Twitter Circle may be starting to roll out to more users

  • Twitter has started rolling out the ‘Circle’ feature to more users.
  • ‘Circle’ allows users on Twitter to send out tweets to a specific group of people, similar to the ‘Close Friends’ feature on Instagram.
  • The feature was tested earlier this month with a limited group of users and a wider release date has not been officially announced yet.
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  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Cinemas now accepting digital ID cards

  • The UK Cinema Association – which includes Cineworld, Odeon, Showcase Cinemas and Vue are partnering with digital ID firm Yoti.
  • The Yoti app will be accepted as a proof of age for children and adults to gain entry to movies with an age restriction.
  • The app captures an image of the user’s face and scans an ID document such as a passport to verify identity.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Gucci built a persistent town inside of Roblox

  • The fashion brand Gucci is releasing a persistent space in Roblox called ‘Gucci Town’.
  • The space features a garden, linking together other areas such as a space for mini games, a café, and a virtual store where players can purchase virtual Gucci gear.
  • The Gucci gear will be wearable by the players’ Roblox character in-game.
  • To find out more about Roblox, check out our article.
  • You can read the full story on The Verge’s website.

Birmingham school given funding warning

  • A school in Birmingham has been warned that funding may be withdrawn after reports of bullying and homophobic behaviour among pupils.
  • The warning was handed by the Department for Education (DfE) following an Ofsted inspection rated the school “inadequate” and found that pupils didn’t feel safe.
  • The report found that pupils had “no confidence” that staff would support them if they raised concerns and that pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) were more likely to receive sanctions than their peers.
  • You can read the full story on the BBC’s website.

Bury Council aims to ‘transform’ children’s services

  • Bury Council is committed to transforming its children services department after apologising for the death of Baby Zakari last year and the release of a new national report.
  • A National Child Safeguarding practice review published last Wednesday found that the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson were “not isolated incidents”.
  • The review found “wider problems in child safeguarding practice”.
  • Bury Council aims to establish a stable leadership team and make recruitment and retention of staff a priority.
  • You can read the full story on the Bolton News website.