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Month: December 2018

#FastFoodArmsRace: Domino’s Pizza Australia Makes a Pizza So Damned Large It Needs Custom Boxes, Pans, and Delivery Arrangements

Chew Boom:

Domino’s Pizza shops in Australia and New Zealand are cooking up the brand’s biggest pizza ever – fittingly named The Big One.

The Big One features four fully-loaded quarters of Domino’s most popular pies – Pepperoni, Supreme, BBQ Meatlovers and Hawaiian – each equivalent in size to two large pizzas, with an overall diameter of 40-inches. According to my back-of-the-napkin math, that works out to a total of eight large pizzas in one. Domino’s says The Big One feeds 20 people.

I said goddamn.

When does this saunter over to the States?

‘LUDWIG GÖRANSSON TO COMPOSE SCORE FOR THE MANDALORIAN’ is thrilled to announce that Ludwig Göransson, an acclaimed composer and record producer, will write the score for The Mandalorian, the first ever live-action Star Wars series. Göransson has composed memorable soundtracks for some of the biggest and most lauded movies in recent memory, including Black Panther (for which he has earned Golden Globe Award and Grammy nominations), CreedCreed IIVenom, and Fruitvale Station. In the realm of television, his credits include the beloved Community and New Girl. Göransson has produced records for Haim and Chance The Rapper, and he recently received three Grammy nominations for his work with Donald Glover (who should be familiar to Star Wars fans as the young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story) on the latest Childish Gambino album.

Awesome. His score for Black Panther was SO GODDAMNED GREAT.

‘As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants’

Gabriel J.X. Dance, Michael LaForgia and Nicholas Confessore for the New York Times:

For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York Times. The records, generated in 2017 by the company’s internal system for tracking partnerships, provide the most complete picture yet of the social network’s data-sharing practices. They also underscore how personal data has become the most prized commodity of the digital age, traded on a vast scale by some of the most powerful companies in Silicon Valley and beyond.

The exchange was intended to benefit everyone. Pushing for explosive growth, Facebook got more users, lifting its advertising revenue. Partner companies acquired features to make their products more attractive. Facebook users connected with friends across different devices and websites. But Facebook also assumed extraordinary power over the personal information of its 2.2 billion users — control it has wielded with little transparency or outside oversight.

Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent, the records show, and gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages.

Woof. This just gets worse and worse.

Universal Moves Forward with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA Reboot Movie For Reasons Unknown

The Wrap:

Jay Basu has been tapped to rewrite the screenplay for “Battlestar Galactica,” Universal Pictures’ reimagining of the 1978 television series created by Glen Larson, individuals with knowledge of the project exclusively tell TheWrap. An earlier draft of the script was written by Lisa Joy (“Westworld”).

Not particularly thrilled here to see another version of Galactica, especially when the television series was so well done (for the first few years, at least), but I guess money has to be made.