Internet & Websites News - Page 1
Did you know Google paid $10 billion to Apple in 2020 to stay on as their default search engine? If you didn't, it should blow your mind 50% more knowing that Google is paying $15 billion to Apple in 2021 to continue as the default search engine on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
In a new investor note seen by Ped30, Bernstein analysts estimate that Google will be paying Apple a huge $15 billion in 2021 to remain as the default search engine... but somewhere between $18 billion and $20 billion for the rights in 2022.
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi notes that Google is probably splashing the cash to "ensure Microsoft doesn't outbid it".
The internet saw that Elon Musk posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account and moved to decode it, looking for a hidden meaning.
Elon Musk is no stranger to creating a stir online, and the billionaire CEO has even said that he finds amusement in it - and so do many other people. One of the most recent tweets had his followers in a doozy as Musk posted a cryptic reply to a tweet from Michi Lumin that stated, "I need to start tweeting obtuse and vague things in the hopes that some people will interpret them as coded, meaningful, and mysterious. This is already happening with @BillyM2k and of course @elonmusk."
Musk simply replied by posting, "48 61 68 61 20 74 72 75 65," which caused thousands of people to begin speculating what the series of numbers translated to. Many people that replied to the thread thought that the series of numbers translated into a signal that was telling people to purchase Dogecoin. However, that wasn't the case as one user managed to crack the code, and the translation was certainly disappointing for anyone that thought it was some kind of secret message.
Japan has just set a new world record for the fastest internet speed, absolutely obliterating the previous record by nearly double.
According to a paper presented at the International Conference on Optical Fiber Communications in June 2021, Japan has successfully managed to hit a data transmission rate of 319 Terabits per second (Tb/s) on a line of fiber optic cables that are more than 1,864 miles in length.
It is no understatement to say that data transfer speed is absolutely insane when you consider that the previous record set in 2020 was 178 Tb/s, and the previous record before that was 44.2 Tb/s. For reference, NASA uses a speed of 400 Gb/s, which is tiny compared to what engineers are pushing in Japan.
I was just uploading some photos from an article I just finished writing: using 4 x 4TB Sabrent Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 SSDs in an ASUS Hyper M.2 X16 Card V2 for some Chia crypto coin mining... when I posted the photos to Twitter, came back 1-2 minutes later and my feed was dead.
Twitter itself was fine, but checking profiles of my friends, companies, and everything in between turns up with "Something went wrong. Try reloading". I tried refreshing the page multiple times, not just the official TweakTown Twitter, but as I said multiple friends, companies, and other Twitter pages are all showing the same issue.
Down Detector reports that there was a huge uptick in people having issues loading Twitter in the last 15 minutes or so, and even when I Google searched "Twitter down" for this article, there was no news on it at the time of writing.
SpaceX is moving forward with rolling out its Starlink satellites that are poised to bring internet access to rural areas around the world.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has taken to his Twitter account to announce that Starlink has passed a strategically "important threshold of 69,420", making a clear reference to the internet humor surrounding the numbers "69" and "420". Musk goes on to say in a follow-up tweet that "All 72 orbital planes activate in August, plus many other improvements, enabling global coverage, except for polar regions, which will take another 6 months."
On top of that great information, a Twitter user named Viv asked Musk when airline Wi-Fi would be available with Starlink, Musk replied to the question by saying that there is regulatory approval that needs to be dealt with and that it needs to be "certified for each aircraft type". Musk says that efforts are currently being focused on the "737 & A320, as those serve most number of people, with development testing on Gulfstream."
I was sitting with my daughters and trying to put on some music to help them sleep right now on Spotify, and couldn't access it -- further checking, a ton of internet services, sites, and everything in between are down right now.
Reddit, Twitch, Amazon, PayPal, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and many others are impossible to visit right now -- if you can visit them at all. No one knows why they're all down, but Anonymous did threaten SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk... China is pissed about cryptocurrencies, the US is worried about a cyberattack on the US electric grid... I mean, pick a reason out of a hat.
I don't think it's a coincidence, but this is breaking -- as more happens, I'll update this post. For now, it appears to be slamming everything right now -- I can't connect to Blizzard.net and play Call of Duty: Warzone right now... sigh.
I can still remember visiting LiveLeak all the way back when it first popped onto the much freer internet at the time 15 years ago, but now LiveLeak has been shut down.
The news that video-sharing site LiveLeak was being shut down was shared on Twitter by LiveLeak founder Hayden Hewit, who said that the "very pressures of doing what were a large part of the reason for moving on. It wasn't exactly a Wordpress blog on $2.99 hosting". The cost of hosting LiveLeak seems to have been too much in the end.
LiveLeak was shut down on May 5 and has been replaced with a new project from Hayden and his team called ItemFix, which is similar to other platforms where it allows people to post and edit videos, images, and audio. LiveLeak was much more liberal in what people could upload, whereas ItemFix will be clamping down on all of those things that made LiveLeak a destination for millions of people.
A new report from the Washington Post and Kentik reveals that the Defense Department has given a company 175 million IP addresses.
The director for the Pentagon's Defense Digital Service, Brett Goldstein, said that the IPv4 addresses were given to the Florida startup Global Resource Systems (GRS) for a "pilot effort" that will be a study on preventing unauthorized use of the military's IP addresses. Brett Goldstein also said that the study will spot "potential vulnerabilities".
The Department of Defense has said that Global Resource Systems began managing the addresses on January 20th, and despite it giving the addresses to GRS, the Department of Defense says it still owns them. What is peculiar about this whole situation is that GRS was only established in 2020 and doesn't even have a public website available. For more information on this story, check out this link here.
Former President Donald Trump has been somewhat silent on his plans about potentially running for office again in 2024, but now a new clue has surfaced that indicates that Trump may be running.
On Monday, a brief statement came out of the former president's office, and it was an announcement for the launch of "the official website of the 45th President of the United States". The website URL is 45office.com, and at the moment, it appears to be relatively small in size as there are only a few pages to explore.
So far, individuals can submit comments to the former president, request a personalized greeting, or even book the pair for private events. The website homepage states the following, "Through this office, President Trump will remain a tireless champion for the hardworking men and women of our great country - and for their right to live in safety, dignity, prosperity, and peace." If you want to check out the website for yourself to contact the former president, a link can be found here.
Pornhub has just removed millions of videos from its website, with a new blog post detailing the entire deal detailing why the website "enacted the most comprehensive safeguards in user-generated platform history".
The website has announced it has banned unverified uploaders from posting new content, Pornhub has "eliminated downloads" and have partnered with "dozens of non-profit organizations, among other major policy changes". There's more to read about on that particular subject, here.
But it goes beyond that: Pornhub announces that part of their new policy to ban new uploads means that they have now "suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by content partners or members of the Model Program. This means every piece of Pornhub content is from verified uploaders, a requirement that platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter have yet to institute".