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Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

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It is often said how social media has become the new way news spreads, sometimes even more quickly, but few actually consider the money involved there. From clicks to page views to ads, companies like Facebook and Google have perhaps taken the lion’s share of advertising profits, even when the content surfaced on their platforms come from other sources like news outlets. A new law in Australia is being proposed to shift the balance of power to those news outlets and Facebook is pretty much threatening to remove Australian’s ability to share news on the network should that come to pass.

Like anything involving money, laws, and advertising, the situation isn’t as clear cut as it sounds. On the one hand, it’s hard to deny how news outlets around the world, not just in Australia, are already struggling to make ends meet while adjusting to the new Internet-centric world order. On the other hand, there are many publishers and lawmakers that seem to want to apply traditional business models in ways no longer apt for a digital world.

The latter is what Facebook is decrying about the proposed law in Australia that would force the social media giant as well as Google to negotiate revenue-sharing agreements with publishers. Furthermore, the law would not allow companies to back out of such arbitration or remove local Australian news in retaliation. What Facebook says it will be forced to do, however, is far more disruptive.

The social media network explains that it won’t really have any choice but to block not only Australian publishers but also Australian users from sharing both local and international news on the platform, effectively removing any and all news from Facebook Australia. It is practically staying away from news completely in order not to be pulled into any legal requirement to negotiate those terms with publishers.

This isn’t the first time Facebook and Google have faced such legal threats but it could turn out to be the biggest precisely because the law would give them no way to back out of the arrangement. Google faced similar laws in Europe but cutting off local publishers from its search engines proved to be nearly fatal to the very publishers that the laws aimed to protect. Now governments and media companies around the world are waiting to see if Australia will succeed in bringing these companies to their knees or if it will eventually fold as well to stop publishers from bleeding because of it.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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