Monthly FediPress News

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March, 2023

Meta is building a decentralized, text-based social network

Meta is in the early stages of building a dedicated app for people to post text-based updates.

“We’re exploring a standalone decentralized social network for sharing text updates,” the company told Platformer exclusively in an email. “We believe there’s an opportunity for a separate space where creators and public figures can share timely updates about their interests.”

British journalist shows how the CIA played a 'direct' role in the creation of Google

Google “fundamentally started as a CIA project,” according to journalist and author of Propaganda in the Information Age, Alan MacLeod, who has warned that tech giants’ ties with intelligence agencies pose big problems for freedom of information as well as freedom of speech.

TikTok can't track me if I turn location services off, right? Your questions answered | CBC News

Canada joined the U.S. and the European Union in prohibiting the social media app on government-issued devices. Other Canadian jurisdictions and institutions are considering similar bans.

Japan’s H3 rocket launch fails after second stage malfunction - SpaceNews

Japan’s brand-new H3 rocket was destroyed on its March 7 inaugural flight after the vehicle’s second-stage engine failed to ignite. This marked a major setback for the nation’s years-long efforts to develop a more capable and cost-effective alternative to the nation’s current workhorse, H-2A.

Socialism Now Enjoys Widespread Support in Canada, Fraser Institute Says

Fraser Institute says most Canadians agree ‘transitioning to socialism will improve the economy and well-being of citizens’

Ground News - Russian scientist who helped create COVID vaccine found strangled to death

A Russian scientist who was given a presidential award for helping create Russia’s vaccine against COVID-19 was strangled while arguing with a prostitute at his home, local officials say. Russia’s Investigative Committee said 47-year-old Andrey Botikov, a senior researcher at the Gamaleya Institute, was strangled with a belt during an argument at his Moscow apartment on Thursday. The suspect, a 29-year-old man, fled the scene but was later arrested.

Worker asks Elon Musk on Twitter: Have I been fired? - BBC News

A Twitter employee has appealed to Elon Musk on the platform to ask whether he had been sacked.

In a tweet to the firm's chief executive, Halli Thorleifsson said: "Your head of HR is not able to confirm if I am employed or not".

Scammers are now using AI to sound like family members. It’s working. - The Washington Post

Scammers are using artificial intelligence to sound more like family members in distress. People are falling for it and losing thousands of dollars.

Russian attacks across 8 Ukrainian regions kill 4, injure 12 civilians over past 24 hours

Russian forces launched attacks on eight regions across Ukraine over the past 24 hours, killing at least four and wounding 12, local authorities said early on March 4.