Weekly Round-Up: Top 5 News Stories of the Week

12:16 pm
0 Rob Ashley
It’s been a busy week. From a new way to shop for groceries to the end of the year in social media. Here are 5 news stories that you just can’t miss.


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Amazon Introduces a Fully-Automated Grocery Store

More and more people are choosing the internet when deciding where to buy their clothes or electronics. However, when it comes to products such as food, the only option available is usually going to the grocery store, which will involve some human interaction. E-shopping giant, Amazon, is now set to change that, with a new chain of grocery stores called Amazon Go. The store is planned to function without cashiers or even checkout lines. Customers log in when entering the store, then grab what they need and go on their merry way. The shop uses artificial intelligence and virtual surveillance to see what customers pick up in real time, and charges the customer’s credit card directly. The new “just walk out” method aims to do to grocery shopping what self-driving algorithms do for cars.


Amazon is an American international electronic commerce company with headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Amazon started as an online bookstore, but soon diversified, selling DVDs, VHSs, CDs, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewelry.


Philip Morris’ CEO Looks Forward to the Day Cigarettes Won’t be Used

Andre Calantzopoulos, CEO of Philip Morris, the world’s largest producer of tobacco, hopes that a time comes when cigarettes would no longer be sold. Considering that cigarettes are his company’s top product, this could come as a shock. However, Philip Morris is already pushing an alternative: E-Cigarettes, which heat tobacco enough for it to produce vapor without burning it, and are meant to be less damaging than regular cigarettes. Calantzopoulos mentions in an interview that he hopes they’ll become popular enough for regular cigarettes to be “phased out” of stock.

Twitter Posted the Most Popular Hashtags of the Year

As the end of the year approaches, it’s a good time to look back and see which events have shaped 2016. Twitter is a great tool for capturing the zeitgeist of every year, and the list of popular hashtags reflects the topics that were talked about most this year. Surprisingly, the #1 spot did not go to the US elections, Donald Trump or Brexit, but rather to the Olympic Games, with #Rio2016 being the most used hashtag of the year. Other notable hashtags were #PokemonGo, which took over the world, and #RIP, since 2016 had a larger than average share of celebrity deaths.


Twitter is an exceedingly popular social networking website. Users may post and read short 140-character status updates, known as “tweets.” With only 3,300 employees, the company generates $660 million per year, and will likely see an increase in revenue in the coming years as Twitter expands its advertising services.


Trump is Named Time’s Person of the Year

Trump may have missed the top spot when it comes to hashtags, but he did make it to the top when it comes to Time Magazine. The President Elect was Time’s pick for Person of the Year 2016. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of Trump or not, it’s hard to argue with the pick. Trump won one of the most tumultuous elections in recent history, and made headlines all over the world. Time Magazine made sure to acknowledge the controversy surrounding Trump, naming him “The President of The Divided States of America”.

Photo by: Time magazine
Photo by: Time Magazine

YouTube Rewind is the Viral Video of Viral Videos

Another end of the year tradition is YouTube’s Rewind, a video celebrating the most viewed and trending videos of each year. At the heart of this year’s video are YouTube’s content creators, both well-established and newcomers. The various YouTubers recreated some of the most memorable videos of the year, to the tune of the top 10 songs of the year mixed together. The result is a vibrant and fun video that is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Photo by: YouTube
Photo by: YouTube