, “I would feel bad eating something that nicely made,” and we couldn’t agree more!

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Amaury Guichon can make the Statue of Liberty out of chocolate

While many commenters on Facebook expressed awe and admiration for the caramel bar skateboard, a few joked about the trope of parents warning their children not to play with food. As one person wrote, “Don’t play with your foo—…nevermind.” It seems that Amaury Guichon started playing with food early on. By age 14, he had left school and went on to study cooking for two years (via The Pastry Academy). By 21, he was the executive chef at Hugo & Victor. He has won cooking contests in France and participated in a French cooking competition show. Guichon now runs and instructs at his own pastry academy in Las Vegas.

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With such an impressive history of working in the world of pastries and sugary treats, it comes as no surprise that a mini skateboard caramel bar isn’t the only realistic dessert Guichon can make. Guichon regularly posts videos on Instagram to give his 3.9 million followers a glimpse of what his other creations look like. He has crafted alarm clocks out of chocolate mousse and sponge, books out of pistachio streusel and mousse, and crowns with almond sponge and cherry compote.

More magnificent though, are his giant cake creations. His 5-foot-tall cello, 4-foot-tall fully functional Ferris wheel (yes it moves!), and even a motorcycle are all made of chocolate. But arguably the best thing that Guichon has made out of chocolate so far is a 7-foot-high Statue of Liberty

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Facebook-Meta Earns the ‘Worst Company of 2021’ Title in This Survey

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Facebook has had its share of controversies this year. The company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents.

Facebook parent Meta has been named the Worst Company of the Year (2021) by Yahoo Finance respondents. According to the publication, an “open-ended” survey was published on Yahoo Finance on December 4 and 5, where 1,541 respondents participated. Facebook received 8 percent of the write-in vote, but respondents were seemingly mad about the Robinhood trading app as well. Electric truck startup Nikola, which was named last year’s worst company by the same publication also faced respondents ire.

Yahoo Finance notes, “Facebook has had its share of controversies this year.” Starting in January, Meta-owned WhatsApp got caught up in a huge controversy after the messaging app announced a new privacy policy (Terms of Service). WhatsApp said it would collect user information and share it with third-party apps for a better user experience. However, the app gave users no choice but later made modifications to the policy under pressure. Similarly, the company was under more scrutiny after whistleblower and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen leaked a series of internal documents showing the company’s problematic practices. It was revealed that Meta-owned Instagram had a negative impact on teenage girls, but the company did almost nothing to rectify the problem.

Yahoo Finance even highlights, “At the same time, some critics, including conservatives, say Facebook over-policed the platform’s speech and stifled their voices.” Critics also blame Facebook and other social media platforms for not curbing hate speech that led to Capitol Building riots.

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However, around 30 percent of Yahoo Finance readers said that Facebook or Meta could redeem itself. One respondent suggested that the company could issue a formal apology for negligence and donate a sizable amount of its profits to a foundation to help reverse its harm.

On the other hand, respondents chose Microsoft as the Company of the Year (2021). The Satya Nadella-led company touched the trillion-mark this year and introduced notable upgrades. The most notable is the Windows 11 OS update that succeeds Windows 10.

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Facebook pays 1.7 Cr fine to Russia after failing to delete content Moscow deems illegal

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In the latest legal tussle with Russia over controversial social media regulation laws, Facebook paid 17 million roubles (Rs 1.7 Crore) for failing to remove content deemed illegal by Moscow. With a threat of potential larger fines looming, Facebook parent company Meta, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, is scheduled to face court next week over repeated violations of Russian legislation on content, Interfax News Agency reported. As per the latest updates, the social media giant could be fined a percentage of its annual revenue.

In October, Moscow sent state bailiffs to enforce the collection of 17 million roubles. Meanwhile, as per Interfax report citing a federal bailiffs’ database, on Sunday, there were more enforcement proceedings against the company. Apart from the popular social media app, Telegram has also paid 15 million roubles in fines for failing to comply with the Russian social media legislations that came into force in 2016.

Facebook pays $53k to Russia for refusing controversial social media laws

It is pertinent to mention that Facebook has locked horns with Moscow earlier in November, resulting in it paying 4 million roubles ($53,000) over its refusal to adhere to Russian data localisation laws, the Moscow Times reported. The Moscow court on November 25 had said that Facebook paid the fine levied in February, following which all proceedings against the US-based social media giant. The payment comes against the litigation filed against the company in 2018, alongside Twitter. The tech companies were also forced to pay an additional 3000 rubles ($40) for failing to comply with user data sharing rules as per the law. The Russian authorities have also previously blocked LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft, for failing to abide by the laws.

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As per Moscow Times, under the Russian social media regulation laws, all foreign technology companies are required to store data related to Russian customers and users on servers located in Russia. Additionally, the Russian tech companies will also have to share encryption data with the federal authorities as well as record user calls, messages and civil society group conversation records. The apparatus is said to be a severe breach of privacy rights and unfettered back-door access to personal data that could be used to harass Kremlin critics.

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.

The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

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Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.

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