Twitter blocked in Nigeria after deleting a tweet by its president

From The Verge: In April, Twitter opened its first office in Africa in Ghana, which some in Nigeria considered a snub. In its announcement, Twitter cited Ghana’s support of free speech, online freedom and the Open Internet as the reasons for its decision. Nigeria’s information minister said at the time that Twitter’s decision not to …

Ring video surveillance footage requests now have to be public

From 9To5 Mac: Police and other law enforcement agencies requesting Ring video surveillance footage to help solve crimes will now need to make those requests in public. Previously, they had the ability to email Ring users to request copies of video that might show crimes in progress, or otherwise help to bring criminals to justice. …

The world is a terrible place right now, and that’s largely because it is what we make it

From Wil Wheaton back in 2018: I see this in the online space all the time now: mobs of people, acting in bad faith, can make people they don’t know and will likely never meet miserable, or even try to ruin their lives and careers (look at what they did to James Gunn). And those mobs’ …

Epic fights Apple in court by playing Candy Crush

From The Verge: On the stand is Lorin Hitt, professor of operations, information, and decisions at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton… […] Hitt can’t guarantee all the games listed in the unintelligible spreadsheet are from the same developer across all platforms, it turns out. He says his team of researchers did the analysis, and he …

Starlink Review: Broadband Dreams Fall to Earth

From The Verge: In our imaginations, we might dream of a satellite internet system that delivers lightning-fast broadband speeds from space, freeing us from the dreary earthbound experience of cable monopolies and wireless data caps. We might envision an ISP that smashes through the plodding local politics of digging fiber trenches by literally achieving escape …

Florida bill would restrict social media platforms from banning politicians

From The Verge: Florida is on the verge of passing legislation that would fine social media companies like Twitter and Facebook that “knowingly de-platform” political candidates. The bill was first proposed in February by Gov. Ron DeSantis, a supporter of former President Trump, although Florida Republicans insist the bill has nothing to do with the …