>Dog-lovers feel less lonely
As Valentine's Day approaches, many people with dogs will not care one bit whether they get a card.
A survey by the Kennel Club has found almost one in five would rather have a dog than be in a relationship.
Almost half said they were so attached to their pet because "dogs don't let you down" in the same way that other people might.
Although a dog might not buy you roses or take you out for dinner, it seems unconditional love and a wagging tail can make being single a less lonely prospect.
The research, which asked 2,612 dog owners for their thoughts on romance, found just under a quarter agreed that having a dog would make them feel less concerned about not being in love.
Bill Lambert, a spokesman for the Kennel Club, said: "There certainly seems to be a growing number of dog-lovers who would rather share their lives with a four-legged friend instead of a human partner."
>Broom Challenge a hoax
The Broom Challenge that went viral on numerous social media platforms on Monday was a hoax.
Sharing videos and photos of broomsticks standing upright with no assistance, participants in the challenge claimed that according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) the Earth's rotation would be "in perfect balance" on Feb 10 and it would be possible for a broom to balance standing up.
NASA said in a statement to CBS News on Tuesday that there's no truth to the Broom Challenge.
Brooms can stand up on their own if balanced properly on the bristles, regardless of the Earth's location and level of gravitational pull between planets.
>MWC 2020 is canceled
The world's biggest show in the mobile communications industry, Mobile World Congress (MWC), has been canceled this year due to concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak.
The Global System for Mobile Communications Alliance (GSMA), which organizes the show, said on Wednesday that it has decided to cancel the MWC 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Barcelona between Feb 24 and 27.
Before the GSMA decision, Sony, NVIDIA, Vivo and some other exhibitors and companies have decided to withdraw the event.
>Children's book under fire
A children's book has been removed from shelves over content promoting the consumption of wild animals.
The book, Animal Encyclopedia, says the meat of the masked civet is edible.
The masked civet is a protected species and is believed to be associated with the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003.
The book also says the fat of the masked civet can be used as raw material in cosmetics production, and its fur can be made into gloves.
The publisher, Wuhan University Press, said on Tuesday that it had notified all sales outlets nationwide to remove the book and launched an investigation into the matter.
Last week, a photo of the page from the book containing the inappropriate content went viral on Chinese social media.
The book was found to have been reprinted in May 2017.
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