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Science • Space
YouTuber Mr Beast sells space on hard drive that will be sent to Moon by NASA
YouTuber Mr Beast sells space on hard drive that will be sent to Moon by NASA
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The YouTuber Mr Beast has announced that he secured space on the NASA Moon rover that is set to be launched in 2021. Onboard will be a hard drive with what he claims is the "universes first digital time capsule".

For $10 people can buy space on the hard drive to send images and videos to the moon "assuming it's legal".

Lifestyle • Religion
German Pastor Olaf Latzel sentenced for incitement of the people
German Pastor Olaf Latzel sentenced for incitement of the people
Credit: Courtesy of St. Martini Gemeinde zu Bremen

The Bremen District Court has convicted the Lutheran pastor Olaf Latzel of the regional church St Martini parish in the Hanseatic city, of incitement of the people. The fundamentalist pastor had made homophobic and sexist remarks at a marriage seminar in October 2019, and a recording was posted online in March with his consent on his YouTube channel, which has nearly 25,000 subscribers.

According to the court, the statements are incitement and could emotionally justify violence against homosexuals.

Bernd Kuschnerus, the senior theologian of the Bremen Protestant Church, said he was "deeply saddened that a pastor of our church has been convicted of incitement of the people." The statements on which the verdict was based were unacceptable and damaged the reputation of the church, he said. There had been strong opposition to Latzel from the congregations of the Bremen Protestant Church for years. The church leadership has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the pastor, but these are suspended until a legally binding judgment is reached. Latzel's defense filed an appeal.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel
YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel
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YouTube bans Steve Bannon's podcast channel hours after Rudy Giuliani appeared on an episode and blamed the Capitol siege on Democrats.

Technology • Internet & Web
Google services experience problems with YouTube, Gmail and Calendar unreachable when logged in
Google services experience problems with YouTube, Gmail and Calendar unreachable when logged in
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Users from around the world are reporting problems with multiple Google-owned services. Among others YouTube, Gmail and the Google Calendar are unreachable to users.

According to first reports YouTube remains reachable if used in incognito mode or the user hasn't been logged in before.

Law
Platforms are required to delete terror propaganda within one hour under new EU regulation

In future, services such as Facebook and YouTube will have to delete terrorist propaganda in the EU within one hour of being requested to do so by the respective authority of an EU state. Negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states agreed on this on Thursday. For systematic violations, the operators of the sites face fines of four percent of their annual turnover.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTube starts showing Ads on all videos, even if creators are below the requirements
YouTube starts showing Ads on all videos, even if creators are below the requirements
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YouTube has stated that "Starting today we'll begin slowly rolling out ads on a limited number of videos from channels not in YouTube Partner Program,". Previously the terms of service for users in the United States had been changed and YouTube states that it has "the right to monetize all content on the platform and ads may appear on videos from channels not in the YouTube Partner Program". This means that YouTube will earn money on videos even if the content creators do not fulfill the requirements for the YouTube Partner Program to get a share of the revenue.

Technology • Internet & Web
YouTube has cancelled its Rewind video this year
YouTube has cancelled its Rewind video this year
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For the past decade, YouTube has put together YouTube Rewind – an end-of-ear tribute to creates, trends and the year's defining moments. This year, YouTube has decided to cancelled Rewind.

"Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you. But 2020 has been different," so the statement posted to Twitter. "And it doesn't feel right to carry on as if it weren't. So, we're taking a break from Rewind this year."

Technology • Internet & Web
Youtube runs out of space for advertising bookings for the US election
Youtube runs out of space for advertising bookings for the US election
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According to a report by Bloomberg, Youtube can only actually accommodate a part of the ordered commercials for the US elections. Due to the demand the advertising prices have doubled in some cases.

Technology • Internet & Web
Reform of the Youth Protection Act in Germany

Children and young people are to be better protected against harassment and cyberbullying on the Internet in the future. The Federal Cabinet has updated the Youth Protection Act of 2002 and adapted it to the new platforms such as YouTube, messenger services and TikTok. Accordingly, providers must meet requirements such as secure presettings, child-friendly help and complaint systems and uniform age rating.

Technology • Internet & Web
Apple's virtual special event "Time Flies" announced for Sep 15
Apple's virtual special event "Time Flies" announced for Sep 15
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Apple has officially announced its virtual special event "Time Flies" for September 15 at 10 am PT. Members of the press have been invited to join remotely and a live stream placeholder is available on YouTube.

Law
Germany, Halberstadt: charges brought against security guards after attack on asylum seekers
Germany, Halberstadt: charges brought against security guards after attack on asylum seekers
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In 2019 a YouTube video had surfaced in which a violent attack by security forces on asylum seekers could be seen. It had been filmed at the Central Contact Point for refugees in Saxony-Anhalt and the public prosecutor has now charged the security forces with bodily harm.

The video showed that security forces first separated two quarreling refugees, but then kicked them lying on the floor.

The proceedings will be conducted before the Halberstadt District Court.

Technology • Internet & Web
Google will prevent minors in the UK and EU from seeing ads for unhealthy food and drinks from October on
Google will prevent minors in the UK and EU from seeing ads for unhealthy food and drinks from October on
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Google has updated its "Other restricted businesses policy" and will start "to restrict the serving of High Fat Sugar Salt (HFSS) Food and/or Non-Alcoholic Beverages (F&B) advertising for minors in the United Kingdom and European Union".

The policy will be applied to the Google Display Network and YouTube and there apply to all people under the age of 18. Google stated that the new policy will be enforced from the 6th of October.

Some examples for the products that fall under these advertisement restrictions are sweetened beverages, cakes, pizza, salt, butter, pork and a number of other products.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
YouTuber Jake Paul's home searched by FBI
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016
Jake Paul (r) at the Web Summit 2016 Credit: Web Summit / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An FBI swat team has searched the Calabasas residence of 23-year-old YouTuber Jake Paul and confiscated several firearms, including long guns. The reason for the search has not been disclosed but was reportedly related to an ongoing investigation. At the time of the raid, Paul was not present.

"The FBI is executing a federal search warrant at a residence in Calabasas in connection with an ongoing investigation," so a statement by the FBI. "The affidavit in support of the search warrant has been sealed by a judge and I am, therefore, prohibited from commenting as to the nature of the investigation. No arrests are planned."

Technology • Internet & Web
White supremacist David Duke gets permanently banned from Twitter
David Duke's suspended Twitter account
David Duke's suspended Twitter account Credit: Screenshot via Twitter

David Duke, white supremacist and former KKK grand wizard, has gotten his Twitter account permanently suspended on Thursday. Duke's account was banned "for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct" and for sharing "harmful links," so a Twitter spokesperson.

Twitter's move comes just a month after YouTube banned Duke's channel in late June for violating its "strict policies prohibiting hate speech."

Technology • Internet & Web
Spotify launches support to video podcasts
Spotify launches support to video podcasts
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Spotify announced on Tuesday the global launch of video podcasts, a feature that allows users to watch the video content from a select group of creator podcasts.

In a direct response to YouTube, where only paid subscribers can listen to video content in the background, Spotify says all of its users will be able to seamlessly move between the video version and the audio.

Technology • Internet & Web
Streamer Dr Disrespect teases possible comeback on YouTube
Streamer Dr Disrespect teases possible comeback on YouTube
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After being banned from Twitch three weeks ago Guy Beahm, mostly known under his alias "Dr Disrespect", stated in an interview with PcGamer that Twitch has stopped contact with him and hasn't provided a reason for his permanent ban from the platform. He said that he is considering legal action against the streaming platform, but won't return in case his ban gets revoked in the future.

He also stated that wants to get back to streaming and while he considers other providers like YouTube and Facebook, he's also looking into streaming on his own website.

Shortly after the interview, he published a video on his Twitter account and added a link to his YouTube profile on his Twitter profile as the first actions on the platform since his ban.

The video plays a song with the lyrics:
"it's out of my hand
but I'm still in control
it's out of my hand
you can never take away
power of my soul"

Technology • Internet & Web
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
Youtube bans six "supremacist" channels over hate speech including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke
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YouTube has banned six channels of known YouTubers including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and Richard Spender over hate speech. According to YouTube the channels linked to off-platform hate content and made claims of inferiority about a protected group. In an official statement, the company said that they "have terminated over 25,000 channels for violating our hate speech policies" since updating their "guidelines to better address supremacist content".

Business • Media & Advertising
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
Ford, Adidas and Clorox join social media advertising boycott
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Ford, Adidas and Clorox have joined a growing list of companies pausing social media advertising to take action against hate speech. Ford will not advertise on either Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Twitter in the U.S. for the next 30 days. Clorox is pausing advertising globally on all Facebook-owned platforms until the end of the year, Adidas through July.

Technology • Internet & Web
New Google data retention police will delete users' location, web history after 18 months
New Google data retention police will delete users' location, web history after 18 months
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Google is switching to an auto-delete setup as its default for web browsing and app history. The company will automatically delete some web and location history after 18 months for new users, and make it easier for existing customers to change their settings.

Previously users had ways to limit data collection and delete history — location history, search, voice, and YouTube activity data — but it was an opt-out experience.

In a blog post, Sundar Pichai CEO of Google stated: "Today, we are announcing privacy improvements to help do that, including changes to our data retention practices across our core products to keep less data by default."

Technology • Internet & Web
Microsoft to shutdown streaming platform Mixer
Mixer Logo
Mixer Logo Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the shutdown of its streaming platform Mixer by July 22 after failing to reach its growth expectations. Streamers such as Ninja and Shroud were recruited last year to exclusively stream on Mixer, but the platform has been struggling to compete with Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Gaming. Microsoft said it is partnering with Facebook and plans to move existing Mixer partners to Facebook Gaming starting today.