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  • Top of the Morning: Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, Richard Yap To Star in A Movie

    Plus, Janet Jackson is pregnant at 49, the British royal kids get a pet, and more!
  • 1. Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, and Richard Yap set to do a movie together

    Star Cinema is making a movie with Jodi Sta. Maria, Ian Veneracion, and Richard Yap. The plot: a woman torn between two eligible bachelors. Jodi and Richard has had a successful run as a reel couple in ABS-CBN TV series Be Careful With My Heart. Ian and Jodi, on the other hand, worked together in the Pangako Sa 'Yo series reboot (starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla) and in last year's Metro Manila Festival (MMFF) movie entry All You Need is Pag-ibig. Antoinette Jadaone, who also directed the hit hugot film That Thing Called Tadhana, is set to direct. We can already imagine it: Team Ian or Team Richard! (philstar.com)

    2. Janet Jackson is pregnant at 49!
    According to E! News, the 49-year-old singer and her husband Wissam Al Mana are expecting their first child. Janet Jackson has been working with a fertility specialist for a while now and is reportedly in her second trimester. She recently cancelled her "Unbreakable" tour because she and her businessman husband are planning their family, and her doctor ordered her to rest. She didn't specify then if she's pregnant or adopting a child. The couple has been married since 2012. Congratulations! (eonline.com)

    3. Prince George and Princess Charlotte just got a new pet
    Introducing the new British royal pet, Marvin The Hamster. Princess Kate recently revealed during an outing with school children in London that the family has a new tiny new addition. She said that her daughter Princess Charlotte "really likes it because the whiskers always tickle her face." The conversation took place when the Duchess of Cambridge attended the opening of the new Magic Garden playground at Hampton Court Palace. The royal mom also mentioned that Prince George would be a bit scared" of the playground's impressive 25-feet dragon. (people.com)

    4. London scientists grow two-week-old human embryo in lab
    For the first time, scientists were able to grow human embryos outside a mother’s womb for a full two weeks. Before this, they were only able to study how a human embryo develops for only seven days before they had to implant it into a mother's uterus. With a culture method, however, researchers from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. were able to conduct an hour-by-hour observation on how the cells that will eventually form the human body self-organize into the basic structure of a post-implantation human embryo. These studies should help improve in-vitro fertilization treatments and contribute to regenerative medicine research. (gmanetwork.com)

    5. Ten-year-old boy hacks Instagram, gets rewarded
    A 10-year-old boy from Helsinki, Finland discovered a bug on the photo-sharing social media site and got a US$10,000 (that's a little more than PHP470,000) as a reward. The programming glitch could have enabled Jani to delete anyone, even celebrities, from Instagram. Instead of taking advantage of his new discovery, the boy alerted Instagram's mother company, Facebook, who were able to fix the problem. Jani says he wants to become a security researcher when he grows up. "It would be my dream job. Security is very important, he said in an interview with Finnish newspaper Iltalehti. Tech enthusiasts think Jani should have been paid more. What do you think? (venturebeat.com

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