The Headliner: Ambien tweeting' gets Roseanne Barr-ed

1st June 2018

It’s been an eventful week for US comedian Roseanne Barr, whose TV show was cancelled following racist tweets about former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr had an unusual excuse for her behaviour, saying that she was ‘Ambien tweeting’—referring to the sedative drug. But her claims were quickly quashed by the drug’s manufacturer, Sanofi, which reminded us that ‘racism is not a known side effect’ of any of its medication. Ouch.

While it seems we can’t go a day without hearing about the likely repercussions of Brexit, the impact of our departure from the EU on the creative industry is not widely reported on. This week, we discuss how the country’s creative sector – which voted heavily to ‘remain’ – could be affected—from the free movement of talent to concert ticket sales.

Thinking of switching to solar power? Google’s brand new online tool, ‘Project Sunroof’, could help people in the UK save money by opting for solar power. It was released in partnership with Eon and uses data from various Google apps like Earth and Maps to estimate savings. But will it be enough to tempt homeowners?

Google is not the only tech company launching a new product this week, as Snapchat also debuted its first Lens app that reacts to sound. The lens is an animal mask overlay, with ears that pulse and eyes that move when sound is detected. This is one of many updates Snapchat is planning  to introduce us to over the coming weeks, so watch this space.