News That Matters

Tag: internet

Internet wobble caused by Cloudflare glitch

Internet wobble caused by Cloudflare glitch

Technology
Internet users faced problems accessing many websites for about an hour because of a problem with Cloudflare.The company provides internet security and other services meant to help online businesses operate smoothly.Many members of the public had reported seeing "502 errors" displayed in their browsers when they tried to visit its clients.The service has more than 16 million customers ranging from the chat service Discord to the dating site OKCupid.Cloudflare said the problem had now been resolved although some of its analytics tools were still facing disruption.Among the casualties was Downdetector, a popular site used to monitor disruption.CoinDesk - a news site specialising in cryptocurrencies - was also one of those affected. It said that it had recei...
SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

SpaceX puts up 60 internet satellites

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The SpaceX company has begun the roll-out of its orbiting broadband system.A Falcon-9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida late on Thursday, packed with 60 satellites capable of giving users on the ground high-speed connections to the internet.Entrepreneur Elon Musk's firm aims eventually to loft nearly 12,000 spacecraft for its "Starlink" network.SpaceX is one of several commercial outfits with permission to fly an internet mega-constellation.Others include the UK-based start-up OneWeb, which began its roll-out in February with six operational spacecraft.Online retailer Amazon also has ambitions in this market. It's working on a 3,200-satellite proposal known as Project Kuiper. All the co...
Game Of Thrones: Arya’s big moment – and the internet bows down

Game Of Thrones: Arya’s big moment – and the internet bows down

Entertainment
By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter :: Warning: This article contains spoilers for Game Of Thrones season eight, episode three, The Long Night."What do we say to the God of Death?" "Not today," said Arya Stark, before later going on to deftly dispose of the Night King with a blink-and-you'd-miss-it sleight of hand dagger trick that set the internet alight.Only the most important death in Game Of Thrones history (sorry, Sean Bean), and it was Arya whodunnit.:: Game Of Thrones season eight, episode three recap: The heroes of the Battle Of Winterfell Advertisement Image: The Night King: no match for Arya Stark. Pic: HBO/ S...
Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules

Technology
The European Union has approved a copyright rule that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and online creativity and punish smaller web companies. Artists, celebrities and tech experts have spoken out both in favor and against the EU directive, which the 28 member states are required to adopt as law and got final approval from the European Council Monday. Here's a look at key issues. ——— WHAT DOES THE DIRECTIVE SAY? The most vigorously debated part of the legislation is a section that makes companies responsible for making sure that copyrighted material isn't uploaded to their platforms without permission from the original creator. It puts the legal onus on platforms to prevent copyright infringement but
Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Technology
Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook's chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.He calls for new laws in four areas: "Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability."It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand."Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was "creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions" about what is posted and what is taken down.He also describes a ne...