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Twitter Streets: Hot Trends Today- November 24

Article by Oliver Nash
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Posted: November 24, 2020  

‘The Queen’s Gambit’ Breaks Netflix Records

Netflix’s breakout limited series, “The Queen’s Gambit”, has been watched by 62 million accounts, becoming the streamer’s biggest limited scripted series ever. “On Netflix, a record-setting 62 million households chose to watch The Queen’s Gambit in its first 28 days”, said Peter Friedlander, Netflix’s VP of original series on Monday.

The “Queen’s Gambit” novel has also topped The New York Times bestseller list — 37 years after its release; Google search queries for chess have doubled while searches for “how to play chess” have hit a nine-year peak; Inquiries for ‘chess sets’ on eBay are up 250% and Goliath Games says its chess sales have increased over 170%; and the number of new players has increased five fold on Chess.com.

Recently, Netflix changed its viewership monitoring process. The streaming service now terms a movie or series as “watched” if it plays for at least two minutes.

Snapchat Launches TikTok Rival, Spotlight

Snap Inc. has launched Spotlight, “a new entertainment platform for user-generated content within Snapchat”. The short-form in-app video feature to rival TikTok, which launched in 11 countries, also provides an incentive for all creatives – a chance to get a share of $1 million each day to those who post viral content on the platform. “Submit your video Snaps and you could earn a share of more than $1,000,000 a day,” tweeted Snapchat on Monday.

The individual payouts will be determined by a “proprietary formula” for rewards that will extend until the end of 2020. However, qualification for this draw will be limited to users above 16 years of age.

‘Superintelligence’ Movie Trailer Released

Warner Bros. has released the final trailer of its upcoming movie, “Superintelligence”. Directed by Ben Falcone, the comedy flick follows an all-powerful Superintelligence (James Corden) that chooses to study the most average person on Earth, Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy). As the fate of the world hangs in the balance and the A.I. decides to either enslave, save or destroy humanity, it is up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving.

The official synopsis reads: With a star-studded cast, including Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, Jean Smart, and James Corden, Superintelligence tells the story of Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy), to whom nothing extraordinary ever happens. But when she starts getting snarky backtalk from her TV, phone, and microwave, she thinks she’s being punked. Or losing her mind. In fact, the world’s first superintelligence has selected her for observation, taking over her life…with a bigger, more ominous plan to take over everything. Now Carol is humanity’s last chance before this artificial intelligence-with-an-attitude decides to pull the plug.

“Superintelligence” premieres on streaming platform, HBO Max, November 26th,2020.

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