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Instagram Tests Hiding Like Counts Globally

Instagram is making Like counts private for some users everywhere. From a report: Instagram tells TechCrunch the hidden Likes test is expanding to a subset of users globally. Users will have to decide for themselves if something is worth Liking rather than judging by the herd. The change could make users more comfortable sharing what's important… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 10:10 am

PayPal Pulls Out of Pornhub, Hurting 'Hundreds of Thousands' of Performers

Pornhub announced late Wednesday that PayPal is no longer supporting payments for Pornhub -- a decision that will impact thousands of performers using the site as a source of income. From a report: Most visitors to Pornhub likely think of it as a website that simply provides access to an endless supply of free porn, but Pornhub also allows… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 9:25 am

China Completes Crucial Landing Test For First Mars Mission in 2020

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year. From a report: China is on track to launch its Mars mission, Zhang Kejian, head of the China National Space Administration, said on Thursday, speaking to foreign diplomats and the media… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:44 am

Apple Is Considering Bundling Digital Subscriptions as Soon as 2020

Apple is considering bundling its paid internet services, including News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, as soon as 2020, in a bid to gain more subscribers, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. From a report: The latest sign of this strategy is a provision that Apple included in deals with publishers that lets the… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:00 am

Public Cloud Providers' Network Performance Wildly Varies

ThousandEyes, a cloud analysis company, in its second annual Cloud Performance Benchmark, has succeeded in measuring a major performance factor objectively: Public cloud providers' global network performance. ZDNet reports: In this study, ThousandEyes looked at the five major public cloud providers: Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 7:00 am

George Lucas Has Apparently Changed the Famous Greedo Scene In 1977's Star Wars Again, For Disney+

Freshly Exhumed shares a report from The Guardian: George Lucas, whose departure from all things Star Wars seems to have been greatly exaggerated -- appears to have yet again doctored the famous Greedo scene in 1977's Star Wars [prior to it being shown on the Disney+ streaming service]. The scene depicts the Mos Eisley cantina in which Harrison… Read More »

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 4:00 am