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      Conspiracy, monetisation and weirdness: social media has become ungovernable | Nesrine Malik

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 1 April - 05:00 · 1 minute

    The royals are perennial clickbait, but the wild online bunkum over the Princess of Wales hints at new and darker forces

    On TikTok, there is a short clip of what an AI voiceover claims is a supposed “ring glitch” in the video in which Princess of Wales reveals her cancer diagnosis. It has 1.3 million views. Others, in which users “break down” aspects of the video and analyse the saga with spurious evidence, also rack up millions of views and shares. I have then seen them surface on X, formerly known as Twitter, and even shared on WhatsApp by friends and family, who see in these videos, presented as factual and delivered in reporter-style, nothing that indicates that this is wild internet bunkum.

    Something has changed about the way social media content is presented to us. It is both a huge and subtle shift. Until recently, types of content were segregated by platform. Instagram was for pictures and short reels, TikTok for longer videos, X for short written posts. Now Instagram reels post TikTok videos, which post Instagram reels, and all are posted on X. Often it feels like a closed loop, with the algorithm taking you further and further away from discretion and choice in who you follow. All social media apps now have the equivalent of a “For you” page, a feed of content from people you don’t follow, and which, if you don’t consciously adjust your settings, the homepage defaults to. The result is that increasingly, you have less control over what you see.

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      Independent to take control of BuzzFeed and HuffPost in UK and Ireland

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 28 March - 16:17

    Media companies to combine publishing and advertising platforms to target gen Z and millennials

    The Independent will take control of BuzzFeed and HuffPost in the UK and Ireland with the intention to create “Britain’s biggest publisher network for Gen Z and millennial audiences”, the publishers have said.

    The two media companies will combine their publishing, data and advertising platforms “to allow commercial partners to seamlessly buy across their sites”.

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      World’s heaviest commercial communications satellite will launch tonight

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 26 July, 2023 - 22:09

    SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands on Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center before the launch of the Jupiter 3 communications satellite.

    Enlarge / SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket stands on Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center before the launch of the Jupiter 3 communications satellite. (credit: Trevor Mahlmann/Ars Technica)

    The heaviest commercial communications satellite ever built is folded up for launch on top of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket Wednesday night from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

    This satellite, owned by EchoStar and built by Maxar, tips the scales at about 9.2 metric tons, or more than 20,000 pounds. SpaceX's Falcon Heavy will propel the spacecraft on its way toward an operating position in geostationary orbit more than 22,000 miles (nearly 36,000 kilometers) over the equator.

    The action will begin at 11:04 p.m. EDT (03:04 UTC) with the ignition of the Falcon Heavy's 27 main engines on Launch Complex 39A. A few moments later, the Falcon Heavy will climb away from its launch pad and head downrange toward the east from the Kennedy Space Center. You can watch SpaceX's live webcast below.

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      Google Reportedly Disconnecting Employees from the Internet

      news.movim.eu / Schneier · Thursday, 20 July, 2023 - 22:32

    Supposedly Google is starting a pilot program of disabling Internet connectivity from employee computers:

    The company will disable internet access on the select desktops, with the exception of internal web-based tools and Google-owned websites like Google Drive and Gmail. Some workers who need the internet to do their job will get exceptions, the company stated in materials.

    Google has not confirmed this story.

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      The modern challenge of gaming without a strong Internet connection

      Ars Staff · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 29 August, 2021 - 22:18 · 1 minute

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    Enlarge / More and more these days, your ability to play new games depends on the quality of your Internet connection. (credit: Sean MacEntee / Flickr )

    For many players these days, the video game industry’s increasing reliance on online connections is an afterthought. But for the significant portion of the world without a quality Internet connection, it can sometimes feel like the game industry at large is leaving them behind.

    Pointing out the frustration of large day-one updates has been a feature of the gaming industry for more than a decade now. The topic perhaps reached its global breakthrough with the November 13 announcement that the Xbox One would require a day-one update to function . More recently, the Xbox Series X requires a one-time online check-in before some disc-based games will work.

    Both Sony and Microsoft also introduced disc-drive-free options for their latest consoles , perhaps presaging the day when those drives are gone from consoles for good. And that’s not even mentioning the many multiplayer games that require a strong online connection for a reasonable play experience or the offline games that require not only day-one updates, but sometimes months of patching and downloadable fixes before they begin to resemble the product which consumers had hoped for.

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      A bad solar storm could cause an “Internet apocalypse”

      WIRED · news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 29 August, 2021 - 10:05

    Even if the power comes back after the next big solar storm, the internet may not.

    Enlarge / Even if the power comes back after the next big solar storm, the internet may not. (credit: Jean Claude Moschetti | REA | REDUX)

    Scientists have known for decades that an extreme solar storm , or coronal mass ejection , could damage electrical grids and potentially cause prolonged blackouts . The repercussions would be felt everywhere from global supply chains and transportation to Internet and GPS access. Less examined until now, though, is the impact such a solar emission could have on Internet infrastructure specifically. New research shows that the failures could be catastrophic, particularly for the undersea cables that underpin the global Internet.

    At the SIGCOMM 2021 data communication conference on Thursday, Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi of the University of California, Irvine presented “Solar Superstorms: Planning for an Internet Apocalypse,” an examination of the damage a fast-moving cloud of magnetized solar particles could cause the global Internet. Abdu Jyothi's research points out an additional nuance to a blackout-causing solar storm: the scenario where even if power returns in hours or days, mass Internet outages persist.

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      Starlink peut se lancer en France : qu’apporte cette offre d’Internet par satellite ?

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 19 February, 2021 - 10:20

    L'autorité de régulation des télécoms autorise Starlink à fonctionner en France. Le service imaginé par SpaceX a obtenu des fréquences pour pouvoir établir des liaisons entre le territoire français et l'espace, où se trouvent ses satellites. [Lire la suite]

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      SpaceX revendique déjà 10 000 clients à Starlink, son service d’accès à Internet par l’espace

      Julien Lausson · news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 5 February, 2021 - 10:44

    SpaceX a indiqué au détour d'un document que son service Starlink compte plus de 10 000 clients. Mais cette indication ne dit pas grand-chose pour un service encore en bêta et très peu accessible. [Lire la suite]

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