A social media scavenger hunt that includes envelopes of money left in hiding places has caused a bit of a frenzy in the Los Angeles area for the last couple of days thanks to someone with the username @HiddenCash on Twitter.
In Burbank Thursday evening, aerial video from news choppers showed crowds "rushing bus stops and grassy knolls as cars backed up on surface streets," local NBC News reported. "Burbank police called the situation a traffic nightmare, and expressed safety concerns about the frenzy" occurring after the clues were tweeted.
With more than 340,000 Twitter followers and growing, @HiddenCash, described as a successful real estate investor, has been hiding money in different California cities and promises to do it again Friday evening. more >>
A Texas megachurch has launched a new faith-based television station via the Amazon Fire Channel with the hopes of continuing to reach more people worldwide.
Community Bible Church of San Antonio, a congregation with an average worship attendance of about 14,000 in person and 16,000 online, launched the TV app Tuesday.
A controversial Facebook page titled "Virgin Mary Should've Aborted," which had close to 12,000 followers, has been taken down after pro-life groups united in a campaign against it.
"This is not a First Amendment issue but rather an issue of FB's own standards regarding Hate Speech. According to Facebook standards, 'we do not permit individuals or groups to attack others based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition," Project Wildfire CEO Cary Bogue said in a statement on Tuesday.
Bogue, who is also a spokesman for the group Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination, has been trying to take down the controversial FB page for the past year, and in July 2012 he waged a successful battle to have the page removed after gathering 20,000 signatures and launching a Twitter campaign; however it was later reinstated. more >>
Nintendo has caved in to recent pressure from gay activists, who were angered that their new Tomodachi game did not allow same-sex marriages. The company has responded by saying that although they are unable to change the current game, they would introduce gay options and allow same-sex avatars to marry each other in future releases.
"We pledge that if we create a next installment in the Tomodachi series, we will strive to design a game-play experience from the ground up that is more inclusive, and better represents all players," wrote Nintendo.
Fans angry about the gay marriage exclusion had pushed for mainstream media and TV shows to maintain pressure on Nintendo, and John Oliver in the HBO series "Last Week Tonight" allowed fans to submit a video for the show that displayed various Nintendo characters such as Mario, Toad, Link, Bowser and Yoshi engaging in gay marriage ceremonies and other homosexual activities. more >>
Nintendo said that it will not be adding the option of same-sex relationships in one of its popular life-simulation games after a social media campaign called for such an inclusion.
"Nintendo never intended to make any form of social commentary with the launch of 'Tomodachi Life,'" Nintendo of America Inc. said in a statement, according to The Associated Press. "The relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation. We hope that all of our fans will see that 'Tomodachi Life' was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary."
The social media campaign to the video games giant was launched by a 23-year-old gay man from Mesa, Arizona, who said that he wanted the option in the game to marry his real-life partner. more >>
NEW YORK – Members of several of the world's main religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, warned that the grave prospect of a nuclear weapons catastrophe looms dangerously over the world, and urged leaders to move toward disarmament at a United Nations conference on Wednesday.
Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that although religious leaders are not experts on nuclear weapons, they still have the responsibility to speak out and take the floor on this particular issue.
"We know that we are not experts on disarmament, we do not have technical solutions, but we do have a voice to act," Chullikatt said, adding that the group of religious leaders have taken on the subject partly so that future generations do not accuse them of not doing anything. more >>