Congress invites John Lloyd Cruz to Honor Thy Father probe + more things you might have missed today

Twitter may remove its 140-character limit, CBCP rejects personalized vows in weddings, and more.


( Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.


1. House invites John Lloyd Cruz to Honor Thy Father probe

The House of Representatives' committee on Metro Manila development has invited John Lloyd Cruz to attend an upcoming probe on the disqualification of Honor Thy Father from the MMFF Best Picture race. The committee also invited Sen. Grace Poe, Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, and MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos, as they are members of the film festival's Executive Committee. The hearing, set on January 11, will also tackle the alleged "ticket swapping" between My Bebe Love and Beauty and the Bestie. 


2. Piolo Pascual joins new movie with Dawn Zulueta and Coleen Garcia

You're going to see a lot more of Piolo Pascual on the big screen this year. Other than his highly anticipated Lav Diaz movie alongside John Lloyd Cruz, he is set to star in a new movie by Ex With Benefits director, Gino M. Santos. In the film, he plays a free-spirited DJ who is in an unofficial relationship with Coleen Garcia's character, a young socialite. Her friendship with Dawn Zulueta's character becomes strained when the latter falls for Pascual's character. So far, the project remains untitled and no release date has been announced.


3. Justin Timberlake is working on music again...sort of

Justin Timberlake is back to writing and performing new music as he will be voicing a character named Branch in the upcoming DreamWorks animated film, Trolls. He will also oversee the project’s musical direction as the musical executive producer for both the film and the official soundtrack—with his original songs included in the latter. The movie is scheduled for a November release.



4. Brain-training app Lumosity forced to pay U.S. $2 million for "deceptive advertising"

If you love brain training apps, then you'll most likely be familiar with Lumosity, an app that claims to improve cognitive performance. A statement from the United States' Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said that the app's makers, Lumos Labs, reportedly "deceived consumers with unfounded claims that Lumosity games can help users perform better at work and in school, and reduce or delay cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions." The company was ordered to pay U.S. $2 million, as well as inform users of the FTC settlement and offer a way to cancel their subscriptions.

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5. Twitter may finally remove its 140-character limit

It may be one of Twitter's most unique and recognizable features, but reports say that the social media platform is currently testing an expansion of its 140-character limit to...get this, a staggering 10,000 characters. The timelines won't look too different; tweets will be cut off at 140 characters and users will be able to expand the tweet in order to view the rest of the post.


6. Microsoft to shut Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 next week

R.I.P. to Internet Explorer, the browser we have all loved to hate. Starting January 12, Microsoft will no longer support IE versions 8, 9, and 10. The Next Web reported that a patch will go live next week. “If you’re still using any version of Internet Explorer below 11, it’s time to upgrade now, before it’s too late,” the site said. 



7. Poe urges P-Noy to fire “incompetent and shortsighted” Abaya

On January 6, Sen. Grace Poe again urged P-Noy to immediately replace Transportation Sec. Jun Abaya instead of waiting for him to resign. Poe said that the public has already endured more than three years of Abaya’s “incompetence and shortsightedness.” According to Poe, Abaya’s remaining five months in office is “an eternity to our riding public.” Poe said that to address its problems, the President can step in and take control of the DOTC. She also said that potential and major problems are waiting to happen with MRT-3 and that the safety of commuters should be prioritized.


8. CBCP rejects “personalized vows” in wedding rites

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas clarified that the rite of marriage does not allow Catholic couples to publicly express their wedding vows in their own words. According to Villegas, mixing personal devotions with the liturgy could confuse Christ’s presence in the sacrament. Instead, he advised those who want to pronounce their personal vows to do so at the wedding reception.


9. 10 Ways to Rock Rose Quartz and Serenity

Pantone's Colors of the Year are so easy to love (and to be honest, much easier to pull off than 2015’s Marsala)! Here are 10 Rose Quartz and Serenity-hued shopping finds that will totes make your 2016 trendy and on-point.


10. 10 Great Books to Kick Off Your 2016

There's no better way to shake off the holiday blues with a little pick-me-up in the form of a good book! Whatever genre you're into, we found 10 books that will get you back on track.

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