Are American Viewers Ready for Minute-Long Soap Operas?

Albee Zhang, a producer of 12 years, initially declined the offer to create short-form content for phones last spring but later accepted as she saw it could be a profitable way of storytelling. The largest player in the genre is ReelShort, owned by Crazy Maple Studio, featuring melodramatic, minute-long, vertically shot episodes. Pay-as-you-go model and simple dialogues and characters let the cost of making these features remain low, while the number of downloads keeps increasing worldwide. Furthermore, the money earned from the App is also remarkable. The genre seems to be getting the attention of major studios, as well.

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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