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Telegram has been banned in Brazil over disinformation issues

The Brazilian Supreme Court has banned Telegram in the country and has ordered Brazil's telecoms regulator Anatel to implement the suspension within 24 hours. According to Reuters and The New York Times, Justice Alexandre de Moraes cited the messaging app's failure to respond to previous judicial orders to freeze accounts spreading disinformation for his decision. 

In Brazil, Telegram has become the platform of choice for supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro after social networks like Facebook and Twitter started implementing stricter measures against fake news. Moraes, who's also currently overseeing a number of investigations into Bolsonaro and his allies for spreading disinformation, has ordered internet providers and phone carriers to block people's access to Telegram in the country ahead of the presidential election in October. 

The Supreme Court justice has ordered Google and Apple to remove the messaging service from their app stores, as well. All the companies must comply within five days or face a fine of $ 20,000 per day. In addition, people caught using VPNs or other means to access Telegram after it's already been blocked will also face a $ 20,000 fine. 

Bolsonaro called the decision "inadmissible" during an event. Anderson Torres, the Minister of Justice and Public Security appointed by Bolsonaro, criticized Moraes' ruling and said the "monocratic decision" harms millions of Brazilians. 

Telegram Chief Executive Pavel Durov said his company missed the court's emails and is asking for a delay on the ban to get a chance to "remedy the situation." Durov vows to appoint a representative in Brazil and to set up a framework that will allow the company to reply to pressing issues in the country more quickly. "I apologize to the Brazilian Supreme Court for our negligence. We definitely could have done a better job," he said. It remains to be seen whether Moraes would give Telegram a chance. As it stands, the ban will be implemented and will stay in place until the service complies with previous orders and pays a series of fines. 

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Russian TikTok creators have reportedly been paid to share propaganda

The White House isn't the only one trying to steer discussion of Ukraine on TikTok. Vice News has discovered that Russian TikTok influencers are reportedly being paid to share videos promoting the Putin government's narrative surrounding the invasion. An anonymous operator in a Telegram channel has been telling creators what and when to post, what goals they must meet and otherwise dictating their content. At least some of the followers have over a million followers.

It's unclear who is behind the campaign, but the operator claims to be a journalist and has looked for posters for additional pro-government content (such as supporting Russian athletes in the Olympics) and private companies. However, TikTok's ban on new videos from Russia apparently isn't an obstacle. The channel administrator tells influencers how to dodge the ban, and at least some producers have posted videos after the ban took effect.

The channel suddenly shut down on March 9th as Vice conducted its investigation. Most of the videos have since been removed, but the campaign team reportedly asked them to do this. Others remain, and it's not certain how many similar initiatives might be underway. It's also unclear if the propaganda was effective.

TikTok hasn't commented on the pro-Kremlin campaign and told Vice about its general efforts to spot "emerging threats" and "harmful misinformation" surrounding Russia's war against Ukraine.

Whether or not the Russian government was involved with this TikTok effort, there's little doubt the country has tried to control the online narrative on Ukraine. It has blocked social networks like Instagram, posted misinformation through its embassies' accounts, circumvented bans on its state news outlets and criminalized media reports that contradict the official stance on the war. TikTok's large user base may be a tempting target if Russia hopes to sway more of the internet to its side.

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4 things Samsung did right and 4 that could have been better

We found four things that we liked and four things we didn’t like during Samsung’s Unpacked February 2022 event.
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How to tell if your smartphone has been hacked

Don’t be an unwitting victim of third-party hacks. Here are some of the ways you can recognize if your smartphone has been targeted and what to do about it.
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I’ve paid for 5G for more than 2 years and it has been a complete waste of money

I signed up for a 5G contract in 2019, and now, more than two years later and despite elaborate promises, I have not seen any benefit from it at all.
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‘Seinfeld’ hits Netflix, but some jokes have been cropped out of view

Classic '90s sitcom Seinfeldjust landed on Netflix after a six-year run on Hulu. Given that the show was filmed years before HD was a thing, it was originally displayed in a 4:3 aspect ratio on TV (and the DVD sets that came years later). But on Netflix, the show has been cropped into a 16:9 widescreen format to fit on modern TVs. As noted by Rolling Stone, that means some visual gags have literally been erased. 

Twitter users @boriskarkov and @Thatoneguy64 succinctly pointed out the problem with a specific episode called "The Pothole." In the episode, George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld are trying to find George's lost keys, which were dropped in a pothole that was then paved over. In a crop where George wildly yells at the pothole, the Netflix crop removes the pothole entirely. The 16:9 aspect ratio probably also cuts out some other gags in the series — or at the very least, it might be a jarring experience for people used to how the show originally looked.

Of course, this isn't a new problem. Crops of Seinfeld have been on cable TV for years, and Hulu also showed the series in 16:9, as well. Given Netflix's popularity, Seinfeld is getting lots of extra attention right now, and thus a bunch of new viewers are probably checking it out who might not have seen it on Hulu. A similar controversy happened in late 2019 when the entire run of The Simpsons hit Disney+. After plenty of complaints about missed visual gags, Disney eventually released the seasons that aired in 4:3 in their original aspect ratio. Hopefully Netflix will do the same thing with Seinfeld — but in the meantime, as with many classic shows, the most authentic way to watch them is probably on DVD. 

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[Updated: The deal has been temporarily extended] NBC Universal and YouTube TV are squabbling, and you might lose some channels

If you’ve had satellite or cable services for a few years, you’re probably familiar with the carriers and networks squabbling and fighting over contracts. Comcast doesn’t want to pay more to carry Viacom’s channels, Viacom threatens to pull everything, Comcast caves, and your monthly price goes up by $ 6 per month. Switch out those two […]

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Energy Ring has been updated with support for the Google Pixel 4a and Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

Energy Ring has been updated with support for two of the latest Android smartphones, the Google Pixel 4a and the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, amongst other devices. As a recap, Energy Ring is an Android customization application that makes use of the ring around the punch hole camerato highlight the battery status. This subtle tweak […]

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Nintendo says 140,000 more NNID accounts have been illegally accessed

Nintendo shut down NNID logins back in April after it discovered hackers had compromised some 160,000 accounts using legacy credentials. Now, the company says that figure was more like 300,000. In a Japanese language statement posted today, Nintendo…
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The Android 11 beta launch event has been postponed

The launch of the Android 11 beta had already been delayed after Google I/O was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it’s getting pushed back again. A virtual launch event for the start of the beta release was scheduled for Wednesday, bu…
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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ is the flagship VR game we’ve been waiting for

Half-Life: Alyx is a Half-Life game through and through. While it might not be the long-awaited "Episode 3," it's not just a trifling VR side-story either. It carries on Half-Life's tradition of pushing PC gaming forward — this time, by focusing…
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Valve’s Index VR production has been impacted by coronavirus

We're just about a month out from the launch of Half Life: Alyx on March 23rd, and like so many other things, it is seeing some impact from the coronavirus outbreak. According to a statement given to RoadtoVR and UploadVR, Valve still plans to restoc…
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Emoji galore: 117 new Unicode Emoji 13.0 have been confirmed for phones in 2020

A handful of new emoji have been announced with Unicode Emoji 13.0 being finalized. These new additions won’t appear on your phone just yet, but they will likely be slated into any 2020 software updates you might be getting from your phone manufacturer. 117 new emoji This update includes a total of 117 new emoji […]

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Pokémon Go has been invaded by Team Rocket’s monsters

If you want to collect monsters commonly associated with the villainous Team Rocket, you may want to put on a pair of sneakers and play some Pokémon Go in the next few days. As part of the game's Team Rocket invasion, you'll spot monsters like…
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This AI-powered subreddit has been simulating the real thing for years

Can the human discourse on social media in 2019 be properly captured by a group of well-programmed bots? Of course it can. r/subredditsimulator is a subreddit — three years in the making — that consists solely of neural network bots. It works by ge…
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Redmi’s flagship debut has been leaked, and it’s the ‘X’.

After a year of rumours and leaks, Google’s possibly interesting mid-range Pixel debuts are officially launching in 6 days at the Google I/O 2019 developer conference. We’ve been bombarded with rumours and leaks of Google’s debut in the mid-range market for their Pixel line for a year at this point, however we’re now finally seeing […]

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Recommended Reading: Midterms have already been hacked

The midterms are already hacked. You just don't know it yet. Benjamin Wofford, Vox The concerns regarding voting processes in the US are nothing new, especially when it comes to vulnerabilities. Vox is the latest to take an in-depth look at the tr…
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LG’s V30S ThinQ is the AI-fueled phone the V30 should’ve been

In the midst of a tricky fiscal year, LG decided to run with a new strategy: cook up interim smartphones to sell between its major flagship releases. The plan was based in part on the surprising success of phones like the X cam, and since the company…
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The first 5G spec has been approved

Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are pushing for the implementation of 5G by 2019. Yet, despite the flurry of 5G pilot announcements and spectrum purchases, none of them really know what they'll be working with. But, that's about to chan…
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Google has been tracking your phone’s location, even with location turned off

Going into settings and turning off your phone’s location will stop all apps and services from tracking your whereabouts. That’s a simple, easy to remember privacy concept. Unfortunately, there’s one small problem. Google has been tracking you anyway. You can take more drastic steps like turning off cellular data or even removing the SIM card […]

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The Sprint/T-Mobile merger has apparently been called off

Sprint and T-Mobile were expected to formally announce plans to merge into a single carrier by the end of October, but suddenly those plans seem to be off the table. It’s unclear exactly what went wrong, other than potential complications from the companies not wanting to sell their assets, but the news is kind of […]

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‘Aztez’: The bloody indie brawler that should’ve been big

Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow lig…
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Nintendo’s NES Classic has been discontinued in Europe too

When Nintendo pulled the NES Classic from its website and retailers in the US, we knew it was only a matter of time before the same happened on the other side of the Atlantic. It took four days, but the company today confirmed to Eurogamer that the t…
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Crops grown on Martian soil have been deemed safe to eat

We’ll be able to grow crops in Martian soil. Dutch scientists have managed to grow crops of four vegetables and cereals in soil “similar to that on Mars.” The resulting food was deemed safe to eat.

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Fallout C.H.A.T. is the emoji keyboard you’ve been waiting for

In anticipation of Fallout 4, Bethesda has released C.H.A.T., a free emoji keyboard for iOS and Android mobile devices with iconic characters and items from the series, as well as animated GIFs for custom messages.

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Hackers have been paid $1 million for breaking into iOS 9

An unnamed group of hackers have claimed the $ 1 million prize for hacking iOS 9 using sophisticated techniques, after the bounty was offered by security company Zerodium last month. The company plans to sell the hack to its customers.

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The Nexus 6P might finally sport the high-quality camera Nexus fans have been craving

One thing that was always certain when it came to Google’s Nexus phones was that they would come up short in the camera department. However, this year’s Nexus 6P could finally be the one that breaks that streak.

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Apple has been rickrolling us this whole time

Apple has a subtle sense of humor — so subtle that no one noticed the Cupertino company has been rickrolling the public with its Apple Watch support page. Oh Apple, we’re never gonna give you up, either.

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