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How I’m getting through isolation: Charli Robinson on MAFS, flat packs and babies



Getaway presenter Charli Robinson and her race car driver partner Liam Talbot would usually be travelling around Australia and the world, but because of coronavirus restrictions they are enjoying plenty of family time at home.

While they may not be working as much, the pair have plenty to keep busy, looking after 15-month-old daughter Kensington and preparing for their second baby’s arrival. That doesn’t mean they don’t have time for TV though, with the pair managing to sneak in some reality TV and James Bond movies.

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Kensington, Charli and Liam at home in Queensland. (Supplied)

Here Robinson reveals the shows, hobbies and snacks she’s been enjoying while isolating at home:

TV show I’m bingeing: Thank goodness for my secret indulgence of Married At First Sight when isolating started. I got my partner Liam involved as well, so as soon as our baby girl was asleep we were right into the drama of MAFS.

What I want to watch next: We needed a quick breather from reality TV and started the James Bond movies, the Daniel Craig ones. It’s been so fun to watch again, but because we are both exhausted from our day we only watch an hour each night, it’s still like a date night.

What I’ve always wanted to watch but haven’t had the time until now: Having a 15-month-old baby girl I still don’t have the time but I secretly squeeze some Keeping Up With The Kardashians in on the 9Now catch up TV if I have a moment alone while she’s napping — even 10 minutes with a cup of tea is pure indulgence!

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Charli is making the most of the time she has with Kensington before baby number two arrives. (Supplied)

What I’m re-watching: The James Bond series — it’s light, fun and something Liam and I both enjoy.

Most surprising iso TV discovery: That Getaway is on during the day after Ellen sometimes and always on the 9Now catch-up app! What perfect viewing while we all can’t travel, you can get your fix with us while still in your PJs. Perfect!

My preferred binge-watching snack: Being pregnant right now I’m craving passion fruit yogurt! So I start with that and finish with an Easter egg or any kind of Cadbury. Now I think about it, I can’t watch a show without snacking (pregnancy is the perfect excuse for that).

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Charli and Liam are busy building new flat pack furniture ahead of their second daughter’s birth. (Supplied)

Book I’m reading: What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Even though we have Kensington, it’s amazing how sleep deprivation makes you forget the little things of having a newborn, so I’m doing a quick re-read of this book. Such a great one for an expecting mummy.

Podcast I’m listening to: I’m doing a hypnobirthing course, so I listen to that every night. It’s more about knowledge of birth and your body rather than going into a hypnotic state. Although, there’s a couple of great meditations on there that help me fall asleep. It really helped with my daughter Kensington being born, so I’m doing a refresher and loving it.

Hobbies I’ve taken up: Gardening a lot more! My partner Liam, who would usually be racing cars most weekends, is now in the backyard working hard. He bought a chain saw and sit down lawn mower, honestly he’s so happy. I’m also loving growing veggies — we’re the typical isolation family. I won’t tell you our other new hobby… but it involves a lot of online deliveries. Isolation has brought out the best in my late night shopping fix.

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Charli took part in the social media craze of dressing up to do household chores. (Supplied)

DIY project I’m attempting: With the arrival of our second baby girl soon we’ve bought all of her nursery items flat packed, and Liam now has no excuse he’s not away racing — he has to put them all together. There’s so many boxes, you can imagine the headache!

People I’m FaceTiming the most: My family in NSW (I’m in Queensland). I was flying to my parents almost every couple of weeks, if Liam was away or when filming Getaway, so they would have my daughter Kensington. Now the borders are closed and I can’t fly to Newcastle, it’s so hard being away. We FaceTime every day, usually via Messenger. I just don’t want them to miss seeing Kensington growing up so much.

How else are you spending your days? What are you doing to maintain a sense of ‘normal’ during this time? It’s actually the perfect time to be pregnant. I loved eating all the Easter eggs I wanted, and not being able to film Getaway due to travel restrictions and production, I’m just enjoying looking after Kensington before another beautiful bub arrives to steal my attention. In saying that, this is the longest I’ve been without filming anything since I was 17 starting Hi-5 and I really miss it. I’ll be so ready to get back in front of the camera when this is over! 

Getaway airs Saturdays at 5.30pm on Nine. Catch up on the latest episodes on 9Now.


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The Memes From Donald Trump’s Frankly Wild Axios Interview Are Already Way Too Relatable



Remember when that Aussie journo from Axios brought Trump to his knees in one of the first truly hard-hitting interviews we’ve seen with the guy? Seems like it was only yesterday. Well so do we, and so does the internet, it seems, now that everyone’s gone to town making memes out of it.

Everything from the staging, to Aussie journo Jonathan Swan‘s bemused reactions, to Trump unraveling on camera is pure meme gold. As it turns out, the chaotic interview is the perfect metaphor for our equally chaotic year of 2020.

Thankfully, people were quick to capitalise on the potential of this new meme inspo.

Perhaps the only way to comprehend how utterly deranged the most powerful man in the world is, is through laughter. Or at least, that’s the most fun way to do so.

Without further ado, here are the best memes and reacts to come out of that train wreck of an interview.

Obviously, watching the actual interview will elicit similar reactions to the memes themselves. You’re likely to laugh, cry and scream at your computer all within one single sentence.

If you still haven’t watched the full Axios interview, we highly recommend you do so. You can catch it here.

Just make sure to do some breathing exercises afterwards.

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Parents Are Suing TikTok for Allegedly Sending Their Kids’ Stolen Data to China



More than 20 plaintiffs, many of whom are underaged and therefore represented by their legal guardians, are listed in a new class-action lawsuit against TikTok, which is owned by a Beijing-based tech company called ByteDance. NPR, who was first to report on the class-action, pointed out that this is the merging of multiple “separate but similar” federal lawsuits that were filed over the past year.

These American families believe that the executives behind TikTok equipped the app with China-based surveillance software that is unknown to its users — and transfers “vast quantities” of private data and content to Chinese servers. Furthermore, they believe that gives the accessors of said data the ability to “identify, profile, and track the physical and digital location and activities” of U.S. users.

The plaintiffs specifically call attention to private draft videos — or early versions of posts that were never published or saved — claiming that the app has also “surreptitiously taken” these clips without notice or consent. They further argue that by secretly obtaining this data and information, TikTok unfairly profits from them by attracting more consumers through targeted advertising and/or increasing consumer demand with improvements to the app technology.

Last year — as accusations had begun to generate noise  — TikTok consultants shared that they found “no indication that the Chinese government accessed TikTok users’ data” in their review of TikTok’s computer code between July and October of 2019. The app then issued a public statement, saying: “We store all TikTok U.S. user data in the United States, with backup redundancy in Singapore. Our data centers are located entirely outside of China, and none of our data is subject to Chinese law.”

However, the plaintiffs in the 2020 class-action suit argue that TikTok’s public statement was “carefully couched in the present tense and studiously avoids mentions of past practices.” They point out that TikTok never said that data was not transferred to China — only that it was not stored in China.

The plaintiffs also cite TikTok’s 2019 Privacy Policy, which is publicly accessible — but the plaintiffs opine that it is “not viewed by users in the ordinary sense” and that its phrasings are misleading and subject to change. According to the complaint, that policy did say “we may share your information with a parent, subsidiary, or other affiliate of our corporate group,” which could include ByteDance.

ByteDance is a company that uses artificial intelligence “powered by algorithms that ‘learn’ each user’s interests and preferences through repeat interaction,” the complaint points out before mentioning that ByteDance has looked to grow in overseas markets — including the U.S. — in recent years. ByteDance arguably mimicked American app, which laid the groundwork for today’s TikTok, when it launched its own app called Douyin in 2016. ByteDance eventually bought in 2017 — but only after introducing an English language version of the Douyin app under the name TikTok.

A representative from TikTok did not immediately reply when Rolling Stone reached out for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the complaint documents, the plaintiffs are requesting, among a lengthy list of possible resolutions, that TikTok be urged to refrain from transmitting user data and content to China, as well as any other locations or facilities that China could access. They say draft videos, for one, should not be accessed by anyone but the user without advance notice and written consent. They also believe that TikTok shouldn’t be able to take “physical/digital location tracking data, device ID data, [and] personally identifiable data.” The latter seems particularly unlikely, considering what’s required to run a social media-centric app.

Because of what’s written in TikTok’s Privacy Policy — the fine print, which informs users that TikTok reserves the right to share their information — the plaintiffs might not have a case at all. However, the allegations raised in this lawsuit are similar to the national security claims Trump made when he said he wanted to ban the app.

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