Goodbye to Millions of Players: World Of Warcraft Going Offline in China
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by Gokul G
6d ago
Today is the end of an era for Warcraft fans in China. After a 14-year partnership between developer Blizzard and publisher NetEase, a record-breaking $69 billion takeover deal by Microsoft will bring the two to an inevitable parting of ways. The game, first released in North America in 2004, was given permission to launch in the Chinese gaming market in 2005, with servers managed by NetEase since 2008.  This means an emotional goodbye to Warcraft, which has an estimated three million players in China, and popular titles like Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Starcraft. It's a significant loss ..read more
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Elon Musk's Latest Rule: Only Twitter Blue Subscribers Can Cast Their Vote on Future Policy-Related Polls
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by Gokul G
1M ago
After his Sunday tweet asking the public whether he should step down as Twitter's head, Elon Musk was met with an overwhelming response. 17.5 million accounts voted, with 57.5% saying that he should indeed resign from his position. After the results were revealed on Monday, Musk remained silent on the matter until late that evening. At 11.30 pm, he responded with a simple yet intriguing "Interesting" to Kim Dotcom, the founder of the former popular file-sharing website Megaupload, who had suggested that the poll's results had been distorted by fake accounts. Then he replied to a Twitter us ..read more
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Twitter in Trouble! EU to Take Action After Journalist Suspensions
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by Gokul G
1M ago
Twitter's mass suspension of prominent journalists this week has the EU up in arms. After the accounts of Ryan Mac from the New York Times, Donie O'Sullivan from CNN, Drew Harwell from The Washington Post, political commentator Keith Olbermann, journalist Tony Webster, Micah Flee from The Intercept, Steve Herman from the Voice of America, journalist Aaron Rupar, and Mashable reporter Matt Binder were suspended temporarily for seven days, EU officials have announced that they are preparing to take action. The cause of the suspension was initially a mystery, but Twitter CEO Elon Musk cleared ..read more
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Elon Musk Shadowbanned ElonJet?
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by Gokul G
1M ago
If you didn't know, there's a Twitter account called @ElonJet that is tracking the movements of Elon Musk's private jet. Recently, it became harder for people to search for and see that account. And someone found out that Twitter had done this on purpose. An anonymous employee told a journalist that Twitter's new head of trust and safety asked the engineers to "apply heavy VF to @elonjet immediately." VF stands for "visibility filtering," a way to hide certain accounts and their posts from other people ..read more
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"I didn't ever try to commit fraud on anyone," Sam Bankman-Fried says
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by Gokul G
2M ago
The former CEO of the cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, said in an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin that he did not intend to do anything wrong and wants to ensure customers receive their money back. "I didn't ever try to commit fraud on anyone. I was shocked at what happened this month," Bankman Fried said. "Whatever happened, why it happened, I had a duty to our stakeholders, our customers, our investors, the regulators of the world, to do right by them," he added. Even if you believe your exchange is trustworthy, storing your cryptocurrency in a cryptocurrency exchange is ne ..read more
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Hackers are Using this TikTok Challenge To Stage Malware Attacks
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by Gokul G
2M ago
A challenge called "Invisible Challenge" is trending on TikTok, where people film themselves naked while using a special effect filter that basically removes the character's body from the video, leaving only a blurred outline image of it. Here is an example of the Invisible Challenge: @paulinhablogueira Apagaram meu vídeo tik tok tá afrontoso, mas eu #tonemai #gosteiposteikkkkkk #foryoupage #foryou #invisiblechallenge ♬ som original - Paulinhablogoficial After the challenge became a trend, a lot of people started searching for ways to remove that TikTok filter from the videos to see what t ..read more
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Friendster is back? No, That's not Friendster, my friend
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by Gokul G
2M ago
Do you remember Friendster? Probably not. I never had an account on it, but I know that it was very popular before Facebook became a thing, and they closed the shop in 2015. But now I'm hearing stories about Friendster being back, so I decided to check it out myself. What the Hell is Friendster.click? The so-called Friendster website uses a .click top-level domain name instead of .com. Probably because a .click top-level domain is cheaper. If you enter the site address into the WordPress theme detector website (www.isitwp.com), you can find out that the "new Friendster" website uses the Soc ..read more
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DeepMind Pauses Hiring of New Interns; Here is why
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by Gokul G
2M ago
In order to review how the internship programme fits with the firm's "strategic priorities" and "long-term focus,"  Alphabet's DeepMind has paused hiring new interns. "Disappointed & shocked to hear that DeepMind 'paused' intern hiring and canceled all scheduled interviews, just one hour before my interview... Anyone knows more details?" Linfeng Zhao, an applicant wrote on Twitter Wednesday. Disappointed & shocked to hear that DeepMind “paused” intern hiring and canceled all scheduled interviews, just one hour before my interview... Anyone knows more details? pic.twitter.c ..read more
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Hacking - Simply Explained
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by Gokul G
2M ago
Not so long ago, the word "hacker" was used to describe a person who loves to experiment with technology. Now, the word "hacker" is used to describe a person who illegally uses another person's computer for illicit purposes without that person's knowledge. For that, a special thanks goes to the media, which has consistently used the term only to describe the bad guys (if you couldn't tell, I'm being sarcastic).  The Problem We all know how complicated computers have become in recent years and, unfortunately, people with bad motives will have greater chances to use them in illicit acti ..read more
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US Bans ZTE, Huawei Equipment over Security Concerns
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by Gokul G
2M ago
The United States has banned the use of Huawei and ZTE telecom devices over security concerns. The move is a major setback for the two Chinese companies, which have been seeking to expand their presence in the US market. It also raises fears of a wider trade war between the US and China. It is unclear what will happen next. These companies will likely lose a lot of business as they will no longer be able to sell their products in the US. This could result in a large number of job losses ..read more
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